Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalists announced
Finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, which recognizes the best science fiction short story of the year, have been announced. The winner will be announced during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, which will take place as part of the Campbell Conference, an academic conference held each year since 1973 to discuss science fiction as literature. The Conference is held at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, and will take place this year on 16 – 18 July. The theme of this year’s conference is “Theodore Sturgeon and the Science-Fiction Short Story”.
Finalists for the award this year include “Things Undone” (Baen’s Universe, December), by John Barnes; “This Wind Blowing, and This Tide” (Asimov’s, April/May), by Damien Broderick; “As Women Fight” (Asimov’s, October/November), by Sara Genge; “Blood Dauber” (Asimov’s, December), by Ted Kosmtka and Michael Poore; “Cockatrice” (Fantasy Magazine, October), by Tanith Lee; “Shambling Towards Hiroshima” (Tachyon Ppublications, stand-alone novella), by James Morrow; “Her Voice in a Bottle” (Subterranean, Winter 2009), by Tim Pratt; “True Fame” (Asimov’s, April/May), by Robert Reed; “The Death of Che Guevara” (Subterranean, Fall 2009), by Lewis Shiner; “Eros, Philia, Agape” (Tor.com), by Rachel Swirsky; and “The Island” (The New Space Opera 2), by Peter Watts.
Kij Johnson’s “Spar” (Clarkesworld, October) was also named as a finalist, but she withdrew the story from competition because she is a member of this year’s jury for the prize. The Sturgeon Award winner is selected by a jury of short-fiction experts, from nominations made by science fiction reviewers, by serious readers of science fiction, and by editors who publish short fiction. Besides Johnson, this year’s jury includes James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, who is a trustee of the Theodore Strugeon Literary Estate.
The Sturgeon Award was established in 1987 by James Gunn, who is the director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas and by the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon. Sturgeon was one of the four writers, along with Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and A. E. van Vogt who, according to the Conferene’s website, are considered to be the writers who ushered in the Golden Age of science fiction (1939 – 1950). All four had their first science fiction stories published in 1939.
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