David G. Hartwell

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(July 10, 1941 – January 20, 2016)

David Hartwell was a fan and professional editor . He was for many years the mainstay of the New York Review of Science Fiction (often called NYRSF, pronounced "ner-sif"), a semiprozine specializing in articles about sf. He contributed to Trap Door.

Professionally, he worked as an editor for Signet (1971–1973), Berkley Putnam (1973–1978), Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, a short-lived prozine in 1977, Pocket Books (where he founded the Timescape line), 1980–1985, Arbor House, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek line), and at Tor Books from 1984 until his death.

His Dragon Press was a small press which published NYRSF as well as books of criticism by such writers as Samuel R. Delany and Michael Swanwick.

For many years he and his wife, Kathryn Cramer, edited two Year's Best anthologies, Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy. He (often with Cramer) also edited a number of other distinguished anthologies such as Hard Science Fiction.

He chaired the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, was an administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award.

Hartwell was known for his clashing flamboyant dress style, featuring bright colors and Scitherian plaids.

Born in Salem, MA, he had a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature from Columbia University. In 1969, he married Patricia Lee Wolcott. They had two children, and divorced in 1992. He married Cramer in 1997, and had two more kids with her.

Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:

Dragon Press[edit]

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Dragon Press was Hartwell's small press, in operation from 1976–2012. Besides publishing the New York Review of Science Fiction, it published The Little Magazine (a non-genre publication) and nonfiction genre works by a variety of authors:



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