This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by Christopher McKitterick, Director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The winner of the award will be revealed online later this summer.
2021 Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists
- “If You Take My Meaning,” Charlie Jane Anders. Tor.com, Feb 2020.
- “An Important Failure,” Rebecca Campbell. Clarkesworld, Aug 2020
- “The Translator, at Low Tide,” Vajra Chandrasekera. Clarkesworld, May 2020.
- “The Pill,” Meg Elison. Big Girl, June 2020.
- “The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee. Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2020.
- “50 Things Every AI Working With Humans Should Know,” Ken Liu. Uncanny Magazine, Nov 2020.
- “Yellow and the Perception of Reality,” Maureen McHugh. Tor.com, July 2020.
- “A Mastery of German,” Marian Denise Moore. Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aug 2020.
- “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon,” Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aug 2020.
- “A Guide for Working Breeds,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Tor.com, March 2020.
- “AirBody,” Sameem Siddiqui. Clarkesworld, April 2020.
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.