David Bowie’s death hit all of us hard. But Lou Anders, award-winning editor and author of the Thrones and Bones trilogy, wrote an especially eloquent tribute, explaining how Bowie threw the creative gauntlet down as a challenge for the rest of us.
Lou Anders' new novel Frostborn is one of those middle-grade fantasy books that you'll buy for your kid, just so you can have an excuse to read it yourself. The highest compliment I can give Frostborn is it gave me Lloyd Alexander flashbacks. Minor spoilers ahead...
As an editor at Pyr Books, Lou Anders has published tons of fantasy novels of all stripes. But now he's crafted his own fantasy novel, Frostborn, in the sword-and-sorcery tradition that goes back to Conan. But what's the difference between "epic fantasy" and "sword and sorcery"? Anders explains.
Happy Ninth Birthday Pyr! Hard to believe it's only been nine years, especially considering how many awards they've won.
A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you've already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are…
Fantasy novels and stories cast a spell on readers, with their vivid worlds and complex characters. But just like any other kind of spell, there are different types, and rules. You need a magical lexicon. So here are 10 commonly used terms you'll need to know, that describe the different sorts of fantasy worlds and…
Everbody loves a good dark, horrible fantasy. A misanthopic adventure, in which everybody is morally compromised, and we all live and die in the dirt. But every now and then, it's nice to read a fantasy novel in which people are, you know... good.
Technology is changing how you read and write everything — but short fiction is at the center of the technological vortex of change. At Worldcon, we attended a panel about the future of short fiction, and learned just how the world of short stories is changing.
Now that science fiction and fantasy are accounting for a bigger share of young adult titles, it's only natural that SF publishers would want to move into publishing YA themselves. Pyr Books will publish some titles aimed at younger readers.
SFSignal asks a bunch of writers and publishing professionals what publishing will look like 10 years from now — and the answers range from the hair-raisingly apocalyptic to the mildly jarring.
What's next in book publishing, after angels, steampunk, zombies and vampires? Adam Christopher at Escape Pod suggests you should break out your cape: Superhero fiction could be making a big splash in the book world.
You might think superheroes are played out as heroic archetypes or sources of fresh stories. But you'd be wrong, and a new anthology, Masked, proves it. Anybody who writes superhero comics or movies, or just loves superheroes, should read it.
We've officially entered the lazy days of summer. So spice up your weekend with a vicarious apocalypse, or venture to near-future Turkey with Ian McDonald. Here are the coolest new books of July.
Pyr's Lou Anders breaks it down for you in an awesome new interview over at Redstone Science Fiction. Will "sword and planet" novels make a comeback? Why is steampunk eating hard SF's lunch? What's science fiction's answer to Harry Potter?
Fast-rising SF publisher Pyr Books has opened the floodgates to unagented submissions of epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban fantasy novels. (As Pyr's blog entry says, this makes the publisher one of "those few publishers fool enough to accept unagented, unsolicited material." Pyr's Lou Anders adds:
"I believe that the greatest danger to genre fiction nowadays is not the denial of respect from some notional group of literary tastemakers but the very real likelihood that sf/f may become respectable. Those who thirst for the foamy gray poison of respectability should consider the fate of jazz, once a popular…
Ever wonder what's really happening in the cluttered offices of science fiction magazines like Asimov's or a publishing house like Pyr? Four editors take you inside the strange world of SF editing.
Right after I got done reading the A.I. anthology We Think Therefore We Are, and appreciating Adam Roberts' Garden-Of-Eden story "Adam Robots" as one of the collection's most thought-provoking stories, Pyr Books' Lou Anders posted a rundown of all of Roberts' novels and an explanation of why he deserves more literary…
We were intrigued to hear Pyr Books was publishing a "steampunk superhero" novel by George Mann, but the details turned out to be even cooler than that sounds. Plus you can read Mann's fiction online.