Science Fiction Research Association
The Science Fiction Research Association is an organization for academics and other sercon types.
From the SFRA's website:
The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) is the oldest professional organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film. Founded in 1970, the SFRA was organized to improve classroom teaching; to encourage and assist scholarship; and to evaluate and publicize new books and magazines dealing with fantastic literature and film, teaching methods and materials, and allied media performances. Among the membership are people from many countries — students, teachers, professors, librarians, futurologists, readers, authors, booksellers, editors, publishers, archivists, and scholars in many disciplines. Academic affiliation is not a requirement for membership.
The organization publishes The SFRA Review four times a year and holds an annual conference, the SFRA Conference.
SFRA presents six awards annually:
- The SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship, created in 1970 by the SFRA to honor lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship. The award was originally named the Pilgrim Award for J. O. Bailey's pioneering book, Pilgrims through Space and Time.
- The SFRA Innovative Research Award, formerly the Pioneer Award, given to the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year.
- The Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service is presented for outstanding service activities-promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations.
- The Student Paper Award is presented to the outstanding scholarly essay read at the annual conference of the SFRA by a student.
- The Mary Kay Bray Award is given for the best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review in a given year.
- The SFRA Book Award, and a cash prize of $500, is given to the author of the best first scholarly monograph in SF.
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