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Independent press coeur de lion publishing, makers of fine Australian speculative fiction, is proud to announce its next publication:
Being a TRUE ACCOUNT of Cyrano de Bergerac’s
FURTHER ADVENTURES among the
STATES and EMPIRES of the STARS
by Himself (dec’d)
(Englished from the French by Adam Browne)
ISBN 978-0-9871587-2-7 (print book)
ISBN 978-0-9871587-3-4 (ebook)
PYROTECHNICON will launch at Conflux 8 in Canberra
on the weekend of 29 / 30 September 2012 (www.conflux.org.au)
About PYROTECHNICON by Cyrano de Bergerac
By his nose you may know him.
Cyrano de Bergerac: lover, poet, inventor, swordsman — man of ferocious blade and pretty talent.
In the Seventeenth Century, M. de Bergerac gave account of his fantastical First Voyage to the Moon and his Second Voyage to the Sun. How fortunate that publication of his Third Voyage has been so long delayed and that only now are we afforded the delicious anticipation of knowing the finest, the most fabulous tale of all is yet to come.
What matter any doubts as to the authenticity of the text (purportedly found during the United States’ MER-V mission to Mars, its rover robot famously rolling aside a small boulder to discover the pages you are about to read)? What care we who offers the riches; let us but accept the gift!
Let us dive nose first into this salty welter, effervescent with wordplay, tossed with wonders, a Voyage that takes Renaissance science to abyssal deeps and rarefied heights — trekking among the square roots of a mathematical forest; travelling across time in a rose-sailed ship; battling animalcules in a microscope-shaped zoo…
Above all, let us keep pace with M. de Bergerac on his most challenging quest — the inward quest; the test of the soul — for not until this fiercest swordsman in all France casts aside his blade will he have the might to defeat his deadliest foe, the dread Master of Secrets.
Adam Browne is available for interview — contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Praise for PYROTECHNICON
‘A rich dessert of a novel, filled with finely crafted wit and adventure — Adam Browne has resurrected Cyrano in fine form. Delightful!’
Greg Bear — Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction author.
‘Cyrano de Bergerac returns to science fiction after far too long an absence. PYROTECHNICON is a shadow play of clockwork whimsy, strange invention, and baroque puns. Browne zestfully steers his lighter-than-air word-balloons through a vast and improbable universe of plot. Sit back and enjoy the ride.’
Michael Swanwick — bestselling author of The Dragons of Babel.
‘It is three centuries before Apollo 11, and there are half-angel-power spaceships, angst engines, and even perfumed cannons. PYROTECHNICON is a fantastically surreal and entertaining tale of improbable sciences, unheard-of technologies, and very original adventures.’
Sean McMullen — Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author of the Greatwinter and The Moonworlds Saga series.
‘When his fiancée, Roxane, is kidnapped by the Master of Secrets, a man who smokes gum derived from other people’s dreams, Cyrano de Bergerac, connoisseur of dawns, must give chase across the stars in a vessel shaped into the likeness of an elephant, trunk arching to spout a fountain of grass and flowering weeds. The title does not mislead. PYROTECHNICON is a literary cabinet of curiosities filled with lush imagery and exotic notions. A delicious concoction of swashbucklery and delight. Highly recommended.’
Jeff Vandermeer — World Fantasy Award-winning author of Finch.
‘Simply dazzling. PYROTECHNICON is an audacious triumph of the imagination.’
James Maxey — author of the Bitterwood Series.
About coeur de lion publishing
Independent press coeur de lion publishing is the award-winning publisher of X6 — a novellanthology, containing Margo Lanagan’s World Fantasy Award-winning novella ‘Sea-Hearts’ (novel forthcoming from Allen & Uniwn), and the Peter McNamara Award-winning Tom Rynosseros collection Rynemonn by Terry Dowling. coeur de lion’s latest publication, the original science fiction anthology Anywhere but Earth, is currently available from selected bookstores and online at www.coeurdelion.com.au.
About Adam Browne
Adam is an Aurealis Award-winning speculative fiction author. His original collection Phantasmagoriana is available as a kindle ebook on Amazon.
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