The Rotsler Awards

Award for Long-Time Achievement as a Fanartist

The Rotsler Award: for lifetime work of outstanding fan artists, created and awarded by SCIFI, the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests – http://www.scifiinc.org/

Bill Rotsler (1926-1997) knew everyone and did everything. He located the fossils, crystals, and stones for the Nebula Award trophies of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). He went house-hunting with Marilyn Monroe. He wrote science fiction. He sculpted with welded steel rods. He celebrated the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (Westercon) as his birthday.

In the SF community, he was best known for graphic art. As a fan artist his cartoons were deft, his serious drawing fine, his fluency downright breathtaking. He won four Hugo Awards, twenty years apart, in 1975 and 1979, 1996 (when he also won the Retro-Hugo for 1946) and 1997; a remarkable span.

The Rotsler Award was created by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI, Inc.) in his memory in 1997, to honor the lifetime work of outstanding fanzine artists. It is awarded yearly by a specially appointed panel (the current judges are Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz) and, by arrangement with the LASFS, it is presented at the Loscon. Its recipients receive a $300 honorarium and a plaque. Traditionally there is an exhibit of the current recipient’s work in the Loscon Art Show. There is a website at http://www.scifiinc.org/rotsler-award/.

Rotsler Award Recipients By Year

1998

 Steve Stiles

1999

 Grant Canfield

2000

 Arthur Thomson (ATom)

2001

 Brad Foster

2002

 Kurt Erichsen

2003

 Ray Nelson

2004

 Harry Bell

2005

 Marc Schirmeister

2006

 Alexis Gilliland

2007

 Terry Jeeves

2008

 Taral Wayne 

2009

 Dan Steffan

2010

 Stu Shiffman

2011 

 D. West (declined)

2012

 C. Ross Chamberlain

2013

 Jim Barker

2014

 Sue Mason

2015

 Teddy Harvia

2016

 Martin James Ditmar (“Dick”) Jenssen

2017

 Jeanne Gomoll

2018

 Ken Fletcher

2019

 Alison Scott

2020

 Alan White

2021

 Tim Kirk

Note: Bruce Pelz said that referring to Rotsler as Bill rather than William in the description of the Award is deliberate.