SFWA Grand Master Award

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The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by SFWA since 1975. It is awarded to a living author for lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. It is not a Nebula Award though it is awarded at the Nebula ceremony. It was originally known as the Grand Master Award, but in 2002 it was renamed in honor of the late Damon Knight, a founder of SFWA and the N3F.

Through 1995, awards were limited to no more than six per decade. Since this award is not made posthumously, this was relaxed to one per year.


1974 Robert A. Heinlein
1975 Jack Williamson
1976 Clifford D. Simak
1977 No Grandmaster
1978 L. Sprague de Camp
1979 No Grandmaster
1980 Fritz Leiber
1981 No Grandmaster
1982 No Grandmaster
1983 Andre Norton
1984 No Grandmaster
1985 Arthur C. Clarke
1986 Isaac Asimov
1987 Alfred Bester
1988 Ray Bradbury
1989 No Grandmaster
1990 Lester del Rey
1991 No Grandmaster
1992 Frederik Pohl
1993 No Grandmaster
1994 Damon Knight
1995 A. E. van Vogt
1996 Jack Vance
1997 Poul Anderson
1998 Hal Clement (Harry Stubbs)
1999 Brian W. Aldiss
2000 Philip José Farmer
2001 No Grandmaster
2002 Ursula K. Le Guin
2003 Robert Silverberg
2004 Anne McCaffrey
2005 Harlan Ellison
2006 James Gunn
2007 Michael Moorcock
2008 Harry Harrison
2009 Joe Haldeman
2010 No Award
2011 Connie Willis
2012 Gene Wolfe
2013 Samuel R. Delany
2014 Larry Niven
2015 C. J. Cherryh
2016 Jane Yolen
2017 Peter S. Beagle
2018 William Gibson
2019 Lois McMaster Bujold
2020 Nalo Hopkinson

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