Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

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The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, named after the SF author, is a companion award to the John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award.

It was created in 1987 by the James Gunn and by the children of Theodore Sturgeon at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to honor the best English-language SF short story under 17,500 words published during the previous calendar year. It has usually been awarded at the Gunn Center's June Campbell Conference each year. In 2022, it was presented at the center’s First Annual Sturgeon Symposium (September 29–30).


Year Winning Story Author
1987 "Surviving" Judith Moffett
1988 "Rachel in Love" Pat Murphy
1989 "Schrödinger's Kitten" George Alec Effinger
1990 "The Edge of the World" Michael Swanwick
1991 "Bears Discover Fire" Terry Bisson
1992 "Buffalo" John Kessel
1993 "This Year's Class Picture" Dan Simmons
1994 "Fox Magic" Kij Johnson
1995 "Forgiveness Day" Ursula K. Le Guin
1996 "Jigoku No Mokushiroku" John G. McDaid
1997 "The Flowers of Aulit Prison" Nancy Kress
1998 "House of Dreams" Michael F. Flynn
1999 "Story of Your Life" Ted Chiang
2000 "The Wedding Album" David Marusek
2001 "Tendeléo's Story" Ian McDonald
2002 "The Chief Designer" Andy Duncan
2003 "Over Yonder" Lucius Shepard
2004 "The Empress of Mars" Kage Baker
2005 "Sergeant Chip" Bradley Denton
2006 "The Calorie Man" Paolo Bacigalupi
2007 "The Cartesian Theater" Robert Charles Wilson
2008 "Finisterra" David Moles
2008 "Tideline" Elizabeth Bear
2009 "The Ray-Gun: A Love Story" James Alan Gardner
2010 "Shambling Towards Hiroshima" James Morrow
2011 "The Sultan of the Clouds" Geoffrey A. Landis
2012 "The Choice" Paul J. McAuley
2013 "The Grinnell Method" Molly Gloss
2014 "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" Sarah Pinsker
2015 "The Man Who Sold the Moon" Cory Doctorow
2016 "The Game of Smash and Recovery" Kelly Link
2017 "The Future Is Blue" Catherynne M. Valente
2018 "Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" Charlie Jane Anders
2019 "When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis" Annalee Newitz
2020 "Waterlines" Suzanne Palmer
2021 "An Important Failure" Rebecca Campbell

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