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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Giveaway Winners!, a Pyr Press Release, and Misc. News...

Congratulations to Brad Huffman-Parent (Oklahoma) and Frank DeNunzio (Pennsylvania) who were both randomly selected to win a SET of Greg Keyes’ The Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone quadrilogy (US Version) including copies of “The Briar King”, “The Charnel Prince”, “The Blood Knight” and the concluding volume, “The Born Queen” (Reviewed HERE), all thanks to Del Rey!!!

Congratulations also to Rebecca Moore (APO) and Scott Schaeffer (Pennsylvania) who were both randomly selected to win a SET of
Christopher Golden’s The Veil Trilogy including copies of “The Myth Hunters”, “The Borderkind” and “The Lost Ones” (Reviewed HERE), all thanks to Bantam Spectra!!!

Congratulations also to Brent Mills (Iowa) and Jennifer Schroeder (Arizona) who were both randomly selected to win a SET of the first two volumes in
Kay Kenyon’s The Entire and the Rose Quartet including copies of “Bright of the Sky” and “A World Too Near” thanks to Pyr Books!!!

Finally, congratulations to Brian Barlow (Utah) and Peter Starck (Wisconsin) who were both randomly selected to win a SET of the first two volumes in
Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy (US version) including copies of “The Blade Itself” and “Before They Are Hanged” (Review forthcoming) thanks to Pyr Books!!! Also, just a reminder that all of these titles from today’s concluded giveaways are now available :)

In book news,
Pyr Books recently announced the following press release:

Amherst, NY—March 24, 2008.
Pyr, the highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, is proud to announce that its Editorial Director, Lou Anders, and three of its authors have been nominated for highly esteemed awards in science fiction:

Lou Anders for Best Professional Editor, Long Form Hugo® Award
Ian McDonald’s Brasyl for Best Novel Hugo® Award
Joe Abercrombie (The Blade Itself) for John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award
David Louis Edelman (Infoquake) for John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award

The Hugo® Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. For the second year in a row,
Pyr Editorial Director Lou Anders has been nominated for the Hugo® for Best Professional Editor, Long Form in recognition of his ability to produce a high-quality and intelligent line of science fiction and fantasy titles. Anders says, “I am personally very honored to be nominated for a second year in a row… but when one honors an editor, what they are really doing is sending along an endorsement of that editor's tastes, so I am over the moon to see a book from Pyr in the ‘Best Novel’ category and two Pyr authors on the Campbell list."

USA Today called
Ian McDonald’sBrasyl”—up for the Hugo® for Best Novel—“the most rewarding science fiction in recent memory.” McDonald, hailed by Asimov’s Science Fiction as “one of the most interesting and accomplished science fiction writers of this latter-day era, indeed maybe the most interesting and accomplished,” comments on this nomination: “As they say, the honor is simply being nominated. I'm thrilled to have been nominated for Brasyl (even if, as umpteen Brazilians have told, my spelling is terrible!) —but what's especially exciting is that it's a double whammy: for me, and for Lou Anders as editor (and a real old school hands-on editor) as creative director of Pyr. This, I hope, is the first of many for the ballsiest imprint in SF.”

The John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award is given to the best new writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appearing in a professional publication was published in the previous two years. Nominee
Joe Abercrombie’s best-selling fantasy debut “The Blade Itself” (Book One of The First Law trilogy) has earned him much praise and the designation by Locus as “a rough-and-tumble, bold new voice in the heroic fantasy ranks.” With the same dark wit that colors his novels, Abercrombie says, “I’m delighted to have been nominated, especially at a time when there are so many great new authors coming out. My Uruk Hai hit squad are already on their way to Wisconsin to ‘dramatically reduce’ the chance of a Scott Lynch victory. They may well stop by David Anthony Durham’s house on the way back …”

David Louis Edelman is also up for the John W. Campbell Award for his debut novel “Infoquake”. “I'm beyond thrilled to be nominated for the Campbell Award. It's an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as the other esteemed nominees. I feel especially honored considering I only had one eligible published work during the 2006-2007 time period.” SFF World called Infoquake “A stunning debut novel by a lucid, precise, and talented new voice…This may be THE science fiction book of the year.”

Prometheus Books and Pyr congratulate Lou Anders, Ian McDonald, Joe Abercrombie and David Louis Edelman for their outstanding work. We are proud to be associated with such talent and quality. (I too would like Prometheus, Pyr and everyone nominated. Pretty impressive for an indie publisher!)

On a related note, three
Bantam Spectra authors were nominated for the recently announced 2008 Hugo Awards including Scott Lynch (author of Red Seas Under Red Skies (Reviewed HERE) and The Lies of Locke Lamora) for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award; Daniel Abraham whose story "The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" from Logorrhea (edited by John Klima), was nominated for Best Novelette; and Elizabeth Bear (author of Dust reviewed HERE) who was nominated for a short story. Winners will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention (Denver, CO) in August.

In comic book news,
Newsarama continues to offer a wide variety of interesting articles. First up, in promotion of the “Dark Wraith of Shannara” (Reviewed HERE) graphic novel which comes out today, the website has an interview with author Terry Brooks HERE that covers the graphic novel, the last book in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy—titled The Gypsy Morph—the movie adaptation of “The Elfstones of Shannara”, and a new Magic Kingdom book :D Newsarama also has an interview with Robert Place Napton HERE who adapted “Dark Wraith of Shannara” and will be posting an interview with the artist Edwin David on Wednesday. In other news, Newsarama reports HERE that actor Hugh Jackman (X-Men, The Prestige, The Fountain) is working with Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, The Practice, CSI:Miami, Wolverine) on an original new comic book series called “Nowhere Man” for Virgin Comics. Virgin has had a pretty good track record so far with their comic books so I will definitely be checking this out. Lastly, the website has a short interview HERE with Richard Corben (Heavy Metal) who is writing/drawing “Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft”, a three-issue miniseries that is coming out this June under Marvel’s MAX imprint.

Finally in movie news, the first two photos (featuring Snake Eyes) from the upcoming
G.I. Joe movie adaptation were recently unveiled and I have to say I’m pretty impressed :) Of all of the 80s cartoons that I grew up with including Transformers, He-Man, Voltron, the TMNT, ThunderCats et cetera, G.I. Joe was probably my favorite and its mainly because of the characters, particularly the villains :) I mean Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, Destro, the Baroness, Zartan, Serpentor, Doctor Mindbender…it just doesn’t get any better than this. However, out of all of the characters my favorite is Snake Eyes and it’s only fitting that the first picture from the movie is of him. So even though I’m a bit skeptical about the director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) and some of the cast like Marlon Wayans, this photo has given me hope that the adaptation won’t be a complete waste of time…


dragonb4 said...

What a great surprise to come home and check my feedreader and see that I've won!

And, a couple of Joe Abercrombie books. I couldn't be happier, thanks a million!

Robert said...

You're more than welcome :)


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