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.

10 thoughts on “Suzanne Palmer Wins 2020 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

  1. Congratulations to Suzanne Palmer.

    “Waterlines” is a great story and was one of my Hugo nominees, so I’m glad to see it get some recognition.

  2. I’m extremely happy that “Waterlines” won. It was on my Hugo nominating ballot as well. I’m starting to think that stories in the magazines don’t get as much love as they used to.

  3. Waterlines was my favorite novella and first choice on my Hugo nominating ballot last year. I’m so glad to see it get this well-deserved recognition.

  4. I’ll have to read “Waterlines.” I was disappointed that I didn’t like her “Painter of Trees” as much as other people have.

    On the other hand, I loved the third place story, Karin Tidbeck’s “Last Voyage of Skidbladnir.”

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