Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Here are 62 writers who are eligible for the 2016 Campbell Award. They were selected from the 565 stories reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank and eight other prolific reviewers in 2015. There are many more new writers out there, but their stories weren't read by Rocket Stack Rank so they're not included here.

The stories are sorted by the author's first name. The superscript indicates the year of eligibility (1 or 2). Eligibility was determined by looking up the author on and doing web searches for those without an ISFDB entry. ISFDB data may be incomplete so it's best to check the author's website for a bibliography before nominating. (Writers with uncertain eligibility identified since this article was published were moved to the bottom of the article.)

A good way to use this list is to jog your memory about stories you've already read. You can click on the "RSR Mini-review" link to read more if you're having trouble remembering a story. This only includes short fiction; there's no information here about novels.

Alec Meden1: From a Remove  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueWar Stories from the Future 
(Military SF) Thrilling story set ~100 years from now where a young woman flies orbital combat missions for a "nation" that only exists on the Internet.

Alyssa Wong2: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers  Time: 23m (7K words)  IssueNightmare 37
(Horror) Meimei dates really bad guys. Who want to use her. Who don't know what they're in for.

Angus McIntyre1: Windshear  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueMission: Tomorrow 
(Hard SF) Bruno has finished his work on a merleta, an airship in the Venusian stratosphere, and today he's going home to Brazil. Except there seems to be a problem with his transportation.

(Military SF) In 2041, the U.S. President issues a declaration of war.

Aubry Kae Andersen1: No Gain  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Maggie, a former champion gymnast, coaches a 16-year-old Uzbek, Sabina, who seems inhumanly focused on winning.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4

August Cole1: ANTFARM  Time: 11m (4K words)  IssueWar Stories from the Future 
(Military SF) In the mid-21st Century, Captain Aaron Fung flies sorties in support of ground troops in a war in Yemen. His own AI and crowd-sourced support is more problematic.

Brian Staveley2: The Log Goblin  Time: 04m (1K words) 12/09/15
(Urban Fantasy) A moving story about a man who lives alone in the woods discovers a goblin has been stealing his firewood. But why?

Cassandra Khaw2: When We Die on Mars  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 111
(Hard SF) A team of astronauts trains for a one-way mission to set up a Mars colony.

Charles Payseur1: Rubbing is Racing  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
An illegal, near-planetary drag race for rather unexpected stakes.

Charlotte Ashley2: La HΓ©ron  Time: 21m (7K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
In France in 1699, a magical fighter comes to Caen to duel with creatures from faery.

Chris Avellone1: Acts Of Creation  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueThe End Has Come 
(SF) Agnes interviews Reeves,  one of the "sensitives," whose uncontrollable psionic abilities have nearly destroyed civilization.

Courtney Alameda1: Trigger  Time: 29m (9K words) 06/03/15
Micheline, a 15-year-old monster-fighter, wants to prove herself by taking down a scissorclaw that has already killed more senior fighters.

Curtis C. Chen2: Ten Days Up  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueMission: Tomorrow 
(Hard SF) Kenna works ten-day shifts on the space elevator. When she ends up trapped outside, she has to find a way back in before a solar flare hits.

Eliza Gauger1: Mama  Time: 01m (330 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Mama is vast, belt-born, seven feet long, and she's a legend from Luna Park to Styx Landing.

Eneasz Brodski1: Red Legacy  Time: 33m (10K words)  IssueAsimov's 02|15
In an alternate Cold War, Marya works on a secret genetics project for Stalin, but her goals aren't quite what the Russians think they are.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Felicia Davin1: The Tip of the Tongue  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
The government has taken away everyone's ability to read, but Alice misses her books and wants to do something about it.

Frank Smith1: The Sentry  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
Rick has returned to the Titan colony from the Tethys war, but he and his family are having trouble adjusting.

Gabby Reed1: A Brief History of Whaling with Remarks Upon Ancient Practices  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Learn all about whales in space.

Gabrielle Friesen1: Deep/Dark Space  Time: 00m (260 words)  IssueLightspeed 61
In space, no one should hear a dog barking--especially not outside your spaceship.

Ian Muneshwar1: Ossuary  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 104
An AI in charge of an interstellar junk yard dreams of better things.

Ilona Gaynor1: The Lexicography Of An Abusive But Divine Relationship With The World  Time: 18m (5K words)  IssueTwelve Tomorrows 2016
From the story itself: "This text relays the thoughts of an unremarkable woman, whose un-profound influence has ceased to effect the slighted of causes."

J. L. Forrest2: Sentience Signified  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 05|15
Bilit is exploring Joon, an earthlike planet 24 light-years from Earth.

Jamie Ford2: The Uncertainty Machine  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueThe End Has Come 
(Steampunk) Phineas used a mysterious machine to predict that Halley's Comet would wreck the Earth in 1910. Now he's trapped in his underground bunker. Can the machine help him get out?

(Military SF) A soldier on an isolated drone base chats with a psychologist about his online love affair.

Jason Gurley2: Quiet Town  Time: 08m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 59
Bev and her son Benj are among the last people left in town when bad news arrives.

Jessica Yang1: Plant Children  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Qiyan harmonizes her botany thesis with her desire for children--sort of.

Joe M. Mcdermott2: Paul and His Son  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 04.05|15
In a near-future NYC, 14-year-old Paul Jr. keeps running away from home, and Paul Sr. is willing to go to great lengths to stop him.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton

Joseph Allen Hill1: We'll Be Together Forever  Time: 19m (6K words)  IssueLightspeed 59
A dysfunctional couple decides to make a love potion to prevent themselves from breaking up.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

K. J. Zimring2: Partible  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 04|15
Heartwarming story of a man in near-future Seattle who learns he had a son with a woman he knew nine years ago--except that he never had sex with her.

Kate M. Galey1: Emergency Repair  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Narrator desperately takes one of her androids apart in a race with time to save her lover's life.

Kay Chronister1: Further North  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
Two Turkish sisters struggle to survive in an Alaska ravaged by giant mutant worms.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB

In 2001, just before the attacks, a girl out West has a very close encounter with space aliens.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: GDozois
Kelly Robson1: Two-Year Man  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueAsimov's 08|15
Mikkel isn't very bright, but he cleverly supplements his janitorial job by scavenging useful items his superiors discard and bringing them home to his wife--then one day he brings home a mutant baby.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 LTilton NClarke
Kelly Robson1: Waters of Versailles  Time: 1h:02m (19K words) 06/10/15
Sylvain de Guilherand secretly uses a captive water spirit to provide indoor plumbing to Louis XV's Versailles, but the spirit is childish, playful, and getting bored.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [5]  Recommended By: RSR:5 JStrahan

Kola Heyward-Rotimi1: The Father  Time: 10m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 109
The church of the Goddess plans to sacrifice the engineers who recreated the "seeds of the goddess" for them, but Madhav plans to escape.

Lex Wilson1: Unmother  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A unit of an intelligent alien parasite in a human brain finds evidence that the host's immune system is on to them.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Lindsay Smith2: Kingmaker  Time: 22m (7K words) 09/23/15
In a fantasy empire, Vera tries to bring down the criminal underworld in the capital.

Mack Leonard1: Midnight Funk Association  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueInterzone 259
Bunchess Taylor, a black musician in Detroit, learns that someone or something is poisoning Detroit's music when his assistant, "the white boy," buys an extra-sensitive piece of equipment.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [4]  Recommended By: RSR:4 LTilton

Malka Older1: Tear Tracks  Time: 23m (7K words) 10/21/15
(SF) Flur leads humanity's first mission to an alien race, the Cyclopes, with both scientific and diplomatic objectives.

Marian Womack1: Frozen Planet  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueApex 76
Expedition to another planet is trapped in a snow storm and a crewman starts seeing hallucinations.

Marianne Dyson1: Space Bugs  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
Short-short. When Congress shuts down NASA, a couple of former astronauts think of a way to get it back.

(Military SF) Fresh from school, Alastair joins a near-future British intelligence unit that's trying to identify people before they become terrorists.

Mike Buckley1: All Original Brightness  Time: 14m (4K words)  IssueClarkesworld 102
Two disabled veterans of a near-future war meet in a virtual-reality world.

Fun fantasy tale in which Rose, a middle-aged general store owner, agrees to be "warden and postmaster" for the new government--even though other locals aren't reconciled to having lost the war.

Natalia Theodoridou2: Android Whores Can't Cry  Time: 18m (6K words)  IssueClarkesworld 106
A woman reporter in a dictatorship investigates an old third-world massacre with help from a female android designed for other purposes.

Nik Constantine1: Last Transaction  Time: 08m (3K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
On colony 13, citizen 79867 is about to have a very bad day, owning to an unauthorized transaction.

(Military SF) Newspaper article describes the events that led to a cyberwar between the US and Russia.

Nin Harris1: Your Right Arm  Time: 09m (3K words)  IssueClarkesworld 110
On a spaceship in the far future, Rasakhi tells the story of how the last human died.

Nino Cipri2: The Shape of My Name  Time: 21m (6K words) 03/04/15
The narrator's uses the family time machine to try to reach some closure with mother who abandoned him in 1963.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB

Noah Keller1: The Museum and the Music Box  Time: 14m (4K words) 03/18/15
The last curator of a decrepit museum mourns his lost love and obsesses over the music box that might bring them back together.

Norman Birnbach1: It's All Relative at the Space-Time CafΓ©  Time: 06m (2K words)  IssueF&SF 11.12|15
Bohr meets his ex, Jenny, at the cafΓ©, where they reminisce about love and science in terms of puns.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Paola Antonelli1: The Design Doyenne Defeats The Dullness  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueTwelve Tomorrows 2016
Laetitia is a designer in a 2060s world that found science and technology to be dull. She urges people to take more risks.

Ray Wood2: SchrΓΆdinger's Gun  Time: 24m (7K words) 02/18/15
A "heisen implant" allows Detective O'Harren to explore alternate universes to help solve crimes in 1930s Chicago.

