Given at its annual summer conference since 1970 by the Science Fiction Research Association to a person who has made distinguished contributions to the study of sf, the Pilgrim is awarded normally for a body of work rather than for a specific book or essay, and has gone to both scholars and critics, academic and otherwise. Judging is by a committee of the SFRA, reconstituted each year. Recipients become Honorary SFRA Members; until 1990 they received certificates, since then commemorative plaques (also given retrospectively to previous winners). The award is named for Pilgrims through Space and Time (1947) by J O Bailey, who in 1970 was the Pilgrim's first recipient.
In 2019 the official name of the award was changed to the somewhat more cumbrous The SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship. [PN/DRL]
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