The Best "Entry Level" Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends

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… » 1/28/14 12:00pm 1/28/14 12:00pm

10 Key Terms That Will Help You Appreciate Fantasy Literature

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… » 11/13/13 11:00am 11/13/13 11:00am

You Don't Need An Agent To Be Pyr Books' Next Superstar

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: » 2/19/10 9:30am 2/19/10 9:30am

What Happens If SF Actually Wins The "Literary Respectability" Wars?

"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… » 10/06/09 3:20pm 10/06/09 3:20pm

Discover The King Of High-Concept Science Fiction Storytelling

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… » 2/05/09 11:39am 2/05/09 11:39am

Ian Fleming in Space, Courtesy of Paul Cornell and Pyr Books

Want to read an awesome alternate history, space-colony spy story from Doctor Who » 10/07/08 2:56pm 10/07/08 2:56pm scribe and comic book writer Paul Cornell? Pyr Books publisher Lou Anders posted a free preview of Cornell's story "Catherine Drewe" online last week — the tale serves as the opener to short story collection , which Anders calls "all…