Ann VanderMeer

Ann VanderMeer (née Kennedy) is an American publisher and editor, and the second female editor of the horror magazine Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press.

Her work as Fiction Editor of Weird Tales won a Hugo Award. Work from her press and related periodicals has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, and appeared in several year's best anthologies. VanderMeer was also the founder of The Silver Web magazine, a periodical devoted to experimental and avant-garde fantasy literature.

In 2009 Weird Tales, edited by VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal, won a Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine.[1][2] Though some of its individual contributors have been honored with Hugos, Nebula Awards, and even one Pulitzer Prize, the magazine itself had never before even been nominated for a Hugo. It was also nominated[3] for a World Fantasy Award in 2009.

She has also edited with her husband Jeff VanderMeer such influential and award-winning anthologies as The New Weird, The Weird, and The Big Book of Science Fiction.[4]

Ann VanderMeer
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Ann VanderMeer accepting the Hugo Award (August 2009)
OccupationEditor, publisher
Spouse(s)Jeff VanderMeer

Notable books published by Buzz City Press

Books published by Buzzcity Press include the Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist Dradin, In Love by Jeff VanderMeer[5] and the International Horror Guild Award-winning The Divinity Student by Michael Cisco.[6]

Works edited

VanderMeer was the fiction editor for Weird Tales magazine[7] from 2007 until its purchase by Marvin Kaye in 2011, and is a guest editor for the new Best American Fantasy series from Prime Books. She also edited Fast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books), Last Drink Bird Head, and Love-Drunk Book Heads.

VanderMeer has partnered with her husband, author Jeff VanderMeer, on The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. She has also partnered with Jeff on editing projects such as the World Fantasy Award-winning Leviathan series and the Hugo finalist The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. Recent collaborations include The New Weird,[8][9] Steampunk, and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, published by Tachyon Publications.[10] In the fall of 2011, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer founded Weird Fiction Review, an online magazine dealing in weird fiction.[11] The Time Traveler's Almanac will be published in March 2014.

In October 2012, VanderMeer edited a third volume of the Steampunk series, Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, also published by Tachyon Publications.

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer live in Tallahassee, Florida.



  • The New Weird (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2007)
  • Best American Fantasy (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2007)
  • Best American Fantasy: v. 2 (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2008)
  • Steampunk (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2008)
  • Fast Ships, Black Sails (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2009)
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2011)
  • The Weird (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2013)
  • The Time Traveler's Almanac (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2014)
  • Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2015)
  • The Big Book of Science Fiction (with Jeff Vandermeer, 2016)


  1. ^ Laufenberg, Kathleen (August 23, 2009). ""Weird" wins: Tallahassee sci-fi editor brings home a Hugo Award". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2014-03-18. (Subscription required (help)).
  2. ^ "2009 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards official site.
  3. ^ "2009 World Fantasy Award Nominees". Archived from the original on 2012-10-27.
  4. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners," Locus Magazine, June 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Dradin, in love: A tale of elsewhen & otherwhere (Buzzcity first editions): Jeff VanderMeer, Ann Kennedy: Books
  6. ^ The Divinity Student (Buzzcity Press First Editions): Michael Cisco, Harry O. Morris: Books
  7. ^ WEIRD TALES: magazine of the gothic, fantastic & bizarre » About
  8. ^ The New Weird: Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer: Books
  9. ^ Tachyon Publications: The New Weird, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Tachyon Publications: Steampunk, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, editors Archived May 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "About". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 2011-11-06.

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ApolloCon was a science fiction convention held annually in Houston, Texas by the Houston Science Fiction Association (HSFA), a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

ApolloCon offers information and entertainment for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other genres of speculative and imaginative fiction in all their forms, including literary, media, and interactive gaming.

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo (born 14 November 1963) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. She was co-editor of Fantasy Magazine from 2007 to 2011, which earned her a 2012 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional nomination. She collaborated with Jeff VanderMeer on The Surgeon's Tale and Other Stories, published in 2007.

Her short stories have appeared in such places as Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine and In 2012, her story "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain" was a Nebula Award finalist. Her first novel, Beasts of Tabat, was published by Wordfire Press in 2015 and is the first of a fantasy quartet.

Rambo writes predominantly fantasy and science fiction. She collaborated in a New Weird round-robin writing project for editors by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, published in the 2008 anthology The New Weird ("Festival Lives", pp. 365).A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and Clarion West, she also works with Armageddon MUD, as Sanvean, and writes gaming articles. Her background in technology writing includes work for Microsoft and Security Dynamics. She is a member of the Codex Writers Group and, in 2008, was appointed chair of the Copyright Committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.Rambo started a two-year term as President of SFWA on July 1, 2015, following one year as Vice President. As of 2018, she is on her second term.She is the co-editor with Fran Wilde of Ad Astra: the SFWA 50th Anniversary Cookbook (2015).

