Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Given by Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas

355 Works / 359 Items 14,564 Books 975 Reviews ½ 3.8
The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the show more heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his widow Jayne Sturgeon and Sturgeon's children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction. Sturgeon, born in 1918, was closely identified with the Golden Age of science fiction, 1939-1950, and is often mentioned as one of the four writers who helped establish that age. The others were Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and A. E. van Vogt; all four had their first SF stories published in 1939. In addition to fiction (his best-known novel is the classic, More Than Human), Sturgeon also wrote book reviews, poetry, screenplays, radio plays, and television plays, including two classic teleplays for the original Star Trek. He was a popular lecturer and teacher, and was a regular visiting writer at the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. Sturgeon died in 1985. His books, manuscripts, and papers are being deposited at the University of Kansas, as he wished. Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies. The permanent Award, beside the new trophies in this photo, bears the names of every winner. Selection Process For its first eight years (1987-1994), the Sturgeon Award was selected by a committee of short-fiction experts headed by Orson Scott Card. Beginning in 1995, the Sturgeon Award became a juried award, with winners selected by a committee composed of James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, and Judith Merril. After the 1996 Award, Judith Merril resigned and was replaced by Kij Johnson, the 1994 Sturgeon winner; in 2005, George Zebrowski joined the jury. Since 1999, one of Sturgeon's children has also participated in this process, usually Noel Sturgeon. The current jury consists of James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate. Eligible stories are those published in English during the previous calendar year. Nominations come from a wide variety of science-fiction reviewers and serious readers as well as from the editors who publish short fiction. Nominations are collected during the winter by Chris McKitterick, who produces a list of finalists based on nominators' rankings. The jury then reads all of the finalists and debates their merits during the spring until they arrive at a consensus decision in May. The winning author is usually contacted in May and invited to attend the Campbell Conference; the winner often attends the last day or two of the SF Writers Workshop, as well. The Sturgeon Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. show less
Stages:
All, Winner (37), Finalist (322)
Years:
All, 2023 (3), 2022 (8), 2021 (11), 2020 (10), 2019 (10), 2018 (11), 2017 (9), 2016 (10), 2015 (13), 2014 (8), 2013 (9), 2012 (8), 2011 (10), 2010 (12), 2009 (9), 2008 (12), 2007 (11), 2006 (10), 2005 (20), 2004 (12), 2003 (13), 2002 (12), 2001 (12), 2000 (15), 1999 (19), 1998 (12), 1997 (11), 1996 (11), 1995 (13), 1994 (3), 1993 (5), 1992 (3), 1991 (3), 1990 (5), 1989 (5), 1988 (6), 1987 (5)

Winner 37

WorkYear
Rabbit Test {short story} by Samantha Mills2023
Broad dutty water : a sunken story by Nalo Hopkinson2022
An Important Failure [short fiction] by Rebecca Campbell2021
Waterlines {novella} by Suzanne Palmer2020
When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis by Annalee Newitz2019
Global Dystopias (Boston Review / Forum) by Junot Díaz2018
The Future Is Blue {story} by Catherynne M. Valente2017
The game of smash and recovery (short story) by Kelly Link2016
The Man Who Sold the Moon by Cory Doctorow2015
In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind (novelette) by Sarah Pinsker2014
The Choice by Paul McAuley2012
The Sultan of the Clouds [Novella] by Geoffrey A. Landis2011
Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow2010
The Ray-gun: A Love Story by James Alan Gardner2009
Tideline by Elizabeth Bear2008
Finisterra [novelette] by David Moles2008
The Cartesian Theater by Robert Charles Wilson2007
The Calorie Man (novelette) by Paolo Bacigalupi2006
Sergeant Chip [novella] by Bradley Denton2005
The Empress of Mars {novella} by Kage Baker2004
Over Yonder by Lucius Shepard2003
The Chief Designer {novella} by Andy Duncan2002
Tendeleo's Story by Ian McDonald2001
The Wedding Album (novella) by David Marusek2000
