Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award is given to the writer or writers of the best critical essay-length work of the year.

1990  Veronica Hollinger, "The Vampire and the Alien: Variations on the Outsider," Science Fiction Studies (July 1989)

1991  H. Bruce Franklin, "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy," Science Fiction Studies (November 1990)

1992  Istvan Csiscery-Ronay Jr., "The SF of Theory: Baudrillard and Haraway," Science Fiction Studies (November 1991) [full text]

1993  No award

1994  Larry McCaffrey and Takayuki Tatsumi, "Towards the Theoretical Frontiers of Fiction: From Metafiction and Cyberpunk through Avant-Pop," Science Fiction Eye (Summer 1993)

1995  Roger Luckhurst, "The Many Deaths of Science Fiction: A Polemic," Science Fiction Studies (March 1994) [full text]

1996  Brian Stableford, "How Should a Science Fiction Story End?" New York Review of Science Fiction (February 1995)

1997  John Moore, "Shifting Frontiers: Cyberpunk and the American South," Foundation (Spring 1996)

1998  I. F. Clarke, "Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871–1900," Science Fiction Studies (November 1997) [full text]

1999  Carl Freedman, "Kubrick's 2001 and the Possibility of a Science-Fiction Cinema," Science Fiction Studies (July 1998)

2000  Wendy Pearson, "Alien Cryptographies: The View from Queer," Science Fiction Studies (March 1999) [full text]

2001  De Witt Douglas Kilgore, "Changing Regimes: Vonda N. McIntyre's Parodic Astrofuturism," Science Fiction Studies (July 2000) [full text]

2002  Judith Berman, "Science Fiction without the Future," New York Review of Science Fiction (May 2001) [full text]

2003  Lance Olsen, "Omniphage," in Edging into the Future

2004  Andrew M. Butler "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the British Boom," Science Fiction Studies (November 2003)

2005  Lisa Yaszek, "The Women History Doesn't See: Recoverying Midcentury Women's SF as a Literature of Social Critique," Extrapolation (Spring 2004)

2006  Maria DeRose "Redefining Women's Power through Feminist Science Fiction," Extrapolation (Spring 2005)

2007  Amy J. Ransom, "Oppositional Postcolonialism in Québécois Science Fiction," Science Fiction Studies (July 2006)

2008  Sherryl Vint, "Speciesism and Species Being in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," Mosaic (March 2007)

2009  Neil Easterbrook

2010  Allison de Fren

2011  John Reider, "On Defining SF, or Not"

2012 David M. Higgins, "Towards a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction", American Literature 83.2 (June 2011)

2013 Lysa Rivera, "Future Histories and Cyborg Labor: Reading Borderlands Science Fiction after Nafta," Science Fiction Studies 39.3
Honorable Mention: Hugh C. O'Connell, "Mutating toward the Future: The Convergence of Utopianism, Postcolonial SF, and the Postcontemporary Longing for Form in Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome," Modern Fiction Studies 58.4

Related information
Hall, Hal W., and Daryl F. Mallett. Pilgrims and Pioneers: The History and Speeches of the Science Fiction Research Association Award Winners. Paper: ISBN 0-913960-29-2, US$20.00 + $US2.50 S&H. Cloth: ISBN 0913960-28-4, US$30.00 + $3.50 S&H. Available from the SFRA Treasurer.

The book contains all the extant award presentations and acceptance speeches of the first thirty Pilgrim Award winners, and of the other awards through 1999. The presentation and acceptance speeches are supplemented by brief biographic sketches of the winners, and selective bibliographies of their scholarly contributions.

Publication of this book was supported by a grant from the World Science Fiction Convention, Atlanta, Georgia. Neil Barron discovered a call for grant projects by the Atlanta WorldCon Committee, and a proposal for a book honoring the Pilgrim Award winners was submitted, and accepted by the Committee. Under the terms of the grant, SFRA would donate copies of the volume to up to 25 major science fiction collections worldwide.

The speeches of the winners are historical documents, critical papers, and sometimes visionary statements. All are worth the time to read, in part to see the development of our field, and in part to see where our Pilgrims believe we should go as a scholarly organization.

The book is largely the work of Daryl F. Mallett and Fiona Kelleghan, with help from Robert Reginald. They took an incomplete manuscript, edited, formatted, and supplemented it, created the bibliographic sections, located printers and binders, and brought the book to completion.

Copies are available from the Science Fiction Research Association from the Treasurer. All checks should be made payable to "Science Fiction Research Association." Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for receipt of the book.