Michael Armstrong Named the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award Recipient

SFWA is delighted to announce that this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA award goes to Michael Armstrong.Nebulacolor

A long-time resident of Homer, Alaska, Michael attended Clarion in 1975, graduated from New College of Florida in 1977, and earned an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1986. His thesis novel sold to Warner and was published as After the Zap (1987,) but his first published short fiction appeared F&SF in 1981. He is the author of numerous short stories as well as other novels  Aqviq: The Whale and The Hidden War. A sampling of his service to the organization:

  • Contracts Committee (late 1980s-late 1990s; chairman, 1997)
  • Western Regional Director, 1997-2000
  • Bylaws Committee (Michael Capobianco version), 1997-2000
  • Nebula Awards Juror, short fiction, 1996, 1997
  • Nebula trophies “rocks wrangler,” 1998, 1999, 2000, and the author of several “History of the Nebulas” articles for the Bulletin during this time.
  • Grievance Committee, novel specialist, 2000-present

In proposing Michael for this honor, South/Central Regional Director Lee Martindale said:

Michael’s been working non-stop, deep in the bowels of SFWA’s nuts and bolts, for at least as long as I’ve been a member (14 years).  He was on the bylaws committee I chaired for six years, and was one of the most solid contributing members there.  He’s also been on the Grievance Committee for at least 14 years, as Novel Specialist, and John Johnston tells me his record of successfully closing cases (as in getting our members what they’re owed) is exemplary.  I can tell you, from my own six years as Mediation Specialist, that that takes a serious level of commitment to the organization and its members, and is a significant “gift” to the organization in terms of time and skillset.  And, because of the nature of the work and the conditions under which successes are achieved, it, quite literally, goes thankless.  Unlike other volunteers, GriefCom folk can’t tout individual achievements.

Please join us in thanking him for long-running contributions to SFWA and, if you are at the Nebula Awards Weekend, he will be attending so shake his hand there, too.

4 Responses

  1. Spider Robinson

    Dear Michael,

    I join the rest of SFWA in applauding you for your receipt of the Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Award For Service To SFWA. Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work. I won’t be able to attend the Nebula Weekend this year, but I look forward to shaking your hand some other time.

  2. John Johnston

    This is well-deserved award. Michael has done a great job for SFWA behind the scenes over many years. As the Griefcom Chair, I can testify to Michael’s dedication to SFWA and to getting all of you paid and your rights back. Because we are secretive and stealthy ninjas who lurk in the shadows of SFWA, no one on Griefcom ever did or ever will get the thanks that they actually deserve for their accomplishments, but sometimes recognition for years of dedicated services rendered suddenly appears in the form of an award. Please join me in congratulating Michael on his. Trust me, he earned it.