Sad News re: David G. Hartwell

Very saddened to hear this morning that David G. Hartwell, one of the preeminent editors in Science Fiction and Fantasy, has suffered a brain bleed and is not expected to survive.

I am not fortunate enough to be one of David’s friends, but I was lucky enough to meet him at the 2014 Nebulas and I got to talk to him for a bit. He was kind. He was encouraging. He was a fount of knowledge, both in the SFF field and outside it.

As Tor editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden said on Making Light: David was the most consequential editor in SFF since John W. Campbell.

In a very real way, David shaped my own love of the field, as editor of the annual Year’s Best Science Fiction starting in 1996, and numerous anthologies, magazines, and novels before that.

His loss is keenly felt in the SFF community.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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About Michael Johnston

Father of a fifth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-six years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
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