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SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend will be held at May 15-18, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott. We are delighted to announce that Samuel R. Delany will become SFWA’s newest Grand Master.  We’re also pleased that Frank M. Robinson will be a Special Guest and that Ellen Klages is our Toastmaster.

Deadline for purchasing banquet tickets and on-line memberships in the Nebula Awards Weekend is May 10, 2014.

Registration is $80.00 (plus $85.00 for the banquet if desired) for SFWA Members and $90.00 (plus $85.00 for the banquet if desired) for non-SFWA Members; this rate will be good through April 30, 2014. The rates will increase by $10.00 on May 1, 2014.  Memberships may be available at the at the door at a higher rate.

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Conference Details and Special Events

Both SFWA members and other individuals who are interested in the field of science fiction and fantasy may register for SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend.  Attendees may participate in workshops, programming and special events such as SFinSF and Writers with Drinks.  Tours are also available, with an additional cost. The Nebula Awards Ceremony and Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, May 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The registration cost for SFWA members is $80.00 (plus $85.00 for the banquet if desired); the registration cost for non-SFWA members is $90.00 (plus $85.00 for the banquet if desired).  This rate will be good through May 1, 2014.  Registration & Banquet reservations must be made by May 10, 2014.

Please check the box to allow us to let others know you will be attending (unless you really don’t want your name listed).  Each year some people contact us because they aren’t listed as attending even though they have registered.  The problem is they haven’t unchecked the pesky little box which allows us to list their names.

Attending authors may participate in a book signing on Friday, May 16 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This event is open to the public as well as to attendees of the Nebula Awards Weekend.  Authors who are members of the Nebula Awards Weekend can sign up to participate in the book signing at the time they register for the weekend.  People who wish to obtain autographs do not need to sign up in advance.  Please note the new time for the autograph session.

Selections for SFWA’s Saturday Evening Nebula Awards Banquet

Mixed green salad with seasonal tomatoes, cucumber, carrots with balsamic vinaigrette

Choice of Entrees:

Pan seared chicken breast, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine sauce

Grilled ten ounce bone in pork chop, sweet potato mash and cherry mostarda

Salmon (description to be determined)

Vegetarian entrée – Wild mushroom risotto, basil pesto, parmesan

Vanilla bean cheesecake with seasonal berry compote

People who have previously registered for SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend received a message asking each person to make a selection; if you have not responded, please do so today.  New registrants may select their entree during the registration process.  If you have already registered and you have not received an inquiry about your entree selection, you may contact us.

Seating will be available after the banquet for those individuals who do not wish to attend the banquet but who do want to watch the Nebula Awards Ceremony.

Book Your Hotel Room Today!

Registration for the event and hotel room is now available.  Please be sure to reserve your room on or before April 23, 2014.  We encourage you to make your hotel reservation today so that we are able to ensure that a room is available for you.    The Marriott is located at 301 South Market Street in San Jose, California; the San Jose Marriott’s phone number is (408) 280-1300.

If you are unable to book all the hotel nights you want, please make your reservation for the nights you can book and then contact us. Let us know your confirmation number and the dates you would like to arrive and depart, so that we can provide assistance to you.

Big WOW, a major regional comics convention will be at the nearby convention center during the Nebula Awards weekend.  We do not expect to be able to add to our block of rooms. We are coordinating with Big WOW to encourage cross communication between these two events.

All attendee guest rooms will be provided complimentary high-speed internet access over the program dates. The committee has negotiated valet parking at $18.00 per night at the Marriott; over-sized vehicles will be charged an addition $4.00 per night.  There are numerous other parking options near the hotel.


If you would like to participate in one of the tours, please sign up when you register.  All tours are scheduled for Thursday, May 15th – the day before the Awards Weekend begins.

The Tech Museum of Innovation (Deadline to Register for this tour is May 1, 2014)

Located just one block from the San Jose Marriott. We will watch the educational IMAX film and tour the museum. More information on the museum can be found at http://www.thetech.org/. This is an afternoon tour.

Cost is $20 per person covers admission and the IMAX film.

San Jose Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum  (Deadline to Register for this tour is May 1, 2014)

Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, it houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America — including objects from pre dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era. More information at http://www.egyptianmuseum.org.  This is an afternoon tour.

Cost is $20 per person and covers admission, guided tomb tour and round trip transportation.

Computer History Museum – This tour has been cancelled and is no longer available.

