Van Gelder, Gordon

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(1966-    ) US editor and publisher who published his first story "Santa's Tenth Reindeer" in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (anth 1984) edited by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr and Martin H Greenberg, though the majority of his career has been spent as an editor. After a brief internship at Bluejay Books in 1986, he began working at St Martin's Press in July 1988. He worked there until October 2000, during which time he edited a wide variety of books, including several that explored the edges of the fantastic genres. Among the authors he edited are Jack Cady, Bradley Denton, K W Jeter, Marc Laidlaw, Brent Monahan, Judith Moffett, Rachel Pollack, William Browning Spencer, and Kate Wilhelm.

In 1997, he succeeded Kristine Kathryn Rusch as editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. In 2000, he bought the magazine from Edward L Ferman and Audrey Ferman and became the magazine's publisher while remaining its editor. His editorial style most closely resembles Edward Ferman's. In 2009, he changed the magazine to a bimonthly schedule.

As an anthologist, he coedited with Ferman The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: The 50th Anniversary Anthology (anth 1999) and edited several other anthologies reprinting stories from F&SF: One Lamp (anth 2003), In Lands That Never Were (anth 2004), Fourth Planet from the Sun (anth 2005), and The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: 60th Anniversary Anthology (anth 2009). In 2011 he edited an anthology of all-original stories, Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science Fiction on Climate Change (anth 2011).

He won the World Fantasy Award (Special Award – Professional) in 2000 and again in 2003. In 2007 and again in 2008 he won the Hugo Award for Best Editor – Short Form. [GVG]

see also: The New York Review of Science Fiction.

Gordon Mark Van Gelder

born New York, 8 September 1966


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Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction anthologies

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