Del Rey Books

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Del Rey Books
Subsidiary of Random House
Industry Books, publishing
Founded 1977;41 years ago (1977)
Founders Lester del Rey, Judy-Lynn del Rey
Key people
Lester del Rey, Judy-Lynn del Rey
Products Books
Owner Penguin Random House
Parent Random House
Website www.randomhousebooks.com

Del Rey Books is a branch of Ballantine Books, which is owned by Random House and, in turn, by Penguin Random House. It is a separate imprint established in 1977 under the editorship of author Lester del Rey and his wife Judy-Lynn del Rey. It specializes in science fiction and fantasy books, and formerly manga under its (now defunct) Del Rey Manga imprint.

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The first new novel published by Del Rey was The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks in 1977. Del Rey also publishes the Star Wars novels under the LucasBooks sub-imprint (licensed from Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios division of The Walt Disney Company).

<i>The Sword of Shannara</i> 1977 Book by Terry Brooks

The Sword of Shannara is a 1977 epic fantasy novel by American writer Terry Brooks. It is the first book of the Original Shannara Trilogy, followed by The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. Brooks was heavily influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and began writing The Sword of Shannara in 1967. It took him seven years to complete, as he was writing the novel while attending law school. Ballantine Books used it to launch the company's new subsidiary Del Rey Books. Its success boosted the commercial expansion of the fantasy genre.

Terry Brooks American writer

Terence Dean Brooks is an American writer of fantasy fiction. He writes mainly epic fantasy, and has also written two movie novelizations. He has written 23 New York Times bestsellers during his writing career, and has over 21 million copies of his books in print. He is one of the biggest-selling living fantasy writers.

<i>Star Wars</i> Epic science fantasy space opera franchise

Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, created by George Lucas and centered around a film series that began with the eponymous 1977 movie. The saga quickly became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

Authors

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob is an English-American author in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.

Isaac Asimov American science-fiction and non-fiction writer

Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Stephen Baxter (author) British writer known for hard science fiction

Stephen Baxter is an English hard science fiction author. He has degrees in mathematics and engineering.

Series


Batman
A trilogy based on the Dark Knight (nickname) version of the character.
  1. Batman: Dead White (2006 novel) by John Shirley
  2. Batman: Inferno (2006 novel) by Alex Irvine
  3. Batman: Fear Itself (2007 novel) by Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman
Dragonriders of Pern
Twenty-three Dragonriders of Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey beginning with the first edition of the third novel— The White Dragon (1978)—and reprints of the first two novels. [1]
Ghosts of Albion
Accursed (2005 novel) by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
Witchery (2006 novel) by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
God of War
  1. God of War (2010 novelization) by Matthew Stover and Robert E. Vardeman
  2. God of War II (2013 novelization) by Robert E. Vardeman
Halo
  1. Halo: The Fall of Reach (2001 novel) by Eric Nylund
  2. Halo: The Flood (2003 novel) by William C. Dietz
  3. Halo: First Strike (2003 novel) by Eric Nylund
Robotech
Twenty-one Robotech novels (1987–1996) by James Luceno and Brian Daley
Shannara
Eleven (and counting) Shannara novels by Terry Brooks
Spider-Man
  1. Spider-Man (2002 novelization) by Peter David
  2. Spider-Man 2 (2004 novelization) by Peter David
  3. Spider-Man 3 (2007 novelization) by Peter David
Southern Victory
Eleven Southern Victory novels (1997–2007) by Harry Turtledove
Star Wars
Many Star Wars novels by various authors.
Tarzan
Time's Last Gift (1977 revised edition) by Philip José Farmer
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996) by R. A. Salvatore
the Dark Heart of Time (June 1999) by Philip José Farmer
X-Men
  1. X-Men (2000 novelization) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith
  2. X-Men 2 (2003 novelization) by Chris Claremont
  3. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 novelization) by Chris Claremont

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Anne McCaffrey American-Irish novelist

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born writer who emigrated to Ireland and was best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series written primarily by American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who initiated it in 1967. Beginning in 2003, her middle child Todd McCaffrey has written Pern novels, both solo and jointly with Anne. The series comprises 23 novels and several short stories. Most of the short fiction has been collected in two volumes or incorporated in one of the novels, so Dragonriders of Pern is sometimes identified with the 24 books. Two of the novellas included in the first novel, Dragonflight, made McCaffrey the first woman to win a Hugo or Nebula Award.