St. George Spirits (Deadline to Register for this tour is May 1, 2014)

Visit St. George Spirits Artisan Distillery for a taste of American craft spirits. Located on the East Bay’s island city of Alameda, you will tour the distillery and taste some of the finest spirits produced in the Bay Area. Their family of spirits includes single malt whiskey, bourbon, gin, rum, absinthe, eau de vie, and fruit liqueur. More information can be found at http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/.  Please note this will be an all day event.

There are no food venues near the distillery, and the distillery does not sell food, so please plan to bring lunch or snacks as you see fit. Departure is at approximately 10:30 am.

Cost is $75 per person and includes round trip transportation and the tour itself.

If you have ADA needs, please email your requirements to [email protected] on or before May 1, 2014

Hospitality will be in the Vice Presidential Suite.

View Nebula Award Nominations List

SFWA’s Nebula Awards will be presented during the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, May 17 at the San Jose Marriott Hotel.

 2013 Grand Master: Samuel R. Delany

 Samuel R. Delany is the author of NovaDhalgrenStars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand.

Two of his classic works of science fiction criticism, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw and Starboard Wine, have just been brought back into print by Wesleyan University Press, who will reissue a third, The American Shore, in the summer of 2014.

His most recent work is Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders.  Delany has won four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards.

In 2010 Delany won the third J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the academic Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UCR Libraries. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. Since 2001 he has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia (he was the Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program for three years). He is also a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature.

Previous honorees of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for ‘lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy’ are legends Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, James Gunn, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Ursula K. LeGuin, Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and, Gene Wolfe.

Ellen Klages, our Toastmaster, was born in Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco.

Her short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, both online and in print, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionBlack Gate, Eclipse, and Firebirds Rising. Her story, “Basement Magic,” won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Hugo Awards, and have been reprinted in various Year’s Best volumes.

She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, and is a graduate of the Clarion South writing workshop.

Her first novel, The Green Glass Sea, about two misfit eleven-year-old girls living in Los Alamos during WWII, while their parents are creating the atomic bomb, came out in October 2006 from Sharyn November at Viking. Her second novel, White Sands, Red Menace,was published in 2008, also from Viking. A collection of her short fiction, Portable Childhoods, came out from Tachyon Publications in 2007.

She has also written four books of hands-on science activities for children (with Pat Murphy, et al.) for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.

In addition to her writing, she serves on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and is somewhat notorious as the auctioneer/entertainment for the Tiptree auctions at Wiscon.

When she’s not writing fiction, she sells old toys and magazines on eBay, and collects lead civilians.

SFWA is delighted to honor Special Guest Frank M. Robinson at the 49th Nebula Awards Weekend, for his contributions to the science fiction and fantasy genre.

Frank M. Robinson is the author of the novel The Glass Inferno (the basis for The Towering Inferno) and The Dark Between the Stars, as well as the Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History, among others. He also served as a speech writer to San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, and ran Playboy’s Advisor column. Several of his books have been produced for film and TV.

SFWA President Steven Gould: I’ve known Frank since he showed kindness to me at my first World Fantasy Convention over 27 years ago. He is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, speechwriter (for Harvey Milk!), genre historian, art collector, and good friend. I first ran into his work adapted for film (THE POWER with George Hamilton and Michael Rennie) but it was the book version that kept me up at night with my neck hair standing on end. It is an honor to be the one to bestow this recognition on him, a recognition he more than deserves.

Update Your Head Shots!

During the registration process, members of the Nebula Awards Weekend have the opportunity to obtain information regarding contracting with professional photographer Richard Man to have publicity head-shots taken. For $130 per person, Mr. Man will shoot 15-20 images and within seven days provide seven to ten (7-10) images from which you can select three finalists. Mr. Man will photo retouch your three selections. These will be delivered to you in high resolution format along with the other images in lower resolution. Payment must be made, during the weekend, directly to Mr. Man by either check or credit card.

To request interviews, or for questions concerning SFWA or the award’s history, please contact publicist Jaym Gates.  For other inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Conference Committee

The Nebula Awards  Weekend is hosted by co-chairs Cindy Scott and Karen Dawn Plaskon.  Their Committee includes Eleanor Farrell, David Gallaher, Glenn Glazer, Sarah Goodman, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Madeleine Robins, Chuck Serface, Chuck Shimada, Randy Smith, Aaron Spielman, Jacob Weisman, Rina Weisman, Linda Wenzelburger, and Carl Zwanzig.