The 2005 Heinlein Awards April 11, 2005 to be Held in Conjunction with Cascadia Con, the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC)

(PRWEB) April 15, 2005

The Heinlein Society (http://www.heinleinsociety.org) announced today that its panel of judges for the Robert A. Heinlein Award for outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space has chosen Mr. Larry Niven and Dr. Jerry Pournelle to be the 2005 recipients. The Awards will be presented, in cooperation with Cascadia Con at the Society¹s annual banquet to be held on Sunday night at this year¹s North America Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) on September 4, in Seattle, Washington. Both Mr. Niven and Dr. Pournelle plan to attend in person. The Golden Duck Awards and Seiun Awards are also going to be presented at this NASFiC- scheduled banquet by their respective sponsors.

This is the third year that The Heinlein Society has presented its Heinlein Award, with last year¹s recipient being Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and the 2003 inaugural recipients being Virginia Heinlein and science fiction author Michael Flynn. The independent panel of judges who selected the 2005 awardees includes Greg Bear, Michael Flynn, Joe Haldeman, Yoji Kondo, Elizabeth Moon, Spider Robinson, Stanley Schmidt, Herb Gilliland, and John Hill. Greg Bear will be Toastmaster for the banquet. For more information on the Heinlein Award and the society¹s annual banquet, contact The Heinlein Society at secret…@heinleinsociety.org. Dinner tickets may be reserved and ordered at http://www.heinleinsociety.org¬/awarddinner.html.

Niven and Pournelle, beginning in November 1980, along with the late Robert A. Heinlein, served upon the Citizens¹ Advisory Council on National Space Policy to the President, which Pournelle chaired and for which Niven hosted meetings. Both have written extensive readable speculative fiction and non-fiction that inspires humanity’s expansion into space.

³We are delighted with the selection of Mr. Niven and Dr. Pournelle to receive this year¹s Robert A. Heinlein Award,² said Society president David M. Silver, ³as they both have consistently written the kind of visionary and readable speculative fiction that Robert Heinlein introduced to the field in 1939. Robert Heinlein called their first collaboration, The Mote in God¹s Eye, Œpossibly the finest science fiction I have ever read¹.² Silver continued, ³We are equally delighted they both will be joining us at this year¹s awards banquet in Seattle which will be featured as its Sunday evening program event by Cascadia Con as well.²

Laurence van Cott Niven was born in Los Angeles on April 30, 1938. After studying at California Institute of Technology and Washburn University, Kansas, he completed one year of graduate work in mathematics at UCLA before dropping out to start writing in the 1960s. Larry actively participates in numerous SF conventions, in Boy Scout activities and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Larry is married to Marilyn (“Fuzzy Pink”) Niven and resides in Chatsworth, California. Jeremia Eugene Pournelle was born on August 7, 1933, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, receiving a direct commission as a Lieutenant of Artillery in the field in Korea. After Korea, he obtained advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering and political science including two PhDs from the University of Washington. In the 1960s, he served as Executive Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, making use of that experience later when he edited Robert Heinlein’s unpublished “How To Be a Politician” which was released as Take Back Your Government! (1992). He is also a noted lecturer, essayist, consultant and advisor, computer columnist, and holds memberships in and has served as a board member to numerous

professional space-related organizations. He has served as a past President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. His non-fiction, including book-length collections such as a Step Further Out (1979) are extensive. Jerry is married to Roberta Jane nee Isdell. They have four sons and one daughter and currently reside in Studio City, California.

Larry’s first published SF story, “The Coldest Place,” appeared in the December 1964. Larry is probably best known for his “Known Space” future history containing over 30 short stories and novels which intermingle into a complex timeline dating from several billion years into prehistory into the future beyond 3200. Perhaps the most famous of the Known Space titles is Ringworld, which earned Larry both the Hugo and the Nebula awards in 1970 and the Australian Ditmar Award in 1972. Jerry began fiction writing with a non-SF work under a pseudonym in 1965. Some SF novels under his own name include The Endless Frontier (1979), King David’s Spaceship (1973), Janissaries (1979), Clan and Crown: Janissaries II (1982) Storms of Victory: Janissaries III (1987), Prince of Mercenaries (1989), Falkenberg’s Legion (1990), Prince of Sparta (1993), and Go Tell the Spartans (1991).

