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 16.2 (July 1989): 145-60.

1991  H. Bruce Franklin, "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy," Science Fiction Studies 17.3 (November 1990): 341-59.

1992  Istvan Csiscery-Ronay Jr., "The SF of Theory: Baudrillard and Haraway," Science Fiction Studies 18.3 (November 1991): 347-404. [full text]

1993  No award

1994  Larry McCaffrey and Takayuki Tatsumi, "Towards the Theoretical Frontiers of Fiction: From Metafiction and Cyberpunk through Avant-Pop," SF Eye 12 (Summer 1993).

1995  Roger Luckhurst, "The Many Deaths of Science Fiction: A Polemic," Science Fiction Studies 21.1 (March 1994): 35-50. [full text]

1996  Brian Stableford, "How Should a Science Fiction Story End?" New York Review of Science Fiction 7.6 (February 1995): 1, 8-15.

1997  John Moore, "Shifting Frontiers: Cyberpunk and the American South," Foundation 66 (Spring 1996): 59-68.

1998  I. F. Clarke, "Future-War Fiction: The First Main Phase, 1871–1900," Science Fiction Studies 24.3 (November 1997): 387-412. [full text]

1999  Carl Freedman, "Kubrick's 2001 and the Possibility of a Science-Fiction Cinema," Science Fiction Studies 25.2 (July 1998): 300-19.

2000  Wendy Pearson, "Alien Cryptographies: The View from Queer," Science Fiction Studies 26.1 (March 1999): 1-22. [full text]

2001  De Witt Douglas Kilgore, "Changing Regimes: Vonda N. McIntyre's Parodic Astrofuturism," Science Fiction Studies 27.2 (July 2000): 256-77. [full text]

2002  Judith Berman, "Science Fiction without the Future," New York Review of Science Fiction 13.9 (May 2001): 1, 6-8. [full text]

2003  Lance Olsen, "Omniphage: Rock'n'Roll and Avant Pop Science Fiction," in Edging into the Future. Ed. Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon. Philadelphia: U of Philadelphia P, 2002. 30-56.

2004  Andrew M. Butler "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the British Boom," Science Fiction Studies 30.3 (November 2003): 374-93.

2005  Lisa Yaszek, "The Women History Doesn't See: Recoverying Midcentury Women's SF as a Literature of Social Critique," Extrapolation 45.1 (Spring 2004): 34-51.

2006  Maria DeRose "Redefining Women's Power through Feminist Science Fiction," Extrapolation 46.1 (Spring 2005): 66-89.

2007  Amy J. Ransom, "Oppositional Postcolonialism in Québécois Science Fiction," Science Fiction Studies 33.2 (July 2006): 111-26.

2008  Sherryl Vint, "Speciesism and Species Being in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Mosaic 40.1 (March 2007): 111-26.

2009  Neil Easterbrook, "Giving an Account of Oneself: Ethics, Alterity, Air," Extrapolation 49.2 (Summer 2008): 240-60.

2010  Allison de Fren, "The Anatomical Gaze in Tomorrow's Eve," Science Fiction Studies 36.2 (July 2009): 235-65

2011  John Rieder, "On Defining SF, or Not," Science Fiction Studies 37.2 (July 2010): 191-201.

2012 David M. Higgins, "Towards a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction," American Literature 83.2 (June 2011): 331-54.

2013 Lysa Rivera, "Future Histories and Cyborg Labor: Reading Borderlands Science Fiction after NAFTA," Science Fiction Studies 39.3 (November 20123): 415-36.

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," MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 58.4 (Winter 2012): 773-95.

2014 Jaak Tomberg, "On the Double Vision of Realism and SF Estrangement in Gibson's Bigend Trilogy," Science Fiction Studies 40.2 (July 2013): 263-85.