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The Next SFWA Grand Master

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  • The Next SFWA Grand Master

    Some people at rec.arts.sf.written are thumbing through a list of authors who they think should be considered for SFWA Grand Master, whatever that is.

    http://groups.google.com/group/rec.a...92088b7246bcfb
    The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

  • #2
    As ever, Wikipedia has the answer:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science...ers_of_America

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    • #3
      How horrible would it be for Mike to get http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandalf_Grand_Master_Award instead?
      The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Berry Sizemore
        How horrible would it be for Mike to get http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandalf_Grand_Master_Award instead?
        I don't think it would be "horrible" for Mike to be in the same company as Fritz, Poul, Ursula, et al.. Just because it's called the Gandalf Award doesn't mean that your work is being compared to JRRT's. But, "ironic", yes.

        Far more worrying is that LSdC won it...

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        • #5
          SFWA. In another corner of the multiverse, no doubt it's also known as the "So F****** What Award". :D
          _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
          _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
          _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
          _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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          • #6
            I kinda like the SFWA people. "Mostly harmless", they are. I'd think it a trip if Mike, Harlan, and Larry Niven were awarded a Triple Crown, as it were - for the combo certainly covers most of the gamut of sci-fi (scientifiction, speculative fiction, applied fantasy, intelligent design, whatever y'all want to call it). Awards are good things. They give you something to put on the mantle and dust, and may attract snobby readers to buy books if you put the little logo on the cover.
            Miqque
            ... just another sailor on the seas of Fate, dogpaddling desperately ...

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            • #7
              Too much of a maverick for a 'Grand Master'?, as one person in the group says. Sounds good! :P
              'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

              Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aral Vilsn
                Too much of a maverick for a 'Grand Master'?, as one person in the group says. Sounds good! :P
                MM, the Grand Maverick!
                "A man is no man who cannot have a fried mackerel when he has set his mind on it; and more especially when he has money in his pocket to pay for it." - E.A. Poe's NICHOLAS DUNKS; OR, FRIED MACKEREL FOR DINNER

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                • #9
                  For the record I was told many years ago that I was going to get the Gandalf and I let it be known it would be kind of hypocritical of me to accept an award named after a character I'd shown so much disrespect towards!

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                  • #10
                    Science Fiction and Fantasy? Why does Science Fiction always get top billing?

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