Tachyon Publications

JABberwocky is now handling foreign rights for a number of titles published by Tachyon Publications.

Founded in 1995, Tachyon Publications LLC is a publisher of smart science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as mysteries, memoirs, young adult, and literary fiction. They champion the creative storytelling of authors who inspire us through intelligent prose and imaginative worlds. Their titles are consistently unique, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Tachyon books have received the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Mythopoeic, Locus, Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, Endeavor, Neukom, Sidewise, and Philip K. Dick awards.

Learn more about Tachyon.

Bibliography

  • Standalone
    The Secret City
    Tachyon Publications
  • Standalone
    Reading the Bones
    Tachyon Publications
  • Collections
    Portable Childhoods
    Tachyon Publications
  • Collections
    The Fate of Mice
    Tachyon Publications
  • Collections
    Stable Strategies and Others
    Tachyon Publications
  • Anthologies
    Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
    Tachyon Publications
     

Reviews

Standalone

The Secret City
“This carefully crafted, ambivalent story depicts alien and human alike struggling just to get by.”

Publishers Weekly

“During an award-filled, 30-year career, Emshwiller has delighted readers and fellow writers with her unique brand of exquisitely rendered magic realism […] A simple yet vivid parable on the value of cherishing the home one knows best.”

Booklist

“Highly recommended.”

Midwest Book Review

“Emshwiller has been writing occasionally for 50 years, and a new work is a treat.”

The Denver Post

“A sweet and involving story. Its attitude toward humans and aliens is refreshing […] THE SECRET CITY is yet another strong late work from one of our treasures.”

SF Site, featured review

“No one has yet approached the trope with the finesse and grace of Emshwiller. She’s a writer of such slantwise sensibilities and such deep perceptions that she conveys the exotic weirdness of such a setup—and the almost unfathomable otherness of the Betashan mentality—with uncommon vividness and startling jolts of creepiness.”

Sci Fi Weekly

“Emshwiller’s latest displays her incredible talent for writing naturalistic prose about unnatural situations as well as her ability to create a compact level of intensity.”

The Agony Column

Reading the Bones
“READING THE BONES combines the best elements of the previous Xenolinguist stories. From the theoretical and abstract elements of linguistics to the characteristically brutal and savage violence marking several of the earlier pieces, all emotionally and artistically capped by the powerful denouement involving the redemption of the main character.”

David Truesdale, Editor of Tangent Online

“This short novel is expanded from one of her stories, a Nebula Award-winning novella, and the result is her best novel to date.”

SF Chronicle

Collections

Portable Childhoods
“This collection will linger in the memory long after reading and should help garner a larger audience for Klages’s forthcoming second novel.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Klages’ stories contain marvels—small, strange things lurking on the edges of normal life […] Klages creates wonder-filled and beautiful worlds in her short stories, making this a tremendously satisfying collection.”

Booklist

“Klages knows that if you can get inside a child’s perspective, it’s all the fantasy you need, and she does it beautifully.”

Locus

“Klages’ superb first story collection […] strong emotional stories.”

Denver Post

“Consistently well written and emotionally stimulating, the book is one of the loveliest you’ll find.”

School Library Journal Online

“Highly recommended. I enjoyed each and every story in the collection.”

SFRevu

“Ellen Klages’s work seems as transparent as spring water, but this is a woman who knows that clarity and simplicity can pierce the heart.”

Peter Straub, World Fantasy Award-winning author of A Dark Matter and The Talisman (with Stephen King)

“Ellen Klages writes about childhood in brilliant, primary colors. Like Ray Bradbury, her nostalgic stories are like myths.”

Maureen McHugh, Hugo Award-winning author of China Mountain Zhang

“This delightful collection showcases the best of Klages. Her protagonists are lovable, her prose natural, and her charm evident throughout.”

Karen Joy Fowler, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Jane Austen Book Club

The Fate of Mice
“Spanning the past 20 years of Palwick’s career, the eight previously published and three new stories in this outstanding collection (after her 2005 novel The Necessary Beggar) display the author’s versatility […] Palwick’s genre-bending short fiction defies categorization and blends humor with pathos.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This, her first story collection is a welcome addition to her oeuvre and a fitting introduction to her wide-ranging talent and vision […] All 11 pieces explore conundrums of human existence, from the perennial pursuit of utopia to the many faces of mortality. Embracing elements of both horror and speculative fiction, Palwick’s unique and commanding fiction never fails to trigger an emotional response as it captures the imagination.”

