Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Award-winning author Christopher Priest takes a look at Penguin's long history of science fiction publishing.
Penguin began publishing a specialist science fiction list in the early 1960s, under the editorial consultancy of Brian Aldiss. The first title was eponymously titled Penguin Science Fiction (1961), an anthology of twelve short stories edited by Aldiss, all but one of them by men, all but four of them by Americans. Memorably, one of the British stories was an early work by J.G. Ballard, now recognized as a major author of the twentieth century, in science fiction or out of it. Read more...