Niall Harrison

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(June 27, 1980 -- )

Niall Harrison is a British SF editor, critic and fan. He was the editor-in-chief of Strange Horizons in 2010–17, during which period it received four Best Semiprozine Hugo nominations. His work also appeared in Interzone, Foundation, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Vector, Locus Online etc. John Clute in SFE called him "one of the central critics of sf to have emerged in the twenty-first century".

Harrison was a member of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group. At the 2004 Eastercon he was part of the group of fans identified as Third Row Fandom.

Harrison has published book reviews since 2003. Between 2006 and 2010, he was an editor of the BSFA's Vector as well as writing Torque Control, its editorial blog. In summer 2005, he became the reviews editor of Strange Horizons[1] and late in 2010[2] he took over as editor-in-chief. He conducted 'The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium' in 2014, which was a finalist for the BSFA Award. He left in April 2017, publishing little there since, but remains listed among "Consulting Editors".[3]

He was a judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, inspired by Paul Kincaid's 'Mexicon Survey' from Mexicon III in 1989, Harrison conducted a survey of British and British-based writers in which they responded to a set of questions about writing, influences, Britishness and ideas of genre. Both surveys were published by the BSFA as British Science Fiction And Fantasy: Twenty Years, Two Surveys in 2010.

He lives in Newcastle and works as a Medical Writer.

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  2. Announced as "effective immediately" in 1 November issue, though later and elsewhere the website dates the turn-over some time within December.
  5. Note: there is no official listing available at the British Fantasy Society website; some announcements in media like or gave only four nominees lacking SH, but this must be an mere innocent omission in the original press release corrected later.