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RIP: David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)

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Scott Edelman and John Scalzi are confirming that longtime science fiction editor and fan David G. Hartwell passed away following a massive brain bleed. Hartwell was most recently an editor at Tor Books. He was also the editor of numerous anthologies, including The Science Fiction Century, Space Opera Renaissance, and the Year’s Best SF and Year’s Best Fantasy series. He was also the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction.

I had the good fortune to meet David at a convention some years back. I was immediately struck not only by his kindness, but also by his love of the field. He had a wealth of stories he happily shared with eager listeners like myself. He really was a treasure to science fiction and will be missed.

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3 Comments on RIP: David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // January 21, 2016 at 6:42 am //

    I only got to meet him on one occasion (a local con 4 years ago) much to my misfortune.

    Rest in peace, sir.

  2. Met him at LoneStarCon3, and I probably came off as a gushing fanboy. Loved his massive and comprehensive anthologies, most particularly The World Treasury of SF and The SF Century. As a book editor he also boosted the careers of several of my favorite authors, Gene Wolfe being at the top of that list. I’m sure his influence will be felt for years to come.

  3. John Abbe // January 25, 2016 at 1:30 am //

    IIRC, he bought the first three of Glen Cook’s Black Company novels. While freelance editing for three different publishers. Is there some kind of lifetime contribution to SF award at the Hugos we can start talking him up for?

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