Welcome to the Whippleshield Books Shop


Whippleshield Books is a small press based in the UK which focuses exclusively on literary hard science fiction and space fiction. We believe that science fiction does not need implausible gosh-wow special effects and over-the-top space-operatics in order to be good science fiction. There is more than sufficient drama and wonder in the real universe.

The press was founded in April 2012 by Ian Sales, initially to publish his Apollo Quartet series of linked novellas. From the start, it was always intended that Whippleshield Books would be open to submissions of a particular type of science fiction of sufficiently high quality.

Whippleshield Books plans to publish no more than two to three books a year, as limited edition hardbacks, paperbacks and ebooks. Planned titles presently include the remaining three books of Ian Sales's Apollo Quartet, followed by a short collection of five linked short stories titled Space Age. Plus perhaps any suitable submission sent to us which we want to publish.

If you require any further information on books published by Whippleshield Books, please email sales@whippleshieldbooks.com.

If you wish to submit something and have read the submission guidelines on this site, use editor@whippleshieldbooks.com.