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Tell Us About Your Favorite Genre Publishers

Day 3 0f my totally stealing this idea from both John Scalzi and Chuck Wendig, and changing it up a little for SF Signal.

I want to know which genre publishers out there you like and why.  Big publishers, small publishers – doesn’t matter.  Tell us about them.  Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with a link to their website (if they have one) (I suggest 1 per comment if you don’t want the moderation bot to hold you in purgatory).  I plan to do something with these for the SF Signal podcast, so pile on people, and promote those publishers!

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34 Comments on Tell Us About Your Favorite Genre Publishers

  1. Nightshade Books is, hands down, my favorite publisher. The “New Voices Program” is just amazing: excellent debut novels all of them. And then, Greg Egan, do I need to say more?

  2. First – all of them.

    My relationship with publishers is this: they are all those wonderful people who bring me such great reads.

    When I started reading this science fiction stuff, there were perhaps three publishers regularly producing SF. All of them were/are great.

    Second – currently, I’d have to say Haffner Press ( Haffner is not only providing a much needed service but is producing some of the best, highest quality (real) books one will ever see.

    Shoutouts to Subterranean, Haikasoru and a couple of others it is too early in the morning to remember.

    My theme is this: some publishers are making damn sure that the physical book remains valuable, important, interesting and attractive and that is going to become more important the more time goes by.

  3. periklis begzos // December 19, 2012 at 7:29 am //

    Big publisher: Gollancz
    Indie Publisher: Nightshade books (
    They both have an incredible variety of authors, writing within the SF/F genre. If I had to pick one that’d be Nightshade though…

  4. PS Publishing are just amazing. High quality books, wonderful cover artwork and a fantastic line of authors

  5. I’d have to go with a tie between Orbit/Tor/Pyr. I know, its not popular to like the big houses, but they’re the ones that pander to my interests. I keep Baen in the closet for nostalgic purposes 😉

  6. Steve Oerkfitz // December 19, 2012 at 7:59 am //

    I would single out Subterranean Small Beer, Nightshade. On a larger scale Tor.
    On the negative side I avoid Baen books with their terrible covers.

  7. For my reading time, I’d have to say Orbit books ( While not all of their line is in line with my reading tastes, the books they do publish which align with my reading tastes are excellent. From Daniel Abraham, to Mira Grant to Michael Cobley to Michael Cobley to Philip Palmer to Rachel Aaron to T.C. McCarthy to Iain M. Banks and so on. Really, if the book fits in one of the branches of the Speculative Fiction genre I enjoy reading, chances are very high that if the Orbit logo is on the spine, then I’m going to enjoy the book.

  8. Nick Sharps // December 19, 2012 at 8:13 am //

    Nightshade Books. I love a good ol’ indie publisher that is willing to take risks. They publish such awesome and diverse stuff.

  9. Angry Robot (

    They publish a wide range of genre fiction and they’ve made me discover authors and sub-genres I’d never thought I’d enjoy. And they have amazing covers.

    Solaris (

    Similar to Angry Robot, they have a varied range and they published some books that really surprised me last year.

    Gollancz (

    Because they publish some of my favourite authors and have a good eye for talent.

  10. Tricky. I can’t name just one.

    Night Shade Books introduced me a lot of new authors in 2011, from Kameron Hurley to Bradley Beaulieu

    Pyr Books, under Lou Anders’ leadership, is possibly the best Mid Major Publisher today.

    And to give them a plug, because they are on the far side of the world, Twelfth Planet Press from the mind of Alisa Krasnostein does some really interesting things.

  11. John E. O. Stevens // December 19, 2012 at 8:28 am //

    PM Press does some great stuff; more than fantastika but always provocative and compelling:

  12. John E. O. Stevens // December 19, 2012 at 8:30 am //

    Jeff VanderMeer’s Cheeky Frawg Press is putting out fantastic stuff, like Karin Tidbeck’s JAGGANATH and rediscovered work by Amos Tutuola:

  13. Lethe Press is at the top of my list, great gay sf, fantasy and horror. Often overlooked on lists like this.

    Also Tor, Flying Pen Press, Subterranean, Crossed Genres, Pyr. They all put out stuff I’m more likely to move to the front my reading list.

  14. David Greybeard // December 19, 2012 at 9:08 am //

    Favorite publisher? I suppose going by the sheer amount of material I’ve read over my lifetime I’d have to call DC COMICS #1, with MARVEL COMICS a close second.


    But it would be idiotic to forget the big publishing houses as they still do publish some of the very best of genre fiction.

    Grand Central Publishing (Preston and Child),
    Scribner (Stephen King),
    William Morrow (Joe Hill),
    Bantam (Dean Koontz) and
    THOMAS DUNNE always seems to find many of the best thrillers.

  15. I work for a publisher, so I’m not going to name them as my choice, Instead, I’m going to say PS Publishing – far and away the best boutique publisher in the UK, and they have a solid claim to “in the world”, too. A diverse range of titles and authors, with a keen editorial eye and simply stunning production values.

