David G. Hartwell

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David G. Hartwell
Hartwell the morning after winning the Hugo, 2006.
Born David Geddes Hartwell
(1941-07-10) July 10, 1941 (age 74)
Salem, Massachusetts
Occupation Editor, literary critic
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, horror
David Hartwell, 2008

David Geddes Hartwell (born July 10, 1941) is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has worked for Signet (1971–73), Berkley Putnam (1973–78), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1980–85, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor Books (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative at CAN-CON in Ottawa, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market, 1984-date), and has published numerous anthologies. Since 1995, his title at Tor/Forge Books has been "Senior Editor." He chairs the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, is the administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.

He lives in Pleasantville, New York, with his wife Kathryn Cramer and their two children.[1]

Awards and other achievements[edit]

Each year he edits two anthologies, Year's Best SF (started in 1996 and co-edited with Kathryn Cramer since 2002) and Year's Best Fantasy (co-edited with Cramer since its first publication in 2001). Both anthologies have consistently placed in the top 10 of the Locus annual reader poll in the category of Best Anthology. In 1988, he won the World Fantasy Award in the category Best Anthology for The Dark Descent.[2] He has been nominated for the Hugo Award in the category of Best Professional Editor and Best Editor Long Form on numerous occasions, and won in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He edited the best-novel Nebula Award-winners Timescape by Gregory Benford (published 1980), The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe (published 1981), and No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop (published 1982), and the best-novel Hugo Award-winner Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer (published 2002).


Books as writer[edit]

Magazines edited[edit]

Standalone anthologies[edit]

Anthology series[edit]

  • The Dark Descent
    • The Dark Descent (1987)
    • The Colour of Evil (1990)
    • The Medusa in the Shield (1990)
    • A Fabulous Formless Darkness (1992)
  • Foundations of Fear
    • Foundations of Fear (1992)
    • Visions of Fear (1994)
  • Year's Best Fantasy
    • Year's Best Fantasy (2001) with Kathryn Cramer
    • Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) with Kathryn Cramer
    • Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) with Kathryn Cramer
    • Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) with Kathryn Cramer
    • Year's Best Fantasy 5 (2005) with Kathryn Cramer
    • Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006) with Kathryn Cramer (Tachyon Publications)
    • Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007) with Kathryn Cramer (Tachyon Publications)
    • Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2008) with Kathryn Cramer (Tachyon Publications)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Interview with David Hartwell, LOCUS, September 2004. (Online edition contains only excerpts.)
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^ Age of Wonders [...] title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  4. ^ THE ASCENT OF WONDER, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

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