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Kathryn Elizabeth Cramer (born April 16, 1962) is an American science fiction writer, editor, and literary critic.

Kathryn Cramer
BornKathryn Elizabeth Cramer
(1962-04-16) April 16, 1962 (age 57)
Bloomington, Indiana
NationalityUnited States
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, horror, hypertext fiction
Literary movementHard science fiction

Early yearsEdit

Kathryn Cramer is the daughter of physicist John G. Cramer. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Columbia University with degrees in mathematics and American studies.[1]


Cramer has worked for five literary agencies, most notably the Virginia Kidd Agency, and for several software companies,[2] including consulting with Wolfram Research in the Scientific Information Group.[3][4] She co-founded The New York Review of Science Fiction in 1988 with David G. Hartwell and others, and was its co-editor until 1991 and again since 1996. It has been nominated (as of 2007) for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine every year of its existence, fifteen times under her co-editorship.[5]

Cramer was the hypertext fiction editor at Eastgate Systems in the early 1990s.[6] She was part of the Global Connection Project, a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University, NASA, Google, and National Geographic using Google Earth and other tools following the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.[7]

Cramer has written a number of essays published in the New York Review of Science Fiction. Book reviews for that journal include such works as This is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow, Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy by Lance Olsen, and Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem. She is a contributor to the Encarta article on science fiction[8] and wrote the chapter on hard science fiction for the Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction ed. Farah Mendlesohn & Edward James.[9] Several of her essays have been reprinted, for example "Science Fiction and the Adventures of the Spherical Cow" (NYRSF August 1988) in Visions of Wonder, ed. Milton T. Wolf & David G. Hartwell (Tor 1996).

Personal lifeEdit

Cramer was married to David G. Hartwell from 1997 until his death in January 2016.[10] She lives in Westport, New York,[11] with their two children.[12]



  • The Architecture of Fear[13] (1987) with Peter D. Pautz – winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology
  • Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) with David G. Hartwell[14]
  • Spirits of Christmas (1989) with David G. Hartwell, Tor Fantasy, ISBN 0-8125-5159-1.
  • Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989, GuildAmerica, ISBN 1-56865-039-6; 1994, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-11024-3) with David G. Hartwell[15]
  • Walls of Fear (1990), Avon Books, ISBN 0-380-70789-6 – a World Fantasy Award nominee
  • The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF (1994) with David G. Hartwell, ISBN 0-312-85509-5
  • The Hard SF Renaissance (2002) with David G. Hartwell, Orb books, ISBN 0-312-87636-X
  • The Space Opera Renaissance (2006) with David G. Hartwell, Tor Books, ISBN 0-7653-0617-4
  • Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014) with Ed Finn, William Morrow.

Anthology seriesEdit

The Year's Best Fantasy is a fantasy anthology series edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.
The Year's Best SF is a science fiction anthology series edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Hartwell started the series in 1996, and has been co-editing it with Cramer since 2002. It is published by HarperCollins under the Eos imprint. The creators of the books are not involved with the similarly titled Year's Best Science Fiction series.

Short fictionEdit


Selected essaysEdit


  • "Hypertext Horizon: An Interview With Kathryn Cramer" (ca. 1994) by Harry Goldstein (Transcript of a live on-line interview over Sonicnet)[30]
  • "Interview With Kathryn Cramer, Co-editor of Hieroglyph" by New Books Network (Podcast on New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy) [31]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kathryn Cramer". EastGate Systems. n.d. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
  2. ^ "An Interview With Kathryn Cramer". Hypertext Horizon. Retrieved 20 Jan 2016.
  3. ^ "Wolfram research". Retrieved 20 Jan 2016.
  4. ^ "Wolfram library archive". Retrieved 20 Jan 2016.
  5. ^ Archived 2011-09-20 at the Wayback Machine ; Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominations, Locus Online 2005: "All nominees in the Semiprozine category have previously been nominated, and the category includes the top two record holders for most number of Hugo wins: Charles N. Brown, with 41 previous nominations and 26 wins, and David Langford, with 43 previous nominations and 24 wins. David Pringle has 19 previous nominations, and won for Interzone ten years ago in Glasgow. Kathryn Cramer has 12 previous nominations, Kevin J. Maroney 8, both for The New York Review of Science Fiction; co-editor Hartwell, mentioned above, has 29 previous nominations. Andy Cox has one previous nomination, last year for The Third Alternative."
  6. ^ "Hypertext Horizon: An Interview With Kathryn Cramer",, undated; first published by Sonicnet
  7. ^ Global Connection Project team; Ewalt, David M.: Google Is Everywhere,, September 2, 2005; Hafner, Katie: For Victims, News About Home Can Come From Strangers Online, The New York Times, September 5, 2006; Thompson, Bill: Net offers map help after the flood, BBC News, September 2, 2005
  8. ^ "Science Fiction - Search View - MSN Encarta". Archived from the original on 2009-11-01.
  9. ^ Cramer's chapter on hard science fiction (opening paragraph, full text in PDF for subscribers only) in The Cambridge Companion to SF
  10. ^ "David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)". 20 Jan 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. Retrieved 20 Jan 2016.
  11. ^ "About Kathryn Cramer". Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  12. ^ David G. Hartwell, Literary-Minded Editor of Science Fiction, Dies at 74, New York Times, February 3, 2015
  14. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Publication Listing: Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-312-02250-6. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  15. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-312-11024-3. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  16. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Year's Best Fantasy - Series Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  17. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 7". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-06-106143-3. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  18. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 8". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-06-106453-X. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  19. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 9". Internet Speculative Fiction Database]. ISBN 0-06-057559-X. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  20. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 10". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-06-057561-1. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  21. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 11". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-7394-6924-X. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  22. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 12". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 978-0-7394-8544-6. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  23. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 13". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 978-0-7394-9656-5. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  24. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 14". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 0-06-172174-3. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  25. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 15". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 978-0-06-172175-5. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  26. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 16". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 978-0-06-203590-5. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  27. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Year's Best SF 17". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISBN 978-0-06-203587-5. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  28. ^ MathFiction: Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (Rudy Rucker (editor)) Archived 2007-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Von Ruff, Al. "Bibliography: Science Fiction and the Adventures of the Spherical Cow". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  30. ^ Goldstein, Harry. "Hypertext Horizon: An Interview With Kathryn Cramer [full text]". The Write Stuff (Interviews). Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  31. ^ Wolf, Rob (November 5, 2014). "Interview With Kathryn Cramer, Co-editor of Hieroglyph [podcast]". New Books Network. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.

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