In the mid seventies these two Heinlein Award winners first collaborated on The Mote In God’s Eye (1974). Its sequel in 1991 was The Gripping Hand. Other collaborations by Jerry and Larry include Inferno (1976), Lucifer’s Hammer (1977), Footfall (1985), The Legacy of Heorot (1987), with Steven Barnes, and Fallen Angels (1991), with 2003 Heinlein Award winner Michael Flynn, and The Burning Tower (2005). In 1985, Footfall, in which Robert Heinlein was a thinly veiled character, held the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Another bestseller, Lucifer’s Hammer (1977), reached number two. Fallen Angels won the Prometheus Award in 1992 for Best Novel and the Seiun Award (from Japan), for Foreign Novel in 1998. In 1973, Larry Niven was awarded the Skylark Award, officially the “Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction,” given annually by the New England Science Fiction Association, for significant contribution to SF in the spirit of the writer E.E. “Doc” Smith. Jerry Pournelle was the first winner of the John W. Campbell Award in 1974, and won the Evans-Freehafer Award in 1977, and both the “Forrie” and the Inkpot Award in 1979. Both writers have had over a dozen nominations for Nebula and Hugo Awards. Larry’s latest single authored current work available is Ringworld’s Children (2004), the fourth installment in the Ringworld Saga. Jerry’s and Larry¹s latest current co-authored work is The Burning City (2005), a sequel to The Burning Tower and Footfall. Jerry Pournelle on the web may be found at http://www.jerrypournelle.com/ and Larry Niven on the web at http://www.larryniven.org/-30-

For the Board of Directors

David M. Silver

President and Chairman

The Heinlein Society

PO Box 1254

Venice, CA 90294-1254

USA

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Premium Travelers Name Hotel Bel-Air Best in United States Global Traveler Readers Have Chosen the Hotel Two Consecutive Years

Morrisville, PA (PRWEB) January 21, 2007

Global Traveler is pleased to announce that, for the second consecutive year, the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles has won the GT Tested Award for Best Hotel in the United States. The hotel was awarded this honor by Global Traveler readers who participated in a survey that ran in the magazine from February 2006 to August 2006.

Hotel Bel-Air will be recognized at an awards luncheon on January 23, 2007 at the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City. Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler, will honor the winners at the gala ceremony, accompanied by Cynthia Nixon, star of Sex and the City. Nixon will speak to attendees on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“The awards luncheon is a celebration of the accomplishments of all our award winners,” Gallagher said. “Our readers have recognized them as the cream of the crop; however, this luncheon also reminds all of us that it’s time to give back. By benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we have the opportunity to help and celebrate personal good fortune by helping those hindered by misfortune. However, I do want to congratulate all of our winners for their achievements in the world of travel and the work they do that puts them a step ahead of the competition.”

“We are honored to be the recipient of this Global Traveler award for the second consecutive year. This award speaks to the staff at the Hotel Bel-Air that truly is passionate about making the hotel one of the finest properties in the world. Global Traveler is respected and valued by our clients and is a great resource for luxury travel information. We are truly grateful for this recognition and ongoing support,” said Carlos Lopes, managing director, Hotel Bel-Air.

For a complete list of winners and to read the full awards article, visit http://www.globaltravelerusa.com.

About the Survey

Global Traveler conducted the third annual survey of its readers from February 1, 2006 to August 31, 2006, with open-ended questions for the best in 42 categories of business and luxury travel. A total of 13,653 completed questionnaires were received. The questionnaires were made available as a six-page insert in subscriber copies of the magazine and online at the Global Traveler website http://www.globaltravelerusa.com/readersurvey. Only those questionnaires in which more than 50 percent of the questions were completed were counted; those answering fewer than 50 percent of the questions were discarded. Responses also were screened for duplication. Members of the travel industry and employees of FXExpress Publications were not allowed to participate.

Survey respondents spent a mean number of 61 nights last year on international business trips and 76 nights on domestic business trips. They took an average of 18 international flights and 21 domestic flights per person during that period. Of all respondents, 76 percent were male and 24 percent were female; average age was 45.

About Hotel Bel-Air

Situated in beautiful Bel-Air, adjacent to Beverly Hills, Hotel Bel-Air is nestled well within a wooded canyon, surrounded by 12 acres of estate ground. The hotel’s 91 rooms, including 39 suites, are located within various Mission-style villas, each having a private entrance.

Consistently ranked one of the top hotels in the world, the Bel-Air is a 13-time recipient of the coveted Mobil Star Award. The property includes an award-winning restaurant with both indoor and outdoor terrace dining, as well as the chef’s “Table One,” in the kitchen.

About Global Traveler

A business travel publication that takes into account the sophisticated lifestyle interests of today’s executive travelers, Global Traveler is the publication of choice among seasoned business travelers. Circulated nationally, Global Traveler is the only ABC-audited American magazine for the international business traveler, with ABC paid circulation of 60,055. The magazine has increased its frequency to12 issues per year, effective with the January 2007 issue.

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