Sam J. Miller and Annalee Newitz Win the 2019 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards!

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the 2019 Campbell and Sturgeon awards, which were announced at the Campbell Conference Award Ceremony on June 28, 2019. For his novel Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and for their short story “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis” (Slate), Annalee Newitz won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction of 2018.

Click through for the full list of winners and finalists.


The John W. Campbell Memorial Award 

First Place: Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)

Second Place: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Third Place: Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions)


  • Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor)
  • A Spy in Time, Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird)
  • Time Was, Ian McDonald ( Publishing)
  • Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice (ECW)
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
  • Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)
  • The Freeze-Frame Revolution, Peter Watts (Tachyon)
  • The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

First Place: “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,” Annalee Newitz (Slate)

Second Place: “On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,” Adam R. Shannon (Apex Magazine)

Third Place: “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” Daryl Gregory (


  • “Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling”, L.X. Beckett (F&SF)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside)
  • “Umbernight”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld)
  • “When We Were Starless”, Simone Heller (Clarkesworld)
  • “The Starship and the Temple Cat”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
  • “Yard Dog”, Tade Thompson (Fiyah)



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