David G. Hartwell
(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. He displayed a collection of his ties as part of his guest exhibit at Anticipation.
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:
- 1980 -- WisCon 4, Empiricon 2
- 1984 -- Boskone 21
- 1986 -- DeepSouthCon 24
- 1987 -- Alternacon
- 1988 -- Minicon 23, Fourth Street Fantasy 1988, World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology for The Dark Descent
- 1989 -- Lunacon 32
- 1992 -- Loscon 19
- 1993 -- Corflu 10.
- 1997 -- Rivercon XXII
- 1998 -- ArmadilloCon 20
- 1999 -- Thomas D. Clareson Award
- 2001 -- Confluence 13, Ad Astra 2001, Readercon 13, CAN*CON 2001 (Special Guest)
- 2005 -- 31 Flavors of ConFusion, Due North
- 2006 -- Skylark Award, DSC 44 (Literary toastmaster)
- 2007 -- Apollocon 2007
- 2008 -- Fellow of NESFA
- 2009 -- Anticipation
- 2010 -- World Fantasy Convention 2010, Norwescon XXXIII
- 2011 -- Ad Astra 30, Diversicon 19
- 2016 -- World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (posthumous)
- Hartwell was nominated for the Best Professional Editor Hugo in 1982-1984, 1987-1990, 1998-2000, 2003-2006, winning the 2006 Best Professional Editor Hugo. He was nominated for the the Best Editor, Long Form Hugo in 2007-2009, winning in 2008 and 2009. He took himself out of competition for the year 2001. He was nominated for the 2007 Best Editor, Short Form Hugo.
- NYRSF was on the ballot for Best Semiprozine in the years 1989–2009 and 2012.
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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:
- 1976 -- Russian Science Fiction, 1956-1974: A Bibliography by Darko Suvin
- 1977 -- The Roots of Horror in the Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft by Barton Levi St. Armand
- 1977 -- The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction by Samuel R. Delany
- 1978 -- The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of Science Fiction by Thomas M. Disch — Angouleme by Samuel R. Delany
- 1984 -- Starboard Wine by Samuel R. Delany
- 1985 -- In Milton Lumky Territory by Philip K. Dick
- 2000 -- Puck Aleshire's Abecedary by Michael Swanwick
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