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The Doctor and the Kid
Planesrunner News
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon
Pyr Around the Web
Coming Soon
Holiday Gift Guide

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December 15, 2011


2012 is almost upon us, but there's still time for books in 2011! Mike Resnick goes West once more with Doc Holliday in The Doctor and the Kid. Additionally, we've got some great author interviews, gift ideas for the book-inclined, and a look at what's coming in January. Let's get started!
Return of a Gunslinger


The Doc and the Kid

 Mike Resnick revisits the Weird West in The Doctor and the Kid


"A mad mixture of steampunk and magic set in an alternate Wild West, this is hugely entertaining and should please fans of sf and westerns."-Booklist, starred review  


"Resnick has done his research, and fast guns, fast plotting, and a comfortably entertaining writing style make this novel a rollicking western with a steampunk tweak."-Publishers Weekly  


The time is 1882. Consumptive Doc Holliday makes his way to Deadwood, Colorado, where he plans to spend the rest of his brief life, finally moving into the luxurious facility that specializes in his disease.

But one night he gets a little too drunk--hardly a novelty for him--and loses everything at the gaming table. Desperate for cash, he hits upon the one most likely to produce income in a hurry: he'll use his skill as a shootist and turn bounty hunter.

The biggest reward is for the death of the twenty-year-old desperado known as Billy the Kid. It's clear from the odds the Kid has faced and beaten that he is protected by some powerful magic. Doc enlists the aid of both magic (Geronimo) and science (Thomas Edison) to go after his quarry. He will either kill the Kid and claim the reward, or die in the process and at least end his own suffering. But as he is soon to find out, nothing is as easy as it looks.

Planesrunner News
PlanesrunnerCharles Tan interviews Ian McDonald at SF Signal about his YA debut, Planesrunner, writing for a younger audience, and the origin of the term Infundibulum. Also check out Michelle Ristuccia's SFF Writer's Chat interview with Ian, which covers the difference between "hard" and "soft" science fiction, and writing process.

"There is really nothing about this book that I didn't like...You certainly don't have to be a young adult to enjoy this book, and lovers of sci-fi, adventure, and steampunk won't be able to put it down! Not to be missed! 5/5." -My Bookish Ways  


"Planesrunner grabs the reader from the first page, launching Everett straight into a multiverse-spanning conspiracy and doesn't let up until the final page...like the daydreams of our youths, Planesrunner is a cracking adventure, full of likable characters, endless promise and a fascinating imagination. The sequel, Everness, is already finished and slated for release in 2012, and I'll be on board for the ride." -A Dribble of Ink  


"I loved this book...This is, perhaps, the first young adult book I've ever read that I simply couldn't put down, and what's wonderful about it is that McDonald doesn't shed the aspects of his writing that make me love his adult books just to appeal to a younger audience....[It's] action packed from cover to cover. Fast action coupled with McDonald's stunning world building, character development, as well as flowing writing will appeal to a younger audience and will make Planesrunner an instant hit...It's a book full of everything from action to romance to heavy science concepts, but despite all of that, it's the wonder of the story that will strike readers most. It's not just a great book, but it's a book that will leave readers wondering, "what if?"...It's pure imaginative fun.5/5 stars" -Bookworm Blues 


Want to check it out? Sarah at Bookworm Blues is giving away a copy. Don't want to wait for a giveaway? Planesrunner is the first of our books to sell equally well in print, on Kindle, and on Nook. Enjoy in your preferred format! 

Battle at the Source of the Nile
Expedition to the Mountains of the MoonRichard Burton and Algernon Swinburne return in Mark Hodder's  Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon. It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire. The prime minister believes that by using black diamonds possessing unique properties he'll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. He already has two of the stones, but the third is hidden somewhere in the Mountains of the Moon, the fabled source of the Nile.

"Whatever one chooses to call it, it would be very difficult to deny its overwhelming brilliance.  I can't remember the last time a novel has surprised, awed, and enthused me so utterly that I'm almost left at a loss for words for how to recommend it." - Rob Will Review


Pyr Around the Web

If you have not yet picked up a copy of Clay and Susan Griffith's The Rift WThe Rift Walkeralker (Vampire Empire Book Two,) this giveaway might be your chance! The drawing is open until January 2. For autographed copies of either Vampire Empire book, call Quail Ridge Books and Music. (They ship worldwide!)

The Staffer's Musings has recognized our efforts to make our ebooks beautiful by naming Pyr the Best SFF Press for Ebooks 2011. Thank you!

On the podcast front, don't miss John Anealio and Patrick Hester of the Functional Nerds talking with Sam Sykes (Black Halo) and Cherie Priest (Ganymede).


Coming Soon


When multiple Hugo Award winner
Kristine Kathryn Rusch decided to put her stamp on classic space opera, readers wanted more. Now Rusch's popular character Boss returns in a whole new adventure, one that takes her far outside her comfort zone, to a sector of space she's never seen before. Boneyards is space opera the way it was meant to be: exciting, fast moving, and filled with passion.

"[Rusch's] feminist sensibilities will endear this book to readers looking for a light, quick space adventure with strong female protagonists." -Publishers Weekly


Holiday Gift Suggestions

The holidays are fast approaching, and we have some suggestions for the book lover on your list. Whether your readers prefer fiction or non-fiction, there's something for everyone in our December Holiday Gift Guide, which includes titles from both Pyr and Prometheus Books. More great ideas are in our November Holiday Gift Guide.

Also check out Kirkus' Top Ten SF&F Books for December, as well as io9's Gift Guide. You might recognize some titles!
That's it for this issue. As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog. Happy Holidays! See you in 2012.

Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr

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