Over the weekend, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced Connie Willis would be awarded the title of Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at this year’s Nebula Awards. Past grand masters have included Joe Haledman, Harry Harrison, Anne McCaffrey, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, and others.
Connie Willis will be honored at the Nebula Awards Weekend held May 17 through May 20 in Arlington, Virginia at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
Connie’s achievments in the field of SFF are numerous including a Hugo Award for best novel last year, and Nebula Award in 1999. Current SFWA president John Scalzi had this to say about her latest award:
The first time I met Connie Willis in person was at the 2003 WorldCon in Toronto. In the middle of a party, she was holding an entire room of writers and fans rapt with an extraordinarily funny story she was reeling out off the top of her head. This is the essence of Connie — her wit, her skill, her storytelling and herself, all combined to hold readers and writers spellbound. There are few writers in the history of science fiction and fantasy as awarded as she is, and none more beloved by readers and peers. It’s a genuine delight to officially grant her the title she has clearly already earned: Grand Master.
Connie herself reacted in this way:
I’m not sure I believe it. But I’m very, very grateful. And I’m even more grateful that I’ve been able to spend my entire life among the work and the people I fell in love with when I was thirteen.