Story of Your Life {novella} by Ted Chiang1999
House Of Dreams by Michael F. Flynn1998
The Flowers of Aulit Prison {novelette} by Nancy Kress1997
Jigoku No Mokushiroku {short story} by John D. McDaid1996
Forgiveness Day [short fiction] by Ursula K. Le Guin1995
Fox Magic by Kij Johnson1994
This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons1993
Buffalo {short story} by John Kessel1992
Bears Discover Fire [short fiction] by Terry Bisson1991
The Edge of the World [short fiction] by Michael Swanwick1990
Schrödinger's Kitten [short fiction] by George Alec Effinger1989
Rachel in Love [short fiction] by Pat Murphy1988
Surviving [short fiction] by Judith Moffett1987

Finalist 322

WorkYear
In the Beginning of Me, I Was a Bird {short story} by Maria Dong2023
Rabbit Test {short story} by Samantha Mills2023
If the Martians Have Magic by P. Djèlí Clark2022
Philia, Eros, Storge, Agápe, Pragma by R. S. A. Garcia2022
Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory2022
Proof by Induction by José Pablo Iriarte2022
The Metric by David Moles2022
Bots of the Lost Ark {novelette} by Suzanne Palmer2022
The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler2022
If You Take My Meaning by Charlie Jane Anders2021
An Important Failure [short fiction] by Rebecca Campbell2021
The Translator, at Low Tide [short fiction] by Vajra Chandrasekera2021
Ife-Iyoku, the tale of Imadeyunuagbon by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki2021
The Pill by Meg Elison2021
The Mermaid Astronaut by Yoon Ha Lee2021
50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know [short fiction] by Ken Liu2021
Yellow and the Perception of Reality [short fiction] by Maureen F. McHugh2021
A Guide for Working Breeds by Vina Jie-Min Prasad2021
AirBody {short story} by Sameem Siddiqui2021
Omphalos {novelette} by Ted Chiang2020
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar2020
Give the Family My Love by A. T. Greenblatt2020
The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power by Karen Osborne2020
The painter of trees {story} by Suzanne Palmer2020
Waterlines {novella} by Suzanne Palmer2020
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather2020
The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir {short story} by Karin Tidbeck2020
New Atlantis by Lavie Tidhar2020
Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling {short story} by L. X. Beckett2019
The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander2019
The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by P. Djèlí Clark2019
Umbernight {novella} by Carolyn Ives Gilman2019
Nine Last Days on Planet Earth by Daryl Gregory2019
When We Were Starless by Simone Heller2019
The starship and the temple cat {story} by Yoon Ha Lee2019
When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis by Annalee Newitz2019
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson2019
Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance {short story} by Tobias S. Buckell2018
The Discrete Charm Of The Turing Machine by Greg Egan2018
Sidewalks {short story} by Maureen McHugh2018
The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata2018
The Secret Life of Bots {story} by Suzanne Palmer2018
And Then There Were (N-One) {novella} by Sarah Pinsker2018
Fandom for Robots {short story} by Vina Jie-Min Prasad2018
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad2018
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse2018
We Who Live in the Heart by Kelly Robson2018
The Art of Space Travel by Nina Allan2017
Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar2017
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman2017
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle2017
The Visitor from Taured by Ian R. MacLeod2017
Things with Beards by Sam J. Miller2017
Project Empathy by Dominica Phetteplace2017
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson2017
And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead by Brooke Bolander2016
The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan2016
The New Mother by Eugene Fischer2016
Folding Beijing by Jingfang Hao2016
Damage by David D. Levine2016
Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida, Countess Rathangan [novelette] by Ian McDonald2016
Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker2016
The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill (Short story) by Kelly Robson2016
Gypsy by Carter Scholz2016
