Phoenix Pick publishes reprints and new works of some of the best known authors in speculative fiction including Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg, Sprague L. de Camp, Daniel F. Galouye and many more.

Since 2013, we have also published a bi-monthly magazine, Galaxy's Edge, edited by Mike Resnick. In 2015 Mike Resnick was nominated for a Short Form Editor Hugo Award, and Kary Englishís story "Totaled," (published in Issue #9) was nominated for a Best Short Story Hugo Award. In 2016 Ron Friedman was nominated for the Aurora awards for his short story, "Game Not Over."

Recently Released

by Edward M. Lerner

"A must-have for every science-fiction writer. Edward M. Lerner has produced the best-ever guide to putting the science in science fiction, and he's done it with clarity, wit, and panache. A terrific book ó I'm recommending it to all my colleagues, and to all those who hope someday to be professional SF writers."óRobert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

"This is a book which covers a huge number of topics well and provides great scientific and science fictional stimulation."óDave Truesdale, Tangent Online

"I am entertained and enlightened."óLarry Niven, author of Ringworld

"A great source book for SF writers."óBud Sparhawk, author of Distant Seas

"Worth your time, your money, and your consideration, whether you're interested in accessible science, looking tounderstand trends in science fiction, oróoptimallyóboth."óTrevor Quachri, editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact (excerpted from his guest foreword to the book)

Men have walked on the Moon. Siri and Alexa manageóat least often enough to be helpfulóto make sense of the things we say. Biologists have decoded DNA, and doctors have begun to tailor treatments to suit our individual genetic make-ups. In short: science and tech happen.

But faster-than-light travel? Time travel? Telepathy? A six million dollaróas adjusted, of course, for inflationóman? Starfaring aliens? Super-intelligent computers? Those, surely, are mere fodder for storytelling. Or wild extrapolations. Just so many ìsci fiî tropes.

Sometimes, yes. But not necessarily.

In Trope-ing the Light Fantastic, physicist, computer engineer, science popularizer, and award-winning science-fiction author Edward M. Lerner entertainingly examines these and many other SF tropes. The science behind the fiction.

Each chapter, along with its eminently accessible scientific discussion, surveys science fictionófoundational and modern, in short and long written form, on TV and the big screenóthat illustrates a particular trope. The good, the bad, and occasionally the cringe-worthy. All imparted with wit (and ample references to learn more).

So forget what the Wizard of Oz advised. Letís pull back the curtainÖ

by John Brunner and Damien Broderick

The legendary John Brunner wrote the original Threshold of Eternity in 1957. Sixty years later Damien Broderick revisits the world Brunner created in that classic, forward-looking story and modernizes it to retell the exciting tale of time travelers, augmented intelligences and aliens.

When Korean war vet Ret. Corporal Lawrence ìRedî Hawkins stumbles across a doctor from the future, he embarks on the most important journey of his lifeÖwith the future of humanity at stake. For he must travel thousands of years into the future to join in a galactic Time War where alien beings are poised to eradicate humanity in a conflict that never ends.

Spearheading the fight against the alien race (known only as the Enemy) is Artesha, a human so advanced, so damaged by a war sheís been fighting across endless time and space, that her physical form has been destroyed; she not only has been uploaded into the Centerís web where she runs humanityís vast communication networkóshe has become it.

While Artesha tries to calculate the best way to victory in a playing field being continuously altered by time surges, it is all that she and her fleet coordinators, Paulo Magwareet and Burma Brahmasutra, can do to keep up with the fallout. For there is also another presence at play whom the humans know as the Being, and the Enemy label the Beast. It will take all of the time travelers, across many different eras of humanity, working together to uncover this mysterious entityís goal, to make right a time torn asunder so they can forge a future for the human race.

In The Works


The Science Fiction Hall of Fame
Volume Two A
edited by Ben Bova

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame
Volume Two B (reprint)
edited by Ben Bova

The Hounds of Skaith (reprint)
by Leigh Brackett

Eric John Stark: Outlaw of Mars (reprint)
by Leigh Brackett

The Stars Must Wait (reprint)
by Keith Laumer


Kinship Wars: Contact (new)
by Doug Dandridge

Conversations From the Edge:

The Galaxy's Edge Interviews (new)
edited by Joy Ward

The Reavers of Skaith (reprint)
by Leigh Brackett

Bolo (reprint)
by Keith Laumer

Assignment in Nowhere (reprint)
by Keith Laumer

Worlds of the Imperium (reprint)
by Keith Laumer


Red Planet (reprint)
by Robert A. Heinlein

The Number of the Beast (reprint)
by Robert A. Heinlein

The Ginger Star (reprint)
by Leigh Brackett

Rogue Bolo (reprint)
by Keith Laumer

The Other Side of Time (reprint)
by Keith Laumer

Zone Yellow (reprint)
by Keith Laumer

Phoenix Pick/Galaxy's Pick at Conventions- San Jose Worldcon, 2018

  • A gathering of friends at the Phoenix Pick/Galaxy's Edge tables in the exhibit hall. From Left to right: George R.R. Martin, Barb Galler-Smith, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Shahid Mahmud, Robert J. Sawyer

  • Shahid Mahmud holding the Chinese edition of Galaxy's Edge with the team from the Chengdu Eight Light Minutes Culture Communications Co., Ltd, who created the Chinese edition, led by Yang Feng (2nd from right)

  • L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and Harry Turtledove with his lovely family
    visiting our tables.

