FIRST CORDWAINER SMITH REDISCOVERY AWARD TO BE PRESENTED ON
SEPTEMBER 2 AT PHILCON;
CORDWAINER SMITH FOUNDATION DEBUT PARTY ALSO PLANNED
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Crestone, CO, June 12, 2001-- The first annual Cordwainer
Smith Rediscovery Award will be presented on Sunday, September
2, 2001, at the 59th World Science Fiction Convention,
"Philcon," in Philadelphia, PA. Noted science fiction author
Robert Silverberg will be presenting the Award on behalf of the
Cordwainer Smith Awards Committee and the Cordwainer Smith
"The Cordwainer," as the award has been nicknamed, will go
to 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.'
Jurors for this year's Award are four of the most
distinguished and encyclopedic minds in contemporary science
fiction, all Hugo winners themselves: Robert Silverberg,
Gardner Dozois, John Clute, and Scott Edelman. They were free
to choose any writer, living or dead, for the Award.
About Cordwainer Smith
The name of the award, Rediscovery, is derived 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). In the years since
his death, his reputation for haunting, uniquely-crafted
stories has continued to grow, with many writers in the science
fiction community acknowledging his influence on their work.
The first Cordwainer Smith story, "Scanners Live in Vain," has
been nominated for a retro Hugo this year, in the novelette
About the Cordwainer Smith Foundation
The 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. Joining them are Alan C. Elms, Professor
of Psychology at UC Davis, who is completing the definitive
biography of Paul Linebarger, and Ralph Benko, a Washington,
DC, consultant who originally suggested the award.
The Cordwainer Smith Foundation is planning to celebrate its
debut at Philcon, in a manner that will be announced later.
Details will posted on the home page of www.cordwainersmith.com
(also reachable as cordwainer-smith.com). The event will take
place on Sunday, September 2.