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Joe Haldeman Named Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War, Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound (among others), has been named as the 2010 recipient of SFWA‘s highest honor: the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.

[Updated] Press release follows:

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Joe Haldeman will be honored as the next Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for 2010 by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Grand Master represents SFWA’s highest accolade and recognizes excellence for a lifetime of contributions to the genres of science fiction and fantasy.

SFWA President Russell Davis announced the decision after consulting with the Board of Directors and participating past presidents. The presentation of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award will take place at the SFWA Nebula Awards® Weekend in May. The Nebula Awards weekend is available to the general public with advance registration.

“Giving the Grand Master is one of the true pleasures of serving as the President of SFWA,” said SFWA President Russell Davis. “Being able to give it to Joe Haldeman–a past SFWA president, an extraordinarily talented writer, a respected teacher and mentor in our community, and a good friend–is not just a pleasure, but a genuine honor. I can think of no one more deserving that I’d be more pleased to recognize.”

The author of 20 novels and five collections, Haldeman remains one of the most popular science fiction writers working today. His landmark novel, The Forever War, won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975, and spawned two follow-up novels, Forever Peace and Forever Free. In total, his writings have garnered him five Nebulas, five Hugos and a host of other awards as well as numerous nominations. Other notable works include the novels Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works “Graves,” “Tricentennial” and “The Hemingway Hoax.” His latest book, Starbound, is scheduled for a January release.

Haldeman is the 27th writer recognized by SFWA as a Grand Master. He joins Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber (1981), Andre Norton (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), Poul Anderson (1997), Hal Clement (1998), Brian Aldiss (1999), Philip Jose Farmer (2000), Ursula K. Le Guin (2003), Robert Silverberg (2004), Anne McCaffrey (2005), Harlan Ellison (2006), James Gunn (2007), Michael Moorcock (2008) and Harry Harrison (2009).

Until 2002 the title was simply “Grand Master.” In 2002 it was renamed in honor of SFWA’s founder, Damon Knight, who died that year.

About SFWA

Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.

Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 1,500 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals. Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the ye

For more information about the award, see the SFWA site.

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3 Comments on Joe Haldeman Named Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

  1. Congratulations to Joe Haldeman!  I have only read a couple of his books–Old Twentieth and The Accidental Time Machine–but I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.  It looks like he joins a really impressive list of writers, I couldn’t be happier for him.  I need to check out his latest.

    I must also admit that there are a few authors on that list that I have yet to read.

  2. I am horribly under-read on Haldeman.  But I do have copies of The Forever War, Camouflage, Old Twentieth, and The Accidental Time Machine on my to-read shelf.  (An actual shelf…not meaning the euphemism for stacks of book boxes.)

  3. I talked to Joe Haldeman recently about his latest, Starbound, and he told me that the series started out as a novella — and was originally rejected by the editor!  Now, it’s winning critical acclaim, and Joe has been named to the Grand Master Award, the highest award in science fiction.  Also, Ridley Scott (yes, THAT Ridley Scott) is considering turning The Forever War into a 3D movie.  (If you’re interested, you can read my Joe Haldeman interview for free at )

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