Thursday, January 21, 2016

David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)

David G. Hartwell, 74, passed away after a fall that resulted in a brain injury. I had the privilege of participating in a small group "literary beer" at the Worldcon in Spokane in 2015 (pictured) where Hartwell held forth on some of the authors whose books he has edited -- Gene Wolfe and Philip K. Dick were mentioned -- and he spoke enthusiastically about books he had acquired for publication in 2016.

To quote the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: "He was perhaps the single most influential book editor of the past forty years in the American sf publishing world." The only thing I would change in that sentence is the over-cautious "perhaps."

Related links:
Kathryn Cramer: Til Death Us Did Part
Locus Online: David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: David G. Hartwell

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