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Special Guests for 2015
Schedule of Events
Airport Transportation
Maps of KU and Lawrence
Reports from Prior Conferences

         Updated June 14, 2015 (re: Sunday morning move)

Thanks to everyone who attended last year - we had a great time! And congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards. Ad Astra!

This year's Campbell Conference took place on June 11-14 in Lawrence, Kansas. We return to the University of Kansas Student Union for most of our activities, including a mass signing by the attending authors and editors.

Using the theme of "From the Fringes to the Classroom: What's Next in SF Education?" we discussed the current state and future of science-fiction education, particularly degree-granting programs in SF. We also celebrated the winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short SF.

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

The Campbell Conference is the central feature of the summer SF program: It concludes the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction and the Novel Writers Workshop in Science Fiction, and kicks off the Intensive Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction.

Held annually at the University of Kansas since 1978 (except for the special joint event in 2007 with SFRA and the Heinlein Centennial), the Conference provides a setting for presenting these science-fiction honors:

The Conference unofficially begins on either Thursday evening with a guest talk, or Friday afternoon (see this year's schedule) with an informal discussion about the profession of SF writing as the concluding event of the Writing Workshops. After a break, we gather for the Awards Ceremony and Banquet on Friday evening, followed by a reception to congratulate the winners. Saturday morning is devoted to a discussion (often round-table) centered on our theme. The afternoon often offers more discussion, readings, presentations, or other events, a group book-signing event, and is followed by an evening reception to gather and talk more intimately about what was said (or left unsaid) in the large groups. Sunday events open with a morning discussion between the Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners and the other special guests, and then we wrap up with an informal afternoon get-together. In prior years, Ruth Lichtwardt and KaCSFFS have graciously hosted the event, and KU Paleontologist Larry Martin's family have continued his regular "Science Fiction Sunday" gatherings at their gorgeous home.

We invite winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon awards (and often their editors) to the event. These Guests of Honor take home trophies, and their names are also engraved on the permanent trophies that remain on display at the Center's office.

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

Registration news: New student and local SF club rates this year. Register early for savings!

Special Guests for 2015

In addition to area authors and other guest authors and editors, the Campbell Conference usually brings to Lawrence the winners of the Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award as Guests of Honor. CSSF Founding Director James Gunn is our permanent Special Guest of Honor.

During the autograph session on Saturday, the bookstore will have available many works from these fine folks for you to purchase and get signed. This year's guests will continue to be announced as plans firm, but here's who has affirmed participation so far:

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of many novels and short works, including "The Children's Crusade," a 2007 Nebula nominee. Bailey has edited two notable collections, including Architects of Dreams: The SFWA Author Emeritus Anthology, and is currently editing several new anthologies. Mr. Bailey is a past president of SFWA and was a key player in the creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame. See his Wikipedia page for a full bibliography.

Sheldon Brown is the Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. He holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Digital Media and Learning at UCSD, is a professor of Visual Arts, Site Director of the NSF Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR), Co-PI and Artist-in-Residence of Calit2, and former director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). Brown's work combines computer science research with vanguard cultural production. The outcomes of his work are exhibited in art and science museums, technology conferences and public art commissions around the world. Brown has shown his work at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, Ars Electronica in Linz Austria, The Kitchen in NYC, Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw, Centro Nacional in Mexico City, Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and others. He has also been featured at leading edge techno-culture conferences such as Supercomputing, SIGGRAPH, TedX GDC and other conferences of leading edge techno-culture. He has been commissioned for public artworks in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Mexico City, and has received grants from the NSF, AT&T New Experiments in Art and Technology, the NEA, IBM, Intel, Sun Microsystems, SEGA SAMMY, Sony, Vicon and others.

Brown presents on Saturday, June 13.

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. She is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, and many more. She is a Parsec-winning podcaster whose narrations have appeared in Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams' The End is Nigh series, and more. Find her at

Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He also serves as a coordinator for Future Tense, ASU's partnership with Slate magazine and the New America Foundation that explores emerging technologies and their transformative effects on public policy, society, and culture. His writing has appeared in Slate, Men and Masculinities, and Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. He earned his master's degree in Gender Studies from ASU in 2011.

