The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced that the next Damon Knight Grand Master will be Jane Yolen.
The Award will be presented at the annual Nebula Awards Ceremony in May 2017.
Jane Yolen is primarily known as a fantasy writer, particularly Young Adult fantasy in which field she has won many awards.
Her science fiction is limited in number, though not in quality. She won a Nebula Award for Best Short Story for “Sister Emily’s Lightship”, and a Nebula for Best Novelette for “Lost Girls”, both of which are included in her collection Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories.
Her novels include Cards of Grief which tells of an anthropologist who arrives to study a planet where the natives have perfected grief as an art form. The anthropologist finds himself falling in love with one of the natives, where the value of love is not recognised. The fall-out from this clash of emotions ripples out to affect both the observers and the observed.
As an editor she produced three volumes of the Xanadu original anthology series, which included both fantasy and science fiction by writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Lisa Tuttle, Tanith Lee and Mike Resnick.
She also edited The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, which deserved to continue for more than just one issue.
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.