Irish author Ian McDonald’s The Dervish House won the 2011 John W. Campbell Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year and Geoffrey A. Landis’s “The Sultan of the Clouds” won the Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction of the year in a ceremony Friday at the University of Kansas.
The Campbell Award was presented to McDonald by Campbell Award juror Elizabeth Anne Hull. The Sturgeon Award was presented to Landis by Noël Sturgeon, Theodore Sturgeon’s daughter, trustee of his literary estate, and a member of the Sturgeon Award jury.
The Awards are presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction during the Campbell Conference, a four-day event held annually at the University of Kansas. The Campbell Award is selected, from nominations by publishers, by a jury composed of seven writers and academics. The Sturgeon Award is selected, from nominations by reviewers and editors, by a jury composed of five writers and academics.
Mr. McDonald is on a roll now. That’s 2 wins out of 5 nominations so far with the Hugo Award coming up in August. Can he pull off the hat trick? I wonder, are multiple award-winning books a good thing for SF or is it better if the awards are spread around to more books/authors? What do you think?