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Del Rey Books
Company typeSubsidiary of Random House
IndustryBooks, publishing
FoundersLester del Rey, Judy-Lynn del Rey
Key people
Lester del Rey, Judy-Lynn del Rey
OwnerPenguin Random House
ParentRandom House

Del Rey Books is an imprint of the Random House Group, a division of Penguin Random House. The imprint was established in 1977 under the editorship of author Lester del Rey and his wife Judy-Lynn del Rey. Today, the imprint specializes in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and fantasy romance.

The first new novel published by Del Rey was The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks in 1977. Del Rey formerly published Star Wars novels under the Lucasbooks sub-imprint (licensed from Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios division of The Walt Disney Company) that are now published by its sister imprint, Random House Worlds.


Books published

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A trilogy based on the Dark Knight version of the character.
  1. Batman: Dead White (2006 novel) by John Shirley
  2. Batman: Inferno (2006 novel) by Alex Irvine
  3. Batman: Fear Itself (2007 novel) by Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman
Dragonriders of Pern
Twenty-three Dragonriders of Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey beginning with the first edition of the third novel—The White Dragon (1978)—and reprints of the first two novels.[1]
Ghosts of Albion
Accursed (2005 novel) by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
Witchery (2006 novel) by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden
God of War
  1. God of War (2010 novelization) by Matthew Stover and Robert E. Vardeman
  2. God of War II (2013 novelization) by Robert E. Vardeman
  1. Halo: The Fall of Reach (2001 novel) by Eric Nylund
  2. Halo: The Flood (2003 novel) by William C. Dietz
  3. Halo: First Strike (2003 novel) by Eric Nylund
Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
  1. Ink & Sigil (2020 novel)
  2. Paper & Blood (2021 novel)
Rabbits by Terry Miles
  1. Rabbits (June 2021 novel)
  2. The Quiet Room (October 2023 novel)
Twenty-one Robotech novels (1987–1996) by James Luceno and Brian Daley
Eleven (and counting) Shannara novels by Terry Brooks
Spider-Man by Peter David
  1. Spider-Man (2002 novelization) by Peter David
  2. Spider-Man 2 (2004 novelization) by Peter David
  3. Spider-Man 3 (2007 novelization) by Peter David
Fourteen StarFist novels (1997–2009) and three StarFist: Force Recon novels (2005-2008) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg
Southern Victory
Eleven Southern Victory novels (1997–2007) by Harry Turtledove
Star Wars
Many Star Wars novels by various authors.
Time's Last Gift (1977 revised edition) by Philip José Farmer
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996) by R. A. Salvatore
The Dark Heart of Time (June 1999) by Philip José Farmer
Nine Temeraire novels (2006-2016) by Naomi Novik, published by Del Rey books in the US.
  1. X-Men (2000 novelization) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith
  2. X-Men 2 (2003 novelization) by Chris Claremont
  3. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 novelization) by Chris Claremont


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-23.