Jacob Weisman is the World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella line. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Realms of Fantasy, the Louisville Courier-Journal, The Seattle Weekly, and The Cooper Point Journal. Jacob is rumored to be hard at work on his first novel.
Jill Roberts has been Tachyon’s erstwhile managing editor since 2002. Jill is the editor of award-winning Tachyon books, and was a columnist for Books to Watch Out For and Thirteenth Moon, and a consulting editor at Streetside Stories. She has appeared on publishing panels at the the WisCon feminist science fiction & fantasy convention, the Nebula Awards, and Fan Nexus. Jill is actively not writing her first novel because writers always look so tired.
Rina Weisman’s invaluable although often unsolicited help has truly helped Tachyon Publications grow. Rina spends her spare time reading books borrowed from Jacob and has coined the verb “Brodarting.” She knows how to make a clamshell box, measure footcandles, prefers the original Star Trek, and has been known to hum “Thus Spake Zarathrustra” when she thinks no one is listening. She runs the popular SF in SF reading series and movie nights, and she is otherwise unsuited for a normal, 9–5 life. Rina is currently proofreading everyone’s first novel.
Elizabeth Story is Tachyon’s Lead Designer. She began as an intern for Tachyon in September of 2009. Since that time, Elizabeth has designed book covers and interiors, press kits, and Tachyon’s catalog, and she has staffed Tachyon’s book tables. She graduated with honors from the Creative Writing department at UC Santa Cruz and has completed her M.F.A. in art and design. Her past work experience includes creating motivational posters, newsletters, and comic strips for a children’s tutoring center; editing a campus literary magazine; and assisting in a perfumery. Elizabeth locked her first novel in a drawer because it tried to bite her.
James DeMaiolo has worked in the book business for the last thirty years. He brings his extensive experience in sales, marketing, and publicity to Tachyon. Jim has been a retail bookseller, a book buyer for Barnes and Noble, and an associate editor. He has worked with Simon and Schuster and Henry Holt and as a freelancer for such publishers as Berkeley, Tor, and Applause Books. Unlike the rest of us, Jim is a published playwright and has edited his first book, a collection of essays on the Federal Theatre Project and a Living Newspaper scenario, The Thrill of Finding Money. After completing his MA in Drama, he has already finished and is revising his first seventeen novels.
Rachel Fagundes was an intern, and then became Tachyon’s Associate Editor, between 2011 and 2017. Rachel graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in literature and a minor in history. Her senior year, she designed and taught an undergraduate lit class at UCSC on ethics and social justice in the Harry Potter novels. She has also previously worked at the American embassy in Belgium, volunteered at the Exploratorium, and interned at Locus. Rachel is fond of comic books, fantasy novels, moussaka, and the Italian Renaissance. She will start working on her first novel any day now. Really.
Bernie Goodman is in charge of long-range planning at Tachyon. Insanity and a belief that he knows the future far better than the rest of us have convinced him that he alone knows what’s best for Tachyon Publications. Is he a delusional time traveler or merely crazy? Time will tell. There are rumors that his first novel was published in 1935, more than thirty years before his birth, in a private edition limited to eight hand-bound copies. No known copies have yet been found.
Quincey occasionally deigns to visit the Tachyon Publications office once in a while. We suspect but cannot confirm that he is working on his first novel. In between the silences upstairs we hear the faint tap-tapping of a typewriter, but when we rush up to investigate, Quincey’s not there.
Clyde filled the most important role at Tachyon Publications: reminding us of the foolishness of our own vanity. We’re not sure whether Clyde had begun work yet on his first novel, but he did receive honorable mention in The Writers of the Future contest and was repeatedly spotted walking purposefully on the keyboards at the Tachyon home offices. (Since his passing in June of 2016, we are not certain who is in charge of cuteness and loud meowing at Tachyon HQ.)
Koufax was the official Tachyon Publications security system. A tad overprotective, Koufax was known to accost the postman who brought by any unsolicited manuscripts. Koufax had completed working on his first novel and was weighing several offers from major publishing houses. He passed away after a long, wonderful life. We miss him.