Ace Books: Fantasy's Pioneer Publisher
Ace Books is an American publishing company that specializes in science fiction and fantasy literature. Founded in 1952 by A.A. Wyn, the company has a long history of publishing works by some of the most renowned authors in the genre, including Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Andre Norton. Ace Books is considered as one of the pioneer publishers of fantasy literature, particularly in the field of sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy, helping to establish and popularize the genres in the 1950s and 1960s. The company is known for its iconic Ace Double Novels, which featured two novels bound together as one book, allowing readers to discover new authors and new stories. Ace Books has also been recognized for its contributions to the fantasy genre, winning multiple awards such as the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula Award. Today, Ace Books continues to be a leading publisher of fantasy literature in the United States, and is considered as a pioneer in the genre. The company continues to publish new and exciting stories, while also reissuing classic works from its extensive backlist, making its books available to new generations of readers.