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University of Hawaiʻi Professor Wins Pilgrim Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor has won the Pilgrim Lifetime Achievement Award by the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) of America for his contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.

Created in 1970, the award, named after the Pilgrims Through Space and Time book, honors the lifetime contributions of individuals to the realm of science fiction.

John Rieder, an retired English professor from the university, is well known for his 2008 book Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, detailing the relevance of colonial history, discourses and ideologies to science fiction up to World War II.

His most recent book, Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System, was described in the editors’ introduction to the just-issued Cambridge History of Science Fiction as a “paradigm-shifting” work.

In 2012 Rieder also received the SFRA’s award for the year’s best essay, as well as the Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching in 2005.

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