Campbell Conference
and Awards Ceremony
July 10-12, 2009

Information Map
2009 Conference
Special Guests for 2009
Schedule of Events
Maps of KU and Lawrence
Enrollment Forms
Reports from Previous Campbell Conferences

Kij Johnson, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and Fred Pohl at the 2008 book signing.
Campbell Conference book signing from 2008
Kij Johnson, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and Frederik Pohl.

In 2009, the Campbell Conference took place on July 10 - 12, 2009 in Lawrence, Kansas. The topic was, "What's Old, What's new: The New Space Opera, the New Hard SF, the New Weird."

In 2008, we met in conjunction with SFRA and offered a special seminar, "Teaching Science Fiction," led by distinguished SF teachers and authors, including keynote speaker James Van Pelt. The Campbell Conference is the concluding event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction, the Novel 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 (except for the special joint event in 2007 with SFRA and the Heinlein Centennial), the Conference provides a setting for the presentation of three science-fiction honors:

The Awards Banquet takes place on Friday evening. Winners of both awards take home lucite trophies and have their names engraved on the permanent trophies that remain on display at the Center's office.

The Kansas Union Oread Bookstore also holds a signing and often hosts readings with the attending authors on the Saturday of the Conference. See the full schedule of events for more information.

Campbell and Sturgeon awards
All the Campbell and Sturgeon Award trophies to 2004; this was the year we sent them to all former winners.

Be sure to register early for savings!

Special Guests for 2009

In addition to area authors and regular guest authors, the Campbell Conference usually brings to Lawrence the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards as special guests. CSSF Director James Gunn is our permanent special guest. Check back for updates about guests and events!

Note: This is a preliminary list that will grow and could change as planning progresses. Guests expected for the 2009 Campbell Conference will include the following luminaries:

Keep your eye out for papers, talks, and readings by and about these special guests! We will continue to update the guest list until shortly before the Conference begins.

Campbell Award winners and Hall of Fame inductees
Special Guests from 2004
George Zebrowski (Campbell Award 1999 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 Harry Harrison. Aldiss and Harrison created the Campbell Award in 1972. Photo courtesy Karen Gunn.

Schedule of Events

Please note that this schedule might grow and change as we firm up plans. Updated Thursday, July 9, 11:30am.

Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award were given jointly during the 2007 Heinlein Centennial Gala
Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award together in 2007
Photo courtesy Keith Stokes


  • 1:00pm: "The Secrets of Successful Science Fiction" with our attending guest authors.
    : Templin Hall 5th Floor dorm lobby (Workshop meeting space) on the KU campus. Though this is of special interest to our Workshop attendees, all Campbell Conference registrants are welcome to join.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Awards Ceremony and Banquet for the John Campbell Award for best SF novel of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short SF of the year. The Banquet costs extra, but all Conference attendees are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony (starts at about 7:50pm) that follows the meal; however, you must contact Lydia Ash in advance (by 4:00pm on Wednesday, July 8) so we can arrange for seating.
    : Events Room in Mrs. E's (aka Ekdahl Dining Commons), adjacent to Lewis Hall on the KU campus. Parking is free in the dorm lots.
  • Evening: Reception immediately following Awards Ceremony.
    Location: Templin Hall 5th Floor dorm lobby.


  • 9:00am – 11:30am: Round-table discussion.
    : Kansas Room on the 7th Floor of the Kansas Union on the KU campus. Parking is free in the adjacent garage from Friday 5:00pm until Monday 7:00am.
  • 11:30am – 12:45pm: Break for lunch. Click here for a good list of downtown restaurants.
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm: Autograph session.
    : Oread Books in the Kansas Union.

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Cory Doctorow will announce a new publishing project, and he, James Alan Gardner, and Ian MacLeod will discuss the future of the publishing industry.
    Location: Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.
  • 8:00pm: Informal reception after a break for dinner.
    Location: Templin Hall 5th Floor dorm lobby.


  • 9:30am – noon (or later): Meet our special guests in an informal gathering. Paul Carter will read from a paper entitled "The Absurdity of Nature."
    Location: Events Room in Mrs. E's (aka Ekdahl Dining Commons), adjacent to Lewis Hall on the KU campus. Parking is free in the dorm lots.
    Note: Come to the north side of the building and enter the room through the patio doors.

