Gordon Van Gelder was the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from the beginning of 1997 through the end of 2014. He is currently its publisher. Through the 1990s, he worked as an editor for St. Martin's Press, where he worked on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, including mysteries, sf, fantasy, nonfiction, and unclassifiable books. He was a Hugo finalist every year from 1997 to 2010, winning short form editor for 2006 and 2007; a World Fantasy Special Award-Professional winner for 1999 and 2002, and finalist for 1995, 1997, and 2007; and has been a Locus editor finalist every year since 1997. He was an editor (and occasional reviewer) for The New York Review of Science Fiction from 1989 to 1994, and hence a six-time Hugo semiprozine finalist (as well as 1990 Readercon winner and 1992 SF Chronicle finalist).

His books as editor are The Best from F&SF: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology (Tor, 1999, with Edward L. Ferman), One Lamp: Alternate History Stories from F&SF (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003), In Lands That Never Were: Tales of Swords and Sorcery from F&SF (Four Walls Eight Windows, 2004), Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from F&SF (Thunder's Mouth, 2005), The Very Best of F&SF: 60th Anniversary Edition (Tachyon, 2009), Welcome to the Greenhouse (OR Books, 2011), and Lonely Souls (Spilogale, 2013). His latest anthology, The Very Best of F&SF Volume 2 came out in 2014 from Tachyon Publications.

He has published a handful of short stories in Christmas Ghosts (Hartwell, ed.), Swashbuckling Editor Stories (Betancourt, ed.), Young Blood (Baker, ed.), Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers, and NYRSF. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. F&SF has a web site at fandsf.com.