This week my guest is Moshe Feder, Editor at TOR. Moshe has been involved in Sci fi/Fantasy publishing for over 40 years and has had a hand in some of the biggest and most influential books in the genre today. Moshe brings his story of working in the industry and gives us the story behind the story of the publishing industry.
A time traveler in training, or (according to an ex-girlfriend) probably an alien spy, or merely an aspiring renaissance man, Moshe acquires and edits bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy as a Consulting Senior Editor for Tor Books, a division of Macmillan headquartered in New York’s landmark Flatiron Building.
Moshe began his editorial career while still in college when he worked part time as Assistant Editor for the magazines Amazing and Fantastic. Later, he was an SF&F reviewer for Publishers Weekly and Science Fiction Chronicle, Assistant Editor of the SF Book Club, Editor in Chief of the Military Book Club, a reviewer for Asimov’s SF Magazine, and an Associate Editor at Tor Books. He has been a judge for the World Fantasy Awards and a member of the Sidewise Awards jury. His first, and so far only, short story appeared in Damon Knight’s Orbit 16 in 1975.
He has worked with such authors as Gene Wolfe, Isaac Asimov, Paul Park, Scott Westerfeld, Harlan Ellison, Hal Clement, F. Paul Wilson, Charles Stross, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Robert J. Sawyer, and Eric Van Lustbader. His current Tor Books list includes Dan Wells, Robert Silverberg, Gary K. Wolf, David Gerrold, Phillip Jennings, Michael Haspil, Brandon Sanderson, David Levine, and Michael Moorcock.
A 2011 nominee for the Best Editor (long form) Hugo Award, he is the delighted editor of 2014’s Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, a #1 New York Times bestseller.