I'm very pleased to announce that my story, 'The Choice', has won the 2012 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Congratulations to Charlie Jane Anders, and to Ken Liu, whose stories 'Six Days, Three Months', and 'The Paper Menagerie', won second and third place. The winners are selected each year by a jury of experts, from stories nominated by a wide range of reviewers, serious readers, and editors. I'm thrilled that they've chosen my story this year.
I won't be able to go to the award ceremony, over in Lawrence, Kansas, but Sheila Williams, the editor of Asimov's, which published 'The Choice', will accept on my behalf. I've been to Lawrence once before, way back in the twentieth century, when Fairyland won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. It's a pretty intense experience. As well as the award ceremony, there's a short-story workshop, panels, and a visit to the University of Kansas's huge science-fiction library (enlarged since my visit by, amongst other things, Sturgeon's manuscripts and books). Fred Pohl, who's a jury member, and his wife, Betty Anne Hull, gave me a lift back to the airport. As we drove through endless fields of Kansas corn, I got Fred to sing a verse of 'Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'' - you know, the one about corn being as high as an elephant's eye. Science fiction takes you to places stranger than you can imagine.
If you're interested, you can read part of 'The Choice' for free, here. It's available in various Best SF collections, too, and will be including in an upcoming audio-book anthology.