FAQ

How can I buy all of your amazing books?

Go to our Books page to purchase Tachyon books directly from us. Tachyon titles also can be found or ordered at bookstores* and online booksellers.  *Use Indiebound to find independent bookstores in your area and to order directly from them in stores or online.

As of January 1st, 2020, Tachyon is distributed to the book trade (retailers, libraries, universities, and wholesalers) by Baker & Taylor Publisher Services

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services
30 Amberwood Parkway
Ashland, OH 44805 USA

Voice
Local / International: 567.215.0030
Toll-Free: 888.814.0208

Email
info@btpubservices.com

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern

What are your shipping charges and options?

Go to our Customer Service/Ordering FAQ.  Orders in the U.S. qualify for free Media Mail shipping.

How do I contact you?

Go to our Contacts page.

Are you open to submissions?

Unfortunately, Tachyon is not open to author submissions. 

The following queries are welcome (please, no attachments):

Literary agents – authors, please do not query us if you represent only yourself.
Artists and designers – please send links to your portfolios and recent work (no attachments).
Interns – if you have any relevant interest or experience in genre/speculative fiction, we’d love to hear about it in your cover letter.

Again, please no direct queries from authors.

We recommend the Resources area at SFWA for comprehensive information for authors about science fiction and fantasy publishing.

I want to post your e-books for free on the Web, that’s cool, right?

You already know the answer to this but here’s why it’s not ok.  According to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) it is illegal to distribute copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder.  If breaking the law is unimportant to you (we’ve all been there), also please consider that when you pirate e-books the authors will not be paid for their work.  If you want more meaningful art in the world, please do pay for it.  From a legal standpoint, we do actively monitor and report copyright violations and we also report offending sites to governmental and consumer-watchdog agencies.

Tl;dr: Don’t steal from writers, k?

Why “Tachyon”?

A tachyon (tack-ee-on; from the Greek tachus, meaning “speedy”) is a hypothetical elementary subatomic particle that is capable of exceeding the speed of light. Tachyons would violate causality if they were proven to exist, because they could be sent to the past, creating a time paradox (like on every other episode of Star Trek).

This is how we meet our deadlines here at Tachyon—first we miss them, and then we go back and meet them. Tachyons actually travel faster when they are losing energy and slow down when they are gaining energy, which is kind of a metaphor for the publishing industry, if you think about it (we try not to).

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