Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2014
Sean Monaghan of Australia was presented with the Jim Baen Memorial Award this week in Los Angeles at the International Space Development Conference, sponsored by the Space Society.
Baen Books has been issuing the award at the annual space conference since 2007. The awards are given in the spirit of the following: Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen. To enter, you submit a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.
The Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest Grand Prize has also been won in the past by Writers of the Future contest winners: Patrick O'Sullivan (2013), R.P.L. Johnson (2012), Patrick Lundrigan (2010) and Mike Wood (2007).
Monaghan is a former Writers of the Future contest finalist twice and continues submitting to become a winner.
The Writers of the Future contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.
For more information on the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.