Who are we?
Tachyon is an independent publisher of science fiction and fantasy for grown-ups. Our books are unique, challenging, and have high literary value. Our books are also a lot of fun.
Tachyon is known for our canonic anthologies that redefine everything from the Victorian whimsies of Steampunk to the "lit-fi" world of Slipstream. In publishing risky story collections we've helped to spark a short fiction renaissance. We've commissioned innovative original novels and brought out-of-print classics to a new generation of readers.
Our award-winning authors include Peter S. Beagle, Charles de Lint, Michael Moorcock, Kage Baker, James Morrow, Tim Powers, Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Carol Emshwiller, Thomas M. Disch, and many more.
In 2010, Tachyon is celebrating fifteen years of publishing smart science fiction and fantasy. Stick around, we're just getting started.
How do I contact you?
Are you taking submissions?
Depends. Go here.
Just what the heck *is* a Tachyon anyway?
A tachyon (tack-ee-on; from the Greek tachus meaning speedy) is a hypothetical elementary subatomic particle with imaginary mass that is capable of exceeding the speed of light. Tachyons would violate causality if they were proven to exist, because they could be sent to the past, creating a time paradox (you know, like on every other episode of Star Trek). This would mean that events could happen in opposite time frames. This is how we meet our deadlines here at Tachyon - first we miss them and then we go back and meet them. Tachyons actually travel faster when they are losing energy and slow down when they are gaining energy, which is kind of a metaphor for the publishing industry, if you think about it (we try not to, though).
I think your books are amazing. How can I buy a complete set of Tachyon titles?
You'd be amazed at how often we get this question. To order from Tachyon directly, from this very website, please go to our books page.
Booksellers and wholesalers, many of our newer titles, such as the third edition of the Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche (pub. date 9/03), are also distributed to the book trade by Independent Publishers Group, as well as through all major wholesalers, including as Baker & Taylor and Ingram. Or you can email us to place orders for resale, or call (415) 285-5615. For other locations to pick up Tachyon books, visit our bookstores page.