Eschrich presents on Saturday, June 13: "Designing Research-Based Narratives in the Classroom and Beyond."

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. An ecologist by trade, her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. Karin's fantasy novels Eolyn and High Maga are available from Hadley Rille Books. Her third novel, Daughter of Aithne, is scheduled for release in 2016. Karin's short stories have appeared in Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and World Jumping. She works as an Associate Professor of Biology at Avila University and is a recipient of the Andrews Forest Writers Residency. She coordinates the blog Heroines of Fantasy, dedicated to the discussion of women in genre fiction. Follow Karin�s adventures into fantastic worlds, both real and imagined, at her website.

Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin's Story, 7th Sigma, Impulse, and Exo, as well as stories published in Analog, Asimov's, and Amazing, and elsewhere. He received the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction, and has been a Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and Compton Crook finalist, but his favorite distinction was being on the American Library Association's list of Top 100 Banned Books 1990-1999 for Jumper, made into the 2008 feature film. In 2013 he was hired to help develop the movie sequels to James Cameron's Avatar, as well as write four novels based on the films. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (M.J. Locke) and their two daughters, two dogs, and three chickens. He has practiced aikido and Japanese sword for the last two decades, and currently serves as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Gould presents on Thursday evening, June 11, at The Raven, and is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

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, its sequel The Blood Keeper, and The Lost Sun: United States of Asgard all came out from Random House Children's Books. You can find her online at or on her short story blog,

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 both SFRA and SFWA, and chairs the Campbell Award jury to select the best science-fiction novel of the year. Dr. Gunn served on the advisory board of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame for a number of years. See his page on this website for his bibliography and a fuller bio.

Gunn speaks on Saturday, June 13, and is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, has lived in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana, and for the past 35 years in Canada. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside, and is part of their Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author of six novels, Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon's Arms, The Chaos, and Sister Mine; a short story collection, Skin Folk; and a chapbook, Report From Planet Midnight. She is the editor of fiction anthologies Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, and Mojo: Conjure Stories. She is the co-editor of fiction anthologies So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction (with Uppinder Mehan) and Tesseracts Nine (with Geoff Ryman). Hopkinson's work has received Honourable Mention in Cuba's "Casa de las Americas" literary prize. She is a recipient of the Warner Aspect First Novel Award, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for emerging writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Locus Award for Best New Writer, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic (twice), the Aurora Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the Norton Award. Tachyon Publications releases her new short story collection, Falling in Love With Hominids, in 2015.

Hopkinson presents on Saturday, June 13, and is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

UPDATE: Betty had to cancel due to illness. Elizabeth Anne Hull is an SF author, editor, politician, past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, and noted scholar in the field who has long served on the Campbell Memorial Award jury. Her most recent project was editing the anthology Gateways, an expression of respect and affection from 17 of Frederik Pohl's peers. Hull is Professor Emerita of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. 

Matthew Jacobson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches film and media production. Matt is also a cinematographer, producer, and director, with over 40 feature film and video credits to his name. As Director of Photography, Matt has taken three feature films to the Sundance Film Festival - a rare achievement for a filmmaker, especially one who teaches full-time. Matt's latest projects are two new feature films with creative partner and fellow KU professor Kevin Willmott: the SF satires Destination: Planet Negro! (screened at the 2013 Conference) and CSA: The Confederate States Of America (screened at the 2014 Conference); and Jayhawkers, about legendary coach Forrest C. "Phog" Allen and his most famous KU recruit, Wilt Chamberlain.

Kij Johnson's fantasy and SF novels and short stories have won the Sturgeon Award (which she now serves as juror), World Fantasy Award (which she also serves as juror), Nebula Award (three times), IAFA Crawford Award, and Hugo Award. Kij is Associate Director of the Center, teaches the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop as well as a number of other regular-semester writing and fantasy-related courses at KU, where she is Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in the University of Kansas English Department.

