Gardner Dozois (1947-2018) – Locus Online. It felt like the blood drained from my head when I read this.
- Black Gate » Gardner Dozois, July 23, 1947 – May 27, 2018. I relate most to this one. (Quibble: Dozois didn’t take over Asimov’s until 1985 with the January 1986 issue.)
- Flogging Babel: The Gardner Dozois You Didn’t Know You Knew. Personal friend Michael Swanwick tells his first-hand story.
- Gardner Dozois (1947-2018) – Locus Online. Perhaps benefiting from an extra day (or just from being Locus), of the many write-ups of various kinds I’ve seen today and previously, this seems to be the most complete, correct, biographical, newspaper-like obituary.
I don’t want to get into it too much, but, leaving aside Gernsback’s creation, I would rank Dozois a close second only to Campbell in terms of his impact on the field through his writing, his editing of Asimov’s (though Shawna McCarthy’s tremendous editorial reign should never be overlooked), his editing of forty years of year’s bests (between Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year and The Year’s Best Science Fiction), and numerous other anthologies. He’s been a constant literary companion to me, as well as someone I greatly enjoyed interacting with on the old Asimov’s posting board. As fellow alumnus Alex the Great and Terrible said, ” I never actually met the man; but I still feel like I’ve lost a personal friend.”
My condolences to his friends, family, and our field.