Ace Books is the science fiction/fantasy imprint of The Berkley Publishing Group, and is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the United States. Founded in 1953 by A. A. Wyn, 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.
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.
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.