July 7, 2006
The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas has announced the winners of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction of 2005 and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of 2005.
The winner of this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award is Robert J. Sawyer for his novel, Mindscan (Tor Books).
The winner of this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial
Award is Paolo Bacigalupi for his story, "The Calorie Man" (Fantasy & Science Fiction).
The awards were presented at a banquet tonight that is part of the Center's annual Campbell Conference.
Campbell Award second and third place winners are Robert Charles Wilson for Spin (Tor Books) and Ian R. Macleod for The Summer Isles (Aio Publishing).
Sturgeon Award second and third place winners are Ian MacDonald for "The Little Goddess" (Asimov's Magazine) and Kelly Link for "Magic for Beginners" (Fantasy & Science Fiction).
The Sturgeon award was established in 1987 by Gunn and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.
The Campbell Award is one of the three major annual awards for the science fiction novel. The award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now called Analog). Many writers and scholars call Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, the father of modern science fiction.
The Campbell Award winner was selected by a committee of academics and authors that includes Gregory Benford, Paul Carter, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Farah Mendlesohn, Chris McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and Tom Shippey.
The Sturgeon Award winner was decided by Gunn, Kij Johnson, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, daughter of Theodore Sturgeon.
(Now, to bed! The last of the guests for the reception at my house just left an hour or two ago. The Conference starts again tomorrow at 9am, oy.)