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NEW SCIENCE FICTION MATERIAL

NEW MAGAZINE - PYR

Ranger John passed along this information related to a name from the B5 past! Lou Anders was the on-site reporter for the Babylon 5 magazine from Titan and later managing editor at Bookface.com. Lou, good luck in your latest endeavor.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2004
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jill Maxick, Director of Publicity, Prometheus Books
800-853-7545, jmaxick@prometheusbooks.com
or Lou Anders, Senior Editor/Editorial Director, Pyr
Landers@prometheusbooks.com

Prometheus Books Introduces Science Fiction/Fantasy Imprint
Pyr Poised to Set the Science Fiction World on Fire

Prometheus Books is proud to announce the launch of Pyr, a new science fiction and fantasy imprint, with titles anticipated in Spring 2005. Prometheus Books is entering its thirty-fifth year of successful independent publishing; since 1969, Prometheus has been a leader in publishing books for the scientific, professional, library, educational, popular and consumer markets.

For founder Paul Kurtz, the progression from popular science nonfiction to science fiction and fantasy is a natural one.

Science and science fiction have a long history of mutual inspiration and admiration that stretches back at least as far as the 19th Century, says Kurtz, Science fiction is vital for the human person. It feeds the mind, the heart, and the creative imagination. At its best, it can inspire positive images of the future.

Prometheus Books took its name from the courageous Greek god who gave fire to humans, lighting the way to reason, intelligence, and independence. Pyr, the Greek word for fire, continues this connection to fire and the liveliness of imagination.

Prometheus Books has tested the waters of science fiction before, most notably with the well-reviewed Nothing Sacred (2004) and its prequel, Galactic Rapture (2000), by Tom Flynn. Launching a dedicated imprint proves the commitment Prometheus Books is making to the genre.

Lou Anders has been named Editorial Director of Pyr. Anders joins Prometheus with over nine years of experience in science fiction and fantasy entertainment and media. He is the editor of four anthologies, including Live Without a Net (Roc, July 2003) and has published over 500 magazine articles. Previously, Anders was Executive Editor of online publishing site Bookface.com and the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. Currently, he serves as the Senior Editor of Argosy Magazine.

The challenge of developing a new imprint from the ground up with its own identity yet one that complements Prometheus is an exciting prospect, notes Anders. Since the start of the new millennium, we've been seeing a renaissance of speculative fiction. With Pyr, we'll be looking to create science fiction for the Next Age.

WRITING OPPORTUNITY

I received a note from Bob Furnell, publisher of a fan magazine called TELLYVISION dedicated to American, British and Canadian television. He writes:

I'm looking for individuals who might be interested in writing articles for the magazine on any aspect of "Babylon 5, Crusade" or any other tv show that your interested in.

As its a fan magazine, unfortunately we aren't able to pay you for contributing, but what we are able to offer contributors, is a place to have your material published, a chance to have that material exposed to an audience in Canada, the US and the UK, and a free contributors copy of the issue that your article appears in. Plus, if you run a TV-related website, I'm even willing to give your site a plug in the magazine.

So if you're interested in writing for the magazine, I would love to welcome new contributors/writers on board. You can visit the magazine's official site at: http://www.tellyvision.tvheaven.com, and I can also be contacted by email through the site too.

Thanks for letting me take a few minutes of your time.

Cheers,
Bob
Editor/Publisher


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