Campbell Conference
and Awards Ceremony:
"Alternating Currents: Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon"
July 7-10, 2011

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2011 Conference
Special Guests for 2011
Schedule of Events
Registration and Costs
Transportation to and from the Airport
Maps of KU and Lawrence
Enrollment Forms
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 will take place on July 7 - 10 in Lawrence, Kansas, where we honor two of SF's greatest contributors who both have long associations with the CSSF. Using the theme of "Alternating Currents: Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon," we will explore how these authors represent the mind and heart of science fiction and how they helped shaped the genre we enjoy today.

The Campbell Conference is the concluding event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction and the Novel Writers Workshop in Science Fiction, and the kick-off event for 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 presentating 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 Jayhawk Ink 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. We plan for 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. Stay tuned for updates!

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 2011

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.

Many more guests for this year's conference will be announced later, but will include:

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.

M.C. Chambers is a science fiction and fantasy author whose first novel, Shapers' Veil, was just released from Hadley Rille Books. Her short works have appeared in a number of publications. Mary is also a flutist and belly dancer and lives in Kansas City.

Dale Cozort writes science fiction and military/political essays. He publishes two on-line newsletters: Dale Cozort's Alternate History Newsletter and SciTech for Writers. He's published a collection of alternate history essays, American Indian Victories; an alternate history novel, Exchange; and is currently working on a sequel to the novel. Dale teaches computer classes at Waubonsee College.

Bradley Denton is the author of a number of short works and collections, plus three novels: Laughin' Boy, Blackburn, and Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. Buddy Holly won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1992, and his two-volume story collection The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians / A Conflagration Artist won the World Fantasy Award in 1995. His novella "Sergeant Chip" won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. In 2011, Brad teaches the second week of the SF Writers Workshop as this year's visiting author.

James Gunn is a science fiction author and historian, KU professor emeritus of English, Founding 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.

Karin Rita Gastreich is an author and teacher whose fantasy novel, Eolyn, was just released this May. Her short works have appeared in a number of publications. Karin is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Avila University in Kansas City.

Tessa Gratton writes speculative YA fiction since she couldn't find any wizards to teach her how to use magic and there isn't a market for dinosaur handlers these days. Her debut novel Blood Magic came out from Random House Children's Books and the companion will be available Spring 2012. You can find her online at or on her short story blog,

Elizabeth Anne Hull is an SF author, editor, politician, past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, and noted scholar in the field. Her most recent project was editing the anthology Gateways, an expression of respect and affection from 17 of Frederik Pohl's peers. Hull is a Professor Emerita of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

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 twice; she is currently a Hugo Award finalist. Kij is Associate Director of the Center and teaches the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop.

Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and science-fiction writer who has published 80 short works and just under 50 poems. His novel Mars Crossing won the Locus Award for best first novel of 2000. His short story collection Impact Parameter (and other quantum realities) appeared from Golden Gryphon. His 1990 story "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" won the Nebula award, and his 1992 his short story "A Walk in the Sun" won the Hugo award (now available on audiotape), and his 2003 story "Falling Onto Mars" also won the Hugo. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and the Portugese translation of "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" won the Brazilian Reader's Poll award for best short story.

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. Larry has once again graciously offered to host one of his regular "Science Fiction Sunday" gatherings at his home for lunch and afternoon discussion on July 10.

Christopher McKitterick is an author, editor, and faculty member at the University of Kansas, where he serves as CSSF Director and teaches technical writing, fiction writing, and science fiction. His short fiction, nonfiction, and essays have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, and his debut novel, Transcendence, was released in 2010.

Ian McDonald is a British author whose novel, Desolation Road, won the Locus Award First Novel award; his novel River of Gods won the British Science Fiction Association Award in 2004; his novel Brasyl won in 2007; and his novel The Dervish House won in 2011. His stand-alone novella Tandeleo's Story won the 2001 Sturgeon Award, and his novelette "The Djinn's Wife" won the 2007 Hugo award. His works have been honored on a number of award finalist lists as well. Mr. McDonald lives in Belfast, Ireland.

