SFRA Awards 2017!
The Science Fiction Research Association (www.sfra.org) is very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SFRA awards, which were presented at the annual meeting of the organization, held this year in Riverside, CA, from June 28-July 1, 2017.
Student Paper Award, which recognizes the best student paper as presented at the previous year’s conference:
Francis Gene-Rowe, for “You Are The Hero: Stephen Mooney’s The Cursory Epic.”
Honorary Mention: Brittany Roberts, for “’The Present Doesn’t Exist’: Music, Animation, and the Rupture of Cultural Memory in Vladimir Tarasov’s The Passage.”
Mary Kay Bray Award, given for the best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review in a given year:
A.P. Canavan, for his review of Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones
Pioneer Award, which recognizes the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year (2016):
Lindsay Thomas, for “Forms of Duration: Preparedness, the Mars Trilogy, and the Management of Climate Change,” American Literature 88.1 (March 2016)
Thomas D. Clareson Award, which recognizes outstanding service activities-promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations:
Pilgrim Award, honoring lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship:
Also at the meeting, the University of California, Riverside presented its Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Program Book Award to Steven Shaviro for his Discognition (Repeater Books, 2016). Honorary mention went to Rebekah Sheldon for The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Scott Selisker for Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
Congratulations to all winners!
The Executive Board of the Science Fiction Research Association invites travel grant proposals to attend and present at the annual conference of the Science Fiction Research Association. Maximum awards of $300 for regional and $500 for international travel may be given. Applicants must be current SFRA members; all current SFRA members are eligible to apply. Grant checks will be presented to awardees during the conference funded by the grant.
See Conference Travel Grant for details. Deadline extended to 17 May.
The Science Fiction Research Association (www.sfra.org) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SFRA awards. The Pioneer Award, which recognizes the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year (2015), went to Scott Selisker for “‘Shutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange’: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl,” published in Science Fiction Studies (www.depauw.edu/sfs/). This year’s Pilgrim Award, honoring lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship, was presented to Mark Bould. Farah Mendlesohn received the Thomas D. Clareson Award, which recognizes outstanding service activities-promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations. The Mary Kay Bray Award, given for the best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review in a given year, was awarded to Amy Ransom. Dagmar Van Engen was awarded the Student Paper Award, which recognizes the best student paper as presented at the previous year’s conference.
Awards were presented as part of the Science Fiction Research Association’s 2016 conference, hosted by the University of Liverpool. Award committees’ remarks and acceptance speeches will be published in an upcoming issue of SFRA Review.
The Mullen Fellowship offers stipends of up to $3000 per applicant to support research at any archive that has sf holdings pertinent to the dissertation topic. The program was instituted to honor Richard “Dale” Mullen, founder of Science Fiction Studies.
Qualified applicants will be Ph.D. students from any accredited doctoral program who are pursuing an approved dissertation topic in which science fiction (broadly defined) is a major emphasis. The research may involve science fiction of any nation or culture and of any era. Applications may propose research in—but need not limit themselves to—specialized SF archives such as the Eaton Collection at UCR, the Maison d’Ailleurs in Switzerland, the Judith Merril Collection in Toronto, or the SF Foundation Collection in Liverpool. Proposals for work in general archives with relevant SF holdings—authors’ papers, for example—are also welcome. For possible research locations, applicants may wish to consult the partial list of SF archives compiled in SFS 37.2 (July 2010): 161-90. This list is also available online at: <http://sfanthology.site.wesleyan.edu/files/2010/08/WASF-Teachers-Guide-2Archives.pdf>.
The application should be written in English and should describe the dissertation, clarifying the centrality of science fiction to the project’s overall design. It should show knowledge of the specific holdings and strengths of the archive in which the proposed research will be conducted, and it should provide a work plan and budget. Candidates should clarify why research in this particular archive is crucial to the proposed project. Students who receive awards must acknowledge the support provided by SFS’s Mullen Fellowship program in their completed dissertations and in any published work that makes use of research supported by the fellowship.
A complete application consists of a project description (approximately 500 words) with a specific plan of work, updated curriculum vitae, itemized budget, and two letters of reference, including one from the faculty supervisor of the dissertation.
Applications should be submitted electronically to the chair of the evaluation committee, Sherryl Vint, at email@example.com. Applications are due April 1, 2016, and awards will be announced May 1, 2016. The selection committee in 2016-17 consists of Neil Easterbrook and DeWitt Douglas Kilgore (SFS Advisory Board members) and Carol McGuirk and Sherryl Vint, SFS editors.