The 2017 European Award for Cultural Achievement : Somtow Sucharitkul

    KulturForum Europa/Europe Culture Forum (KFE) has awarded composer, conductor, and science fiction writer Somtow Sucharitkul its 2017 European Award for Cultural Achievement.

    Somtow will receive the award “for his services (and also in the spirit of international diversity) — as cultural ambassador between East and West, overcoming national borders and cultural-historical barriers from and to Europe, and establishing meaningful collaborative connections in Thailand and Europe.”

    The KFE Award will be given at a concert on December 18, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    For more information, see the KFE website:

    S. P. Somtow (a rearrangement of his real name Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul; Thai: สมเถา สุจริตกุล; rtgs: Somthao Sucharitakun; born December 30, 1952) is a Thai-American science fiction, fantasy, and horror author writing in English. He is also a musical composer. Somtow has both Thai and American citizenship.

    As a science fiction writer, Somtow is known for several series, among which are “Mallworld”, “Inquestor”, and “The Aquiliad”. He first was published as Somtow Sucharitkul in the late 1970s in “Asimov’s” and “Analog” science fiction magazines. He wrote several stories and novels under that name before changing his byline to S. P. Somtow.

    Somtow Sucharitkul won the World Fantasy Award for best Novella in 2002 for “The Bird Catcher”, and has been nominated four other times.
    He has won the International Horror Guild Award, the John W. Campbell Award in 1981, the Locus Award for Best First Novel (1982, for “Starship & Haiku”), the HOMer Award, the American Horror Award and numerous other awards. He has been nominated for two Hugos and five Bram Stoker Awards.

    The KulturForum Europa was founded on the initiative of Hans-Dietrich Genscher in 1992 to promote European  thought in all areas of culture. Mutual attention and tolerance are the basis to international understanding, cooperation and dialogue.

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