Flat Diane

"Flat Diane" is a novelette by American author Daniel Abraham. It first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in October 2004, and was nominated for the 2005 Nebula Award, and won the 2005 International Horror Guild Award. Jeff and Ann VanderMeer included the story in their 2011 reprint anthology The Weird.

Inspired by The Flat Stanley Project, it tells the story of a father who helps his daughter create a paper outline of herself. They send the outline to friends, with instructions to take a picture of themselves with it, send back the picture, and send the outline on to another friend. The daughter, Diane, begins to show signs of knowing things that only the paper outline "Flat Diane" could have witnessed, and shortly after Diane begins having nightmares of torture and molestation the father receives photographs showing that Flat Diane has "fallen into the wrong hands".

G. D. Falksen

Geoffrey D. Falksen (born July 31, 1982), is an American steampunk writer.

Garth Nix

Garth Richard Nix (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom series. He has frequently been asked if his name is a pseudonym, to which he has responded, "I guess people ask me because it sounds like the perfect name for a writer of fantasy. However, it is my real name."

Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine

The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. The award has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing". The Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine is given each year for semi-professionally-edited magazines related to science fiction or fantasy which had published four or more issues, with at least one issue appearing in the previous calendar year. Awards were once also given out for professional magazines in the professional magazine category, and are still awarded for fan magazines in the fanzine category.

The award was first presented in 1984, and has been given annually since. A "semiprozine" is defined for the award as a magazine in the field that is not professional but that (unlike a fanzine) either pays its contributors in something other than copies, or is (generally) available only for payment. In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years prior in which no awards were given. To date, Retro Hugo awards have been awarded for 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, and 1954, but the category failed to receive enough to form a ballot each time.Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The works on the ballot are the most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of works that can be nominated. The 1953 through 1956 and 1958 awards did not include any recognition of runner-up magazines, but since 1959 all six candidates were recorded. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year. At the 2008 business meeting, an amendment to the World Science Fiction Society's Constitution was passed which would remove this category. The vote to ratify this amendment was held the following year; the ratification failed and the category remained. Instead, a committee was formed to recommend improvements to the category and related categories.During the 35 nomination years, 36 magazines run by 105 editors have been nominated. Of these, only 8 magazines run by 23 editors have won. Locus won 22 times and was nominated every year until a rules change in 2012 made it ineligible for the category. Uncanny Magazine has won 3 times in a row, 2016–2018, while Science Fiction Chronicle, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Lightspeed are the only other magazines to win more than once, with 2 awards out of 18 nominations, 3 out of 4, and 2 out of 5, respectively, while Ansible has won 1 out of 7 nominations, Interzone has won 1 out of 28, and Weird Tales has won 1 out of its 3 nominations. As editor of Locus Charles N. Brown won 21 of 27 nominations, though he shared 5 of those awards with Kirsten Gong-Wong, 3 with Liza Groen Trombi and 2 with Jennifer A. Hall. Uncanny's awards were earned by a team of 5 people, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Erika Ensign, and Steven Schapansky. The sole editor for Chronicle's awards was Andrew I. Porter, while David Pringle earned Interzone's, and Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal were the editors for Weird Tales's victory. Lightspeed's wins were under John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki, with Wendy N. Wagner and Christie Yant added for the second win, while David Langford was the editor when Ansible was awarded. Clarkesworld Magazine's winning years were under Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, and Kate Baker, with 2 of the three also under Cheryl Morgan and the other under Jason Heller. The New York Review of Science Fiction has received the most number of nominations without ever winning at 22, under the helm of David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer, Kevin J. Maroney, and 8 other editors. The next highest number of nominations without winning is 7 for Speculations under Kent Brewster, Denise Lee, and Susan Fry.

International Horror Guild Award

The International Horror Guild Award (also known as the IHG Award) was an accolade recognizing excellence in the field of horror/dark fantasy, presented by the International Horror Guild (IHG) from 1995 to 2008.The IHG Awards were determined by a jury of notable horror/dark fantasy critics and reviewers, which has included Edward Bryant, Ann VanderMeer, Stefan Dziemianowicz, William Sheehan, Fiona Webster and Hank Wagner. Nomination suggestions were accepted from the public. The annual awards were usually announced during a special presentation at a convention or other event, and IHG Award presentations have been held at the World Fantasy Convention, the World Horror Convention and Dragon*Con.Originally in the form of a "winged dog gargoyle" figure on a base, in 2002 the IHG Award was redesigned as a black, tombstone-shaped and free-standing plaque. The Living Legend Award had the same design, but in clear acrylic.

