Rebecca Campbell Wins This Year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has unveiled this year’s winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award: Rebecca Campbell, for her novella “An Important Failure,” which came out in Clarkesworld Magazine in August 2020.

The center is located at the University of Kansas, and is dedicated to the preservation and continued scholarship of the genre, hosting not only academics, but also conferences, seminars, courses, lectures and its awards.

The award has been awarded annually since 1987, dedicated to honoring the best short fiction of the prior year, and is named for acclaimed author Theodore Sturgeon. Each year’s finalists are decided upon by a jury, which this year consists of Elizabeth Bear, Kij Johnson, Sarah Pinsker, Nöel Sturgeon, and Taryne Taylor. The center announced the finalists for the award earlier this summer.

In its announcement, the Center explained that Campbell’s story was chosen for its prose and complex characters, and that it’s a story that “can spur continued discussion.”

In winning, she joins the likes of Suzanne Palmer, Sam J. Miller, Annalee Newitz, and plenty of others over the award’s long history.


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