Highly respected editor David G. Hartwell has died following a massive brain hemorrhage. The news was confirmed on the Tor Books website on the evening of January 20th.
Hartwell had been senior editor at Tor from 1995, after entering publishing as a consulting SF editor for Signet in 1971. He joined Berkley two years later, eventually becoming editor-in-chief of science fiction there. After moving to Pocket Books in 1978, he launched the Timescape imprint, which ran until 1983, and was responsible for launching the Star Trek line of tie-in novels, which continues to this day. In 1985 he joined Arbor House (later merged into Avon/Morrow), all the while acting as a consulting editor for Tor. Robert J. Sawyer, who was edited by Hartwell, noted that he was also “editor and publisher of THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, founding board member of the World Fantasy Convention, head of the book room at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, a major anthologist, and a significant rare book dealer.”
Tributes have been pouring in from writers and fellow editors, praising his generosity and incisive mind. Guy Gavriel Kay tweeted, “The number of SFF writers – & editors – found and guided by David Hartwell is staggering. My own first US editor, for Fionavar. Such a loss.”