Locus Online reports that the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution declaring June 27, 2009 to be Will F. Jenkins Day in recognition of “the author’s creative genius and his numerous literary achievements.”
Jenkins wrote award-winning SF under the name Murray Leinster, and popularized parallel-universe stories with his famous “Sidewise in Time” (1934); the Sidewise Award for best alternate history is named in his honor. Jenkins died in 1975 at age 78, and spent most of his life in Virginia, where he was born. The author’s family plans to hold a ceremony in his honor to celebrate the day.
If you’ve never read his work as Murray Leinster, you’re in for a treat. Go check out these free reads at Bean’s Free Library: