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Pyr® is a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Prometheus Books,
a leader in publishing books for the scientific, professional, library, educational, popular and consumer markets. 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. In its first exciting five years, Pyr has set the bar high for creativity, intelligence, and quality. Prometheus Books is proud of this addition to our legacy.


Since 2005, Pyr has published in many areas of speculative fiction, including steampunk, epic fantasy, hard science fiction, sci-fantasy blends, alternate history, sword and sorcery, near future thrillers, and space opera. In 2011, Pyr published their first books specifically for the young Adult reader. Regardless of subgenre, Pyr has delivered on its mission to provide books of a consistently high quality, from the content to the packaging.

What People Are Saying...

"Series like [M.D. Lachlan's] the Danilov Quintet by Jasper Kent, the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, and the Shadow books by Jon Sprunk, just to name a few fantasy series (and that's not even getting into the science fiction), have made Pyr books my favorite publisher. With quality like this, it's no wonder Pyr seems to have a permanent place on the shortlists of all the major awards."
—Adventures Fantastic

"If you haven't given Pyr releases a look, you really should. Their output, under the editorial hand of Lou Anders, is nothing short of amazing. By this I mean the number of releases of theirs that are consistently good. I had the chance to read a large number of their releases, particularly in the back half of the year (in fact I'm devouring Mike Resnick's The Buntline Special as we speak), and most were good while some were simply outstanding."
—LEC Book Reviews

"One of very few publishers I know who have no bad books to their name (if they have one, I haven't read it). Additionally, it not only has a very clear image of what it does, but it communicates that image to the world."

"I haven't been this intrigued by so many books from a single publisher in a long time. of the most exciting publishers in the business."
—Black Gate magazine

"[Pyr is] putting out amazing stuff, folks, check them out! … I'm excited by what they're doing and if you like fantasy, you should be too."
—Epilogue to Prologue

"If every publishing house's cover art were as consistently attractive as Pyr's, a lot more people would feel encouraged to read books, I feel."

—Rob Will Review

"I'll have to give [Publisher of the Year] to Pyr and Lou Anders for rekindling my love of Science Fiction along with some quality Fantasy and continually publishing series over consecutive months which all Fantasy fans adore. Plus they have some of the best covers in this or any genre."
—Mad Hatter's Bookshelf and Book Review, "Best Books of 2009"

"The market is no level playing field, and yet year in and year out
Pyr titles manage to stand out from the competition."
—Pat's Fantasy Hotlist (Pyr named 2008 "Publisher of the Year")

"Pyr is quickly becoming the standard by which all other sci-fi imprints are judged." —

"Pyr seems destined to become a leading imprint in the field."
—Science Fiction Weekly/

"You should simply tell your bookseller to send you everything that Pyr publishes, in all versions"
—The Agony Column

"Pyr is doing a fantastic job of publishing books in the US previously unavailable to American readers....Pyr has an impressive mixture of respected, established veterans alongside new voices in the genre."


The Fortress in Orion
Mike Resnick

The Democracy is at war with the alien Traanskei Coalition. War hero Colonel Nathan Pretorius has a record of success on dangerous behind-enemy-lines missions, missions that usually leave him in the hospital. Now he’s recruited for a near-impossible assignment that may well leave him dead. 

“This is space opera at its best—simultaneously pulse pounding and mind expanding. Resnick is our E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith, our Edgar Rice Burroughs: he is the twenty-first century’s master of excitement and adventure. Enjoy!”
—ROBERT J. SAWYER, Hugo Award–winning author of Red Planet Blues