By Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Senior Editor
Those walls on 24th Street, the ones that didn’t go all the way to the ceiling? Their load-bearing capacity was limited. Nancy Weisenfeld, Tor’s first full-time managing editor, installed a set of bracket-and-standard shelves on the wall of her office, and like all managing editors, immediately filled those shelves with several thousand pages of manuscripts.
One day, while Nancy was briefly out of her office, the whole wall came down, covering her entire office with an alluvial flow of genre fiction. It happened that William Rotsler, the sometime novelist and prolific fanzine cartoonist, was in the office that day. The above cartoon ensued. The reader will note that while the part of David Hartwell is played by a generic Rotsler Blob, the glowering Beth Meacham is startlingly recognizable.
The cartoon, inherited from Beth, has lived framed above my office door for over two decades, as a reminder of several things—not least of which are Tor’s roots in the kind of science fiction fandom that included people like Bill Rotsler.
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- Office Space…the final frontier
- Tor Back Then
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