The legendary and influential editor David G. Hartwell was born 81 years ago
A recipient of the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Eaton awards, David G. Hartwell was a senior editor at Tor/Forge Books and the publisher ofThe New York Review of Science Fiction. He chaired the board of directors for the World Fantasy Convention and founded the Philip K. Dick Award. Though Hartwell wrote the sci-fi insider account Age of Wonders (1984), he’s best remembered for his nearly 50 acclaimed anthologies which included The Dark Descent (1987), The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989), The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994; with Kathryn Cramer), Northern Suns (1999; with Glenn Grant), The Science Fiction Century (2006), The Hard SF Renaissance (2012; with Cramer), THE SWORD & SORCERY ANTHOLOGY (2012; with Jacob Weisman), and Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013; with Patrick Nielsen Hayden). From 1996-2013, Hartwell edited 18 volumes of Year’s Best SF (11 with Cramer) and with Cramer, eight volumes of YEAR’S BEST FANTASY (2001-2009).
After time at Signet and Berkley, Hartwell moved onto Pocket Books, where he founded the Timescape imprint and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line. He edited the best-novel Nebula Award-winners Timescape by Gregory Benford (1980), The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe (1981), and No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop (1982), as well as the best-novel Hugo Award-winner Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer (2002).
Following a severe head injury, Hartwell passed away in 2016. The editorial genius with the bright ties is missed.