Posted on 08/29/2019 at 09:13 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A long-running science-fiction award has a new name this year.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is now the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

The editors of Analog Science Fiction and Fact explained that “Campbell’s provocative editorials and opinions on race, slavery, and other matters often reflected positions that went beyond just the mores of his time and are today at odds with modern values.”

They added they didn’t want conversation about the award’s namesake to overshadow the authors it’s intended to honor.

While it’s true that this year’s winner, Jeannette Ng, criticized Campbell in her acceptance speech, Ng pointed out on Twitter that many others before her have raised concerns about his connection to the award.

You can read the press release about the name change on Analog Science Fiction and Fact’s website and learn a bit more about the context on BookRiot.

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