Science Fiction Awards Watch

The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was begun in 2001. “The Cordwainer,” as the literary award has been nicknamed, goes each year to a science fiction or fantasy writer whose work displays unusual originality, embodies the spirit of Cordwainer Smith’s fiction, and deserves renewed attention or ‘Rediscovery.’ The award itself came into being due to the inspiration and work of Robert Silverberg, who recruited the original jury, and made it possible for the Cordwainer to be awarded initially during WorldCon. He later facilitated a smooth transition to establish the Cordwainer permanently as a centerpiece of Readercon.

The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award is a project of the Cordwainer Smith Foundation, which promotes the celebration and study of the works and ideals of Cordwainer Smith. Its Directors include Smith’s two daughters, Alan C. Elms, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at UC Davis, who is completing the definitive biography of Smith, and Ralph Benko, a Washington, DC, consultant and attorney.

The name of the award, Rediscovery, is derived in part from the title of the one-volume edition of Cordwainer Smith’s complete short stories, The Rediscovery of Man, published by New England Science Fiction Association Press. “Cordwainer Smith” was the pseudonym of political scientist and psychological warfare expert Paul M. A. Linebarger (1913-1966).

Presented by

The Cordwainer Smith Foundation

Method

A jury comprised of Barry Malzberg, Gordon van Gelder, Martin H. Greenberg, and Mike Resnick.

Eligibility

Any science fiction or fantasy writer, living or dead, whose work displays unusual originality, embodies the spirit of Cordwainer Smith’s fiction, and deserves renewed attention or ‘Rediscovery.’

Categories

Writer

Winner receives

Recognition at last.

Submissions method

None, but it helps to have been forgotten.

Data Sources

  • Award Administration: Aug 25, 2007
  • Award web site: Aug 22, 2007

One Question to “Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award”

  1. I just redid cordwainer-smith.com and now the page about the award is at the link on my name above.

    The judge list has changed slightly, and is currently Martin H. Greenberg, Barry N. Malzberg, Robert J. Sawyer, and Mike Resnick.

    Each year’s winner has a page of bio, works, etc., on my site. The 2008 winner, Stanley G Weinbaum, is at http://www.cordwainer-smith.com/stanleygweinbaum.htm

    Many thanks to Readercon for now hosting and managing the award!

    Rosana

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