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 NebulaAward--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 ScienceFiction 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: NebulaAward. Contrast the WorldFantasyAward, which includes a lifetime achievement award that is ''not'' a separate award.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein (1975)
* Creator/JackWilliamson (1976)
* Creator/CliffordSimak (1977)
* Creator/LSpragueDeCamp (1979)
* Creator/FritzLeiber (1981)
* Creator/AndreNorton (1984)
* Creator/ArthurCClarke (1986)
* Creator/IsaacAsimov (1987)
* Creator/AlfredBester (1988)
* Creator/RayBradbury (1989)
* Creator/LesterDelRey (1991)
* Creator/FrederikPohl (1993)
* Creator/DamonKnight (1995)
* Creator/AEVanVogt (1996)
* Creator/JackVance (1997)
* Creator/PoulAnderson (1998)
* Creator/HalClement (1999)
* Creator/BrianWAldiss (2000)
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer (2001)
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin (2003)
* Creator/RobertSilverberg (2004)
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey (2005)
* Creator/HarlanEllison (2006)
* Creator/JamesGunn (2007)
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock (2008)
* Creator/HarryHarrison (2009)
* Creator/JoeHaldeman (2010)
* Creator/ConnieWillis (2012)
* Creator/GeneWolfe (2013)
* Creator/SamuelRDelany (2014)