Richard W. Strachan1: After His Kind  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueInterzone 259
The sole survivor of a colony ship nevertheless raises a host of rather strange children, and today he hosts a special ceremony at "the worm farm."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: SFRevu:4

Ryan W. Norris1: The Extraordinary Extraterrestrial Togo Mouse from Ghana  Time: 16m (5K words)  IssueAnalog 03|15
Brett, a reporter, investigates Dr. Alex Jordan's claim to have discovered extraterrestrial life in Africa. Creatures so similar to mice that no one noticed how strange they were before.

Sadie Bruce2: Little Girls in Bone Museums  Time: 11m (4K words)  IssueF&SF 03.04|15
Deeply disturbing story about Piedra, a young woman whose body has been twisted into a work of art called a "bone knot."
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: SFEP

Sequoia Nagamatsu1: Headwater LLC  Time: 11m (3K words)  IssueLightspeed 56
Headwater Bottled Refreshments sells bottled water with literally magical properties. Yoko works in the home office and knows that the mythical, aquatic, Kappa on the logo isn't so mythical.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB

Stephen Cox1: The Lamb Chops  Time: 05m (2K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
Harry and Aiden have more problems than most couples, and it has nothing to do with them being gay.

Stephen Lombard1: Just Browsing  Time: 25m (8K words)  IssueAnalog 01.02|15
A small-town librarian has to host aliens from Epsilon Cygni who for unknown reasons have asked permission to visit his library.

Tamara Vardomskaya1: Acrobatic Duality  Time: 12m (4K words) 02/11/15
Kim and Alana are two bodies sharing a single mind, which makes them world-class gymnasts--as long as they keep it a secret.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: KTB

The eligibility of the writers below is uncertain. Their ISFDB entries show SF/F works published before 2014 in publications with print runs that might exceed 10,000 and/or have a nominal pay rate, but they are listed as eligible authors for the 2016 Campbell Award. It will be up to the MidAmeriCon II Hugo administrators to sort this out, assuming any of them ends up in the top five.

Isabel Yap2: Find Me  Time: 15m (5K words)  IssueApex 76
A Philippine-American girl in California is unsettled by the reappearance of a long-lost "friend."
Isabel Yap2: Milagroso  Time: 13m (4K words) 08/12/15
In a near-future Philippines, Marty takes his family to his hometown to see a miracle that transforms artificial food into real food.

JY Yang2: Letter From an Artist to a Thousand Future Versions of Her Wife  Time: 04m (1K words)  IssueLightspeed 61
A woman's message to her wife chases her spaceship at the speed of light.

In 2139 Beiruit, Suraya sends a sequence of e-mails that summarize her team's progress saving as many people in Lebanon as possible from a coming global catastrophe.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [3]  Recommended By: LTilton SFRevu:4
Sara Saab2: Rush Down, Roar Gently  Time: 20m (6K words)  IssueInterzone 259
An old woman hazards crossing a drowning future Beirut to make an apology to an old friend she had wronged thirty years before.

The writer(s) below have pre-2014 works listed in their website's bibliography that might make them ineligible for the 2016 Campbell Award. In some cases, it would be necessary to read a particular work to confirm. (E.g. Do Horror publications count for eligibility? Supernatural horror or horror with fantasy or science fiction elements counts for eligibility. Horror without fantastical elements does not.)

Haralambi Markov1: Holding Hands With Monsters  Time: 12m (4K words)  IssueStories for Chip 
A horror story, in which the narrator meets the monster under the bed, and things go from bad to worse.
Haralambi Markov1: The Language of Knives  Time: 08m (3K words) 02/04/15
A man butchers the corpse of his husband to cook a meal for the gods, as required by his culture's funeral rites.
Other Reviews  RSR Mini-Review [2]  Recommended By: KTB SFEP

5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Haralambi Markov may not be eligible – his bibliography lists **“Hurricane Drunk” sold to ARCANE VOLUME II edited by Nathan Shumate, Cold Fusion Media, February 2012** which sounds very much like it would be a pro sale.

    1. Thanks. I've moved him to a new section at the bottom of the post.

  2. Hmm. I'm not a prolific reviewer, but I have read and reviewed stuff by two potentially eligible authors who aren't on that list: Jo Zebedee (author of "Abendau's Heir" and the self-published "Inish Carraig") and Pamala Brondos (author of "Gateway to Fourline" and sequels comprising the "Fourline Trilogy"). Neither of them even has an ISFDB entry... but they're both newly published authors, with (at least) a certain amount of potential - and it always seems to me that potential, the start of a promising career, is what the Campbell Award is about. So, well, I just thought I might mention them. ("Inish Carraig", especially, was remarkably good for a self-pubbed novel. Jo Zebedee could very well be one to watch.)

    1. Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately we're a short-fiction site, and for 2015 we only covered fiction from the six biggest magazines and nine key original anthologies.

      Did you check to see if they registered on the Campbell Awards web site? If not, you should encourage them to do so, assuming you are in contact with them.

    2. Oh, that makes sense. The three names I was going to mention all came from novels. Hey, it wouldn't hurt to put a reminder to that effect somewhere at the top of this page, if you haven't already and I missed it.