  16. Tops is Aqueduct (“challenging feminist sf”). Not only do they publish books I write and edit, they publish just about every book I *wish* I’d written or edited: by Gwyneth Jones, Andrea Hairston, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rachel Swirsky–all the cool kids. And the cover art is art! Beautiful, thought-provoking books. Check out and you’ll find another sign of cluefulness: many, many, many nonwhite writers.

    Also, they pay advances and royalties honestly and in a timely fashion.

    Close second: Small Beer, with loverly books by Delia Sherman, Liz Hand, Sofia Samatar, Karen Lord, etc. at

  17. Night Shade Books has published some of my favourites anthologies in the last years. Also: Kameron Hurley!

    Angry Robot covers a wide spectrum of fantasy & SF: Aliette de Bodard, Chuck Wendig and Laurent Beukes are simply amazing.

    If I had to choose only one publisher, though, right now my vote would go for Chizine Pub. Awesome, truly awesome catalog: David Nickle, Gemma Files, Michael Rowe, Tim Pratt… Groundbreaking stuff, and lots of literary quality on top of it all.

  18. I’m not going to be gracious and abstain like Lee Harris; Night Shade is probably my favorite, and I will soon be published by them. Hopefully, that doesn’t make me seem too biased. I’ve been reading and enjoying their books for a long time.

    Chizine is consistently amazing. Their books are absolutely, painfully, stunningly beautiful.

    Angry Robot appeals to me for a lot of the same reasons Night Shade does. They publish genre-bending works of a wide range that are always readable and always well edited.

  19. I buy a lot of Baen (despite the covers) and I’m eternally grateful to them for publishing their ebooks without drm from the beginning. I also would go with Pyr and Tor.

    • Nick Sharps // December 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm //

      Also a big fan despite the covers! Haha, although I will say that some of the covers are getting better. Larry Correia’s books have pretty good covers.

  20. Nina Phunstapolous // December 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm //

    I love PS Publishing and Angry Robot, already noted and linked by people above. Also Zero Books and Perfect Edge Books

  21. Derek Künsken // December 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm //

    ChiZine Publications does some really outside of the box stuff. I love fantasy and scifi, but am constantly looking for the offbeat and original stuff, and ChiZine is a place where they seem to specialize in that.

  22. Tor rocks it hard on a consistent basis. Irene Gallo is one of the best art directors out there and Tor always seems to manage fantastic cover art married to great authors.

    Pyr books is on a similar road and have done some really wonderful stuff over the past few years. Its a pleasure to see what they are releasing month after month.

    Nightshade has been a favorite since they opened the doors. I’m devastated that Strahan isn’t doing the Eclipse anthologies in print anymore but am thrilled that Nightshade is putting up individual stories, with art, at their site on a consistent basis.

    Subterranean Press temps me on a regular basis to spend more money than I can afford to spend on books. Their most recent treasure to land on my doorstep is the special edition of Kelly Link’s book, Stranger things happen, with a fantastic cover by Kathleen Jennings.

    Ace has been a favorite since my youth and although I don’t find myself buying a lot of new Ace books I am always on the lookout for the latest Patricia A. McKillip from them and I am slowly collecting a lot of the old Ace doubles.

  23. Best bookporn small press publishers: Charnel House (, Centipede Press (, with shoutouts to Haffner and Gauntlet.

    For novella publishing: PS Publishing, Subterranean.

    For mainstream sf/f: Tor. Then again, I’ve been following David Hartwell as he’s flipped between publishers over the years, so if he moves again, I expect my answer to change.

    For best thematic imprints, bar none: Titan Publishing (the Sherlock pastiches line, the Phil Farmer reprints, the Kim Newman releases.)

  24. Right now, it’s Tor. Not only are they a great publisher of mass market sci fi and fantasy, but I loved with the CEO of Macmillan wrote about the importance of the human element of publishing and of standing up the Amazon’s bullying

  25. Miscellaneous Steve // December 21, 2012 at 1:33 am //

    Leaving aside the big publishers, I’ve become a fan of some smaller publishers who are putting out high quality, original and entertaining genre books: ChiZine, Dark Regions, Subterranean, and Angry Robot top my list. Aqueduct and Small Beer Press also deserve mention, as does Nightshade (publishing Kameron Hurley alone is reason enough to include Nightshade).

  26. Obviously I’m biased towards Angry Robot because they publish me – but they’ve put out some cracking books this year, my favourite being vN by Madeline Ashby.

    I’m also big fan of Nightshade – some great debuts recently, especially Courtney Schafer and Mazarkis Williams.

  27. I generally don’t look at publishers when I’m buying books, but from looking at my bookshelf I own a lot of books from Ace, Tor, and Roc.

    Tor definitely had the best website. is really fun, with original content that isn’t solely about their books.

  28. Oh gosh. Let’s see … Chizine Publications has never steered me wrong with great reads from Gemma Files, Ian Rogers, and others. I’m also a minion in the Angry Robot Army, and have discovered many new authors through them. I’ve recently come to appreciate Dark Fuse, as well as Redrum Horror for novella length fiction. Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Apex Books and Cemetery Dance for some really good books in the dark fiction categories.

  29. Rina Weisman // January 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm //

    Tachyon Publications puts out some of the smartest, most sophisticated and dnjoyable books out there. For over 17 years, mind you. Great stuff.

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