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Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Receive Heinlein Awards At NASFiC Heinlein Banquet in Seattle

SEPTEMBER 4, 2005--At a gala banquet held at the Seattle Airport Hilton Convention Center today, Mr. Larry Niven and Dr. Jerry Pournelle were presented by The Heinlein Society with separate Heinlein Awards for their lifetime achievements for outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space.

Presenting the awards to Mr. Niven and Dr. Pournelle were three of the independent judges who selected the winners: writer Gregory Bear, who served as toastmaster of the event, writer Michael Flynn, a previous Heinlein Award winner, and Professor C. Herbert Gilliland, of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. The Society's annual black tie banquet was attended by 150 members of Cascadia Con at this year's 8th North America Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Winners of this year's Golden Duck Awards and Seiun Awards were also announced by representatives of their respective sponsors

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Mrs. Marilyn ["Fuzzy Pink"] Niven examines her husband's award placard with Larry and Jerry looking on in background, after ceremonies concluded.




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Larry Niven addresses grateful thanks to audience on the occasion of his Heinlein Award on Sunday, September 4, 2005, at The Heinlein Awards Dinner, jointly sponsored by Cascadia Con. Standing from Left to Right: Toastmaster and Heinlein Awards Judge Greg Bear, Awardees Dr. Jerry Pournelle and Mr. Larry Niven, Heinlein Awards judges Michael F. Flynn and C. Herbert Gilliland. Seated are Mrs. Andrea Silver and Miss Danielle Silver, wife and daughter of Heinlein Society board chairman David Silver are at lower left.


The Society extends its thanks to Cascadia Con for the opportunity to award these honors to Mr. Niven and Dr. Pournelle as part of NASFiC's formal program, and especially extends its thanks to Mrs. Bobbie DuFault, the Cascadia Con Chair, without whom the opportunity would not have been extended.

A wonderful time was had by the awardees and all who attended.

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