Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tor editor "not expected to recover"

From Facebook:
Late this afternoon David [Hartwell] had a massive brain bleed from which he is not expected to recover.
Hartwell was John C. Wright's editor at Tor Books; he was also friendlier to the Puppies than any of the SF-SJWs are likely to believe. I had the privilege of speaking with him when he called me last year after the Rabid Puppies overturned the SF applecart; he was the previously unnamed individual who explained the unusual structure of Tor Books to me, using the analogy of a medieval realm with separate and independent duchies. He wanted to avoid cultural war in science fiction even though he clearly understood that it appeared to be unavoidable; it was out of respect for him that I initially tried to make a distinction between Tor Books and the Making Light SJWs before Irene Gallo and Tom Doherty rendered that moot.

Despite his leftward leanings, David Hartwell struck me as being one of the last remaining sane individuals in the editorial offices there, and he was perhaps the only one capable of reigning in the lunatic impulses of Patrick Nielsen Hayden and the Torstapo. By his own account, he even managed to talk the notorious award-whore into standing down and letting long-time bridesmaid Lou Anders of Pyr finally win PNH's Best Tor Editor Award (also known as Best Editor (Long Form) Hugo) in 2011.

I expect he will be missed by many, and that things in the science fiction world are going to get even more, shall we say, interesting, in his absence.

UPDATE: David Hartwell has died. Requiescat in pace.

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Anonymous Steve January 20, 2016 5:12 AM  

May God bless him and keep him.

Blogger Sherwood family January 20, 2016 5:30 AM  


Anonymous Littlest Hellhound January 20, 2016 5:32 AM  

I wondered if David Hartwell was JCW's editor at Tor.

Poor guy. My thoughts are with his family.

Blogger weka January 20, 2016 5:37 AM  

Thoughts with his family. And with John: a good editor is part of the writing team.

Anonymous bbtp January 20, 2016 5:55 AM  

Seeing the response so far, I'm glad to be a member (no matter how peripheral) of the Ilk. Let's all say a prayer for Mr. Hartwell and his family. Sad news.

Blogger Matthew January 20, 2016 6:09 AM  

He was also Gene Wolfe's editor.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 20, 2016 6:20 AM  

My thoughts and prayers go with him.

Blogger Bob January 20, 2016 6:24 AM  

It rains in Spain where King Felipe reigns in apparent peace, although Catalonia is revolting. On a ridge Don Quixote reins in Rosinante as he peers under his uplifted palm. Is that a giant? Charge!

Anonymous Scintan January 20, 2016 6:26 AM  

My thoughts and prayers go out to David and his family.

Blogger peter blandings January 20, 2016 6:38 AM  

how old?

Anonymous Ain January 20, 2016 7:09 AM  

I'm sorry his family is going through that. I'm praying for them as well.

Blogger Giuseppe The Kurgan January 20, 2016 7:11 AM  

My prayers for peace and serenity to him and his family.

Blogger Salt January 20, 2016 7:13 AM  

He is 74.

Anonymous Takin' a Look January 20, 2016 8:10 AM  


Blogger James Dixon January 20, 2016 8:54 AM  

My prayers for him and his family.

Anonymous Camestros Felfapton January 20, 2016 9:26 AM  

A terrible shame. My prayers for him and his family.

Blogger tweell January 20, 2016 10:09 AM  

May the Lord bless him and keep him.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii January 20, 2016 10:41 AM  

Indeed a true gentleman and a scholar.
R. I. P. Let light perpetual shine upon him.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii January 20, 2016 10:41 AM  

Indeed a true gentleman and a scholar.
R. I. P. Let light perpetual shine upon him.

Blogger Chiva January 20, 2016 10:46 AM  

May his family and friends find peace during this time.

Blogger L. J. Wright January 20, 2016 11:15 AM  

Mr. Hartwell has passed on. We will miss him. He and his family (He has two children, similar ages to ours) were friends as well.

John has mainly been edited by Hartwell's assistant for the last few year. Mr. Hartwell was an older man and growing tired, so John's situation will not change much.

But Mr. Hartwell was a wonderful guiding presence and we will miss him!

Blogger Mussorgsky112 January 20, 2016 11:37 AM  

Sic transit gloria mundi

Always a shame to see the good pass beyond the veil. Even worse when they are men of character, such that even the political differences which so easily and gravely divide cannot keep them from our hearts and minds.

I hope that he rests in the care of the Great Maker

Blogger Quadko January 20, 2016 12:42 PM  

It was a pleasure to hear good stories of him from the Wrights and VD. I'm grateful for his impact on my world. Comfort to his family and friends, and eternal peace to Mr Hartwell.

Blogger L. J. Wright January 20, 2016 1:29 PM  


Mr. Hartwell is still breathing!

It is believed that he will not wake or recover...but prayers are welcomed!

Blogger Thucydides January 20, 2016 4:12 PM  

Thoughts and prayers for him, his family and friends.

Blogger GK Chesterton January 20, 2016 5:02 PM  

Unfortunately the Toad can't be kind even in this moment. See the quote here:

"Over the years at Tor we had occasions to want to drop-kick him out a 14th floor window—and occasions to be gobsmacked by his utter brilliance. He was a true believer in the intellectual and emotional power of fantasy and science fiction. He was our field’s most consequential editor since John W. Campbell.

He is gone. It’s like a mountain range is gone, or nitrogen, or a verb tense. We can’t believe it. David. Goodbye."

Blogger Joe January 20, 2016 5:28 PM  

As Science Fiction and Fantasy went down the sewer like so much dirty water, any anthology edited by David Hartwell was guaranteed to please. God Bless him and his family.

Anonymous LastRedoubt January 20, 2016 7:51 PM  

Damn. I am so sorry to hear that.

Anonymous LastRedoubt January 20, 2016 7:52 PM  

And all of my thoughts and prayers go with him and his family.

Blogger V January 22, 2016 12:05 PM  


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