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Kathryn Cramer lives in Westport, NY. She is an editor of the Hieroglyph project, inspired by Neal Stephenson and sponsored by the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.

Her story, "Am I Free to Go?" was published by in December 2012.

She is a writer, critic, and anthologist who co-edited the Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best SF series with David G. Hartwell. Her most recent historical anthologies include The Space Opera Renaissance and The Hard SF Renaissance, both co-edited with 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 for five years, consulted for Wolfram Research, a mathematical software company. She is co-owner of an apple orchard in Westport, NY.

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.

John Clute, The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (CD ROM edition):

. . . a spiky and erudite critic.