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Ace Books is the oldest continuing publisher of science fiction & fantasy novels, founded in 1953 by magazine publisher A. A. Wyn. It is now a part of Berkley Books a paperback imprint of Penguin Group (USA). A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles on various subjects. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Berkley Books is a paperback imprint of Penguin Group (USA). ... Paperback may refer to a kind of book binding by which papers are simply folded without cloth or leather and bound - usually with glue rather than stitches or staples - into a thick paper cover; or to a book with this type of binding. ... In the publishing business, an imprint is a brand name under which a work is published. ... Penguin Group (USA) is the U.S. division of the international trade book publisher, Penguin Group, a division of Pearson. ...

From its founding through to 1971 its editor in chief was Donald A. Wollheim who, in addition to publishing conventional paperbacks, also instigated the "Ace Double" format, printing two books together dos-a-dos (i. e., upside down with respect to one another so that there were two front covers and the two texts met in the middle, perhaps with a page or two of ads between them). Books by established authors were usually bound together with those by less well-known ones, the theory being that this would help the more obscure authors gain popularity in their own right. The main drawback to the Doubles format was that the two books had to fit a fixed page length (usually totalling between 256 and 320 low-height pages), so that one or both would often be cut to fit. The Ace Doubles format continued until the mid-1970s. 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Donald Allen Wollheim (October 1, 1914 - November 2, 1990) was a science fiction writer (under pseudonyms, including David Grinnell), editor and publisher. ... Events and trends Although in the United States and in many other Western societies the 1970s are often seen as a period of transition between the turbulent 1960s and the more conservative 1980s and 1990s, many of the trends that are associated widely with the Sixties, from the Sexual Revolution...

In 1965 Wollheim discovered a copyright loophole in the American edition of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The Houghton Mifflin edition had been bound using pages printed in the United Kingdom for the George Allen & Unwin edition. This placed them outside of US copyright law as it stood at the time. Exploiting this loophole, Ace Books published the first ever paperback edition of Tolkien's work, featuring cover art and hand-drawn title pages by Jack Gaughan. The furore that erupted resulted in Ace agreeing to pay back-royalties Tolkien and withdrawing their edition. Paperback rights were then assigned to Ballantine Books. It also gave Ace Books an enormous amount of free publicity, which Wollheim may have been counting on all along. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... For copyright issues in relation to Wikipedia itself, see Wikipedia:copyrights. ... Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The one ring of power The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story by J. R. R. Tolkien, a sequel to his earlier work, The Hobbit. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916, wearing his British Army uniform in a photograph from the middle years of WW1. ... Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. ... George Allen & Unwin Ltd. ... Law (a loanword from Old Norse lag), in politics and jurisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, proscribe or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide punishments for those who do not follow... Jack Gaughan (1930-1985) was an American Science Fiction Artist and illustrator who won the Hugo Award several times. ... Ballantine Books, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine, is a major book publisher and is currently owned by Random House. ...

In 1964 Terry Carr had joined the company and in 1968 he initiated the Ace Science Fiction Specials line, publishing critically-acclaimed works by such authors as Alexei Panshin and Ursula Le Guin. 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Terry Carr (February 19, 1937 - April 7, 1987) was a science fiction author and editor. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Alexei Adam Panshin (born August 14, American author of science fiction (SF). ... Ursula K. Le Guin at an informal bookstore Q&A session, July 2004 Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929), is an American author. ...

Carr and Wollheim also co-edited an annual Year's Best Science Fiction anthology series. In the twentieth century anthologies became an important part of poetry publishing, for a number of reasons. ...

In 1971 they both left Ace and went on to edit separate Year's Best volumes. Wollheim founded DAW Books. Carr returned in 1984 as a freelance editor, launching a new series of Ace Specials devoted entirely to new authors. 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Categories: Stub ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

A few of its major authors have included:

William Gibson: Cyberpunk Author. ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 - September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and was a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction author. ... Philip K. Dick Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ... Notable people named John Brunner include: John Brunner (industrialist) John Brunner (novelist) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. ... Samuel Ray Chip Delany, Jr. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934, Painesville, Ohio) is a prolific writer of short stories, novellas, essays and criticism. ... Leigh Brackett (December 7, 1915 - March 18, 1978), although best known for her fantasy and science fiction, also wrote mystery novels and Hollywood screenplays, most notably The Big Sleep (1945), Rio Bravo (1958) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980) She received the Hugo award posthumously for this in 1981. ... Poul Anderson (November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001) was a prolific science fiction author of the Golden Age; some of his short stories were first published using the pseudonyms A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, and Winston P. Sanders. Poul Anderson also wrote fantasy books, such as the King of Ys... Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 - January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author. ... John Holbrook Vance (b. ...


  • Index of Ace Titles
  • Index of Ace Double Novels


  • Index of Ace Titles
  • Index of Ace Double Novels

External links

  • History (http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/aboutus/adult/ace.html) on the Penguin Group website

  Results from FactBites:
Ace Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2989 words)
Ace Books is the oldest active specialty publisher of science fiction and fantasy books.
Ace, along with Ballantine Books, was one of the leading sf paperback publishers for its first ten years.
In 1972, Ace was acquired by Grosset and Dunlap, and in 1982, Grosset and Dunlap was in turn acquired by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
DAW Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (332 words)
DAW Books is a science fiction and fantasy publisher, founded by Donald A. Wollheim (and named after his initials) following his departure from Ace Books in 1971.
Nevertheless, the company published numerous books by well-respected authors in the 1970s, including such luminaries as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Fritz Leiber, Jerry Pournelle, Roger Zelazny and many others.
Until the mid-1980s all DAW books were characterized by yellow spines and a prominent yellow cover box containing the company's logo as well as a chronological publication number.
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