Suzanne Palmer Wins 2020 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

The winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction of 2019 is Suzanne Palmer for “Waterlines,” published by Asimov’s Science Fiction.

The second-place story for the Sturgeon was Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s “This is How You Lose the Time War.” The third-place story was Karin Tidbeck’s “The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir.”

The winner was selected by a jury composed of Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Nöel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person presentation of the award will be postponed until next year’s Gunn Center Conference, date and location to be announced.

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.

2020 Sturgeon Award Finalists

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected. Christopher McKitterick, Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, said that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the winner of the award will be announced online later this summer.

2020 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex,” Tobias S. Buckell. New Suns, Solaris Books, March 2019.
  • “Omphalos,” Ted Chiang. Exhalation, Knopf, May 2019.
  • “This is How You Lose the Time War,” Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Saga Press, July 2019.
  • “Give the Family My Love,” A.T. Greenblatt. Clarkesworld, February 2019.
  • “The Dead, in Their Uncontrollable Power,” Karen Osborne. Uncanny Magazine, March 2019.
  • “The Painter of Trees,” Suzanne Palmer. Clarkesworld, June 2019.
  • “Waterlines,” Suzanne Palmer. Asimov’s, June 2019.
  • “Sisters of the Vast Black,” Lina Rather. Tor.com Books, October 2019.
  • “The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir,” Karin Tidbek. Tor.com, January 2019.
  • “New Atlantis,” Lavie Tidhar. Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 2019.
  • “The Archronology of Love,” Caroline Yoachim. Lightspeed Magazine, April 2019.
Theodore Sturgeon

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.

[Based on a press release.]