The finalists for the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected.
- Nina Allen, “The Art of Space Travel,” Tor.com, 27 July 2016.
- Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, eds. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, Saga Press, 2016.
- Carolyn Ives Gilman, “Touring with the Alien,” Clarkesworld, April 2016.
- Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom, Tor.com, February 2016.
- Ian R. MacLeod, “The Visitor From Taured,” Asimov’s, September 2016.
- Sam J. Miller, “Things with Beards,” Clarkesworld, June 2016.
- Dominica Phetteplace, “Project Empathy,” Asimov’s, March 2016.
- Catherynne M. Valente, “The Future is Blue,” Drowned Worlds, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books, 2016.
- Kai Ashante Wilson, A Taste of Honey, Tor.com, 13 October 2016.
The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.
The current jury consists of Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Nöel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate.
The winners will be announced during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on June 16.