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C.J. Cherryh is Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

C.J. Cherryh has been named the SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master! Details below!

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that C. J. Cherryh has been named the 32nd Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” Cherryh joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as Gene Wolfe, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Joe Haldeman. The award will be presented at the 51st SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL, May 12-15, 2016.

C.J. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977 and three Hugo Awards, including the Best Novel Award for Cyteen and Downbelow Station. In 1998, Cherryh was the Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention. In addition to her Hugo winning works, Cherryh is the author of The Faded Sun series, the long-running Foreigner series, and the Chanur books. Her writing spans the breadth from space opera to historical fantasy.

“I never expected this. I’m honored to join the ranks of so many illustrious writers. I have a lot of books left to write, a lot of books I want to write, stories I want to tell. I thank my publishers, who keep me in print—I thank my agent, as well. I thank everybody, profoundly, who gives me the chance to do that. And I plan to keep the books coming.” – C.J. Cherryh

“As a longtime reader and re-reader of Cherryh’s works, I am thrilled beyond measure to be able to recognize her contribution to the field in this way. She is a master of long-running series involving worlds and characters that the reader can visit and revisit with a true sense of wonder each and every time.” – SFWA President, Cat Rambo

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 12-15 and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 13, a mass autograph session will take place at the Palmer House and is open to the public.

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Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

3 Comments on C.J. Cherryh is Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // February 18, 2016 at 7:45 am //


  2. She’s one of my favorite SF writers. I’m really happy to see her get this honor.

  3. Harry Blanchard // February 19, 2016 at 11:16 pm //

    It’s about time.

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