Biographical information


Kathryn Cramer


Kathryn Cramer is one of the editors of Hieroglyph.

Her story “Am I Free to Go?” was recently published on With Edward Cornell, she is currently at work on a film adaptation of her story “You, in Emulation” which was published in Nature in 2011.

She is a writer, critic, and anthologist, and was co-editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy and Year’s Best SF series. She has co-edited approximately 30 anthologies. She was a founding editor of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and has a large number of Hugo nominations in the Semiprozine category to show for it. She won a World Fantasy Award for her anthology The Architecture of Fear (1987). Her fiction has been published by Asimov’s, Nature and in anthologies.

She grew up in Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a masters degree in American Studies, both from from Columbia University in New York. For five years, she taught writing at Harvard Summer School. More recently she has been a consultant for Wolfram Research, L. W. Currey, an antiquarian bookseller, and for ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination. She lives in Westport, New York in the Adirondack Park.

Previous Works

Year’s Best SF series co-edited with David G. Hartwell:
Year’s Best SF 7 (2002)
Year’s Best SF 8 (2003)
Year’s Best SF 9 (2004)
Year’s Best SF 10 (2005)
Year’s Best SF 11 (2006)
Year’s Best SF 12 (2007)
Year’s Best SF 13 (2008)
Year’s Best SF 14 (2009)
Year’s Best SF 15 (2010)
Year’s Best SF 16 (2011)
Year’s Best SF 17 (2012)

Year’s Best Fantasy series co-edited with David G. Hartwell:
Year’s Best Fantasy (2001)
Year’s Best Fantasy 2 (2002)
Year’s Best Fantasy 3 (2003)
Year’s Best Fantasy 4 (2004)
Year’s Best Fantasy 5 (2005)
Year’s Best Fantasy 6 (2006)
Year’s Best Fantasy 7 (2007)
Year’s Best Fantasy 8 (2008)
Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (2009)

Other Anthologies
The Architecture of Fear (1987) with Peter D. Pautz
Christmas Ghosts (1987) with David G. Hartwell
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) with David G. Hartwell
Spirits of Christmas (1989) with David G. Hartwell
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989) with David G. Hartwell
Walls of Fear (1990)
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) with David G. Hartwell
The Hard SF Renaissance (2002) with David G. Hartwell
The Space Opera Renaissance (2006) with David G. Hartwell

Short Fiction
Forbidden Knowledge (1987)
Speaker for the Reticent (1988) with Greg Cox
The End of Everything (1990)
In Small & Large Pieces (1995)
Dysextinction (2000)
Sandcastles: a Dystopia (2005)
You, in Emulation (2011)
Am I Free to Go? (2012)


Best known for

The anthology The Ascent of Wonder (1995) and as an editor of Year’s Best volumes. As of September 2013, I am the person with the most Hugo Award nominations (17) without a win.



Story Ideas and Burning Questions

I am expanding my story “You, in Emulation” into a feature length film script in collaboration with Edward Cornell.