Sci-Fi….again? (Or, how do you get an award named after you?)Posted: May 3, 2012 | | So, it’s time for some more geek love (wishing I were at home watching Big Bang, but no I’m at work (shhh…don’t tell), but I would bet Sheldon & Co. have read this guy).
Tonight’s award is the A. Bertram Chandler Award. Mr. Chandler was a British national who moved to Australia and wrote over 40 Science Fiction titles under various names. He is probably best known for the John Grimes & Rim World series (Serii? Serieses?). In the rest of his life (I won’t say day job, or real job) he was a commander in the Australian Navy and his nautical interests/knowledge show up frequently in his works. He won the Ditmar award for Australian Science Fiction.
In 1991 the Foundation set about establishing a new award for “Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction”. In recognition of the contribution that science fiction writer A. Bertram Chandler made to Australian Science Fiction, and because of his patronage of the Foundation, the new award (after gaining the approval of Bert’s widow Susan) is called the Chandler. Unlike the Ditmars, this award is decided upon by a jury and, although nominally an annual award presented in conjunction with the National Science Fiction Convention, is not necessarily presented every year.
If you read my most recent post, I totally respect that if there isn’t a clear winner, they just don’t hand out an award for the sake of awarding. 🙂 (No, I’m not a fan of participation trophies). I also really loved that all you have to do to nominate a book is drop the secretary an email. awesome.
Here is a list of winners.
And now to my next thought of the day: Lots of the awards I have left to blog about are named after individuals. Some of them, like Mr. Chandler, are authors in their own right. Some have been librarians or publishers. Some are just individuals who loved a certain type of book. Either way, what an amazing legacy to have your name forever tied to an award for something you loved.
The last category leaves me bemused though: the really rich guy/gal whose family sets the whole thing up, but never really bothers to say WHY. I’m left to wonder if grandpa is rolling in his grave muttering “rubbish” or if he likes the idea. Fortunately though, there aren’t many of those.
(Enough asides after this, but I love parenthesis. My HS English teachers tried desperately to make me loathe them, but oh the joy! A good appositive phrase is great too with its little matching commas…)
(Any thoughts out there about why there seem to be a plethora of Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Mystery awards? )