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May 2, 2008

2008 Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Inductees

This years inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are Betty and Ian Ballantine (Literature Category), William Gibson (Literature Category), Richard M. Powers (Art Category), and Rod Serling (Film, Television and Media Category.)

The ceremony is in Seattle, on Saturday, 21st June, 8:00 p.m. in EMP|SFM’s Sky Church. (Okay, that sounds creepy, why is a Sky Church? On the plus side the EMP half of the venture has a Jimi Hendrix exhibition on.)

Connie Willis will host the evening’s events. And pasted straight from the press release, here's who will be presenting/accepting.

A noted science fiction author will present the award to Betty and Ian Ballantine. Charles N. Brown, editor at Locus Magazine will accept the award on the Ballantine’s behalf.

Award-winning science fiction author, Jack Womack, will present the award to William Gibson, who is scheduled to be in attendance.

David Hartwell, editor at Tor Books, will present Richard M. Powers’s award. Richard Gid Powers and family will accept the award on Powers’s behalf.

Author of The Twilight Zone Companion, Marc Scott Zicree, will present Rod Serling’s award. Anne Serling-Sutton, Serling’s daughter, will accept the award her father’s behalf.

Ticket details if you fancy it:

Tickets go on sale May 12 for $40 to EMP|SFM members and May 15 for $50 to the general public. The evening will include a seated dessert reception and ceremony.

Oooh pudding! Do you think it will be ice cream with chocolate sauce?

Although I've added the wikipedia links above I thinks it's actually worth adding the bios from the press release here, as they're nice and succinct and better written than the wikipedia articles (crowd sourcing loses!)...

Bios Of The 2008 Inductees:

Ian (1916-1995) and Betty (1919) Ballantine helped to form Bantam Books in 1945, and went on to launch Ballantine Books in 1952. Ballantine Books became known for simultaneously publishing books in hardcover and paperback, as well as being one of the earliest publishers of science fiction. In 1965, Ballantine printed the first authorized edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and in 1969 created the Adult Fantasy line, which reissued out-of-print fantasy works. Ian and Betty won two World Fantasy Awards, one in 1975 and 1984. Betty received a special Science Fiction Writers of America President’s Award in 2002 and a Special Committee Award from LACon IV in 2006.

Rod Serling (1924-1975) began writing scripts for television programs in 1951. His first major success was the script “Patterns,” written for Kraft Television Theater in 1955. Serling won an Emmy for Best Original Teleplay Writing for “Patterns” in 1956. In 1965, he wrote “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” for CBS’s Playhouse 90, and won an Emmy for Best Original Teleplay Writing and the first Peabody given for television writing. In 1959, CBS aired Serling’s best known work, “The Twilight Zone.” Over the course of its five seasons, The Twilight Zone won two Emmys for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama, and three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation. In 1968, Serling co-wrote the screenplay for Planet of the Apes, and in 1970 NBC aired Serling’s final piece of television work, “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery,” which ran for three seasons. Two of his scripts from the show were nominated for Emmys.

William Gibson’s (1948) interest in science fiction began at an early age, but it was not until 1977 that he began writing. Gibson is noted for coining the term “cyberspace” in his 1982 short story “Burning Chrome,” which was published in Omni magazine. His debut novel in 1984, Neuromancer, popularized the term “cyberspace,” and is the most famous work of the early cyberpunk genre. Gibson won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novel for Neuromancer, as well as the Phillip K. Dick Memorial Award.  In 1990, another one of Gibson’s novels, The Difference Engine, became central to a subgenre of cyberpunk called “steampunk.” Two of his novels, Johnny Mnemonic, 1995, and New Rose Hotel, 1998, have been made into films. Gibson continues to write, and his most recent novel, Spook Country, was published last year.

Richard M. Powers (1921-1996) first began designing book covers in 1948, with a hardcover of Gulliver’s Travels for World Publishing Company. In 1950 he did his first hardcover science fiction work for Doubleday, which began his 20 years as Doubleday’s main cover artist. In 1953, Powers painted the cover of Star Science Fiction (BB#16) for Ballantine Books, and soon after became the unofficial art director for Ballantine Books. Powers’ covers were characterized by his abstract surrealist style, and influenced other science fiction artists to experiment with surrealism as well.  Over the course of his career, Powers created over 1500 cover and interior illustrations, with more than 800 of those being in the science fiction genre.