Campbell Conference round-table discussion group from 2007 at the Heinlein Centennial Gala
Campbell Conference round-table discussion, 2007
Photo courtesy Keith Stokes




After June 29

Campbell Conference

  • Thursday events
  • Friday events
  • Awards ceremony on Friday.
    Note: You must let us know that you will
    attend, or we cannot provide seating
  • Book signing on Saturday
  • Readings on Saturday
  • Sunday morning gathering with guests

Registration cost: $40

Awards Banquet

  • Meal during Friday evening Awards Ceremony
  • Soft drinks and iced tea

Registration cost*: $25

*Note: We cannot take more dinner reservations.
To attend the Awards Ceremony (but not dinner),
contact Lydia Ash by 4:00pm, Wednesday, July 8.

Campbell Conference

Awards Banquet

  • All above events
  • Meal during Friday evening Awards Ceremony
  • Soft drinks and iced tea

Registration cost: $65

Housing for the 2009 Campbell Conference

Our official dorm housing is Templin Hall, a renovated residence located at the top of the hill. Most rooms in these dorms have a private bathroom as well as a sink and counter space for a microwave or other small kitchen equipment. Dormitory rooms are available to out-of-town attendees at the rate of approximately $38 or $76 ($38 for a double, $76 for a single room); if you want the double rate, you will need to work out a roommate in advance, because the Center is charged per room, not per occupant. If you wish to stay longer (we have Sunday activities!) or arrive earlier (to participate on Thursday-night activities), please let us know in advance; this will add $19 per night double, $38 per night single to the total.

Participants must make reservations before July 1 - by early June if at all possible - in order to secure a room through KU Housing. Please pay for your room in advance and make this check payable to CSSF (you may combine checks for CSSF).

See this map of the University of Kansas to find your way to the dorm:

Check out for local hotel information.

Meals are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants, and Lawrence offers at least one fine micro-brewery. Check out for a list of just a few of the local eating establishments.

Campbell Award winners and James Gunn at 2007 Heinlein Centennial Gala
Campbell and Sturgeon winners from 2007
James Gunn, Campbell Award winner Ben Bova, and Sturgeon Award winner Robert Charles Wilson.
Photo courtesy Keith Stokes.


Here's a cropped map of the University of Kansas (click the image to see it in full-screen size):
 click for larger map

Here's a map showing where KU is located in Eastern Kansas:

University of Kansas map (in .pdf format):

Kansas Union map (in .pdf format):

Lawrence map (a bus-route map, but very useful, in .pdf format): 

Google Maps (just input where you wish to go and it will provide the maps).

Lawrence in the Summer

For anyone who hasn't visited, Lawrence is wonderful, a lively small city in the Kaw River valley, filled with art, events and activities. The location of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is situated about 40 miles from Kansas City and 20 miles from Topeka. Summers can be hot, but classrooms and housing are air-conditioned.

Among its many amenities, the University of Kansas has a large science-fiction collection and good reference collections; museums of natural history and art; and sports, theater, and concerts. Lawrence has excellent restaurants and shopping and recreational opportunities. Kansas City is less than an hour away.

The nearest major airport is Kansas City International, about 55 miles from Lawrence. Transportation to Lawrence from Kansas City International can be arranged through one of several airport shuttle services. By car, Lawrence is at the intersection of U.S. 59 and I-70 (Kansas Turnpike). The west interchange is closer to the campus. Lawrence can also be reached by Kansas Highway 10.

Find out all about Lawrence - its history, stores, museums, observatories, and SFnal activities - here.

Contact us for any logistical help you might need in getting settled for your stay.

Reports About Past Conferences

Click the links below to see reports about previous Campbell Conferences.

2008 Campbell Conference report

2007 Campbell Conference report

2006 Campbell Conference report

2005 Campbell Conference report

2004 Campbell Conference report

2003 Campbell Conference report

2002 Campbell Conference report

poster for the 2008 book signing event
2008 Campbell Conference reading & signing poster

Photos from Past Conferences

Click the links below to see Keith Stokes' MidAmerican Fan photo-archives of previous years' activities.

2007 Campbell Conference photos

2006 Campbell Conference photos

2006 Campbell Conference photos (by Tracy Majkol)

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

Giselle Anatol and other SFRA speakers at the 2008 Campbell Conference
Giselle Anatol and other SFRA speakers at the 2008 Campbell Conference.

updated 7/10/2009

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