Monday, March 28, 2005

Award News

There was a flurry of award and award-related announcements, Hugo and otherwise, this past weekend, and I'm thrilled with the results. A big congratulations to both Chris Roberson for his Campbell nomination, and John Picacio for his Best Artist. Meanwhile, I see that Mike Resnick is up for not one, but two, Hugo nominations in the short story category - "A Princess of Earth" and Travels with My Cats"- both of which we'll be collecting in New Dreams for Old, a book of Mike's short fiction slated for Pyr's third season that keeps getting fatter and fatter. And I couldn't be happier for Ian McDonald. Not only did River of Gods take a British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel, but a Hugo nomination as well. Both are richly deserved. We'll be releasing a US edition in Pyr's third season. Meanwhile, here's a press release we put out earlier today:

Contact: Jill Maxick

March 28, 2005

Here, There & Everywhere Author and Illustrator
Honored With Award Nominations

Cover Designer John Picacio up for Best Professional Artist Hugo® and Author Chris Roberson nominated for John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award

Amherst, NY—The acclaimed new imprint Pyr™ is proud to share announcements that honor both the content and the cover of the novel Here, There & Everywhere (Pyr™, April 5, 2005.)

“John Picacio is one of the most exciting new illustrators working in the field today, and I’m overjoyed to see him receive more of the recognition he so richly deserves,” comments Pyr™ Editorial Director Lou Anders, “Meanwhile, I’ve known from the start that Chris Roberson was phenomenally talented, and it’s immensely gratifying to learn that others share my opinion.”

Cover illustrator and designer John Picacio has been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist. The Hugo Award® is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy and he is truly thrilled at the honor of a nomination. In 2004, Picacio was a World Fantasy Award nominee, and in 2002 he received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist. This is his first Hugo nomination.

John Picacio and Pyr™ have quickly established a successful collaboration. The Pyr™ titles for which Picacio has designed or will be designing covers are:

  • Star of Gypsies by Robert Silverberg (March 2005)
  • Here, There & Everywhere by Chris Roberson (April 2005)
  • The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams (April 2005)
  • Silverheart by Michael Moorcock & Storm Constantine (September 2005)
  • Silver Screen by Justina Robson (October 2005)
  • Starship: Mutiny by Mike Resnick (December 2005)
  • Macrolife: A Mobile Utopia by George Zebrowski (January 2006)

Here, There & Everywhere is the debut novel of writer Chris Roberson, who has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. The John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award is given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appearing in a professional publication was published in the previous two years.

Previously, Roberson’s story “O One,” won the 2003 Sidewise Award for Best Short-Form Alternate History, was listed as an Honorable Mention in the 21st Annual Year's Best Science Fiction, and was short-listed for the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Roberson and his business partner and spouse Allison Baker also run the independent press MonkeyBrain Books.

Roberson will sign copies of Here, There & Everywhere at the Prometheus Books booth at Book Expo America on June 4, 2005.

The Hugo Awards and The John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award will be presented at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) in Glasgow, Scotland, August 4-8, 2005.

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