28/09/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Science Fiction author Connie Willis is the 2011 solo winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space.
The physical form of the Robert A. Heinlein Award consists of a 3.5 Avoirdupois ounce sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein as depicted by the artist Arlin Robbins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a certificate plaque designating the award suitable for home or office wall display.
The award committee consists of science fiction writers and is chaired by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the committee were originally approved by Virginia Heinlein. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society provides logistical support for the award including manufacture of award materials, shipping and processing of donations.
Virginia Heinlein authorised multiple awards in memory of her husband. The Robert A. Heinlein Award is not the one fully funded by Virginia Heinlein's estate. This award is supported by independent donations from the interested public.
More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsheinlein.htm
More information on Connie Willis can be found at http://www.sftv.org/cw/
More information on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society can be found at http://www.bsfs.org/
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