Ray Bradbury Award

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The Ray Bradbury Award (full name "Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation") is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to recognize excellence in screenwriting. Originally presented in 1992 and given for specific work, the award was not presented annually and was dormant from 2001 through 2008, when it was presented for a body of work rather than an individual work.

Starting with the 2009 award, the Nebula Award for Best Script was eliminated and the Bradbury Award given in its place. While no longer a Nebula, the award will be presented at the Nebula Awards Ceremony and will follow Nebula rules and procedures.[1]

The award[edit]

Named in honor of Ray Bradbury, the physical award was designed by Vincent Villafranca.[2] The cast bronze statuette references Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, while the IBM Selectric type ball used for the figure's head is indicative of Bradbury's stated preference for using an IBM Selectric typewriter.

Winners and other nominees[edit]

Year Winner Other nominees
1992 Terminator 2: Judgment Day by James Cameron (writer/director)[3]
1999 Babylon 5 by J. Michael Straczynski (creator) [3]
2001 2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia by Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison (creators)[3]
2008 Joss Whedon (career award)[2]
2009[4] District 9 by Neill Blomkamp (writer/director) and Terri Tatchell (writer)[5]
2010[6] Inception by Christopher Nolan (writer/director)
2011[7] Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Wife" by Richard Clark (director) and Neil Gaiman (writer)
2012[8] Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin (writer/director) and Lucy Alibar (writer)
2013[9] Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón (director/writer) and Jonás Cuarón, (writer)
2014[8] Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn (writer/director) and Nicole Perlman (writer)
2015[10] Mad Max: Fury Road by George Miller (writer/director), Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris (writers)

Other uses[edit]

In 1971, James Warren, the publisher of Warren Publishing began giving out a series of awards at the New York Comic Con, including one called the Ray Bradbury Award for Best Story, which went to Tom Sutton for the story "Snowman" publishing in Creepy issue 31. In subsequent years, the award for Best Story from Warren Publishing was not referred to as the Ray Bradbury Award.[11] This award is completely unrelated to the award presented by SFWA.


  1. ^ "Ray Bradbury Award". Locus Magazine. 
  2. ^ a b Nebula Awards Ceremony 2009. Los Angeles, CA: SFWA. 2009. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b c "Bradbury Award Information". SFWA Web Site. SFWA. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ "2009 SFWA Final Nebula Awards Ballot". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. 
  5. ^ Winners: 2009 Nebula Awards, SF Signal, accessed May 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "2010 SFWA Final Nebula Awards Ballot". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. 
  7. ^ "2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. 
  8. ^ a b Scalzi, John (2013-02-20). "This Year's Nebula Award Nominees". Whatever. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  9. ^ "2013 Nebula Award Nominees". SFWA. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  10. ^ "sfadb: Ray Bradbury Award 2016". www.sfadb.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  11. ^ "Eerie Archives Volume 7". Eerie Archives Volume 7. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 

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