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Betty Ballantine (born September 25, 1919) is an American publisher, editor, and writer. She and her husband Ian Ballantine helped create Bantam Books in 1945 and established Ballantine Books in 1952. They became freelance publishers in the 1970s. Their son Richard is an author and journalist specializing in cycling topics.
Ian and Betty Ballantine won one special World Fantasy Award for professional work in 1975 and another one shared with Joy Chant and other creators of The High Kings (Bantam, 1983), a reference book on the Matter of Britain that incorporates retellings. (It was also a runner-up in nonfiction Hugo and Locus Award categories.) Betty Ballantine received a Special Committee Award from the annual World Science Fiction Convention in 2006 and a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement from the World Fantasy Convention in 2007. The Ballantines were both inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2008, with a shared citation.
Betty Ballantine wrote a novel, The Secret Oceans, published by Bantam in 1994 (ISBN 0553096605) with illustrations by twelve artists. School Library Journal wrote, "This info-novel is a modern-day, ecology-oriented 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for kids."
In 1956, radio humorist/improvisational monologist Jean Shepherd perpetrated a major literary hoax, telling his listeners to ask in bookstores for a non-existent book by a non-existent author: I, Libertine, by "Frederick R. Ewing". The requests and publishing mystery reached such a level that Ian Ballantine asked science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, working with Shepherd, to write such a book, and he did. It's said that Sturgeon fell asleep before finishing it and that Betty Ballantine wrote the final chapter. It was published in September 1956, mostly in paperback, and sold several hundred thousand copies. There is a hardcover edition (also by Ballantine Books), as well as British hardcover and paperback editions.
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- "Paperback Publishers: 1952 – Ballantine Books". Hyde Park Books. Archived 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
- "Ballantine, Betty". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- The High Kings title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-08. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
- "2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Ceremony Tickets On Sale May 15". Press release April/May 2008. Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (empsfm.org). Archived 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "Betty Ballantine – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Betty Ballantine biography at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame — identical to its Ian Ballantine citation
- Betty Ballantine at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Betty Ballantine at Feminist SF[dead link]
- "Couples Who Mastered Publishing, No. 2: The Ballantines" by Frederik Pohl, March 15, 2011