Booklist

“A potent brew of mystery and heartache […] gracefully knotted, densely lyrical.”

SyFy

“Palwick uses both fantasy and science in her fictions, flinching from neither the rational nor the ineffable in her quest to write stories exploring the fate of all living things.”

Seattle Times

“Elegantly crafted short fiction.”

Locus

“Disturbingly brilliant […] the quality varies from very good to startlingly brilliant.”

Tor.com

“A powerful and complex utopian streak […] displays a keen intelligence and a fierce imagination.”

Montreal Gazette

Stable Strategies and Others
“Her prose is clean, effortless, and quirky (yes, all three at once) in a way that makes it possible that the knife point to slip right past your eyeballs and straight into your brain.”

The Spectrum Circus

“Eileen Gunn has a barbed-wire-sharp mind, an unsettling insight into the way the world works, and a wicket sense of humor, and her stories are just like her. From Cobain High to the Tower of Diminished Expectations, STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS is a disconcerting, witty, delicious read!”

Connie Willis

“Not caring to scavenge the slipstreamed Sargasso that typifies so much of today’s American SF, Eileen Gunn gives us a lucid field guide to a veritable Galapagos of droll aracana and deeply felt anomalies. Long-awaited and worth the wait.”

Robert Morales

“Very few writers have the range or impact of Eileen Gunn. Her stories zip, dip, twist and turn, move from melancholy to mystery to magic. You are in for a treat. Enjoy!”

Karen Joy Fowler

“‘I awoke this morning to discover that bioengineering had made demands upon me during the night.’ Who hasn’t had mornings like that? It’s a strange life we live, and it gets stranger every day: Eileen Gunn knows as much. A sharp-eyed student of mantises, windswept deserts, Fibonacci numbers, and Richard Nixon, she unblinkingly faces this brave new world as if she’d started off the day sharing coffee with Kafka, trading knowing remarks about the preternatural weirdness of the world. Gunn shows us vistas and scenarios possible and improbable, suggests events that may or may not have happened, and invites us to stretch our minds and imaginations as she does her own. This book contains no end of treasures and pleasures for anyone fortunate enough to come to it, and I’m glad to have it close at hand.”

Gregory McNamee

“Without Eileen Gunn, life as we know it would be so dull we wouldn’t recognize it. Among the five or six North Americans currently able to write short stories, she has not written anywhere near enough. But at least all of them are here in this book, an occasion for rejoicing from Manhattan to Makah.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

“Gunn’s stories are in another league entirely—like Sturgeon or Chiang, she’s sui generis and anything but generic. Every one of these stories has a pleasing, sharp flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Especially the recipe for fruit crisp. Delicious.”

Cory Doctorow

“Reading this book is like getting to wear the eyeballs of a madwoman in your own sockets for a day. Nothing’s going to look the same. Suddenly, the Richard Nixon Game Show and the girl with twenty-one fingers and the birds who need rest to die will make perfect sense. And your life will be better. So buy the damn book. It’s brilliant.”

Warren Ellis

Anthologies

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
“Those looking for well-told stories will be satisfied.”

Publishers Weekly

“An excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field.”

SFcrowsnest

“Sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories […] and every story in the bunch is a knockout.”

BoingBoing.net

“Taking the genre to the next level.”

Booklist

“REWIRED: THE POST-CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY is, one of the best reprint anthologies I have encountered in a long time, judged purely on the quality of the stories contained within it.”

SF Site

“Mind-altering […] every story in the bunch is a knockout.”

Monstrous.com

“A short story collection filled with very good stories by very good science fiction writers offering very engaging ideas.”

PopMatters

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

Reading the Bones
USA

1998 Nebula Award: “Best Novella”

Collections

Portable Childhoods
USA

2008 World Fantasy Award Finalist: “Best Collection”

USA

Locus Award Nominee: “Best Collection”

USA

“Flying Over Water” — 2001 Nebula Award Winner

USA

“Basement Magic” — 2008 World Fantasy Award and Crawford Award nominee

USA

“Time Gypsy” — 1999 Nebula and Hugo Award nominee

Stable Strategies and Others
USA

2005 World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award Nominee

USA

2005 James Tiptree, Jr., Award short list

Anthologies