Childfinder [short story] by Octavia Butler2015
In Her Eyes by Seth Chambers2015
When It Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster2015
We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory2015
Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress2015
A Hotel in Antarctica by Geoffrey A. Landis2015
The Regular by Ken Liu2015
The Lightness of the Movement by Pat MacEwen2015
The Fifth Dragon by Ian McDonald2015
We Are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller2015
Shatterdown {novelette} by Suzanne Palmer2015
The Cryptic Age by Robert Reed2015
Bloom {short story} by Gregory Norman Bossert2014
The Wildfires of Antartica by Anya Johanna DeNiro2014
They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass by Alaya Dawn Johnson2014
The Weight of the Sunrise by Vylar Kaftan2014
Over There {novelette} by Will McIntosh2014
The Irish Astronaut (Novelette) by Val Nolan2014
The Urashima Effect by E. Lily Yu2014
Immersion by Aliette de Bodard2013
Scattered Along the River of Heaven by Aliette de Bodard2013
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress2013
The Weight Of History The Lightness Of The Future by Jay Lake2013
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species by Ken Liu2013
Mono no Aware [short story] by Ken Liu2013
Nahiku West by Linda Nagata
Second Place
2013
The Peak of Eternal Light by Bruce Sterling2013
(To See the Other) Whole Against the Sky by E. Catherine Tobler2013
Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders2012
The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell2012
The Old Equations by Jake Kerr2012
Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee2012
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu2012
The Paper Menagerie {short story} by Ken Liu2012
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente2012
Mammoths of the Great Plains [novella] by Eleanor Arnason2011
Under the Moons of Venus by Damien Broderick2011
The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon [Novella] by Elizabeth Hand2011
Ghosts Doing The Orange Dance by Paul Park2011
Dead Man's Run by Robert Reed2011
Troika by Alastair Reynolds2011
A Letter From The Emperor by Steve Rasnic Tem2011
The Night Train by Lavie Tidhar2011
The Things [short fiction] by Peter Watts2011
Things Undone by John Barnes2010
This Wind Blowing and This Tide by Damien Broderick2010
As Women Fight by Sara Genge2010
Spar {short story} by Kij Johnson2010
Clockatrice by Tanith Lee2010
Blood Dauber by Michael Poore2010
Her Voice in a Bottle by Tim Pratt2010
True Fame by Robert Reed2010
The Death Of Che Guevara by Lewis Shiner2010
Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky2010
The Island by Peter Watts2010
The Gambler (novelette) by Paolo Bacigalupi2009
True Names by Cory Doctorow2009
The Political Prisoner by Charles Coleman Finlay2009
Memory Dog by Kathleen Ann Goonan2009
The Tear by Ian McDonald2009
Special Economics {novelette} by Maureen F. McHugh2009
His Master's Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi2009
From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled by Michael Swanwick2009
The Forest by Laird Barron2008
The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate {novelette} by Ted Chiang2008
The Dreaming Wind by Jeffrey Ford2008
Always [short story] by Karen Joy Fowler2008
Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change by Kij Johnson2008
The Tomb Wife by Gwyneth Jones2008
The Last American by John Kessel2008
The Master Miller's Tale by Ian R. MacLeod2008
Baby Doll by Johanna Sinisalo2008
Memorare [novella] by Gene Wolfe2008
Yellow Card Man (novelette) by Paolo Bacigalupi2007
Dawn and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth [novelette] by Michael F. Flynn2007
The Djinn's Wife (short story) by Ian McDonald2007
The Walls of the Universe [novella] by Paul Melko2007
A Billion Eves by Robert Reed2007
The House Beyond Your Sky [short story] by Benjamin Rosenbaum2007
Another Word for Map is Faith by Christopher Rowe2007
Inclination [novella] by William Shunn2007
Lord Weary's Empire [novella] by Michael Swanwick2007
Julian: A Christmas Story [novella] by Robert Charles Wilson2007
Second Person, Present Tense by Daryl Gregory2006
Magic for Beginners [novella] by Kelly Link2006
Keyboard Practice, Consisting of an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals by John G. McDaid2006
The Little Goddess [novella] by Ian McDonald2006
Little Faces by Vonda N. McIntyre2006
