Will F. Jenkins Day

The Virginia State Legislature has passed a resolution declaring June 27, 2009 Will F. Jenkins Day “in recognition of the author’s creative genius and his numerous literary achievements.” Jenkins wrote award-winning SF under the name Murray Leinster, and popularized parallel-universe stories with his famous “Sidewise in Time” (1934); the Sidewise Award for best alternate history is named in his honor. Jenkins died in 1975 at age 78, and spent most of his life in Virginia, where he was born. The author’s family plans to hold a ceremony in his honor to celebrate the day. See the full text of the resolution here.

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