Tom Doherty
Tom Doherty, 2006
Thomas Doherty

April 23, 1935
EducationTrinity College (Connecticut)
Occupation(s)Chairman, former President & Publisher
Years active1958–present[1]
Employer(s)Tom Doherty Associates, Macmillan Publishers, Holtzbrinck Publishers
Known forTor Books, The Wheel of Time

Tom Doherty (born April 23, 1935) is an American publisher and the founder of the science fiction and fantasy book publisher Tor Books.[2] He started as a salesman for Pocket Books and rose to be Division Sales Manager. From there, he went to Simon & Schuster as National Sales Manager, then became publisher of paperbacks at Grosset & Dunlap, including Tempo Books, in 1969.[3] In 1975, he became publisher for Ace Books. In 1979, he left Ace to establish his own company, Tom Doherty Associates, publishing under the Tor Books imprint starting in 1980, which has grown to become the largest publisher of science fiction and fantasy in the United States.[4]

TDA became a subsidiary of St. Martin's Press in 1987; both are now separate divisions of Macmillan Publishers, ultimately owned by Holtzbrinck Publishers. Doherty continues as Chairman of Tom Doherty Associates, publishing under the Tor, Forge, Tordotcom, Starscape, Tor Teen, and Nightfire imprints.[5][6]


In 1993 Tom was the recipient of the Skylark Award (also known as the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award[7]) awarded by the New England Science Fiction Association for outstanding contribution to the field of science fiction. Tom received a "Lifetime Achievement Award"[8] at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention, and in 2006, the Raymond Z. Gallun Award for outstanding contribution to the genre of science fiction.[9] In 2007, Tom received the Lariat Award[10] from the Western Writers of America for contribution to literacy; and was honored with a proclamation from Charles B. Rangel, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, for outstanding leadership to enhance and provide literacy programs throughout the nation.[11] In 2009 Tom received the Solstice Award[12] from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for his significant impact on the science fiction and fantasy landscape; and in 2017 the Thriller Legend Award from the International Thriller Writers, an award honoring an icon in the industry;[13][14] and in 2024 the Robert A. Heinlein Award.[15]


  1. ^ "World Without End". Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  2. ^ Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter, eds. (1993). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc. p. 1235. ISBN 0-312-09618-6.
  3. ^ "Tom Doherty: Story First". 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Publishers". 2021. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Fritz Foy to Take Over Tor/Forge". 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "About Tom Doherty Associates". 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  7. ^ "THE E. E. SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD". 1993. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  8. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Fancylopedia 3 (2006). "Raymond Z. Gallun Award". Retrieved April 4, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Western Writers of America (2007). "Lariat Award". Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  11. ^ SFScope (2007). "Rangel Proclamation Honoring Tom Doherty". Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  12. ^ SFWA (2019). "Search the Nebula Awards". Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  13. ^ International Thriller Writers (2021). "Past Nominees and Winners". Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  14. ^ Publishers Weekly (2017). "Hawley, Petrie Among Winners at 12th Annual Thrillerfest". Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Robert A. Heinlein Award".