From the start, Ballantine was one of the leading publishers of paperback sf, publishing both novels and short sf such as the respected Star Science Fiction series edited by Frederik Pohl. In the early ’60s, Ballantine published J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings in paperback, a work which would sell tens of millions of copies. In 1969, Lin Carter launched the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which brought many rare fantasies back into print. During the mid-1970s, Ballantine published the first Star Trek books using writers such as Alan Dean Foster.
Del Rey Books
In 1977, Ballantine set up Del Rey Books as a science fiction and fantasy imprint under the editorship of Lester del Rey and his wife, Judy-Lynn Benjamin del Rey, to rival Donald A. Wollheim's launch of specialist science fiction publisher DAW Books.
Today, Ballantine and Del Rey are known as Ballantine Del Rey.
Ballantine Adult Fantasy
The Ballantine Adult Fantasy series was an imprint of Ballantine with Lin Carter as editor.
Launched in 1969, the series reissued a number of works of fantasy literature which were out of print or only found in back issues of pulp magazines. The series included works by authors such as James Branch Cabell, Lord Dunsany, Ernest Bramah, Hope Mirrlees, and William Morris.
The series lasted until 1974.
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