Thursday, January 21, 2016

RIP David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)


"It is with profound regret that we confirm that David Hartwell, award-winning editor and anthologist, and a vital part of Tor for over three decades, has passed away. He was a warm, familiar, prolific, and iconic presence in science fiction fandom and publishing, beginning his career in 1971 as a consulting SF editor for Signet, co-founding The New York Review of Science Fiction in 1988, editing thousands of books and dozens of anthologies over the years. He was nominated for the Hugo Award forty-one times, winning the awards for Best Professional Editor in 2006 and Best Editor Long Form in 2008 and 2009, as well as editing Nebula and Hugo Award-winning novels."

In addition to his SF contributions Hartwell edited two enormous horror anthologies, The Dark Descent (1987) and Foundations of Fear (1992).




Jack Tripper said...

He definitely helped shape my tastes in fiction growing up in the late 80s/early 90s. RIP.

Unknown said...

Very sorry to hear this, I got hold of The Dark Descent the other year and it's an excellent anthology, with a really diverse range of stories. I should really try and get hold of Foundations of Fear.

Zwolf said...

Sorry to hear of his passing. He left a great legacy, though -- Dark Descent and Foundations of Fear have to be on anyone's short-list of books to take to a desert island. They're right up there with Great Tales of Terror And The Supernatural when it comes to best horror anthologies ever. They should hold an honored place in any horror fan's library.

highwayknees said...

Sad news...The Dark Descent is a wondrous volume of fantastic fiction. He went out of the usual suspects comfort zone to include some surprising names to make the collection stand out as a serious cross-over work.

I'm unsure of how I missed the other one: Foundations of Fear, but now I can't wait to hunt it down and revel in it!