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 beta text of the third edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia, edited by John Clute and David Langford has gone live. The editors note that additional entries will continue to be added and the current version is not final. The on-line version is sponsored by Gollancz.