Joan Slonczewski and James Gunn at the 2012 Awards Banquet
Photo byKeith Stokes.
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:
This year, activities began on Thursday evening. Friday
afternoon saw the annual writing talk with our guest authors and editors, and the Awards Banquet
took place on Friday evening. Winners of both awards took home
Lucite trophies and have their
names engraved on the permanent trophies
that remain on display at the Center's office.
The Kansas Union
Bookstore also hosts a signing with the attending authors
on the Saturday of the Conference, also held in
The Oread hotel. See the
schedule of events for more details.
We usually plan for Conference attendees to be able to get a copy of the Sturgeon Award-winning short story
and to be able to purchase the Campbell Award-winning novel at the
Stay tuned for updates!
Campbell Conference book signing from 2008
Kij Johnson, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and Frederik Pohl.
Special Guests for 2012
In addition to area authors and regular guest authors, the Campbell Conference usually brings to Lawrence the winners of the
Campbell Award and Sturgeon
Award as special guests, as well as others. CSSF Director
James Gunn is our permanent special guest.
More of this
year's guests will be announced as plans firm.
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
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 writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers' Veil,
was published by Hadley Rille
Books. Her short work includes "Silk and Velvet" in the anthology
Renaissance Festival Tales and an award-winning science fiction story,
"Visual Silence," in the anthology Return to Luna.
She has been a member of the Noble Fusion writers group since 1998. She is also a flute player, a mother of five, and a variable print programmer.
Tina Connolly is a native Lawrencian and KU grad who now lives in
Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons,
Fantasy, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology Unplugged: Year's
Best Online SF. Her debut fantasy novel Ironskin is forthcoming from
Tor Books in October 2012, with a sequel in 2013. She frequently
narrates for Podcastle and Pseudopod, runs the flash podcast Toasted
Cake, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.
story "The Pottawatomie Giant"
won the World Fantasy Award in 2001, as did
his collection Beluthahatchie and Other Stories
in the same year. His novella "The Chief Designer" won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2002. His short-story
The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories, is currently available
from PS Publishing. Duncan taught Clarion in 2004 and Clarion West in 2005
was a full-time journalist for 12 years. He is Assistant Professor of English at Frostburg State
University, and an instructor in the
Honors College of the University of Alabama. Andy is this year's
visiting author for the second week of the Science Fiction Writers Workshop.
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, Founding
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
(where she now serves as juror), World Fantasy Award, Nebula Award
three times, and IAFA Award; she is currently a Hugo Award finalist. Kij is Associate Director of the Center, teaches the
& Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop, and was recently hired by the
University of Kansas English Department as Assistant Professor of
Vylar Kaftan writes speculative fiction of all genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream. Shes published stories in places such as Clarkesworld, Realms of Fantasy, and Strange Horizons, and founded a new literary-themed convention called FOGcon. She lives with her husband Shannon in northern California and blogs at
www.vylarkaftan.net. Her story Im Alive, I Love You, Ill See You in Reno was nominated for a Nebula Award.
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 an informal afternoon discussion on the last day of the Campbell
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. Chris teaches the Science Fiction Writers Workshop.
Eric T. Reynolds
is the publisher/editor of
Hadley Rille Books
and writes about science, space, and archaeology. Eric is a member of
Universe and a graduate of the Science Fiction Writers Workshop.
is a Professor of Biology at Kenyon College and author of many science fiction novels
and short stories. Her novel, A Door into
Ocean, won the Campbell Award in 1986, and her current novel, The Highest Frontier,
has won this year's Campbell - only the second time in Award history
that an author has won twice (after Frederik Pohl). Dr. Slonczewski lives in Ohio.
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.
She will accept this year's Sturgeon Award
for best short SF on behalf of Paul McAuley.
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
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.
Schedule of Events
Though we might hold related events as early as Thursday this year, the Conference
really kicks off with an informal discussion about SF and writing on
Friday afternoon as part of the Writing Workshops (all attendees are invited to
join). After a break, we hold the Awards Banquet on Friday evening.
Saturday morning is devoted to a round-table discussion on our theme, followed by a
book-signing event, afternoon readings and presentations, and an evening
reception. Sunday events include a morning discussion with the
and Sturgeon Award winners, plus an informal get-together
hosted by our local paleontologist, Larry Martin, in the
Friday, July 6
- 1:00pm: "The Secrets of Successful Science Fiction" chat with our
attending guest authors during the Workshop.
Location: Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
1st Floor Lobby (1301 Ohio St -
link here) near 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. You must contact Lydia Ash in advance so we can arrange for seating.
Location: TBA in
The Oread hotel.
Valet parking in
The Oread's garage; parking is free on the hill as marked.
- Evening: Reception immediately following Awards Ceremony.
Location: TBA at Awards Ceremony.
Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award together in 2007
Saturday, July 7
- 9:00am – noon: Round-table discussion.
Location: TBA in
The Oread hotel near the KU campus.
This year's topic: "Communication and Information." Valet parking in
The Oread's garage; parking is free
on the hill as marked.
- Noon – 12:45pm: Break for lunch.
The Oread contains several eating establishments. If you wish to
dine downtown, click here
for a good list of Lawrence restaurants.
- 12:45pm – 1:30pm: Autograph session with attending
authors and editors.
The Oread Lobby; you can purchase books in the adjacent bookstore.
This event is free and open to the public.
- 1:45pm – 4:30pm: Curated readings by Kij Johnson: classic short fiction by attending authors and
nonfiction by scholars from the new
James Gunn Ad Astra journal.
Location: TBA in
The Oread hotel. Scheduled readers TBA.
- 7:00pm: Informal reception begins after a break for dinner.
Location: Check your packet.
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of the signing poster, courtesy
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Sunday, July 8
- 9:00am – 11:00am: "Meet the authors and editors" informal talk with our attending guests and
award-winning authors. Some pastries and beverages provided.
Location: TBA in
The Oread hotel.
- Noon - 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 to continue the conversation.
Location: Larry Martin's home
(address in your membership packet).
Campbell Conference round-table discussion, 2007
Housing for the 2012 Campbell Conference
Our official housing for 2012 is in the lovely new
Oread Hotel, where all
this year's activities will take place, as well. It is only one block north of
our usual Saturday space in the Kansas Union. Contact them directly to reserve a
room, and be sure to mention the CSSF Campbell Conference for a special event
discount rate. Information:
To reserve a room within our discounted room-block, call the hotel's
(785)843-1200 or toll-free at (877)263-6347.
Reservations are open Monday - Friday, 8:30am-6:00pm (Central time); Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm; and Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm. Please refer to the
Here's a cropped map of the University of Kansas (click the image to see it
in full-screen size):
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 excellent reference collections, including the
newly acquired Sturgeon papers; 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
Reports About Past Conferences
Click the links below to see reports about previous Campbell Conferences.
Photos from Past Conferences
Click the links below to see Keith Stokes'
MidAmerican Fan photo-archives of
previous years' activities.