Friday, April 23, 2010

No Higher Compliment

"The greatest compliment I can pay End of the Century is that it reminded me of a Steven Moffat episode of Doctor Who," says Rob Will Review. He goes on to say that the book is "one of the best time travel novels I’ve read.  The novel also deserves high marks for including numerous gay characters who are as sensitively drawn as they are three-dimensional and non-stereotypical.  End of the Century succeeds on every level–as an intricate puzzle, as a reunion with characters readers of Roberson’s previous books will have grown very fond of, as a fascinating character study of new heroines and heroes from various eras, all of whom are unknowingly bound by a single quest, and, most of all, as an excellent story wonderfully told.  As the Tenth Doctor might say, 'This is brilliant!'”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Locus Awards Finalists

The 2010 Locus Awards Finalists have been announced, and we are thrilled and honored to see that Pyr has made the ballot three times. Ian McDonald's "Vishnu at the Cat Circus" is on the shortlist for Best Novella, whereas the book it comes from, Cyberabad Days, is up for Best Collection. Meanwhile, Pyr itself breaks into the top five for Best Publisher.

Huge congratulations to all the nominees. Winners will be presented during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Obviously, Very Chuffed About This.

So, what a great weekend! Hugo nomination, Hugo nomination for Ian McDonald, PKD Special Citation for Ian McDonald, BSFA Award for Stephan Martiniere. Attention next weekend, you have a lot to live up to. Here's the official press release, as sent out earlier today and posted to the Pyr site:

April 5, 2010

Contact: Jill Maxick, 800-853-7545

Pyr Announces Four Award Nominations, Citations and Wins 
Author Ian McDonald, Editor Lou Anders, and Artist Stephan Martiniere Recognized

Amherst, NY -- Pyr, a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, is proud to announce two Hugo Award nominations and to congratulate Pyr author Ian McDonald on accolades for his books Cyberabad Days and Desolation Road.

The 2010 Hugo Award ballot was announced yesterday, Easter Sunday, at Odyssey 2010, this year’s Eastercon. We are thrilled to celebrate our two nominees:

· Pyr Editorial Director Lou Anders, nominated for the fourth consecutive year in the “Best Editor - Long Form” category.
· Ian McDonald's “Vishnu at the Cat Circus” from Cyberabad Days, nominated in the “Best Novella” category.

The Hugos are international, fan-voted awards. All members of the World Science Fiction Society are eligible to vote. The Hugo Awards Ceremony will be held at this year’s World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), ‘Aussiecon 4’ in Melbourne, Australia on September 5, 2010.

McDonald’s original novella “Vishnu at the Cat Circus”--which closes out the Cyberabad Days collection and serves as a sequel to River of Gods--will be included in the Twenty-Seventh Annual Edition of Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction.

Lou Anders says, “I’m enormously honored to be nominated in the ‘Best Editor - Long Form’ category for the fourth year in a row. I'm equally, if not more gratified, to see Ian McDonald in the ‘Best Novella’ category. Ian is one of science fiction's premiere authors and he is at the top of his game.”

Anders’ fourth consecutive Hugo Award nomination coincides with Pyr’s fifth anniversary celebration.

“We're extremely pleased and grateful for the tremendous reception Pyr has received,” says Prometheus Books President Jonathan Kurtz. “The taste, vision, and stewardship of Editorial Director Lou Anders has been instrumental in shaping the brand since March 2005.”

In related news, Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days was given a 2010Philip K. Dick Award Special citation. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.

Additionally, cover artist Stephan Martiniere has won the British Science Fiction Association Award for “Best Artwork” for the cover of Desolation Road by Ian McDonald.

Pyr has published six books by Ian McDonald: River of GodsBrasyl;Desolation RoadCyberabad DaysAres Express and The Dervish House(forthcoming in July 2010).

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days wins 2010 Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation

Ian McDonald's Cyberabad Days has won the Special Citation from the 2010 Philip K. Dick Awards, presented Friday night at Norwescon 22 in SeaTac, Washington. Huge congratulations to Ian, and to PKD Award winner C. L. Anderson, whose Bitter Angels won the award. From the official press release:

2010 Philip K. Dick Award Winner Announced
It was announced on Friday, April 2, at Norwescon 33, in SeaTac, Washington, that the winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2009 in the U.S.A. is:

            BITTER ANGELS by C. L. Anderson (Ballantine Books Spectra)

Special citation was given to:

            CYBERABAD DAYS by Ian McDonald (Pyr)
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.  The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.  The 2009 award was given to EMISSARIES OF THE DEAD by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos) in a tie with TERMINAL MIND by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press).  The 2009 judges were Daniel Abraham (chair), Eileen Gunn, Karen Hellekson, Elaine Isaak, and Marc Laidlaw.

This year’s judges are William Barton, Andy Duncan, Bruce McAllister, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and David Walton.

For more information, contact the award administration:
                                                            David G. Hartwell (914) 769-5545.
                                                            Gordon Van Gelder (201) 876-2551

For more information about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society,
                                                                        Contact Gary Feldbaum (215) 665-5752

For more information about the Philip K. Dick Trust:

For more information about Norwescon:
                                                                        Contact NorthWest SF Society: (425) 686-9737

Thursday, April 01, 2010

With Great Power... Comes Great Cover Art!

Now it can be shown, the fantastic cover art to With Great Power..., my forthcoming anthology of superhero prose stories, out from Pocket's new Gallery Books imprint in July. The art is by Trevor Hairsine, artist on such titles as Judge Dredd, Captain America, Wisdom, Ultimate Galactus, Black Panther and many other comic books.

Once again, here's the awe-inspiring Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Golden Age by Lou Anders
"Cleansed and Set in Gold" by Matthew Sturges
"Where their Worm Dieth Not" by James Maxey
"Secret Identity" by Paul Cornell
"The Non-Event" by Mike Carey
"Avatar" by Mike Baron
"Message from the Bubblegum Factory" by Daryl Gregory
"Thug" by Gail Simone
"Vacuum Lad" by Stephen Baxter
"A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" by Chris Roberson
"Head Cases" by Peter David & Kathleen David
"Downfall" by Joseph Mallozzi
"By My Works You Shall Know Me" by Mark Chadbourn
"Call Her Savage" by Marjorie M. Liu
"Tonight we fly" by Ian McDonald
"A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too)" by Bill Willingham