SFWA Named Jane Yolen Grand Master

SFWA has announced the Jane Yolen has been named the next Damon Knight Grand Master, to be inducted at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh the weekend of May 18-21. Yolen has published novels for juvenile, young adult and adult readers, as well as short fiction, picture books, and poetry as well as edited several anthologies. In 1986, her short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship” received a Nebula Award, as did her novelette “Lost Girls” in 1997.
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Nebula Winners

The Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday, May 14 during the SFWA Nebula Conference (chaired by Steven H Silver, which explains the delayed news postings on this site). The ceremony began with a performance of “Radio SFWA,” followed by a speech by toastmaster John Hodgman. The evening ended with nominees who didn’t win presenting the traditional “Alternate Universe Speeches.” The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  • Best Novella: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Best Novelette: “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • Best Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: C. J. Cherryh
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Updraft, by Fran Wilde
  • Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award: Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Mad Max: Fury Road, by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nick Lathouris
  • Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Award for Service to SFWA: Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen

Pratchett Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Sir Terry Pratchett will be the recipient of this year’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. The award is presented for those who have had a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. In addition to his novels and short stories, Pratchett was also active in Alzheimer’s research and animal conservation. The award, which has been re-named this year to honor Kate Wilhelm, will be presented on March 14 as part of the SFWA Nebula Conference at the Palmer House in Chicago.

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Cherryh Named Grand Master

SFWA has announced that C. J. Cherryh will be named the Damon Knight Grand Master at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago. Cherryh is the author fo Downbelow Station, Cyteen, The Faded Sun series, and the Chanur novels. Her works span the gamut from space opera to historical fantasy. SFWA President Cat Rambo said, ” [Cherryh] is a master of long-running series involving worlds and characters that the reader can visit and revisit with a true sense of wonder each and every time.” Cherryh has received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author, two Hugo Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 1998 Worldcon.

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Hodgman Toastmasters the Nebulas

John Hodgman, longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the voice of the Father and the Other Father in the film Coraline, will serve as toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Awards banquet, held during the SFWA Nebula Conference on May 14 in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from May 12-15 at the Palmer House and features four days of seminars, workshops, and career building and network opportunities.
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Solstice Winners

SFWA has announced that Joanna Russ and Stanley Schmidt will be this year’s recipients of the Solstice Awards at the 50th Nebula Award Weekend, to be held in Chicago from June 4-7. Russ is being honored as a fiction writer, mentor, teacher, editor, and critic. Schmidt is being recognized for his 34 years as editor of Analog.
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Solstice Award Recipients

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.

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Solstice Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the creation of the Solstice Award, presented for significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. The award may be given to anyone who has not already received the Damon Knight Grand Master Award or been named Author Emeritus by the SFWA. The award’s first three recipients include Kate Wilhelm, Martin H. Greenberg, and the late Algis Budrys. The awards will be presented at this year’s Nebula weekend in Los Angeles.

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