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Pilgrim Award

Entry updated 15 April 2024. Tagged: Award.

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 well-known official name of the award was changed to the cumbrously insular SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship. Winners under the changed name are listed both below (for historical convenience) and under the headword for that name. It is not known if a recognizable short-form iteration for the new wordage has yet been spoken aloud. [PN/DRL]



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