Friday, April 17, 2009

Poll: Which tribute to author Edgar Rice Burroughs would you most like to see established?

I’m conducting a poll to determine which tribute to author Edgar Rice Burroughs you would most like to see established by the company Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. of Tarzana, California. Here are four possibilities I'm thinking about:

Edgar Rice Burroughs Award, to be given annually to a SF novel. This would complement other awards, such as the Philip K. Dick Award.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Scholarship, to be given annually to an aspiring SF writer to attend the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. This would complement other scholarships, such as the Donald A. and Elsie B. Wollheim Memorial Scholarship.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Foundation, to provide annual grants to high school science teachers to create summer programs to help students understand the merits of sending a human mission to Mars. This would complement other foundations, such as the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Prize, to provide a one-time prize to the first team of scientists that successfully creates a propulsion system capable of sending a spacecraft to Mars in less than 60 days. This would complement other prizes, such as the Heinlein Prize.

The poll, which closes on May 15, 2009, is located near the top right-hand column of this blog, just below the cover art of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. If you have time, please consider voting, or feel free to leave a comment.


K.E. said...

I like the idea of supporting aspiring new (who are not necessarily young) F&SF writers through such an award... but, rather than sending someone to Clarion, how about an annual(?) anthology?

Paul said...

Interesting idea. How would the anthology work?