Bantam Spectra
Bantam Spectra is the science-fiction division of Bantam Books
Bantam Books
Bantam Books is an American publishing house owned entirely by Random House, the German media corporation subsidiary of Bertelsmann; it is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. It was formed in 1945 by Walter B. Pitkin, Jr., Sidney B. Kramer, and Ian and Betty Ballantine...

, which is owned by Random House
Random House
Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films,...


According to their website, Spectra publishes "science-fiction, fantasy
Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

, horror
Horror fiction
Horror fiction also Horror fantasy is a philosophy of literature, which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten its readers, inducing feelings of horror and terror. It creates an eerie atmosphere. Horror can be either supernatural or non-supernatural...

, and speculative novels from recognizable authors" Spectra authors have collectively won 31 such awards in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, and been nominated on 132 occasions. These authors include :

  • David Brin
    David Brin
    Glen David Brin, Ph.D. is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards.-Biography:...

  • Connie Willis
    Connie Willis
    Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear...

  • Bruce Sterling
    Bruce Sterling
    Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.-Writings:...

  • Kim Robinson
  • George R. R. Martin
    George R. R. Martin
    George Raymond Richard Martin , sometimes referred to as GRRM, is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic pay-cable series Game of...

  • Gregory Benford
    Gregory Benford
    Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine...

  • William Gibson
    William Gibson
    William Gibson is an American-Canadian science fiction author.William Gibson may also refer to:-Association football:*Will Gibson , Scottish footballer...

  • Dan Simmons
    Dan Simmons
    Dan Simmons is an American author most widely known for his Hugo Award-winning science fiction series, known as the Hyperion Cantos, and for his Locus-winning Ilium/Olympos cycle....

  • Ian McDonald
  • Elizabeth Hand
  • Margaret Ogden
  • Elisabeth Vonarburg
    Élisabeth Vonarburg
    Élisabeth Vonarburg is a science fiction writer. She was born in Paris and has lived in Chicoutimi , Quebec, Canada since 1973....

  • Mark Budz
    Mark Budz
    Mark Budz is an American science fiction writer. Budz was born on November 1, 1960 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey into a family that traveled prodigiously. In the late 1980s, Mark moved to Oregon to become a full-time writer...

  • Liz Williams
    Liz Williams
    Dr Liz Williams is a British science fiction writer. The Ghost Sister, her first novel, was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.Williams is the daughter of a stage...

  • Sheri Tepper
  • Robert Charles Wilson
    Robert Charles Wilson
    Robert Charles Wilson is an American-Canadian science fiction author.Wilson was born in the United States in California, but grew up near Toronto, Ontario. Apart from another short period in the early 1970s spent in Whittier, California, he has lived most of his life in Canada, and in 2007 he...

  • Roberta MacAvoy
  • Justina Robson
    Justina Robson
    Justina Robson is a science fiction author from Leeds, England.- Biography and publishing history :Justina Robson was born in Leeds , and studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of York...

  • Elizabeth Bear
    Elizabeth Bear
    Sarah Bear Elizabeth Wishnevsky is an American author. Writing under the name Elizabeth Bear, she works primarily in the genre of speculative fiction, and was a winner of the 2005 John W...

  • Anthony Ballantyne
  • Scott Lynch
    Scott Lynch
    Scott Lynch is an American fantasy author, best known for his Gentleman Bastard series of novels. He resides in Western Wisconsin in the city of New Richmond, Wisconsin. According to his website, he had a variety of jobs including dishwasher, waiter, web designer, freelance writer and office manager...

  • Catherynne Valente
  • Tim Lebbon
    Tim Lebbon
    Tim Lebbon is a horror and dark fantasy writer, and a judge at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention.-Life and career:Lebbon was born in London. His short story "Reconstructing Amy" won the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction in 2001 and his novel Dusk won the 2007 August Derleth Award from the...

  • Christopher Barzak
    Christopher Barzak
    Christopher Barzak is an American author. He has published many short stories, beginning with "A Mad Tea Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet in 1999. In 2007 he published his debut novel, One for Sorrow, which has won the 2008 Crawford Award, and was a nominee for the 2008 Great Lakes Book...

  • Patrice Murphy
  • Doug Beason
    Doug Beason
    Doug Beason is an American scientist and science fiction author.He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977 with a dual major in physics and math. He started his first novel while at the Academy after returning there as an officer in the 1980s to teach physics. He is a retired...

  • Kevin J. Anderson
    Kevin J. Anderson
    Kevin J. Anderson is an American science fiction author with over forty bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels...

  • Karen Fowler
  • William McCarthy
    William McCarthy
    William McCarthy may refer to:* William J. McCarthy - American labor leader and official in the Teamsters union* William C. McCarthy - mayor of Pittsburgh, 1875–1878* William T. McCarthy - U.S...

  • Neal Stephenson
    Neal Stephenson
    Neal Town Stephenson is an American writer known for his works of speculative fiction.Difficult to categorize, his novels have been variously referred to as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk...

  • Jamil Nasir
    Jamil Nasir
    Jamil Nasir is an American science fiction and fantasy author born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.He has won a Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for foreign novel and received a special citation from the Philip K...

  • George Foy
  • John Ford
    John Ford
    John Ford was an American film director. He was famous for both his westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath...

  • Charles Platt
  • Ellen Kushner
    Ellen Kushner
    Ellen Kushner is an American writer of fantasy novels, who for many years was the host of the radio program Sound & Spirit, produced by WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International.- Background and personal life :...

  • Paula Volsky
    Paula Volsky
    Paula Volsky is an American fantasy author. Born in Fanwood, New Jersey, she majored in English literature at liberal arts college Vassar in New York State. At the University of Birmingham, England, she received an M.A. in Shakespearian studies. Before writing fantasy, she sold real estate and...

  • Joe Lansdale
  • Richard Grant
  • Patricia Geary
    Patricia Geary
    Patricia Geary is an American author. After writing two borderline fantasy novels, Living in Ether and Strange Toys , the latter of which won the Philip K. Dick Award, she found it difficult to sell her third novel as she had a reputation primarily as a fantasy author , and returned to teaching...

  • M. K. Hobson
    M. K. Hobson
    M. K. Hobson is a speculative fiction and fantasy writer. In 2003 she was a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her debut novel The Native Star was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award...

  • Michael McQuay
  • Lisa Goldstein
    Lisa Goldstein
    Lisa Goldstein is a Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award nominated fantasy and science fiction writer. Her 1982 novel The Red Magician won the American Book Award for best paperback novel, and was praised by Philip K. Dick shortly before his death...

  • T. A. Pratt Tim Pratt
    Tim Pratt
    Tim Pratt is a science fiction and fantasy writer and poet. He grew up in the vicinity of Dudley, North Carolina, and attended Appalachian State University, where he earned a Bachelor's in English. In 1999 he attended the Clarion East Writing Workshop...

  • David J Williams
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