Gordon Van Gelder
Gordon Van Gelder (born 1966) is an American science fiction editor.
From 1997 until 2014, Van Gelder was editor and later publisher of The
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, for which he has twice won
Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form. He was also a managing
The New York Review of Science Fiction from 1988 to 1993,
for which he was nominated for the
Hugo Award a number of times. As of
January 2015, Van Gelder has stepped down as editor of Fantasy &
Science Fiction in favor of Charles Coleman Finlay, but remains
publisher of the magazine.
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He was born in 1966. After graduating from
Princeton University (where
he edited a science fiction magazine called Infinity), Van Gelder
started working as an editorial assistant at
St. Martin's Press in
1988, later rising to full editor. In January 1997, he became the
editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction upon the
resignation of Kristine Kathryn Rusch. He continued working at St.
Martin's until October 2000, when he bought the magazine from Edward
L. Ferman to become its publisher.
During his tenure, F&SF became the second longest-running science
fiction magazine, surpassing
Amazing Stories in total number of issues
published. It is exceeded only by Astounding/Analog. Van Gelder also
began focusing on the publication of themed anthologies drawing from
the magazine's back list rather than the best-of annuals published
when Ferman was the magazine's publisher. He later edited a collection
of notable stories from F&SF, The Very Best of Fantasy &
Science Fiction, published by Tachyon Publications.
Van Gelder has made some behind-the-scenes changes to F&SF. While
the Fermans published the magazine through Mercury Press, Van Gelder
founded his own press, Spilogale Inc., named for a genus of spotted
skunk. He has also moved the editorial offices from
New York City
New York City to
Jersey City, New Jersey. Van Gelder currently lives in Hoboken, New
Jersey. He has been an administrator of the
Philip K. Dick Award since
1995 and an administrator of the World Fantasy Award since 2014. In
OR Books released an anthology edited by Van Gelder, Welcome to
the Greenhouse: Science Fiction on Climate Change, with an
introduction by journalist Elizabeth Kolbert.
Richard Van Gelder, his father, was Curator of Mammalogy at the
American Museum of Natural History. Lawrence Van Gelder, an uncle of
Van Gelder, was a senior editor at
The New York Times
The New York Times until his
retirement in 2008.
Van Gelder is also distantly related to noted
Jazz recording engineer
Rudy Van Gelder.
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Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2003). One Lamp: Alternate History Stories
from the Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. New York: Four Walls
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2004). In Lands That Never Were: Tales of
Swords and Sorcery. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press.
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2005). Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of
Mars from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science FIction. New York:
Thunder's Mouth Press.
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2009). The Very Best of Fantasy and Science
Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology. San Francisco: Tachyon
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2011). Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science
Fiction on Climate Change. New York: OR Books.
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2014). The Very Best of Fantasy and Science
Fiction, Volume Two. San Francisco: Tachyon Press.
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. (2017). Go Forth and Multiply: Twelve Tales of
Repopulation. Vancleave, MS: Surinam Turtle Press/Ramble House.
"A Few Thoughts on Jack Cady’s The Off Season" October 1, 2015 .
"The New Yorker Festival Panel ‘Nouveau Science Fiction’ " Locus
magazine, November 2015.
^ Night Shade Message Boards: June 2005: Bedfellows
Gordon Van Gelder, 2008
Interview at Green Man Review (late 1997 or early 1998?)
interview with Jayme Lynn Blaschke at SFSITE (1999)
Interview at Science Fiction Weekly (2001)
Interview by Richard Brignall at Strange Horizons (May 2003)
Interview by Ken Rand at IROSF.COM (2004)
partial text of LOCUS interview April 2004
Interview by Celu Amberstone at SFCANADA (Winter 2006)
Interview at SFRevu (June 2007)
Interview by Lynne Jamneck (2007)
Interview by Wolfgang Trubshaw (March 2008)
Interview by Gareth D. Jones (Nov. 2008)
Interview by Jason Heninger at Tor.com (May 2009)
Interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones at Clarkesworld (June 2009)
Podcast interview by Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column (Aug. 2009)
Odyssey Workshop interview (Dec. 2013)
Excerpt of an interview by D. Blake Werts from The Digest Enthusiast
#1 (Jan. 2015)
Welcome to the Greenhouse: Science Fiction on Climate Change anthology
Gordon Van Gelder
Gordon Van Gelder (March 2011)
The Virtual Memories Show interview (Aug. 2017)
File 770 interview by Carl Slaughter (September 2017)
Gordon Van Gelder
Gordon Van Gelder at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database