The winner of the first Lifeboat to the Stars was announced on June 14 as part of the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, KS. Kevin J. Anderson and Steve Savile won the award, which is presented for the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel, for their book Tau Ceti. The award was
created by Robert J. Sawyer suggested by SFWA Grandmasters James Gunn and Frederik Pohl, and created by Eric Klien of the Lifeboat Foundation. Robert J. Sawyer served as coordinating judge.
Edited: To correct the final statement per Rob Sawyer’s remarks in the comments.