LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., February 23, 1996 -- The SETI League congratulates science fiction writers Joe and Gaye Haldeman, who were recently presented with the prestigious Skylark Award by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA), in recognition of their significant contributions to the genre. The award was announced on February 17 at Boskone 33, the Association's 33rd annual convention, in Framingham MA. In addition to their literary efforts, the Haldemans are active members of the non-profit SETI League, Inc., leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
The Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the Skylark) is presented from time to time by NESFA to persons who, in the opinion of the Membership, have contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late E. E. "Doc" Smith well-loved by those who knew him. The Skylark trophy, a pedestal topped by a large magnifying glass capable of setting fires when exposed to sunlight, is sometimes called a Lensman award, after E. E. Smith's popular "Lensman" stories.
Other SETI supporters who have won Skylarks include the late Dr. Isaac Asimov (1967), and SETI League advisory board member Poul Anderson (1982). An unusual aspect of this year's presentation is that neither the presenter (1995 Skylark winner Mike Resnick) nor the recipients were actually present at the NESFA banquet for the formal presentation. Resnick is in California working on a screenplay, and the Haldemans were in Florida at the time of the convention.
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