The Blemmye's Strategem by Bruce Sterling2006
Panacea by Jason Stoddard2006
The Inn at Mount Either by James Van Pelt2006
Inside Job [short fiction] by Connie Willis2006
The Fear Gun by Judith Berman2005
Scout's Honor by Terry Bisson2005
Savant Songs by Brenda Cooper2005
Arabian Wine by Gregory Feeley2005
Dancer In The Dark by David Gerrold2005
The Baum Plan for Financial Independence [Short Story] by John Kessel2005
Singing My Sister Down [short story] by Margo Lanagan2005
Stone Animals by Kelly Link2005
The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann by Mike Moscoe2005
The Magical Negro by Nnedi Okorafor2005
Mere by Robert Reed2005
Start the Clock by Benjamin Rosenbaum2005
The Voluntary State [novelette] by Christopher Rowe2005
Venus Flowers At Night by Pamela Sargent2005
The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue by Lois Tilton2005
The Risk-taking Gene As Expressed By Some Asian Subjects by Steve Tomasula2005
Invisible Kingdoms by Steven Utley2005
An Appeal To Adolf [short story] by Ian Watson2005
The Lost Pilgrim by Gene Wolfe2005
The Fluted Girl (novelette) by Paolo Bacigalupi2004
Off On A Starship by William Barton2004
The Tangled Strings of the Marionettes by Adam-Troy Castro2004
The Empire of Ice Cream [novelette] by Jeffrey Ford2004
Bernardo's House {novelette} by James Patrick Kelly2004
It's All True by John Kessel2004
The Tale of the Golden Eagle [short story] by David D. Levine2004
Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold2004
Dry Bones by William Sanders2004
Only Partly Here by Lucius Shepard2004
Dead Worlds by Jack Skillingstead2004
Liking What You See: A Documentary {novelette} by Ted Chiang2003
Brontë's Egg {novella} by Richard Chwedyk2003
A Year in the Linear City {novella} by Paul Di Filippo2003
Singleton by Greg Egan2003
Madonna of the Maquiladora by Gregory Frost2003
The Wild Girls by Ursula K. Le Guin2003
Stories For Men by John Kessel2003
The Seasons of the Ansarac by Ursula K. Le Guin2003
Breathmoss {novella} by Ian R. MacLeod2003
Coelacanths by Robert Reed2003
In Paradise by Bruce Sterling2003
Halo {novelette} by Charles Stross2003
Hell is the Absence of God {novelette} by Ted Chiang2002
The Measure of All Things by Richard Chwedyk2002
Undone {novelette} by James Patrick Kelly2002
Isabel Of The Fall by Ian R. MacLeod2002
New Light On The Drake Equation by Ian R. MacLeod2002
Interview: On Any Given Day by Maureen F. McHugh2002
The Cat's Pajamas [short story] by James Morrow2002
Have Not Have [short story] by Geoff Ryman2002
Eternity And Afterward by Lucius Shepard2002
Lobsters {novelette} by Charles Stross2002
The Dog Said Bow-Wow [short story] by Michael Swanwick2002
Heart Of Glass by William Barton2001
On the Orion Line {novelette} by Stephen Baxter2001
Sheena 5 by Stephen Baxter2001
Seventy-Two Letters {novella} by Ted Chiang2001
Milo and Sylvie {short story} by Eliot Fintushel2001
The Juniper Tree by John Kessel2001
Saviour by Nancy Kress2001
The Birthday of the World [short story] by Ursula K. Le Guin2001
Reef by Paul J. McAuley2001
Radiant green star {novella} by Lucius Shepard2001
Antibodies by Charles Stross2001
Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance by Eleanor Arnason2000
The Window by Judith Berman2000
Macs {short story} by Terry Bisson2000
Reality Check by Michael A. Burstein2000
The Giftie by James E. Gunn2000
Suicide Coast by M. John Harrison2000
Five Days in April by Brian A. Hopkins2000
The chop girl {novelette} by Ian R. MacLeod2000
Once Upon A Matter Crushed by Wil McCarthy2000
Winemaster by Robert Reed2000
Everywhere by Geoff Ryman2000
Jennifer Just Before Midnight by William Sanders2000
Green Tea by Richard Wadholm2000
Daddy's World by Walter Jon Williams2000
Contenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation {short story} by Cameron Reed1999
Radio Praha by Tony Daniel1999
Craphound by Cory Doctorow1999
Dance At The Edge by L. Timmel Duchamp1999
The Planck Dive {novelette} by Greg Egan1999
Animae Celestes by Gregory Feeley1999
Crane Fly by Eliot Fintushel1999
How Meersh The Bedeviler Lost His Toes by Gregory Frost1999
Wading River Dogs And More by Michael Kandel1999
Lovestory by James Patrick Kelly1999
Advantage Bellarmine by Paul Levinson1999
The Summer Isles {novella} by Ian R. MacLeod1999
Love of the True God by Uncle River1999
A Princess of Helium by R. Garcia y Robertson1999
Echea {novelette} by Kristine Kathryn Rusch1999
Maneki Neko {short story} by Bruce Sterling1999
