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Encyclopedia > Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (pronounced /sɪfwə/ or /sɛfwə/), was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. The organization has since changed its name to Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., but continues with the acronym SFWA after a very brief use of the acronym SFFWA. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Damon Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a science fiction author, editor, and critic. ...


SFWA is a non-profit association of science fiction and fantasy writers. Most members live in the United States. Active membership is limited to professionally published authors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror; the minimum qualification is the sale of one novel or dramatic script, or three short stories to venues with certain minimum circulations or pay rates. Associate membership is for professionally published authors who have not yet qualified for Active membership. The "America" in the organization's title refers to the fact that the primary focus of SFWA's author advocacy concerns publishing in the U. S. A. Authors (regardless of nationality or residence) must be professionally published in the English language in order to qualify as SFWA members. SFWA boasts approximately 1,500 members as of 2007. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Though anyone who creates a written work may be called a writer, the term is usually reserved for those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


SFWA presents the Nebula Award each year for the best short story, novelette, novella, novel, and script. It also gives the Andre Norton Award each year for Best Young Adult novel, the occasional Bradbury award for best dramatic presentation, the Author Emeritus recognition to a senior writer whose major impact was long ago or overlooked, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for a lifetime's extraordinary achievement in science fiction or fantasy. The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Author Emeritus award is an honorary title bestowed by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. ... The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. ...


SFWA maintains a web site that has a lot of information for writers. One popular feature of the site is Writer Beware, which catalogues various publishing-related scams and has alerts about author mills. A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... An author mill is a variety of vanity press. ...


Presidents

Damon Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was a science fiction author, editor, and critic. ... At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Robert Silverberg (January 15, 1935, Brooklyn, New York) is a prolific American author best known for writing science fiction, a multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. ... Alan E. Nourse (August 11, 1928 - July 19, 1992) was an American science fiction author and physician. ... Gordon Dickson lecturing. ... James Edwin Gunn (born 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American Science Fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926–July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author of the genres Golden Age. ... Jerry Pournelle at the 2006 Stanford Singularity Summit Jerry Eugene Pournelle, Ph. ... Frederik George Pohl, Jr. ... Andrew J. Offutt (born August 16, 1934) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer considered by many the Dean of Science Fiction. [1] // Williamson spent his early childhood in western Texas. ... Norman Richard Spinrad (born September 15, 1940) is an American science fiction author. ... Marta Randall (born 1948 in Mexico City) is a science fiction writer. ... Charles Sheffield (June 25, 1935 – November 2, 2002), was an English-born mathematician, physicist and science fiction author. ... Jane Yolen (born February 11, 1939 in New York City) is an American author, and editor of almost 300 books. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... Benjamin William Bova (born November 8, 1932) is an American science fiction author and editor. ... Joseph William Haldeman is an American science fiction author. ... Barbara Hambly (born August 28, 1951) is an award winning and prolific American novelist and screenwriter within the genres of fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction. ... Michael Victor Capobianco (born November 12, 1950) is an American science fiction writer. ... Robert J. Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer, dubbed the dean of Canadian science fiction by the Ottawa Citizen in 1999. ... Paul Levinson, 2002 Paul Levinson (b. ... Norman Richard Spinrad (born September 15, 1940) is an American science fiction author. ... Sharon Lee (born September 11, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is an American writer. ... Photo by Hugh Talman Catherine Asaro (born 1955) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Michael Victor Capobianco (born November 12, 1950) is an American science fiction writer. ...

See also

  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, 1929-1964
  • Atlanta Nights

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time is a 1970 anthology of science fiction short stories, edited by Robert Silverberg. ... Atlanta Nights is a collaborative novel created by a group of science fiction and fantasy authors, with the express purpose of producing an unpublishably bad piece of work and testing whether publishing firm PublishAmerica would still accept it, which they did. ...

External links

  • SFWA's official web site
  • SFWA's By-laws
  • Interview with Writer Beware's Victoria Strauss with Writer Unboxed.

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