Sunday 1 April 2001
SFWA Announces Ellison Award
SFWA will unveil a new award, the Harlan Ellison Award, at this year's Nebula
ceremonies in Los Angeles, according to SFWA President Paul Levinson.
The recipient of the first Harlan Ellison Award will be Harlan Ellison, who
also will be presenting the award to himself.
The Harlan Ellison Award, which will be announced not annually but at the
discretion of the SFWA president, is designed to honor Harlan Ellison, who
will be its only eligible recipient, Levinson explained. "Year in and year
out, there's no one else like Harlan. He's one of a kind, so no one else is
in competition, will ever be in competition."
Photo by Chris Cuffaro
As Ellison Award presenter and recipient, Ellison, a longtime vocal critic of
SFWA, will have four total opportunities to make a speech at this year's
premiere SFWA event, since he's already scheduled to receive the Bradbury
Award and to present the Grand Master Award. "I really don't think he'll
repeat himself, though," Levinson said.
Also in the works is a Retro-Ellison Award, to be awarded periodically to
Ellison in memory of past years, such as 1965 or 1977, when he was unable to
win the as-yet-uncreated Ellison Award.
"Basically, we're going to give Harlan as many speaking opportunities as
possible," Levinson said, "because Harlan equals publicity, and what could
SFWA possibly need more than publicity?"
reported by Andy Duncan