Radiant doors {short story} by Michael Swanwick1999
Wild minds {short story} by Michael Swanwick1999
Echoes [short fiction] by Alan Brennert1998
Itsy Bitsy Spider [short fiction] by James Patrick Kelly1998
Universal Grammar by Mary Soon Lee1998
Loose ends (novella) by Paul Levinson1998
Get a Grip by Paul Park1998
The 43 Antarean Dynasties by Mike Resnick1998
The Undiscovered [short fiction] by William Sanders1998
One Good Juror by James Sarafin1998
Coming To Grips With The Great Plague by Brian Stableford1998
... Where Angels Fear to Tread [novella] by Allen Steele1998
Lethe [short fiction] by Walter Jon Williams1998
Age of Aquarius (novelette) by William Barton1997
Thirteen Phantasms [short fiction] by James P. Blaylock1997
Beauty and the Opéra Or the Phantom Beast (novelette) by Suzy McKee Charnas1997
Gone {story} by John Crowley1997
The Weighing of Ayre {novelette} by Gregory Feeley1997
Erase/record/play by John M. Ford1997
The Elizabeth Complex by Karen Joy Fowler1997
Marigold Outlet by Nancy Kress1997
Radio Waves {novelette} by Michael Swanwick1997
Dradin, in love: A tale of elsewhen & otherwhere (Buzzcity first editions) by Jeff VanderMeer1997
The Spine Divers by Ray Aldridge1996
I, Iscariot [short story] by Michael Bishop1996
The Wellness Plague by Robert R. Chase1996
Home For Christmas by Nina Kiriki Hoffman1996
Fault lines (novella) by Nancy Kress1996
The Chronology Protection Case by Paul Levinson1996
We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy [short fiction] by David Marusek1996
Diamonds Aren't Forever by S. P. Somtow1996
The Age Of Innocence by Brian Stableford1996
Mortimer Gray's History Of Death by Brian Stableford1996
Cri de couer [short fiction] by Michael Bishop1995
The fire that scours by Edward Bryant1995
Paris In June {short story} by Pat Cadigan1995
Cocoon [short fiction] by Greg Egan1995
Melodies of the Heart {novella} by Michael F. Flynn1995
The Martian Child [short story] by David Gerrold1995
The Two Domains by Alfred Goldbarth1995
Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea [short story] by Ursula K. Le Guin1995
Understanding entropy (short story) by Barry N. Malzberg1995
Symphony For Skyfall by Peter L. Manly1995
Nekropolis [novelette] by Maureen F. McHugh1995
Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge [short fiction] by Mike Resnick1995
At The Shadow Of A Dream by Howard V. Hendrix1994
The Story So Far by Martha Soukup1994
Danny Goes to Mars by Pamela Sargent1993
Slipping by David B. Silva1993
Death and the Lady by Judith Tarr1993
Even the Queen [short story] by Connie Willis1993
Ma Qui and Other Phantoms by Alan Brennert1992
The Happy Man by Jonathan Lethem1992
My Advice to the Civilized [short story] by John Barnes1991
Episodes of the Argo by R. A. Lafferty1991
Dancing With The Chairs by James Patrick Kelly1990
Faith(Annotated) by James Patrick Kelly1990
Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man [short fiction] by Megan Lindholm1990
Dori Bangs [short fiction] by Bruce Sterling1990
Stairs by Neal Barrett Jr.1989
Mrs. Shummel Exits a Winner [short fiction] by John Kessel1989
The Color Winter by Steven Popkes1989
Do Ya, Do Ya, Wanna Dance? [short fiction] by Howard Waldrop1989
The Evening and the Morning and the Night [short fiction] by Octavia E. Butler1988
The Gift {short story} by Pat Forde1988
Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight [short fiction] by Ursula K. Le Guin1988
Heroics by James Patrick Kelly1988
Dinosaurs [short fiction] by Walter Jon Williams1988
Pretty Boy Crossover [short fiction] by Pat Cadigan1987
Grave Angels [short fiction] by Richard Kearns1987
Elephant [short story] by Susan Palwick1987
The Lions Are Asleep This Night [novelette] by Howard Waldrop1987

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The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his widow Jayne Sturgeon and Sturgeon's children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction. Sturgeon, born in 1918, was closely identified with the Golden Age of science fiction, 1939-1950, and is often mentioned as one of the four writers who helped establish that age. The others were Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and A. E. van Vogt; all four had their first SF stories published in 1939. In addition to fiction (his best-known novel is the classic, More Than Human), Sturgeon also wrote book reviews, poetry, screenplays, radio plays, and television plays, including two classic teleplays for the original Star Trek. He was a popular lecturer and teacher, and was a regular visiting writer at the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. Sturgeon died in 1985. His books, manuscripts, and papers are being deposited at the University of Kansas, as he wished. Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies. The permanent Award, beside the new trophies in this photo, bears the names of every winner. Selection Process For its first eight years (1987-1994), the Sturgeon Award was selected by a committee of short-fiction experts headed by Orson Scott Card. Beginning in 1995, the Sturgeon Award became a juried award, with winners selected by a committee composed of James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, and Judith Merril. After the 1996 Award, Judith Merril resigned and was replaced by Kij Johnson, the 1994 Sturgeon winner; in 2005, George Zebrowski joined the jury. Since 1999, one of Sturgeon's children has also participated in this process, usually Noel Sturgeon. The current jury consists of James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate. Eligible stories are those published in English during the previous calendar year. Nominations come from a wide variety of science-fiction reviewers and serious readers as well as from the editors who publish short fiction. Nominations are collected during the winter by Chris McKitterick, who produces a list of finalists based on nominators' rankings. The jury then reads all of the finalists and debates their merits during the spring until they arrive at a consensus decision in May. The winning author is usually contacted in May and invited to attend the Campbell Conference; the winner often attends the last day or two of the SF Writers Workshop, as well. The Sturgeon Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. (English, Member-written)
The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his widow Jayne Sturgeon and Sturgeon's children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction. Sturgeon, born in 1918, was closely identified with the Golden Age of science fiction, 1939-1950, and is often mentioned as one of the four writers who helped establish that age. The others were Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and A. E. van Vogt; all four had their first SF stories published in 1939. In addition to fiction (his best-known novel is the classic, More Than Human), Sturgeon also wrote book reviews, poetry, screenplays, radio plays, and television plays, including two classic teleplays for the original Star Trek. He was a popular lecturer and teacher, and was a regular visiting writer at the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. Sturgeon died in 1985. His books, manuscripts, and papers are being deposited at the University of Kansas, as he wished. Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies. The permanent Award, beside the new trophies in this photo, bears the names of every winner. Selection Process For its first eight years (1987-1994), the Sturgeon Award was selected by a committee of short-fiction experts headed by Orson Scott Card. Beginning in 1995, the Sturgeon Award became a juried award, with winners selected by a committee composed of James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, and Judith Merril. After the 1996 Award, Judith Merril resigned and was replaced by Kij Johnson, the 1994 Sturgeon winner; in 2005, George Zebrowski joined the jury. Since 1999, one of Sturgeon's children has also participated in this process, usually Noel Sturgeon. The current jury consists of James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate. Eligible stories are those published in English during the previous calendar year. Nominations come from a wide variety of science-fiction reviewers and serious readers as well as from the editors who publish short fiction. Nominations are collected during the winter by Chris McKitterick, who produces a list of finalists based on nominators' rankings. The jury then reads all of the finalists and debates their merits during the spring until they arrive at a consensus decision in May. The winning author is usually contacted in May and invited to attend the Campbell Conference; the winner often attends the last day or two of the SF Writers Workshop, as well. The Sturgeon Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. (English, Member-written)

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