Bud Webster has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Service to SFWA Award for his work on the SFWA Estates Project to determine ownership and representation of the estates of authors. Webster has also used the project to promote proper estate planning among authors. The presentations will be made during the Nebula Awards weekend in Arlington, Virginia the weekend of May 17-20.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the recipients of this year’s Solstice Award, presented for significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia on May 19. This year’s recipients include Octavia Butler and John Clute. Butler’s fiction delved into sociological, political and religious issues, explored gender, sexuality and cultural identity. She looked for the problems in the world, and tried to find answers and solutions. Clute is the author of several collections of criticism and critical essays on the genre, as well as the 2001 space opera, Appleseed, whose most notable work is a trio of reference works: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced this year’s nominees for the Nebula, Bradbury, and Norton Awards. The awards, selected by a vote of the members, will be announced at the Nebula Award banquet in Arlington, Virginia on May 19.
- Among Others, by Jo Walton
- Embassytown, by China Miéville
- Firebird, by Jack McDevitt
- God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
- The Kingdom of Gods, by N. K. Jemisin
- Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine
- “The Ice Owl,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman
- “Kiss Me Twice,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
- “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
- “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” by Ken Liu
- “Silently and Very Fast,” by Catherynne M. Valente
- “With Unclean Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro
- “Fields of Gold,” by Rachel Swirsky
- “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” by Katherine Sparrow
- “The Old Equations,” by Jake Kerr
- “Ray of Light,” by Brad R. Torgersen
- “Sauerkraut Station,” by Ferrett Steinmetz
- “Six Months, Three Days,” by Charlie Jane Anders
- “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman
- “The Axiom of Choice,” by David W. Goldman
- “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” by E. Lily Yu
- “Her Husband’s Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro
- “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son,” by Tom Crosshill
- “Movement,” by Nancy Fulda
- “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
- “Shipbirth,” by Aliette de Bodard
- The Adjustment Bureau, by George Nolfi, directed George Nolfi
- Attack the Block, by Joe Cornish, directed by Joe Cornish
- Captain America: The First Avenger, by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston
- Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” by Neil Gaiman, directed by Richard Clark
- Hugo, by John Logan, directed by Martin Scorsese
- Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, directed by Woody Allen
- Source Code, by Ben Ripley, directed Duncan Jones
Andre Norton Award
- Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout
- Chime, by Franny Billingsley
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
- Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King
- The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
- Ultraviolet, by R. J. Anderson
SFWA has announced that the recipient of the Damon Knight Grandmaster Award will be Connie Willis. Willis will be honored during the 2012 Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia the weekend of May 17-20, 2012. Willis is the author of Remake, Bellwether, Passage, and other novels and short stories. She has won 11 Hugos and 7 Nebulas, including both awards for her novels Doomsday Book, All Clear, Blackout, and the short story “Even the Queen.”
The SFWA Board has voted to extend the probationary period for Dorchester Books until January 31 with a vote of 6-0 with two abstentions. The board determined that with the probationary period coming to an end with the close of 2011, holiday, family, and other end-of-year obligations kept them from reviewing the situation in a complete manner and voted to extend the period. Dorchester was placed on probation in December, 2010.
SFWA has announced the lifting of the probation period for Night Shade Books. Night Shade was placed on probation on July 8, 2010 after irregularities surfaced in Night Shade’s contractual fulfillment and rights. Night Shade has worked closely with SFWA during the intervening period to ensure that the infractions were rectified. Fiction contracted during that probationary term is acceptable for qualification for SFWA membership.
The results of the SFWA election were announced at the SFWA business meeting held at the Nebula Awards Weekend.
President: John Scalzi
Vice President: Mary Robinette Kowal
Secretary: Robert J. Howe
Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk
Eastern Regional Director: Catherynne M. Valente
The Nebula Awards were presented on the evening of May 21 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. as part of the Nebula Award Weekend. The Ceremony also included the presentation of the Service to SFWA Award, the Solstice Awards, the Bradbury Award, and the Andre Norton Award.
- Service to SFWA: John Johnston, III
- Solstice Award: James Tiptree, Jr./Alice B. Sheldon
- Solstice Award: Michael Whelan
- Ray Bradbury Award: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
- Andre Norton Award: I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett
- Best Short Story: (tie) “How Interesting: A Tiny Man,” Harlan Ellison; “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
- Best Novelette: “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” by Eric James Stone
- Best Novella: “The Lady Who Plucked Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky
- Best Novel: Blackout and All Clear, by Connie Willis
A mass signing, featuring more than 40 science fiction and fantasy writers including Connie Willis, John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Allen Steele, James Morrow, Michael Whelan, Michael Swanwick, and Laura Anne Gilman will take place as part of the Nebula Award Weekend on Friday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut NW, Washington, DC. The signing is open to the public.
SFWA President John Scalzi has announced that Executive Director Jane Jewell will step down after nine years in her position. Jewell will continue to act as a Special Advisor to the 2011 Nebula Award weekend next month. Kate Baker has been hired as Interim Office Manager and will handle administrative tasks, including membership services following Jewell’s departure.