Author Biography and Bibliography


Terry Carr was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1937 and lived most of his life in California's Bay Area. In the early 1960s he began to work as an editor and to write fiction, most of it short stories, which were collected in The Light at the End of the Universe (1976). His most substantial work, Cirque, a spiritual allegory, was published in 1977. But it was as an editor that he became and remained best known. From 1964 through 1971 he worked with Donald A. Wollheim at Ace Books, where he was responsible for the highly successful Ace Specials series. He co-edited seven annual best-of-the-year anthologies with Wollheim and initiated the Universe series of original anthologies. After leaving Ace and becoming a freelance editor, he continued to produce a best-of-the-year anthology on his own, starting with The Best Science Fiction of the Year in 1972 and continuing through 1987, the year of his death. This series was generally regarded as the best of the annual compilations.

In the 1980s Ace re-hired Terry to resume control of the Specials (this time restricted to first novels) on a freelance basis. In its first eighteen months the series included William Gibson's Neuromancer, Kim Stanley Robinson's The Wild Shore, Carter Scholz's and Glenn Harcourt's Palimpsests, Lucius Shepard's Green Eyes, Michael Swanwick's In the Drift, and Howard Waldrop's Them Bones. In 1985 and '86 he won his third and fourth Hugos, both for Best Editor.

Photograph by D. Bickford.