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an American author, editor, and literary critic. Initially associated with the New Weird literary genre, VanderMeer crossed over into mainstream success with his bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy. The trilogy's first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson Awards, and was adapted into a Hollywood film by director Alex Garland. Among VanderMeer's other novels are Shriek: An Afterword and Borne. He has also edited with his wife Ann VanderMeer such influential and award-winning anthologies as The New Weird, The Weird, and The Big Book of Science Fiction.VanderMeer has been called "one of the most remarkable practitioners of the literary fantastic in America today," with The New Yorker naming him the "King of Weird Fiction." VanderMeer's fiction is noted for eluding genre classifications even as his works bring in themes and elements from genres such as postmodernism, ecofiction, the New Weird and post-apocalyptic fiction.VanderMeer's writing has been described as "evocative" and containing "intellectual observations both profound and disturbing," and has been compared with the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, and Henry David Thoreau.

List of Clarion Writers Workshop Instructors

This is a list of past instructors in the Clarion Workshop, an annual writers' workshop for science fiction, fantasy, and speculative literature writers.

Instructors marked with an asterisk are also graduates of the Clarion or Clarion West workshops.

Saladin Ahmed

Eleanor Arnason

Steven Barnes

Christopher Barzak*

Elizabeth Bear

Michael Bishop

Terry Bisson

Holly Black

Ben Bova

Edward Bryant*

Algis Budrys

Octavia Butler*

Orson Scott Card

Suzy McKee Charnas

Ted Chiang*

Cassandra Clare

Robert Crais*

Ellen Datlow

Samuel R. Delany

Gordon Dickson

Thomas Disch

Cory Doctorow*

Gardner Dozois

Tananarive Due

Andy Duncan*

David Anthony Durham

Scott Edelman

Phyllis Eisenstein

Harlan Ellison

Carol Emshwiller

Charles Coleman Finlay

Jeffrey Ford

Karen Joy Fowler

James Frenkel

Gregory Frost*

Neil Gaiman

Lisa Goldstein

Martin Greenberg

Joe Haldeman

Elizabeth Hand

Harry Harrison

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nalo Hopkinson*

N.K. Jemisin

K.W. Jeter

Kij Johnson*

Gwyneth Jones

James Patrick Kelly*

John Kessel

Damon Knight

Nancy Kress

Michael Kube-McDowell

Ellen Kushner

Larissa Lai

Margo Lanagan*

Geoffrey A. Landis*

Fritz Leiber

Jonathan Lethem

Kelly Link*

Elizabeth Lynn

George R.R. Martin

Shawna McCarthy

Judith Merril

Maureen McHugh

Kim Mohan

Mary Anne Mohanraj*

James Morrow

Pat Murphy

Paul Park

Frederick Pohl

Tim Powers

Marta Randall

Kit Reed

Mike Resnick

Kim Stanley Robinson*

Spider and Jeanne Robinson

Kristine Kathryn Rusch*

Joanna Russ

Richard Russo

Geoff Ryman

John Scalzi

Lucius Shepard*

Delia Sherman

Dean Wesley Smith

Norman Spinrad

Sean Stewart

Theodore Sturgeon

Michael Swanwick

Judith Tarr

Robert Thurston*

Mary A. Turzillo*

Catherynne Valente

Gordon Van Gelder*

Ann VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer*

Joan Vinge

Howard Waldrop

Leslie What*

Kate Wilhelm

Sheila Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Connie Willis

Robin Scott Wilson

Gene Wolfe

Patricia Wrede

Glenn Wright

List of steampunk works

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world wherein steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.

Although many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the 1960s and 1970s, the term "steampunk" originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk.This article is a list of works in the science fiction and fantasy genres considered by commentators to be steampunk.

New weird

The new weird is a literary genre that began in the 1990s and developed in a series of novels and stories published from 2001 to 2005. M. John Harrison is credited with creating the term "New Weird" in the introduction to China Miéville's novella The Tain (2002). The writers involved are mostly novelists who are considered to be parts of the horror or speculative fiction genres but who often cross genre boundaries. Notable authors include K. J. Bishop, Steve Cockayne, Paul Di Filippo, M. John Harrison, Thomas Ligotti, Ian R. MacLeod, China Miéville, Alastair Reynolds, Justina Robson, Steph Swainston, and Jeff VanderMeer, among others.

Ripples in the Dirac Sea

"Ripples in the Dirac Sea" is a science fiction short story by Geoffrey Landis. It was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction in October 1988.

Singing My Sister Down

"Singing My Sister Down" is a 2004 fantasy short story by Australian writer Margo Lanagan.

The Time Traveler's Almanac

The Time Traveler's Almanac (British title: The Time Traveller's Almanac) is a 2013 anthology edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. It contains stories that focus on time travel. It was released on November 2013 in the UK and on March 18, 2014 in the US.

