Kathryn Cramer (1996)

Kathryn Cramer lives in Westport, NY and Plasantville, NY. She is a too-thin blonde wearing glasses but no make-up, age 48, with a tendency to slouching. At this time of year (winter), she is usually dressed in baggy blue jeans lined with plain flannel and moth-eaten cashmere sweaters covered by an oversized fleece shirt worn like a jacket. She is most often seen wearing a hat and in the company of her two children. When she is  at home, away from view, she spends too much of her time at the computer.

She is a writer, critic, and anthologist presently co-editing the Year’s Best Fantasy and Year’s Best SF series with her husband David G. Hartwell.  Her most recent historial anthologies include The Space Opera Renaissance and The Hard SF Renaissance, both co-edited with David Hartwell. Their previous hard SF anthology was The Ascent of Wonder (1994).

She was the P. Schuyler Miller Critic Guest of Honor at Confluence 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA.

She won a World Fantasy Award for best anthology for The Architecture of Fear co-edited with Peter Pautz; she was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her anthology, Walls of Fear. She also co-edited several anthologies of Christmas and fantasy stories with Hartwell.

She was a runner-up for the Pioneer Award for best essay on sf of the year, and is on the editorial board of The New York Review of Science Fiction, for which she has been nominated for the Hugo Award many times. John Clute has called her criticism “spiky” and “erudite.”

She is a consultant for L. W. Currey, Inc., an antiquarian bookseller and Wolfram Research a mathematical software company. With her husband and parents, she recently bought an apple orchard.

Paul Kincaid, The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009)The main tide of the genre during this period [since 1992], however, was the revived interest in hard sf and space opera, perhaps spurred by the monumental retrospective anthologies edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer (The Ascent of Wonder (1994), The Hard SF Renaissance (2002), The Space Opera Renaissance (2006)). (176-177)

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, 2003 . . . it transpires that uber-anthologist and skiffy big-think maven Kathryn Cramer has made it her business to link to all of the SF fans and pros with weblogs that she can find. Kathryn herself is writing a nicely understated and provocative blog; check it out.

Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, (2006) This is some of the most thoroughgoing blogger reporting I’ve ever seen; Cramer has delved into a story widely neglected in the professional press and has gotten astonishingly far with nothing more than a search engine, a telephone, and her own gumption.

Mark Bernstein (2006) Kathryn Cramer wound up with a tour de force exploration of investigative journalism, showing how she built graphic overviews and Tinderbox prototype trees to explore complex cases involving money laundering, retired military personnel, fictitious secret societies with offshore bank accounts, and a complex taxonomy of threats and McGuffins that reads like Edward Gorey.

Bruce Sterling, circa 1989 [Kathryn Cramer writes] things no sane human being can understand.

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