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Gene Wolfe given lifetime achievement award for science fiction and fantasy

17th December 2012

The Book of the New Sun author Gene Wolfe has been named a grand master of science fiction and fantasy by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Wolfe, described by Neil Gaiman as 'one of our finest living writers', was announced by the SFWA as its 2012 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award for 'lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy'.

The author joins an illustrious list of former grand masters including Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

Wolfe is best known for his epic novel The Book of the New Sun, as well as Peace and The Fifth Head of Cerberus.

Gaiman said: 'It's not that Gene Wolfe is, in the opinion of many (and I am one of the many), our finest living science fiction writer. It is that he is, in the opinion of the Washington Post (and of me, too), one of our finest living writers.'

Wolfe joked to the SFWA selection committee to watch their step: 'You're raising me to a height I would never have imagined. If you keep this up I'll start thinking I'm a good writer.'

The author will be formally presented with his prize next May, at the Nebula Awards in San Jose, California.

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