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.

Nol 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). Nol plans to participate in the Thursday and Friday night activities (leaving Saturday morning).

Mary A. Turzillo is now a full-time writer after enjoying a career as Professor of English at Kent State University; she has also taught in NASA's Science through Arts. Her novelette "Mars Is No Place for Children" won the Nebula Award, and her novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog. Mary's Pushcart-nominated collection of poetry, Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, appeared from VanZeno Press in 2007. Her book of poetry and art, Dragon Soup (with Marge Simon), appeared in 2008.

Nathaniel Williams was the Center's second Volunteer Coordinator and now serves on the Board of Directors. Before coming to KU for graduate study (where he recently completed his PhD), 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.

Sheila Williams has been the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine since 2004, where her editing has earned five Hugo award nominations and Locus award nominations. She is a prolific editor of anthologies, both fiction and nonfiction, and writes regular essays and editorial pieces. Williams also co-founded the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.

Hopefully: 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

Click the image at right to see the full-size poster for the book signing:

Thursday, July 7

  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Special presentation for Campbell Conference attendees.
    Location: Watson Library (room TBA in your membership packet)

Friday, July 8

  • 1:00pm: "The Secrets of Successful Science Fiction" chat with our attending guest authors during the Workshop.
    : Templin Hall (third-floor 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 7:00pm) that follows the meal; however, you must contact Lydia Ash in advance (by 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 29) 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.

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

Saturday, July 9

  • 9:00am – 11:30am: Round-table discussion.
    : Kansas Room on the 6th Floor of the Kansas Union on the KU campus. Parking is free on Mississippi Street below the Union.

  • 11:30am – 12:45pm: Break for lunch. A light lunch is provided for registered attendees. If you wish to have a formal lunch, click here for a good list of downtown restaurants.
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm: Autograph session with attending authors and editors.
    : Jayhawk Ink Bookstore in the Kansas Union. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 1:30pm 4:30pm: Readings of short work.
    : Jayhawk Ink Bookstore on the 2nd Floor of the Kansas Union. This event is free and open to the public. Scheduled readers TBA.
  • 2:30pm - 5:00pm: Round-table discussion resumes.
    Location: Kansas Room in the Kansas Union.

  • 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

  • On Saturday, Jayhawk Ink Bookstore in the Kansas Union hosts readings of short work by attending authors. This year, we're planning a series of readings TBA soon!

Sunday, July 10

  • 9:00am 11:00am: 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.

  • 11:30am - late afternoon: Larry Martin hosts one of his regular "Science Fiction Sunday" events and has invited all Campbell Conference attendees to gather at his home for lunch and conversation.
    Location: Larry Martin's home (address will be in your membership packet).

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





Campbell Conference

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

Registration cost: $40

Awards Banquet

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

Registration cost*: $25

*Note: Register by July 1 to ensure that
we can accommodate you for dinner.

Campbell Conference

Awards Banquet

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

Registration cost: $65

Free Events

  • Book signing on Saturday
  • Readings on Saturday

(no need to register)

To attend some or all of the Conference activities, please send a check made out to Center for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF will do) to:

CSSF c/o Lydia Ash
English Department
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 3001
Lawrence Kansas 66045-7590

Feel free to drop us an email with any questions.

Housing for the 2011 Campbell Conference

Dorm rooms are no longer available for 2011. If you have not already secured housing, we recommend you see if other attendees are willing to share a room, or else book your hotel now:

Check out Yelp's Lawrence hotel listings for a good list with reviews, or see's complete local hotel information (Lawrence Convention & Visitor's Bureau).

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

Meals are available in a variety of wonderful restaurants, and Lawrence offers at least one fine micro-brewery. Check out or Yelp 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.

2010 Campbell Conference report

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.

2010 Campbell Conference photos

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 7/6/2011

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