Science Fiction and genre publishing. And, what is Literary Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction anyway?
The UCSD Literature Dept will host a talk by David G. Hartwell, PhD, one of the most respected editors of genre fiction in the U.S., who discovered and nurtured scores of successful authors with sales upwards of 100 million copies. As compiler of the "Best of the Year" series, Hartwell is also an expert on the short story form, of which more than half of all professional sales are in the science fiction genre. He chairs the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and served thirty years as co-administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He was Philip K. Dick's editor at the time of Dick's death. He was also at one time or another editor of Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Robert A. Heinlein. For 26 years he has been the publisher, now an editor, of the New York Review of Science Fiction. David holds a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.
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.