2007 Conference Planning Begins!
George Zebrowski's Keynote Address
Photos and Reports from 2006
Special Guests from 2006
Schedule of Events for 2006
Reports from Previous Campbell Conferences
Special Guests from 2004
George Zebrowski (Campbell Award
winner and Sturgeon Award juror), Frederik Pohl (the only two-time
Campbell winner, 1978 and 1985), Gregory Benford (Campbell 1981), Jack McDevitt (Campbell
2004), Brian Aldiss (1983 Campbell winner, SF&F Hall of Fame inductee,
and First Fandom Hall of Fame inductee), and Hall of Fame inductee
Aldiss and Harrison created the Campbell Award in 1972. Photo courtesy Karen Gunn.
Click here to read George Zebrowski's 2006 Campbell
Conference keynote address.
Click here to read Richard Curtis' essay, "P & L," supporting Zebrowski's talk.
Click here to read Richard Curtis' essay, "Royalty Statements," also supporting Zebrowski's talk.
The topic for 2006 was, "The state of the SF novel," with a keynote address on the
subject by Lou Anders and George Zebrowski.
Here are some photos and reports from this year's activities:
Tracy Majkol Campbell Conference 2006 Photos
Keith Stokes Campbell Conference 2006 Photos
Lou Anders' Blog
Award Annals Story on 2006 Campbell Winners
CBC News Story
Lawrence Journal-World News Story
Robert J. Sawyer's
SFWA News Story
UPI News Story
The Conference usually brings to campus the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon
Awards as special guests. CSSF Director
James Gunn is our permanent special guest, and CSSF
Associate Director and SF author Christopher McKitterick has
participated since 1992.
Guests expected for the 2006 Campbell Conference:
Thursday, July 6, 7:30 pm, Alderson Auditorium, KU Memorial Union
- Lou Anders is the editorial director of
Pyr Books, and has edited a number of
other publications. Mr. Anders is also a prolific author, with more than 500
publications to his name.
- Paolo Bacigalupi started publishing SF in 1999 and writes and edits for
High Country News.
Robin Wayne Bailey fantasy and science fiction author who is a recent president of SFWA.
Mr. Bailey was a key player in the
1996 creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame, and is on the
advisory board of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in
Seattle. Robin Wayne Bailey lives in Kansas City, MO.
Denton, a KU alum, has
been nominated for every major award in the genre. His work won the
Campbell Award in 1992,
the Prix .38 Calibre in 1993, and the World Fantasy Award in 1995, and was
nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.
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 an author of several fantasy and SF novels and short stories. She is an editor
for Real Networks, teaches
writing and science fiction writing, is a Sturgeon Award juror (and
winner), and often teaches the Science Fiction
Novel Workshop. Ms. Johnson lives
in Seattle, WA.
John Ordover, a former student of James Gunn, is now
Phobos Books. He has
been an editor for Tor Books and was managing editor of the Star Trek book
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.
- Robert J. Sawyer
is a writer, teacher, and speaker. He
has won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award as well as a number of
other awards, and is a two-time finalist for the Campbell Award. Mr. Sawyer lives in Canada near Toronto with his wife,
poet Carolyn Clink.
Zebrowski has been a science fiction author, critic, editor, and scholar
since 1960. He has written more than 12 novels, edited dozens of science fiction
anthologies, and published countless short stories. He won the 1999
Campbell Award and currently serves as a Sturgeon Award
juror. Mr. Zebrowski lives in New York.
- This year's Campbell and Sturgeon Award winners: Sawyer and Bacigalupi.
Lou Anders and
Zebrowski keynote presentations on the state of the science-fiction novel.
Friday, July 7, 1:00
- 4:00 pm, First Floor Lobby of Ellsworth Hall
"The Secrets of Successful Science
Fiction" with our special guests.
Friday, July 7, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Kansas Room, KU Memorial Union
Awards banquet for John Campbell Award
for best SF novel
of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short
of the year.
Informal off-campus reception to follow.
Saturday, July 8, 9:00 am, Malott Room, KU Memorial Union
Round-table Campbell Conference discussion.
Saturday Lunch, Malott Room, KU Memorial Union
Registered Conference attendees receive an
informal, complimentary lunch.
Saturday, July 8, 12:45 pm, Oread Bookstore, KU Memorial Union
Mass signing by special guests.
Saturday, July 8, 1:30 pm, 100 Smith Hall
presents about the current state of the science-fiction novel.
Saturday, July 8, 2:00 - 6:00, 100 Smith Hall
Interviews and talks with our special guests.
Saturday, July 8, 8:30 pm
Informal off-campus reception.
Sunday, July 9, 9:00 am, First Floor Lobby of Ellsworth Hall
Meet the award winners and other
The Campbell Conference is the concluding
event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction and the beginning of the
Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction.
Held regularly at the University of Kansas
since 1973, the Conference provides a setting for the presentation of three science-fiction honors:
Beginning in 2004, winners of both awards receive trophies. Starting in 2005, the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductions moved to the
Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction
continues to sponsor the Conference and Awards ceremony, which take place at the University of
Kansas, and we may resume involvement with the Hall of Fame in other ways; stay
tuned for news.
The Kansas Union Oread
Bookstore also usually holds a signing for the attending authors on the Saturday
of the Conference. See the full schedule of events for more information. We hope
to for all Conference attendees to be
able to pick up a copy of the Sturgeon Award-winning short story at the
Bookstore during the signing - just present your badge.
Click the links below to see reports about previous Campbell Conferences.
2005 Campbell Conference report
2004 Campbell Conference report
2003 Campbell Conference report
2002 Campbell Conference report
Photos from Past Conferences
Click the links below to see Keith Stokes' MidAmerican Fan photo-archives of
previous years' activities.
2006 Campbell Conference photos
2005 Campbell Conference photos
2004 Campbell Conference photos
2003 Campbell Conference photos
2002 Campbell Conference photos
2001 Campbell Conference photos
2000 Campbell Conference photos
1998 Campbell Conference photos
1997 Campbell Conference photos
1996 Campbell Conference photos