Roc Books

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Roc Books
Parent companyNew American Library (Penguin Group)
FounderJohn Silbersack
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City

Roc Books is a fantasy imprint of Penguin Group, as part of its New American Library. It was launched in April 1990 after Penguin Chairman Peter Mayer asked John Silbersack, the editor in chief of New American Library's science-fiction program, to launch a new imprint that would draw more attention to Penguin's SF presence. The name Roc Books was chosen as a homage to Penguin's many famous bird-named publishing imprints. Roc was named after the enormous predatory bird of the Arabian Nights. After Penguin's merger with G.P. Putnam's Sons the imprint was aligned with Ace books and the current editorial team at Roc is the same team that edits the Ace imprint, although the two imprints maintain a separate identity.[1]

Inaugural List[edit]

The first monthly list at Roc was

  • Robot Visions: Isaac Asimov
  • The Warrior Lives: Joel Rosenberg
  • Project Solar Sail: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Among Madmen: Jim Starlin & Daina Grazuinas
  • Barrow: Jim Deakins

List of authors[edit]

Roc was publisher of FASA's game related Battletech and Shadowrun novels beginning with Shadowrun: The Secrets of Power #2 : Choose Your Enemies Carefully by Robert N. Charette in February 1991.


  1. ^ "SF Canada Article - "An Interview with Editor John Morgan" by Celu Amberstone". Archived from the original on 8 October 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2006.