Ace Books, the science fiction/fantasy imprint of The Berkley Publishing Group, is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the United States.  Founded in 1953, Ace has published many of the science fiction/fantasy titles that have become classics over the last 60 years, including Frank Herbert’s bestselling Dune series, T.H. White’s Arthurian novel The Once and Future King, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, and William Gibson’s breakout book Neuromancer, which is credited with introducing the concept of cyberspace.

Today Ace continues to publish bestselling, influential science fiction/fantasy writers, including Charlaine Harris, whose #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series was the basis for HBO’s hit show “True Blood;” classic science fiction authors like Joe Haldeman, John Varley, and Jack McDevitt, all of whom have been with the imprint for decades; and award winners Charles Stross, Alastair Reynolds, and Stephen Baxter.  Authors who have grown in the Ace list from paperback original into #1 New York Times bestsellers in hardcover include Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Patricia Briggs.


Ace Books was founded in 1953 by A. A. Wyn, and is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the United States. With Donald A. Wollheim as editor, it issued some of the most outstanding science fiction writers of the 1950s and 1960s, including Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Robert Silverberg. Ace was known for marketing innovations such as the Ace Doubles, which contained two short novels bound back to back, and for the critically acclaimed Ace Specials edited by Terry Carr. In 1972, Wollheim left the company, and it was later acquired by Grosset & Dunlap. Under Publisher Tom Doherty, Ace produced books in all genres, though science fiction remained a specialty. In 1982, Grosset & Dunlap was acquired by The Putnam Berkley Group and Ace soon became Berkley’s science fiction imprint.

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October 7, 2015

Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first book in the new steampunk series The Cinder Spires, will debut at #5 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list, #7 on the eBook Fiction, and #6 on the Combined Print & eBook Fiction lists the week of October 18th.The book also hit the top ten on […]

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March 3, 2015

This week, New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs and Anne Bishop hit the road to promote their new novels: Briggs’ Dead Heat (Ace) and Bishop’s Vision In Silver (Roc). This is the first time the popular urban fantasy authors have toured together, and early reports have shown that readers are thrilled. More than 100 fans turned out […]

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February 10, 2015

First Installment The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass to be Published This Fall Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the acquisition of a new fantasy series by Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files novels. Executive Editor Anne Sowards bought World English Rights from Jennifer Jackson […]

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