David Gerrold Wins 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award

David Gerrold, novelist and screenwriter, is the 2022 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. This award is in recognition of Gerrold’s body of work, including his emphasis on young adult space travel novels and inspired creation during Star Trek screenwriting. Hella (2020) is his most recent YA novel about space colonization.

The award will be formally presented during the opening ceremonies of Balticon 56 on Friday, May 27. Balticon will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel (virus situation allowing). Gerrold will participate in the Balticon program across Memorial Day Weekend.

Balticon and the Robert A. Heinlein Award are both managed and sponsored by The Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. A grant from the Heinlein Society funds half of the costs associated with the award, and the family of the late author Dr. Yoji Kondo provides additional funding.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award is a sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein, as depicted by artist Arlin Robins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a plaque describing the award for home or office wall display.  

The Robert A. Heinlein Award selection committee consists of science fiction writers and was founded by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long-time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the original committee were approved by Virginia Heinlein.

Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband. Other awards include the Heinlein Prize, which is fully funded by Virginia Heinlein’s estate, and a National Space Society award for volunteer projects.

More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found here.

David Gerrold maintains an official website here.

David Gerrold

[Based on a press release.]

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26 thoughts on “David Gerrold Wins 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award

  1. Well deserved and great guy. First met him at the 1977 Boskone when I was in high school, and he gave me the self-confidence and inspiration to strive to become a writer… which eventually became true! Thanks, David.

  2. Mazel tov to a most deserving writer across different mediums. We are so proud of you.

    Yasher Koach to you.

  3. Wonderful news to hear (okay, actually read it.) You deserve this and many more awards. Always loved your work. Thanks for sharing your “dreams” with us. They make great stories.

  4. How has David not already won this award? Good grief. This is a honor that is so blatantly deserving it’s ridiculous. I don’t mean to throw shade on other recipients, but only Spider Robinson is a more obvious choice. Mazel Tov to a true mensch (despite his claims of being a cranky old curmudgeon)! Hugs!

  5. Hi David!
    I just read your Ted Sturgeon story from 2016 (I get behind on my reading a lot, especially since the fire) and I really flipped out when my headlight died and I had to scramble in the dark to find another light to finish the story. I had thought I had been reading for a few minutes, but it had been a lot longer: only seemed like a few minutes. And my immediate reaction was that it was the best Heinlein story I had read since Heinlein. It has his page turning excitement, his constant surprises his wonderful sense of character: only it also had all the David Gerrold trademarks, the twists, the flashes of whimsey in the face of darkness. In short, I loved it, and I was thinking that ‘David is clearly the true successor to Heinlein,’ and then I see here that you have won the Heinlein award.
    I can’t think of anybody who deserves it more..
    And I see you get a silver medallion designed by Arlin Robbins, who made the ring amethyst ring I wear, and whose wedding I performed. We are all so very connected!
    Again, congratulations.
    And what about the next book about the giant horses? I loved that book and have been anxiously waiting for the next one. (See, now you know what it feels like to be Harlan Ellison… “What about the Dancing Frogs?”)
    I also liked the Gonzo story in the same issue, so yeah, you are a writer as well as a superb story-teller.
    Love and Blessings

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