Monday, April 24, 2006

More Kindling for the Pyr

My apologies for letting the blog lie fallow for a couple weeks. There has been a host of Pyr related news accumulating while I've been away too. Worth noting:

First, our Fall/Winter 2006/7 catalog is now available, and you can download a pdf of it here. I'm very proud of this season, which includes works by Justina Robson, John Meaney, Sean Williams, Alan Dean Foster, Martin Sketchley, Mike Resnick, Jack Dann, and a brand new anthology from Yours Truly. (Check out the cool Picacio cover at the right. Note that the final contributors list for Fast Forward is not set in stone, though most of those listed on the cover at the right have already turned in their stories and the roster in the catalog shouldn't differ by more than a name or two. I'll post an update when I have the final TOC in a few weeks.)

And for those who don't want to download a pdf, here is a handy Amazon list of our fourth season. (Amazon is an amazing resource, but let me pause and plug the need to support the independents. Borderlands Books, for instance, is an amazing San Francisco-based store that carries our titles and can ship anywhere. Their Jude Feldman knows how to pack books for shipping with real care and is one of the few people in the world I trust to put jacket protectors on my collectible hardcovers! Hey Jude!)

Meanwhile, slipping in between seasons, John Meaney's Paradox - called "a landmark work" by's SciFi Weekly, compared to Dune by Entertainment Weekly, and chosen in B&N's Editors Picks as the # 2 SF&F Book of 2005 - is now available in trade paperback.

Tobias S. Buckell wrote to let me know that he thought Joel Shepherd's upcoming Crossover, for which he kindly provided a blurb, was "a [expletive deleted] blast" - wish I could put that on the cover!- and Publishers Weekly has just issued a glowing review of David Louis Edelman's upcoming novel Infoquake:

"Slick high-finance melodrama and dizzying technical speculation lift Edelman's SF debut, the first of a trilogy. Centuries in the future, humans rely less on machines than on upgrading their own nervous systems with nanotech bio/logic programs. Natch, a gifted young code programmer-entrepreneur obsessed with clawing his way to the top, jumps at the chance to merchandise a major new technology, MultiReal, even though he doesn't know what it is. Natch soon becomes a target for not just his business rivals but also totalitarian governmental agencies and more mysterious groups. Natch's being a borderline sociopath makes him extremely creative in business tactics and personal manipulation (and thus fascinating to read about). The world in which he operates is also fascinating, with awesome personal powers being sold on a frantic open market. Edelman, who has a background in Web programming and marketing, gives his bizarre notions a convincing gloss of detail. Bursting with invention and panache, this novel will hook readers for the story's next installment."

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