Locus Magazine has just posted their list of recommended reading for 2007. It would be really sweet if they would also list the names of the editors for said books, because if the Hugos are going to continue to award for Long Form Editorial, it might be nice to remind people out there who those editors actually are.
Tor lists the names of the editors in their books; no other publisher does this. In some publishing houses it is even considered bad form to do so. So how exactly will people know who the editors of all those great books are?
How many of you out there know that Anne Groell edited Elizabeth Bear's amazing novel Undertow? Or that Fleetwood Robbins edited the powerful gender-bendy fantasy Maledicte? That Juliet Ulman edited Chris Barzak's lovely debut novel One for Sorrow? That Betsy Mitchell edited Brian Aldiss's paranoid thriller Harm? That Alison Callahan edited Matt Ruff's critically acclaimed Bad Monkeys? That Ginjer Buchanan edited the equally acclaimed Halting State by Charles Stross? That Eloise Flood edited Justine Larbalestier's gorgeous Magic's Child? Note how many Night Shade Book titles are on this list, and now think about the fact that all of these extraordinary books are acquired, edited and published by a two-man operation: Jason Williams and Jeremy Lassen.
Last year Tor editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden won this award. Certainly I mean no disrespect to Patrick by this, but I strongly suspect that he won primarily because most of folks eligible to vote for this Hugo award simply didn't know the names of any of the other fine science fiction and fantasy editors out there.
So this year, let's put a public name to the editors for all these books, shall we? Give them a fighting chance for the Long Form Editorial Award? I can put editor names to some of these books, but not all of them. If anyone out there can, please email me your list and I'll post it here.