Dear SFRA, I wanted to let the organization know that Jess FitzPatrick has stepped back from her role as treasurer. We on the executive committee would like to thank Jess for her work as treasurer, and welcome Tim Murphy (Oklahoma State University) and thank him for steeping into the post. Per the association bylaws, he will serve out the rest of the term.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
All best, Gerry Canavan SFRA President
* SFRA is seeking volunteers to serve on its many award committees. Judges serve a three-year term, including chairing the committee their third and final year. Information on the different awards can be found here.
The 2021 awards were announced at the banquet at the conclusion of the 2022 conference in Oslo, Norway. Congratulations to all winners!
SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship
Originally the Pilgrim Award, the SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship was created in 1970 by the SFRA to honor lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship. The award was first named for J. O. Bailey’s pioneering book, Pilgrims through Space and Time and altered in 2019.
This year’s awardee is Roger Luckhurst (Professor of English, Birkbeck, University of London).
SFRA Innovative Research Award
The SFRA Innovative Research Award (formerly the Pioneer Award) is given to the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year.
This year’s awardee is Amy Butt for her essay “The Present as Past: Science Fiction and the Museum” from Open Library of Humanities 7.1 (2021). The selection committee also awarded an honorable mention to Katherine Buse for her essay “Genesis Efects: Growing Planets in 1980s Computer Graphics” from Configurations 29 (2021).
Thomas D. Clareson Award
The Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service is presented for outstanding service activities-promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations.
This year’s awardee is Gerry Canavan of Marquette University.
Mary Kay Bray Award
The Mary Kay Bray Award is given for the best review to appear in the SFRA Review in a given year.
This year’s awardee is Nora Castle for her essay “Review of Upload (2020, TV series)” (51.1).
The winner of the 2021 award is John Landreville (Wayne State University) for his paper “‘Speculative Metabolism: Digesting the Human in Upstream Color.”
SFRA Book Award
The SFRA Book Award is given to the author of the best first scholarly monograph in SF, in each calendar year.
This year’s winner is David M. Higgins for his book Reverse Colonization: Science Fiction, Imperial Fantasy, and Alt-Victimhood.
Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize
Awarded by the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at the University of California, Riverside, The Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize honors an outstanding scholarly monograph that explores the intersections between popular culture, particularly science fiction, and the discourses and cultures of technoscience. The award is designed to recognize groundbreaking and exceptional contributions to the field.
This year’s winner is Sherryl Vint for Biopolitical Futures in Twenty-First-Century Speculative Fiction (Cambridge University Press). The committee also chose to recognize Jayna Brown’s Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (Duke University Press) with a special honorable mention.
UPDATE: The call for the SFRA outreach officer has been extended for another week. If you are interested, let me know! The new deadline is Thursday, March 31.
During our bylaw revisions last year we created a number of positions to help modernize the SFRA Executive Committee, as well as more clearly delineate responsibilities and roles. In that spirit, we would like to invite applications for the unpaid, volunteer position of SFRA Outreach Officer.
The outreach officer will organize, in coordination with the vice president, the various internet and social media outlets, in order to publicize and further the goals and mission of the organization. They will also be responsible for seeking opportunities for collaboration and outreach with other scholarly organizations, especially organizations that serve populations that have historically been underrepresented in SFRA. The outreach officer will be appointed by the Executive Committee and will serve a three-year term, which can be terminated by either the outreach officer or the Executive Committee. The outreach officer shall not be a member of the Executive Committee.
If you have questions about the position, please, reach out — and we would love to see your application. If you are interested in serving as the next outreach officer for the organization, please send a (short!) letter of interest and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2022.
The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) invites nominations for the 2021 Innovative Research Award. The award is announced annually at the SFRA conference and is awarded to the writer (or writers) of the year’s best critical essay-length work published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Formerly known as the Pioneer Award, the SFRA Innovative Research Award was renamed in 2019 following lengthy discussions and a community vote. For a list of past winners: The SFRA Innovative Research Award.
Please note (as discussed at last year’s business meeting) this year we will be piloting a new process for this award. Only peer-reviewed journal articles are eligible for submission. A maximum of two submissions is welcomed per person, and it is possible to self-nominate. Past winners will not be considered for this award, so please refer to the list of winners before submitting your nomination if you believe the author has won in the past. All nominations will remain anonymous.
For all inquiries or to submit a nomination, please send the author’s name, title of article and the journal and pages in which the article appeared to the committee chair Alison Sperling at email@example.com. Please also include the article as an attachment. The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2022.