Author Emeritus award is an honorary title bestowed by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. It was created "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writers in the genres of science fiction and fantasy who have made significant contributions to our field but who are no longer active or whose excellent work may no longer be as widely known as it once was."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 is invited to speak at the annual Nebula Awards banquet.
The position was created in 1995. The honorees so far have been:
- 1995 Emil Petaja
- 1996 Wilson Tucker
- 1997 Judith Merril
- 1998 Nelson S. Bond
- 1999 William Tenn
- 2000 Daniel Keyes
- 2001 Robert Sheckley
- 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"
- 2006 William F. Nolan 
- 2007 D.G. Compton
- 2008 Ardath Mayhar 
- 2009 M. J. Engh
- 2010 Neal Barrett, Jr.
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