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere

"The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" is an award-winning 2013 science fiction/magic realism short story by John Chu. "Water" was first published on, after being purchased by editor Ann VanderMeer, and subsequently republished in Wilde Stories 2014. As well, Chu has read the story aloud for the StarShipSofa podcast.

Van der Meer

Van der Meer is a Dutch toponymic surname meaning "from the lake". A common contracted form is Vermeer. Abroad the name has often been concatenated to Vander Meer or Vandermeer, and VanderMeer. It may refer to:

Van der MeerBarend van der Meer (1659–1700), Dutch painter

Douwe Mout van der Meer (1705–1758), Dutch VOC sailor and owner of a rhinoceros

Erik van der Meer (born 1967), Dutch football player and coach

Frits van der Meer (1904–1994), Dutch archeologist and theologist

Gerrit van der Meer (born 1950), Dutch television and film producer

Harry van der Meer (born 1973), Dutch water polo player

Johan van der Meer (conductor) (1913–2011), Dutch choral conductor

Johannes van der Meer, alternative name of Jan Vermeer (1632–1675), Dutch painter

John Henry van der Meer (1920–2008), Dutch organologist and museum curator

Jolande van der Meer (born 1964), Dutch swimmer

Jos van der Meer (born 1947), Dutch medical scientist

Karel van der Meer (1905–1978), Dutch football referee

L. Bouke van der Meer (born 1945), Dutch archaeologist

Maartje van der Meer-Offers (1891–1944), Dutch contralto singer

Marleen de Pater-van der Meer (1950–2015), Dutch politician

Maud van der Meer (born 1992), Dutch swimmer

Moritz Hohenbaum van der Meer (1718–1795), Swiss historian

Nicolaes Woutersz van der Meer (1575–1666), Dutch politician

Patrick van der Meer (born 1971), Dutch dressage rider

Rick van der Meer (born 1997), Dutch footballer

Rob van der Meer (born ca. 1956), Dutch Surgeon General

Robin van der Meer (born 1995), Dutch footballer

Robine van der Meer (born 1971), Dutch actress

Simon van der Meer (1925–2011), Dutch physicist

Stientje van Veldhoven-van der Meer (born 1973), Dutch politician

Stijn van der Meer (born 1993), Dutch baseball player

Susie van der Meer (born 1973), German singer-songwriter

Vonne van der Meer (born 1952), Dutch novelist and playwrightVanderMeer, Vandermeer, Vander MeerAnn VanderMeer, American publisher and editor, wife of Jeff VanderMeer

Annie VanderMeer), American video game designer

Jeff VanderMeer (born 1968), American writer, husband of Ann VanderMeer

Jim Vandermeer (born 1980), Canadian ice hockey player

John Vandermeer (born 1940), American ecologist

Johnny Vander Meer (1914–1997), American baseball player

Nancy VanderMeer (born 1958), American politician

Pete Vandermeer (born 1975), Canadian ice hockey player

Tony Vandermeer (born 1962), American politician

World Fantasy Award—Anthology

The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction published in English during the previous calendar year. The awards have been described by book critics such as The Guardian as a "prestigious fantasy prize", and one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction). The World Fantasy Award—Anthology is given each year for anthologies of fantasy stories by multiple authors published in English. An anthology can have any number of editors, and works in the anthology may have been previously published; awards are also given out for collections of works by a single author in the Collection category. The Anthology category has been awarded annually since 1988, though from 1977 through 1987 anthologies were admissible as nominees in the Collection category. During the ten years they were admissible for that category they won the award seven times and represented 38 of the 56 nominations.World Fantasy Award nominees and winners are decided by attendees and judges at the annual World Fantasy Convention. A ballot is posted in June for attendees of the current and previous two conferences to determine two of the finalists, and a panel of five judges adds three or more nominees before voting on the overall winner. The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties. The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October. Winners were presented with a statue in the form of a bust of H. P. Lovecraft through the 2015 awards; more recent winners receive a statuette of a tree.During the 31 nomination years, 114 editors have had works nominated; 36 of them have won, including co-editors. Only four editors have won more than once. Ellen Datlow has won 8 times out of 34 nominations, the most of any editor; Terri Windling has won 6 times out of 18 nominations, all of the nominations as a co-editor with Datlow; Jack Dann has won twice out of five nominations; and Dennis Etchison has won twice out of 3 nominations. After Datlow and Windling, the editors with the most nominations are Stephen Jones, who has won once out of fourteen nominations, Gardner Dozois, who has won once out of six nominations, and David Sutton and Martin H. Greenberg, who each have been nominated six times without winning. Fifteen editors in total have been nominated more than twice.

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