The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award began in 2001, when the
newly-formed Cordwainer Smith Foundation initiated the award. the purpose of
the award is to recognize and draw attention to other fantasy or science fiction authors
We were very fortunate to have the panel of Robert Silverberg, Scott Edelman, Gardner Dozois, and John
Clute as our first judges, and currently Martin H. Greenberg, Barry N. Malzberg, Robert J. Sawyer, and Mike Resnick
are ably filling that role. Gordon Van Gelder also served for a short time.
What vast knowledge of science fiction history resides in those minds! And when I think of how much
they all no doubt have to do, I am very grateful for their participation.
We started off with quite an event at Worldcon in Philadelphia in 2001, when the award went to Olaf Stapledon; at the beginning of that page, you can read Robert Silverberg's remarks
about the reasons for the award. There is also mention of it by several of the participants of the
Cordwainer Smith panel discussion held at Worldcon. For further background, see the
press releases section of this site.
The award now has a permanent venue at Readercon. Here's a blog entry from one of our original judges, Scott Edelman, about a day at Readercon in 2008,
including comments about the Rediscovery Award going to Stanley G Weinbaum It gives you a bit of the flavor of
the event, in case you might like to go sometime.
The winners of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award so far have been:
- Olaf Stapledon, 2001
- R.A. Lafferty, 2002
- Edgar Pangborn, 2003
- Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore, 2004
- Leigh Brackett, 2005
- William Hope Hodgson, 2006
- Daniel F. Galouye, 2007
- Stanley G. Weinbaum, 2008
- A. Merritt, 2009
- Mark Clifton, 2010
- Katherine MacLean, 2011
- Fredric Brown, 2012
The links take you to the pages about them on this site, where I have tried to give you an idea of their lives
and work.. some years more than other.