Author Emeritus was an honorary title annually bestowed by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America upon a living writer. It was created in 1994 "as a way to recognize and appreciate senior writers in the genres of science fiction and fantasy who have made significant contributions to our field but who are no longer active or whose excellent work may no longer be as widely known as it once was." The Author Emeritus was invited to speak at the annual Nebula Awards banquet.
The Author Emeritus was inaugurated in 1995 and conferred 14 times in 16 years to 2010 (at the 1994 to 2009 Nebula Awards banquets). Three years later, no more had been named and SFWA simply stated, "This year's Nebula Awards Weekend will not feature an Author Emeritus." By October 2013, early in the 20th year of the honor, SFWA had made unavailable general information about the Author Emeritus and a compiled list of honorees. None of the 14 had subsequently been named SFWA Grand Master, the organization's highest honor inaugurated in 1975, and the status of Author Emeritus as a consolation prize had been a matter of controversy.
- 1995 Emil Petaja
- 1996 Wilson Tucker
- 1997 Judith Merril
- 1998 Nelson S. Bond
- 1999 William Tenn
- 2000 Daniel Keyes
- 2001 Robert Sheckley
- 2002 —
- 2003 Katherine MacLean
- 2004 Charles L. Harness -- declined the banquet invitation due to being unable to travel and was honored by SFWA as an "Author of Distinction"
- 2005 —
- 2006 William F. Nolan 
- 2007 D. G. Compton
- 2008 Ardath Mayhar 
- 2009 M. J. Engh
- 2010 Neal Barrett, Jr.
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