Prometheus Books is a publishing company founded in August 1969 by the philosopher Paul Kurtz (who was also the founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). The publisher's name was derived from Prometheus, the Titan from Greek mythology who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to man. This act is often used as a metaphor for bringing knowledge or enlightenment.
|Country of origin||USA|
|Headquarters location||Amherst, New York|
|Distribution||Rowman & Littlefield|
|Key people||Jonathan Kurtz, President|
|Nonfiction topics||Skeptical literature, atheism|
|Fiction genres||Science fiction|
|Imprints||Pyr (for science fiction),|
Humanity Books (for academic works in the humanities),
Seventh Street Books (for thrillers and mysteries)
Prometheus Books publishes a range of books, focusing on topics such as science, freethought, secularism, humanism, and skepticism. It has published in the "atheism" category since its founding in 1969, and is considered the "grandfather" of atheist publishing in America.