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Tuesday 11 July 2000

Campbell, Sturgeon Awards Winners

Vernor Vingeís A Deepness in the Sky has won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 1999, and David Marusekís "The Wedding Album" has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the same year.

The winners were presented July 7 during an awards dinner at the University of Kansas by James Gunn, director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Both winners were on hand to accept their awards. (The SFWA News article on the awards includes photos of the winners.)

The Campbell Award was selected by an international committee from nominations by publishers. The second-place winner was Greg Bearís Darwinís Radio; third-place was Norman Spinradís Greenhouse Summer. Two honorable mention awards were also voted, for Peter Wattsís Starfish and Jack Williamsonís The Silicon Dagger. Except for Bear's novel, published by Ballantine/Del Rey Books, all winning books were published by Tor Books. (This is the fifth time Bear has placed second or third in the 28-year history of the Campbell Awards; he has never won first place. These tallies includes Campbell results through last year.)

The Sturgeon Award was selected by James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Frederik Pohl, with assistance from Andros Sturgeon, from a list of finalists selected by a group of two dozen reviewers and editors of short science fiction (including Locus reviewer Mark R. Kelly). Second-place was Eleanor Arnasonís "Dapple: A Hwarhath Historical Romance"; third-place was Judith Bermanís "The Window." All three Sturgeon winners were published in Asimovís Science Fiction.

As previously announced, four new members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame were inducted at the same awards dinner. Inducted posthumously were Theodore Sturgeon and Eric Frank Russell; living inductees were Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson.




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