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Ann VanderMeer

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Ann VanderMeer
Ann VanderMeer accepting the Hugo Award (August 2009)
Occupation(s)Editor, publisher
SpouseJeff 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.

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]

Works edited


VanderMeer was the fiction editor for Weird Tales magazine[5] 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,[6][7] Steampunk, and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, published by Tachyon Publications.[8] In the fall of 2011, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer founded Weird Fiction Review, an online magazine dealing in weird fiction.[9] 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.

Selected works



  • 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)
  • Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2010)
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2011)
  • Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution (2012)
  • The Weird (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2012)
  • 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)
  • The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2019)
  • The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (with Jeff VanderMeer, 2020)


  1. ^ Laufenberg, Kathleen (August 23, 2009). ""Weird" wins: Tallahassee sci-fi editor brings home a Hugo Award". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  2. ^ "2009 Hugo Award Winners". The Hugo Awards official site. 18 August 2009.
  3. ^ "2009 World Fantasy Award Nominees". WorldFantasy.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27.
  4. ^ "2017 Locus Awards Winners," Locus Magazine, June 24, 2017.
  5. ^ WEIRD TALES: magazine of the gothic, fantastic & bizarre » About
  6. ^ Amazon.com: The New Weird: Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer: Books
  7. ^ "Tachyon Publications: The New Weird, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer". Archived from the original on May 11, 2008.
  8. ^ "Tachyon Publications: Steampunk, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, editors". Archived from the original on May 26, 2008.
  9. ^ "About". Weird Fiction Review. Retrieved 2011-11-06.