Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

New $1,000 science-fiction award

by Rob - January 25th, 2013.
Filed under: Awards.

For Immediate Release: New $1,000 Science-Fiction Award

  • New $1,000 cash award for science fiction writing
  • Theme: interstellar fiction
  • Readers and editors are invited to nominate works
  • Coordinating judge: Robert J. Sawyer
  • To be presented at the 2013 Campbell Conference


The Lifeboat Foundation will present the “Lifeboat to the Stars” award along with $1,000 to the winner at the 2013 Campbell Conference.

The “Lifeboat to the Stars” award will be for the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel.

Coordinating judge is Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award-winning science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. Editors and readers are invited to nominate eligible works — novels, novellas, novelettes, or short stories — by emailing Sawyer at

Sawyer will present the award — and the $1,000 prize — at this year’s Campbell Conference, June 13-16, 2013, at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas.

Working with coordinating judge Sawyer will be consulting judge Greg Bear. Also consulting on the choice of winner will be Catherine Asaro, Jason Batt, Sherry E. Bell, Kevin M. Berry, Don V. Black, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, Brenda Cooper, David Gerrold, Niklas Jdrvstret, Jim Karkanias, Rouslan Krechetnikov, Wes Kretzschmar, Eva-Jane Lark, Mike E. McCulloch, George Perry, Allen Steele, John K. Strickland Jr, and Allen G. Taylor.

The award was suggested by Frederik Pohl and James Gunn, and named by Gunn.

About Lifeboat Foundation

The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards the Singularity.


Robert J. Sawyer

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