Folding Beijing Is a Sturgeon Award Finalist!

Wonderful news, Space Unicorns! “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (translated by Ken Liu) is a FINALIST for the prestigious Sturgeon Award!

We are all so thrilled. Congratulations to all of the finalists!


Gunn Center Announces Sturgeon Award Finalists

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is pleased to announce the finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon A. Memorial Awardfor the best short science fiction story of 2015. The award is given during the Campbell Conference which, this year, will be part ofMidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, Mo. The awards ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18.


2015 finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

“And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead,” Brooke Bolander.Lightspeed, Feb 2015.

“The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” Greg Egan. Asimov’s, Dec 2015.

“The New Mother,” Eugene Fischer. Asimov’s, Apr/May 2015.

“Folding Beijing,” Hao Jingfang, tr. Ken Liu. Uncanny Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015.

“Emergence,” Gwyneth Jones. Meeting Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan.Solaris.

“Damage,” David D. Levine., 21 Jan 2015.

“The Game of Smash and Recovery,” Kelly Link. Strange Horizons, 17 Oct 2015.

“Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” Ian McDonald. Old Venus, eds. G.R.R.Martin and Gardner Dozois. Bantam Books.

“Our Lady of the Open Road,” Sarah Pinsker. Asimov’s, Jun 2015.

“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” Kelly Robson.Clarkesworld, Feb 2015.

“Gypsy,” Carter Scholz. Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov/Dec 2015.

“Avery Cates: The Walled City,” Jeff Somers. Kindle edition, Jun 2015.


The Sturgeon Award recognizes the best science fiction short story each year. It was established in 1987 by James 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 World Science Fiction Convention often offers academic programming, and this year’s WorldCon officials asked Christopher McKitterick, CSSF director, to organize an academic track that will include papers and discussions.

“Rather than host a separate Campbell Conference with WorldCon just a month later in neighboring Kansas City, thus forcing out-of-town guests to choose one or the other,” McKitterick said, “we decided to combine the two.”

MidAmeriCon II will be Aug. 17-21 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

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