  • Lezli Robyn (who works at Arc Manor) accepting her Science Fiction and Fantasy Trading Card at the 76th Worldcon

When Keelarah, Lead Interrogator in the Neuropsychsubdivision of the Cartheeli Military Caste, first meets the alien, she is prepared to do her duty. He is a trespasser on her planet, has caused the death of someone dear to her, and it is imperative she find out where heís come from and whether his kind poses a threat to her and her people.

Often ruthless in her techniques, the interrogator uses her telepathic and empathic abilities to assault his mind, to draw out any whisper of information that can give them a better idea of whatówhoóthey are dealing with. But she isnít prepared for the prisoner to defend himself with comparable talents, to disarm her with equally astute observations.

Chief Surveyor Forrest Brown might not be the best example of humanity, but he doesnít have to be to show Keelarah what it is to be humane. As they get to know each other, the line between captor and prisoner blur, which begs the question: is having different origins a more important factor, or the ability to find common ground? What if mutual alienation leads to the most profound bond of all.

What will it mean to be human in the future? How will we evolve in order to reach the stars?

Fifteen short stories collected in this book examine how interstellar flight might change humanity itself. Will we choose to upload our minds into a singularity? Enhance ourselves with alien DNA? Will our bodies remain the same, but our culture and societal norms adapt to accommodate for effects of time dilation, or become subsumed by advanced alien cultures?

Hugo and Nebula award winning authors, bestsellers, and some of the hottest new writers in the field of hard science fiction imagine an array of possible futuresófrom bright to dystopianóand different permutations of what's in store for us as a species.

Includes stories by Robert J. Sawyer, John Varley, Robert Silverberg, Brenda Cooper, Ken Liu, Mike Resnick, Jody Lynn Nye and many more.


Mike Resnick with Lezli Robyn and Larry Hodges

ISBN 978-1-61242-307-4, 228 Pages, Trade Paperback 5î x 8î

"This book will be remembered as one of the major collections of the decade."óRobert J. Sawyer

Multiple award-winning authors, Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, get to the heart of the matter in Soulmates, which showcases all the words they have penned together over their years as collaborators (with a bonus solo piece by each). Whether a robot, alien, some kind of supernatural being or human, rising above our prejudices and ignorance allows us to make emotional connections that can have a profound effect on our lives.

Each of these stories examine a facet of the simple, yet incredibly complex, concept of companionship. They will make you laugh; will make you cryÖbut most importantly they will make you look at the very basic notion of soul-mates in a different light. 

George R. R. Martin visiting the Phoenix Pick/Galaxy's Edge table. He had a crazy schedule being the guest of honor, but still found time to sign 200+ copies of the Galaxy's Edge magazine which featured him (interview plus a story).

Dinner hosted by Phoenix Pick. From lower left: Joe Haldeman, Lee Emmet, John Varley, Lisa Turteldove, Harry Turtledove, Eric Flynn, Shahid Mahmud Larry Niven, Alex Shvartsman, Gay Haldeman (Kim Stanley Robinson later joined, Lezli Robyn taking the picture).

Phoenix Pick at Conventions- Balticon 2016

THE PHOENIX PICK FREE EBOOK PROGRAM: Phoenix Pick runs one of the most popular newsletter programs in the industry where we reward our readers for their loyalty with a free ebook every month. We have given away a free ebook every month since June, 2010 (with one exception: April 2016). Authors whose books have been offered include Larry Niven, Robert A. Heinlein, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, and many others. Click here to sign up for the news-letter and our specials.

Larry Niven, Mike Resnick and C Stuart Hardwick signing at our table.

David Gerrold (author of the famous Star Trek episode, Trouble With Tribbles, and Worldcon Guest of Honor, 2015).

Robert J. Sawyer and the late David Hartwell relaxing at our table.

Phoenix Pick at Conventions - Worldcon 2015

Phoenix Pick is working with Spectrum Literary Agency and the Heinlein Prize Trust to bring back many of the legendary author's books to market in a number of media-formats including ebooks, hardcovers (select titles) and trade paperbacks.

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In The Works


Time for the Stars
Robert A. Heinlein

Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Charles Sheffield


Threshold of Eternity
John Brunner & Damien Broderick

Hidden Variables
Charles Sheffield


The Trintonian Ring
L. Sprague de Camp

Dancing With Myself
Charles Sheffield


The Best of Cordwainer Smith
Cordwainer Smith

Stellar Guild Book
Mike Resnick & Lezli Smith

Phoenix Pick at Conventions - Boskone 2016


Aliens invading our tables


Shahid Mahmud (publisher) with customers

Phoenix Pick is a division of Arc Manor Publishers, Rockville, MD