Campbell Conference
and Awards Ceremony:
Theodore Sturgeon and the Science-Fiction Short Story
July 16-18, 2010

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2010 Conference
Special Guests for 2010
Schedule of Events
Reports from Previous Campbell Conferences

Award winners at the 2009 Campbell Conference Awards Banquet
Cory Doctorow, Ian MacLeod, James Alan Gardner (James Gunn in background). Photo by Keith Stokes.

This year's Campbell Conference took place on July 16 - 18 in Lawrence, Kansas. The topic was "Theodore Sturgeon and the Science-Fiction Short Story." Stay tuned for more reports.

2009's topic was, "What's Old, What's new: The New Space Opera, the New Hard SF, the New Weird." 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 Conference book signing from 2008
Kij Johnson, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and Frederik Pohl.

Be sure to register early for savings!

Special Guests for 2010

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.

Guests of this year's Campbell Conference included:

Z.S. Adani (Sophy) was born in Budapest, where she grew up on salami and fairy tales. She came to America in the mid-70s. While raising two daughters, she started writing fiction. Books such as Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ben Bova's The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells, and James Gunn's The Science of Science-Fiction Writing proved invaluable. Sophy lives and writes in Florida. She's a member of the Carpe Libris Writers Group and Broad Universe, and a graduate of Gunn's Science Fiction Writers Workshop.

Paolo Bacigalupis writing has appeared in High Country News,, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Asimovs Science Fiction Magazine. His work has been anthologized in various "Years Best" collections, nominated for three Nebula and five Hugo Awards, and won the 2006 Sturgeon Award. His debut novel, The Windup Girl (2009), is nominated for the Hugo Award and won the Nebula Award.

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of many novels and short works, including "The Children's Crusade," a 2007 Nebula nominee. He's edited two notable collections, including Architects of Dreams: The SFWA Author Emeritus Anthology. Mr. Bailey is a past president of SFWA and was a key player in the 1996 creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.

UPDATE: Due to a family health emergency, Robin was not able to attend this year.

Sheila Finch is the author of seven science fiction novels and numerous short stories that have appeared in Amazing, Asimovs, Fantasy Book, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and many anthologies. Sheila taught creative writing at El Camino College for thirty years and at workshops around California. She also writes non-fiction about teaching creative writing and science fiction, including a series on the SFWA website. Her work has won several awards, including the Nebula Award for Best Novella, the San Diego Book Award for Juvenile Fiction, and the Compton-Crook Award for Best First Novel.

James Gunn is a science fiction author and historian, KU professor emeritus of English, director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and SFWA Grand Master. 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 Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Kij Johnson is a freelance author whose fantasy and SF novels and short stories have been nominated for all the major awards, and her stories have won the Sturgeon Award (where she now serves as juror), World Fantasy award, and Nebula award. Kij teaches the Center's Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop.

Larry Martin is Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. He was a discoverer of the American Cheetah, Miracinonyx; the sabertoothed cats, Barbourofelis and Xenosmilus; the earliest beaked bird, Confusciusornis; and is a leading authority on saber-toothed carnivores, fossil rodents, birds from the age of dinosaurs, and the fossil history of disease.

Christopher McKitterick is an author, editor, and instructor at the University of Kansas, where he serves as CSSF Associate Director and teaches technical writing, fiction writing, and science fiction. His first novel, Transcendence, comes out in 2010.

James Morrow's novels have won the World Fantasy Award (Only Begotten Daughter, 1991; and Towing Jehovah, 1995). His novels, This Is the Way the World Ends (1986), Only Begotten Daughter (1991), The Last Witchfinder (2006), and The Philosopher's Apprentice, (2008) were all finalists for the Campbell Award. Two of his short works, "The Deluge" and "City of Truth," won the Nebula Award.

Eric T. Reynolds is the publisher/editor of Hadley Rille Books and writes about science, space, and archaeology. Eric is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe and a graduate of the Science Fiction Writers Workshop.

Lane Robins was born in Miami, Florida, the daughter of two scientists, and grew up as the first human member of their menagerie. When it came time for a career, it was a hard choice between veterinarian and writer. It turned out to be far more fun to write about blood than to work with it. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College, and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with an ever-fluctuating number of dogs and cats. She is the author of Maledicte, Kings & Assassins, and under the name Lyn Benedict, the Shadows Inquiries series.

Noël Sturgeon is the Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust and the fourth daughter of his seven children. With Paul Williams, she put together the 13-volume Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon. She is a Professor of Womens Studies at Washington State University, and the author of many articles and two books: Ecofeminist Natures: Race, Gender, Feminist Theory and Political Action (1997) and Environmentalism and Popular Culture: Gender, Race, Sexuality and the Politics of the Natural (2009).

Nathaniel Williams was the Center's second Volunteer Coordinator and now serves on the Board of Directors. Before coming to KU for graduate study, Williams worked as a tech writer by day and musician by night, serving as the singer/songwriter for a roots rock band. He's also authored a number of speculative fiction short stories, most of which incorporate his love of music and American history.

This year's Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners.

More guests TBA!

Keep your eye out for 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

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

Friday, July 16

  • 1:00pm: "The Secrets of Successful Science Fiction" chat with our attending guest authors during the Workshop.
    : 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.
  • 6:00pm - 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 7) 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: TBA at Awards Ceremony.

Saturday, July 17

  • 9:00am – 11:30am: Round-table discussion.
    : Kansas Room on the 6th Floor of the Kansas Union on the KU campus. Parking is free in the adjacent garage from Friday 5:00pm until Monday 7:00am.
  • 10:15am – 12:30pm: Readings of Theodore Sturgeon short work.
    : Oread Books on the 2nd Floor of the Kansas Union. This event is free and open to the public. Scheduled readers:

  • 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. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm: Round-table discussion resumes.
    Location: Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.
  • 1:30pm 4:30pm: Readings of Theodore Sturgeon short work resumes.
    : Oread Books on the 2nd Floor of the Kansas Union. This event is free and open to the public. Scheduled readers:
  • 8:00pm: Informal reception after a break for dinner.
    Location: Check your packet.


Karen Joy Fowler reading at the 2008 Campbell Conference.
Karen Joy Fowler reading at the 2008 Campbell Conference

  • All day on Saturday, Oread Books in the Kansas Union will host readings of short work by Theodore Sturgeon, presented by this year's attending authors. Noël Sturgeon organized this year's readings - thanks, Noel!

Sunday, July 18

  • 9:00am noon: Continuation of Saturday's discussions, plus "meet the authors" informal talk with our attending guests and award-winning authors. Some pastries and beverages provided.
    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.

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

Reports About Past Conferences

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

2009 Campbell Conference report

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.

2009 Campbell Conference photos

2008 Campbell Conference photos (by Ed Carmien)

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 12/30/2010

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