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Sep 10, 2006, 8:17pm

Hi, everyone. I guess it's time to get this thread started.

I'm Bob, and I collect DAW Books.

Now that that's out of the way... if you're here, you're probably interested to know that there is a collector's guide:
Future and fantastic worlds: A bibliographical retrospective of DAW Books, 1972-1987 (Starmont reference guide).

Anyone have any special areas of interest?

Apr 16, 2007, 2:14pm

Hi Bob,

I only found your group today. (DAW is my publisher.) Mostly, I've been collecting and reading the more recent releases ... Julie Czerneda, Tanya Huff, Kristen Britain, not to mention some of the Martin Greenberg anthologies.


Apr 16, 2007, 10:09pm

Hi, Jim, and welcome.

Library Thing has over a thousand members in the "SF Fans" group, so I'm a little surprised that this group is so quite.

May 5, 2007, 2:20am

Hi Bob,
I didn't know about that collector's guide-thanks for cluing me in-I'll have to look for it. There is something comforting about those spines isn't there?
My particular interest in DAW is mainly limited to the British authors they brought over in the '70's. Do you have a specific interest?

May 11, 2007, 4:49pm

Those DAW paperbacks from the 1960's and 1970's are the perfect traveling size. They're slim enough for a coat (or even hip) pocket. I also like the cover art on the fantasy novels, as on Stormbringer and Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock. Great little books. I even enjoy the yellow pulp paper. It's such a great feeling to pick up a stack of DAW paperbacks from a used bookstore.

May 11, 2007, 8:34pm

#4 Do you have a specific interest?

Hi - personally, I like the DAW theme-anthology-of-the-month series; even when I'm not much interested in the particular theme, it's interesting to take a look at the new names.

Overall, my taste runs more to SF than to Fantasy, so I get the sense that DAW is shifting away from me in recent years. (That said, the monthly anthologies just by themselves account for fully one-third of DAW's releases.)

#5 Agreed - and it's been interesting to watch the size of mass-market paperbacks inflate over the decades.

Jun 8, 2007, 6:14am

I don't have many, didn't realise they were an iconic publisher, but I like them because they publish C J Cherryh in the UK before anyone else does which is just a good thing! I don't generally like their somewhat lurid cover art though.

What yellow spines? All mine are black.

Jun 8, 2007, 7:10am

The older DAW books all had a characteristic yellow spine.

You can see an example here:


These days, they don't do that any more. Both of my books have had dark spines, with a tiny little picture from the front cover.

Dec 24, 2008, 7:29pm


I'm a new member here. I recently developed a renewed interest in short stories and in sci-fi/fantasy books. Amazon led me to Furry Fantastic and Fantasy Gone Wrong, and in going through Amazon's other listings (particularly looking at the collectors' editions available from third-party sellers, I've picked up on the fact that DAW books are something very special.

I'm not ready to become a collector yet, but I'd love to learn more about DAW.

AsYouKnow_Bob, you mentioned a theme-anthology-of-the month series. Please tell me more! Is it something I can subscribe to, or do I just watch for the books on Amazon?

Thanks, and I'm really glad I found your group!

Edited: Dec 24, 2008, 10:19pm

Hi, furdog, welcome to LibraryThing.

DAW currently issues about three new books a month, and, for about the last 15 years or so, one of the three has been an original paperback anthology.

So there are - depending on just what you count - something over 200 of these that have been published to date. As each one contains about 18 stories, the DAW anthologies are a significant market for short SF/F.

A nearly-complete list of them can be browsed at my tag DAW anthology.

(Edited to close a tag...)

Dec 24, 2008, 10:24pm

Thanks! This is awesome.

Edited: Dec 25, 2008, 6:25pm

You're welcome.

Yeah, they're a fun series. They have a definite 'stable' of familiar contributors, but the theme-of-the-month concept keeps it interesting.

Off the top of my head, they run at least 2:1 fantasy:science fiction.

Edited to add: OK, I got curious and counted them. Of the 2007 and 2008 monthly anthologies, it's 19 'fantasy', and only 5 'science fiction' - closer to four to one.

Sep 30, 2009, 11:34am

Hello, I've quite inadvertently become a DAW collector. It started with authors like Julie E. Czerneda, Tanya Huff, Jo Clayton, and Mercedes Lackey. Then I started collecting Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress Anthologies, which led to collecting a bunch of other DAW anthologies. I've just put a bunch more of the anthologies on my BookMooch wishlist too.

May 22, 2010, 7:31pm

I love the DAW yellow spines. The first DAW novel I ever read was Priest Kings of Gor, a John Norman title. That is the book that really got me back into reading for fun as a young teenage boy mostly interested in skate boarding and punk rock back in the late 80's. John Norman catches more than his fair share of flack, but man, those books really fired up my imagination and I would read through them in a single sitting when ever I would find a new one. lol . And the covers were great! I remember the thrift store in Crestline, Ca where I used to purchase them had selves lined with old fantasy and sci-fi books, a lot of them DAW. Wish I could go back in time and grab them all. I do not really read any of DAWs new output though, my interest lies purely with the yellow spines.

Anyhow, it is great to find this group. I found it googling "DAW yellow spine" and I could not remember my LibraryThing username and PW so I made a new account just to sign up to this group. Looks like I'll have to add my books again. :(

May 22, 2010, 8:31pm

Hi, welcome to LibraryThing, and welcome to the group.

It's turned out to be a lot quieter than I might have anticipated.

I do not really read any of DAWs new output though, my interest lies purely with the yellow spines.

Yeah, I scarcely read the new ones (as I said above, they run too much to fantasy for my tastes), but yeah, a set of the yellow-spines is an interesting collection to put together.

Here's a link to a fan listing of all DAW Books

May 24, 2010, 10:52pm

Thanks for the link. I also decided to purchase the book you mentioned in your first post from Amazon.