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26/04/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Prometheus Books to launch new SFF imprint, Pyr.

Prometheus Books has just announced 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 independent publishing; and since 1969, Prometheus has been a player in books for the scientific, professional, library, educational, popular and consumer markets.

For the imprint's 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 Greek god who gave fire to humans, lighting the way to reason, intelligence, and independence.

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.

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 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."


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