Sturgeon Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on June 21, 2019.

  • “Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling”, L.X. Beckett (F&SF 7-8/18)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
  • “Umbernight”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 2/18)
  • “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth”, Daryl Gregory (Tor.com 9/19/18)
  • “When We Were Starless”, Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 10/18)
  • “The Starship and the Temple Cat”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/1/18)
  • “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis”, Annalee Newitz (Slate.com 12/18)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog”, Adam Shannon (Apex 12/18)
  • “Yard Dog”, Tade Thompson (Fiyah Summer ’18))

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. Established in 1987 by James Gunn and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, it is a memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas. It includes a Friday-evening banquet where the annual Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are given; a Saturday round-table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and other events.


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