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Encyclopedia > Campbell award (best new writer)

The John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer in Science Fiction is awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society. It is awarded to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appearing in a professional publication (defined as 10,000 or more copies) was published in the previous two years.


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Article: Naming the Stars: The Awards of Science Fiction (part 1 of 2), by Greg Beatty (3531 words)
Campbell was editor of Astounding from 1937 through 1971, and a powerful influence on science fiction during that period, suggesting ideas to writers, nurturing new writers, and in general editing very actively.
Gunn, a writer who is also a scholar in the field, has worked tirelessly to get science fiction accepted by mainstream academics; having the Campbell Award given here establishes it as a bridge from the genre's pulp roots to its academic acceptance.
As the list of awards and deaths indicates, these awards also recognize a sort of passing of the guard, a sense that the early founders are passing on and that their memories should be kept alive.
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