Jonathan Strahan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1964, and moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1968. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986.
In 1990 he co-founded Eidolon: The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and worked on it as co-editor and co-publisher until 1999. He was also co-publisher of Eidolon Books which published Robin Pen’s The Secret Life of Rubber-Suit Monsters, Howard Waldrop’s Going Home Again, Storm Constantine’s The Thorn Boy, and Terry Dowling’s Blackwater Days.
In 1997 Jonathan worked in Oakland, California for Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field as an assistant editor and wrote a regular reviewer column for the magazine until March 1998 when he returned to Australia. In early 1999 Jonathan resumed reviewing and copyediting for Locus, and was promoted to Reviews Editor in January 2002. Other reviews have appeared in Eidolon, Eidolon: SF Online, Ticonderoga Online and Foundation. Jonathan has won the William J Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and Review and the Australian National Science Fiction “Ditmar” Award.
As a freelance editor, Jonathan has edited or co-edited five reprint anthologies which have been published in Australia and the United States. In 1997 and 1998 he co-edited The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume 1 and The Year’s Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy: Volume 2 with Jeremy G Byrne for HarperCollins Australia. In 2004 he co-edited Science Fiction: Best of 2003 with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks; The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy with Charles N. Brown for HarperCollins Australia and HarperEos, and edited Best Short Novels: 2004 for The Science Fiction Book Club. In 2005 he co-edited Science Fiction: Best of 2004 and Fantasy: Best of 2004 with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks; and co-edited Best Short Novels: 2005 for The Science Fiction Book Club. He recently completed Science Fiction: Best of 2005 and Fantasy: Best of 2005 with Karen Haber for Simon & Schuster/ibooks, and is working on Best Short Novels: 2006 (for The Science Fiction Book Club), The Starry Rift (a YA SF anthology for Viking Penguin due in 2007), and The New Space Opera (an SF anthology co-edited with Gardner Dozois for HarperCollins and due in 2007).
In 1999 Jonathan founded The Coode Street Press, which published the one-shot review ‘zine The Coode Street Review of Science Fiction and co-published Terry Dowling’s Antique Futures. The Coode Street Press is currently inactive.
Jonathan married former Locus Managing Editor Marianne Jablon in 1999 and they live in Perth, Western Australia with their two daughters, Jessica and Sophie.