Ellen Asher was the editor of the Science Fiction Book Club for thirty-four years and three months, thereby fulfilling her life's ambition of beating John W. Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by sleeping late, meeting friends for lunch, and reading only books she actually enjoys. She also rides horses and takes ballet classes, and does about as well at both as you'd expect of a rapidly aging editor who grew up in New York City. Her hobbies are growing things in flower pots on the windowsill and not watching television. In 2001 she was the recipient of NESFA's Skylark Award, of which she is still inordinately proud. In 2007 she received a World Fantasy Award in the category Special Award: Professional for her work with the SFBC. Shortly thereafter she was made a Fellow of NESFA. In 2009 she received a second World Fantasy Award, this time for Lifetime Achievement. And in April 2009, she became, in a minuscule way, a published author with a short essay in Nebula Awards Showcase 2009, edited by Ellen Datlow.