Monday, February 20, 2006

Is that a Nebula in your pocket?

The Nebula Awards--the next best thing to winning one is having the awards ceremony held in your back yard:
Austin tabbed for SFWA's 2008 Nebula Awards Weekend®

Austin, Texas, has been named the host city for the 2008 Nebula Awards Weekend® by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

The Nebula Awards Weekend® will be held April 24-27. The event will take place at the historic Driskill Hotel at Sixth and Brazos. The Driskill boasts a reputation of being “the most haunted hotel in Texas,” with no fewer than five ghosts popularly held to inhabit the hotel, including that of cigar-smoking Colonel Jesse Lincoln Driskill, a wealthy cattle baron who opened the luxurious grand hotel in 1886 at a cost of $400,000.

The event will be hosted by the Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO), with the assistance of SFWA members Elizabeth Moon, John Moore and Lee Martindale.

“I'm looking forward to a terrific Nebula Awards Weekend in one the southwest's most beautiful cities,” said SFWA President Robin Bailey. “My thanks to Karen Meschke and the ALAMO crew, as well as central-south regional director, Alexis Glenn Latner, for volunteering to host one of science fiction's premiere events.”

The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Lloyd Biggle, Jr., the first SFWA secretary-treasurer, originally proposed in 1965 that the organization publish an annual anthology of the best stories of the year. This notion, according to Damon Knight in his introduction to Nebula Award Stories: 1965 (Doubleday, 1966) “rapidly grew into an annual ballot of SFWA’s members to choose the best stories, and an annual awards banquet.”

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year’s award. An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year. The Nebula Awards® banquet, which takes place each spring, is attended by many writers and editors and is preceded by meetings and panel discussions.

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