<i>Dragonsong</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsong is a science fantasy novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. Released by Atheneum Books in March 1976, it was the third to appear set on the world Pern of the Dragonriders of Pern. In its time, however, Dragonsong brought the fictional planet Pern to a new publisher, editor, and target audience of young adults, and soon became the first book in the Harper Hall of Pern trilogy. The original Dragonriders of Pern trilogy with Ballantine Books was not completed until after the publication of Dragonsong and its sequel.

<i>Halo: The Fall of Reach</i> novel in the Halo series

Halo: The Fall of Reach is a military science fiction novel by Eric Nylund, set in the Halo universe, and acts as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the series. The book was released in October 2001 and is the first Halo novel. It takes place in the 26th century across several planets and locations. The novel details the events which led up to the game and explains the origins of the SPARTAN II super soldiers, narrating the story of the series protagonist, the Master Chief.

Jody Lynn Nye American speculative fiction writer

Jody Lynn Nye is an American science fiction writer. She is the author or co-author of approximately forty published novels and more than 100 short stories. She has specialized in science fiction or fantasy action novels and humor. Her humorous series range from contemporary fantasy to military science fiction. About one-third of her novels are collaborations, either as a co-author or as the author of a sequel. She has been an instructor of the Fantasy Writing Workshop at Columbia College Chicago (2007) and she teaches the annual Science Fiction Writing Workshop at DragonCon.

Eric Nylund American writer

Eric S. Nylund is an American novelist and professional technical writer. His wife, Syne Mitchell, is also a science fiction writer. He holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Sc. in chemical physics from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in North Bend, Washington with his wife, Syne, and his son, Kai Nylund.

<i>Dinosaur Planet</i> (novel) book by Anne McCaffrey

Dinosaur Planet is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was a paperback original published in 1978, by Orbit Books (UK) and then by Del Rey Books (US), the fantasy & science fiction imprints of Futura Publications and Ballantine Books respectively.

Todd J. McCaffrey is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.

<i>The White Dragon</i> (novel) novel by Anne McCaffrey

The White Dragon is a science fantasy novel by American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It completes the original Dragonriders trilogy in the Dragonriders of Pern series, seven years after the second book. It was first published by Del Rey Books in June 1978, one year before the young adult Harper Hall trilogy.

Karen Traviss is a science fiction author from Wiltshire, England. She is the author of the Wess'Har series, and is also known for writing tie-in material based on Star Wars, Gears of War, Halo, and G.I. Joe. Her work crosses various forms of media including novels, short stories, comics, and video games.

<i>Dragonquest</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonquest is a science fantasy novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It is the sequel to Dragonflight, set seven years later and the second book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Dragonquest was first published by Ballantine Books in May 1971.

<i>Dragons Kin</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon's Kin is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey. Published by Del Rey Books in 2003, it is the eighteenth book in the Dragonriders of Pern series and the first with Todd as co-author.

Robotech (novels)

In 1987, the Robotech animated series was adapted into novel form by authors James Luceno and Brian Daley and published by Del Rey Books. Having previously collaborated on the animated series Galaxy Rangers, the pair's Robotech novels were released under the unified pseudonym of "Jack McKinney". Using fictitious epigraphs in the style of Dune, McKinney's novels escaped the limitations inherent in the dubbed cartoon and fleshed out its chronology in greater detail; most significantly, by adapting the storyline of the aborted sequel project, "The Sentinels". The entire series lasted for twenty-one books, the first fifteen of which were later collected into five three-book omnibus compilations in the early 1990s.

<i>Dragonsblood</i> book by Todd McCaffrey

Dragonsblood is a science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that his mother Anne McCaffrey initiated in 1967. Published in 2005, this was the first with Todd as sole author and the nineteenth in the series.

<i>Dragonsdawn</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsdawn is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was the ninth book published in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne or her son Todd McCaffrey. It was published in 1988, by Del Rey in the US and Bantam in the UK.

<i>A Gift of Dragons</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

A Gift Of Dragons is a 2002 collection of short fiction by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. All four stories are set on the fictional planet Pern; the book is one of two collections in the science fiction series Dragonriders of Pern by Anne and her son Todd McCaffrey.

<i>Dragonheart</i> (novel) book by Todd McCaffrey

Dragonheart is a science fiction novel by Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that his mother Anne McCaffrey initiated in 1967. Published by Del Rey Books in 2008, it was the second for Todd as sole author and the twenty-second in the series. Written after his first book, Dragonsblood, it is a concurrent-time book as opposed to a prequel or sequel.

<i>Dragons Time</i> book by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon's Time is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey and her son Todd McCaffrey in the Dragonriders of Pern series that she initiated in 1967. Published by Del Rey Books and released June 2011, Dragon's Time is their fourth collaboration in the series and is the sequel to Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey.

References

  1. Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
    • Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
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