Congratulations to Tor editor Moshe Feder who was presented the 2015 Skylark Award tonight at Boskone. The Skylark is given annually by the New England Science Fiction Association to a person who, in the opinion of the membership, “has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late ‘Doc’ Smith well-loved by those who knew him.”
Although Boston has been under stormclouds and buried in snow this weekend, once the weather clears Moshe is well advised to heed Jane Yolen’s traditional warning about displaying the award…
I am stunned and honored to have been singled out to join the incredibly distinguished list of previous recipients.
It means a lot to me to be honored for pro and fan achievements in conjunction. SF has been my life, and it’s nice to find out that someone noticed.
As for the Jane Yolen story, Jane wasn’t here, but Bruce Coville provided a stirring rendition.
Living out here on The Other Coast, I’ve never had the good fortune to attend a Boskone, and am now too decrepit to hope to get to one in the future, but even if I don’t know exactly what this Award is for, I’m firmly of the opinion that Moshe deserves it. And one or more Hugos, and whatever other Fan Awards that are floating around.
Congratulations, Moshe! I was very pleased to hear this news last night. (I was returning from dinner as the awards ceremony began and didn’t hear until after Steven Brust’s reading at 10.) Jane was sorry to miss the ceremony, but wise to head home Saturday afternoon in advance of the blizzard that’s raging outside the window as I type. I wouldn’t make that drive today!
When I shared a quick lunch with Jane on Saturday, she was happily wearing her new “FN” (Fellow of NESFA) Boskone badge. If we’d been blizzard-free, Jane would have been surprised with along with you as you received your Skylark. (Gay Ellen Dennett broke the news to Jane a few hours early, while she was still at Boskone.)
Brilliant news! Moshe was my host during the final leg of my 2009 TAFF trip, and a more considerate or supportive friend I could not have wished for.