February 21 2024

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Hartwell Passes

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David G. Hartwell, the former Pocket Books editor who was responsible for creating the Star Trek line for the publishers, is dead at the age of seventy-four.

The cause of death was a brain bleed following a fall which caused head trauma.

Born in 1941, Hartwell’s publishing career began in 1971 as a consulting sci-fi editor for Signet. He worked at Pocket Books, Berkley and Tor/Forge.

Hartwell was nominated forty-one times for Hugo Awards, winning Best Professional Editor in 2006, and Best Editor Long Form in 2008 and 2009. Hartwell won the World Fantasy Award twice in 1899, the Milford Award for Life Achievement (1990), and the Skylark Award for his contributions to sci-fi in 2006.

Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster are saddened to hear of David G. Hartwell’s passing,” the companies said in a statement. “He leaves behind the powerful legacy of his groundbreaking work and impact on science fiction, including the championing of unforgettable new adventures in the Star Trek universe via the Timescape imprint and beyond. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Hartwell is survived by his wife Kathryn Cramer, and his four children; two from a previous marriage.

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