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Thread: #Dwarf people have long since been (over)represented in fantasy. There are more than enough White Male Bearded Dwarf Warrior tropes out there.

BUT, did you know: a leading fantasy & sci-fi editor was a dwarf woman - who worked with Isaac Asimov and signed #StarWars?

Judy-Lynn del Rey was a leading sci-fi and fantasy publisher.

She was born on January 26, 1943. She had Achondroplasia - the most common form of #dwarfism - like I do.

She went to Hunter College and graduated in 1965.

She started her career at Galaxy Magazine.

In 1973, Ballantine Books hired her as a sci-fi editor.

One year later and she had her first best seller with Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Rendezvous With Rama’.

She signed up George Lucas’s ‘#StarWars’, a year before the film was released.

Later, it went on to sell 4.5M copies - in fewer than five months.

“Basically, I'm looking for stories... with beginnings, middles, and ends.”

In 1977 she was named Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Books.

A year later and she became Ballatine’s Vice-President.

She was heralded with “revitalising” Ballantine’s sci-fi line of books.

She worked with such acclaimed writers as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Anne McCaffrey.

She was credited for helping to discover Stephen Donaldson, David Eddings and Piers Anthony.

Working with her husband, Lester, she won the Locus Award for Best Book Publisher in

and 1977,

and the Best Original Anthology in 1976 for her collection, Stella #2,

“If you stop the book for ten pages to do a sex scene… if that's what the readers wanted they would be reading pornography, not science fiction.” – Judy-Lynn.

She was known for her “irreverent humour”.

Reading her interview with Tangent, I loved her take-no-shit attitude.

She clearly didn’t suffer fools gladly. Another dynamite quote:

“If there's no one out there to read what [the writer] writes or who cares what he writes, he's writing for himself. And that is, in a sense, literary masturbation. Who cares?”

Isaac Asimov - one the world's most celebrated and prolific #sciencefiction authors - writes of Judy-Lynn: she "has to be seen to be believed - incredibly intelligent, quick-witted, hard-driving woman who [seems] to be burning constantly with a bright radioactive glow".

She and Lester regularly had books on the best-seller lists.

Philip K Dick described Judy-Lynn as “probably the greatest editor since Maxwell Perkins”.

She died from a brain haemorrhage in February 1986 (a few months before I was born), aged 43. Far too young.

Big thank you to @Joyia__M for the heads up.

This is all sourced and referenced btw, but Twitter won't let me tweet the links for some reason.
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