2004's SF&F Hall of Fame inductees and several
Campbell Award winners: George Zebrowski, Frederik Pohl (the only two-time
Campbell winner), Gregory Benford, Jack McDevitt (this year's winner), Brian
Aldiss (former Campbell Award winner, Hall of Fame inductee,
and First Fandom Hall of Fame inductee), and Hall of Fame inductee
Harry Harrison. Photo courtesy Karen Gunn.
The 2004 Campbell Conference was held July 8-11, as the concluding
event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction and the beginning of the
Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. The Campbell Conference, held regularly at the University of Kansas, provides a setting for the presentation of three science-fiction honors:
since 1979, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year;
since 1987, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year;
and, since 1996, the induction of honorees into the
Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Beginning in 2004, winners of both awards receive trophies. After this year
(starting in 2005), only the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be given during
the Conference, with the Hall of Fame inductions moving to the Science Fiction
Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction
continues to sponsor the Conference, which takes place at the University of
Guests in 2004 included two SFWA Grand Masters and many other award-winning
authors. Check back to learn more about how to get video and print documentation
for this rare event!
Click here to see 2004's schedule of events.
The 2004 Conference hosted a number of science fiction notables,
Brian Aldiss is a
science fiction author who began writing professionally in the 1950s. He has
been named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and
is a co-founder of the Campbell Award. Mr. Aldiss lives in England and is here
to attend his induction into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of fantasy and science fiction works.
He has served on the Board of Directors of SFWA, was a key player in the
1996 creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame, and is on the
advisory board of the new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in
Seattle. Robin Wayne Bailey lives in Kansas City, MO.
Greg Bear is an
author known especially for his science fiction writing on the future of biology
and human evolution. He is chair of the advisory board of the SF Museum and Hall
of Fame and lives in Seattle, WA.
Gregory Benford is a
professor of physics at UC, Irvine, and a science fiction author. He has also
published well over a hundred papers in fields of physics and several in
biological conservation. Dr. Benford is on the advisory board of the SF Museum
and Hall of Fame and lives in California.
James Gunn is a science
fiction author and historian, KU professor emeritus of English, and director of
the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. He is a past president of SFWA and
is chair of the Campbell Award jury to select the best science-fiction novel of
the year. Dr. Gunn is on the advisory board of the SF Museum and Hall of Fame
and lives in Lawrence, KS.
is a former comic book artist, a science fiction author, and co-founder of the
Campbell Award. His novel
Make Room! was the basis for the movie
Soylent Green. Mr. Harrison lives in the Republic of Ireland and is here to attend
his induction into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
is author of several fantasy and SF novels and short stories. She teaches
writing and science fiction writing, is a Sturgeon Award juror (and former
winner), and assists at the Science Fiction Writers Workshop. Ms. Johnson lives
in Lawrence, KS.
is a science fiction author as well as a former English teacher, naval officer,
Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer, and motivational trainer. Mr.
McDevitt lives in Georgia and is
"world-class good company" according to Michael Swanwick.
McDevitt is this year's winner of the
John Ordover, former student of James Gunn, now Editor-in-Chief of Phobos
Science Fiction and Fantasy publisher.
Frederik Pohl has been involved in science fiction since the 1930s as a
fan, magazine editor, and author. He is a
SFWA Grand Master, was
inducted into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998, and is a
Sturgeon Award juror. He lives in Illinois. Mr. Pohl, a long-time friend of the
Center, will make this year's keynote address.
is a science and historical fiction author, editor, and literary critic whose
stories and books have been published in several languages. She also serves as a
Campbell Award juror. Ms Sargent lives in New York.
Shirley is the
former manager of the NASA Mars Exploration Program,
and is now the director of the new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in
Seattle. Her autobiography,
describes her journey from small town to NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory and
her teams Mars Rover missions. Dr. Shirley lives in Seattle, WA.
is a Professor of Biology at Kenyon College and author of science fiction novels
and short stories. Dr. Slonczewski lives in Ohio.
Zebrowski has been a science fiction author, critic, editor, and scholar
since 1960. He has written more than 10 novels, edited dozens of science fiction
anthologies, and published countless short stories. He is also a former Campbell
Award winner. Mr. Zebrowski lives in New York.
- This year's Campbell and
Sturgeon Award winners (if they are able to attend).
- And many others.
The Conference typically brings to campus the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards as special guests,
the living inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, as well as
long-time CSSF friends Frederik Pohl and his wife,
Elizabeth Anne Hull, a former president of SFRA and a Campbell juror.
The Kansas Union Oread
Bookstore held an amazing 13-person signing for the attending authors on
Saturday, July 10.
Note that evening lectures, film showings, and so on are included in the cost
of the Conference.