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Two F&SF Stories On 2015 Sturgeon List

Theodore SturgeonOn May 11, the finalists for the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short SF of 2014 were announced by The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. This year’s list includes two stories from F&SF, “In Her Eyes” by Seth Chambers (Jan/Feb 2014) and “The Lightness of the Movement” by Pat MacEwan (Mar/Apr 2014).

Both “In Her Eyes” by Seth Chambers and “The Lightness of the Movement” by Pat MacEwan were also named 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Awards Honors stories.

The annual award honors short fiction in the spirit of Theodore Sturgeon, who was closely identified with the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Sturgeon is famous for his novel More Than Human, his book reviews, and the episodes he wrote for the original Star Trek series. But he is best known for the more than 200 stories he wrote.

Sturgeon’s frequently reprinted story “The Hurkle is a Happy Beast” was published in Fall 1949 in the first issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and then selected for inclusion in The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1950. With its second issue, the new periodical changed its name to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Sturgeon published more than a dozen stories in F&SF between the first issue and 1983, including 1960 Hugo finalist “The Man Who Lost the Sea,” 1963 Hugo finalist for novella “When You Care, When You Love,” and 1969 Nebula finalist “The Man Who Learned Loving.”

The Sturgeon Memorial Award is selected by a jury that consists of Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Nöel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate. A complete list of this year’s finalists may be found at http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon-finalists.htm. The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference on Friday, June 12, as part of the Campbell Conference held annually at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

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