Created By: Xtifr on October 19, 2012 Last Edited By: Xtifr on October 22, 2012

Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award

An index of science fiction's Grand Masters

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The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award (known as the SFWA Grand Master Award until 2002) is an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to living authors (of any nationality) for lifetime achievement.

It is similar to SFWA's Nebula Award--the actual trophy is identical--but it is given to authors rather than to works, and is emphatically not a Nebula.

If you see a Science Fiction writer described as a "Grand Master" on the cover of his or her book, it is almost certainly a reference to this award.

The award has been given out since 1975. It was originally limited to six per decade. This restriction was later lifted, and the award can be given annually, but is not required to be.

The requirement that a recipient be still living at the time of the award may explain some surprising absences from this list.

See also: Nebula Award. Contrast the World Fantasy Award, which includes a lifetime achievement award that is not a separate award.

Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • October 19, 2012
    I'm obviously not looking for examples. I'm bringing this to YKTTW because that's standard procedure. Of course, comments on the description or other elements are very welcome.
  • October 20, 2012
    While I don't think hats are strictly necessary for an index, especially an index like this that is provably complete, I certainly wouldn't object if people give this hats. (Three more will be more than adequate, since I still have my own hat in reserve.) And if you don't think it deserves a hat for some reason, please explain.

    I plan to launch this once three days are up and all outstanding issues have been dealt with. So, if you have any issues you'd like to raise, speak now. The current outstanding-issue count is zero. :)

  • October 20, 2012
    Honestly, it looks like a fine index but three days to let people tweak at it is probably all it needs. Go ahead and launch it at the end. Don't wait for the hats.
  • October 20, 2012
    I'm hoping this will help inspire people to fill in some of the red links. We should at least cover SF's Grand Masters, people! :)
  • October 22, 2012
    Last chance for comments and such. Otherwise I'll launch in about eight hours.