Johnson presents on Saturday, June 13, and is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

John Kessel is the author of the novels Good News from Outer Space (which placed for the 1990 John W. Campbell Memorial Award), and Corrupting Dr. Nice, and, in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting In Infinity (a New York Times Notable Book), The Pure Product, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence. Kessel's stories have twice received the Nebula Award, in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Poll, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His play "Faustfeathers" won the Paul Green Playwright's Prize, and his story "A Clean Escape" was dramatized as the first episode of the ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. In 2009 his story "Pride and Prometheus" received both the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. With Jim Kelly, he has edited five anthologies of stories re-visioning contemporary short SF, most recently Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, as well as Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, The Secret History of Science Fiction, and Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology.

Kessel speaks on Saturday, June 13, and is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

Rob Maslen convenes the new Masters in Fantasy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He has taught an undergraduate course in Fantasy since 2007, and has been Visiting Professor at the University of St Thomas, MN; Dartmouth College, NH; and Lund, Sweden. He has published widely on fantasy as well as on Renaissance literature, and edited two volumes of Mervyn Peake's poetry for Carcanet Press. He is a Fellow of the English Association.

Maslen speaks on Saturday.

Christopher McKitterick is an author, editor, and faculty at the University of Kansas, where he teaches fiction writing, creative writing, and science fiction; he is the Center's Director, and serves on the Campbell Memorial Award jury. His short fiction, nonfiction, and essays have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, and his debut novel, Transcendence, was published by Hadley Rille Books. Chris teaches the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop and Intensive Institute on the Study of SF, as well as a number of other regular-semester writing and SF courses.

Laura J. Mixon is an SF novelist and Hugo nominee. Her popular SF intrigue Up Against It (writing as M.J. Locke) came out from Tor Books in 2011. Author of six novels and assorted shorter works, including the highly acclaimed cyberpunk trilogy AVATARS DANCE (Glass Houses, Proxies, and Burning the Ice), she is now hard at work on her seventh novel, a near-future SF about the space race to Mars, and two young people who get caught up in the geo-political gears between two superpowers. Laura blogs about SFF fandom, prodom, and other community matters at She has been nominated for the 2015 Hugo award for her fan writing. Laura also has a long-standing career as an environmental engineer, sustainability expert, and information management specialist. She has collaborated with world-renowned game designer Chris Crawford on Storytronics, a transformative software for crafting interactive storyworlds, with whom she co-founded Storytron, a technology startup.

Mixon is part of the Friday afternoon "Secrets of Successful SF" panel.

Michael Page teaches science fiction and other English courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mike recently edited the story collection, The Man with the Strange Head, by Miles J. Breuer, an early science fiction pioneer. His critical study The Literary Imagination from Erasmus Darwin to H.G. Wells: Science, Evolution, and Ecology, explores the intersections between literature and science in the nineteenth century. His latest essay on Golden Age science fiction and ecology appears in Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, edited by Gerry Canavan and Kim Stanley Robinson. He is currently completing a book on Frederik Pohl for the Modern Masters of Science Fiction series from the University of Illinois Press.

Natalie C. Parker grew up in a Navy family where having adventures was as common as reading fairy tales. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Women's Studies and in spite of these things ended up in the employ of social scientists studying climate change. Her debut novel, Beware the Wild, was published by HarperTeen, and her second novel, Behold the Bones, will follow in early 2016. Natalie also runs Madcap Retreats, which offers a yearly calendar of writing retreats and workshops, as well as retreat building services. You can find more about her on her website.

Eric T. Reynolds is the publisher and 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 Speculative 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. She attended the Odyssey workshop, the Center for the Study of Science Fiction novel and short story workshops, and received a BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College. She is the author of Maledicte and Kings & Assassins. Under the name Lyn Benedict, she writes the urban fantasy series beginning with Sins & Shadows. In 2015, her (still untitled) romantic mystery will be published by Blind Eye Books. Her short fiction has been published recently in Strange Horizons, Penumbra, and is forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine. Robins currently resides in Lawrence, KS, but lives in worlds full of cannibal fairies, modern knights, and little girls who can turn their pigtails into snakes.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and hugo-nominated editor of adult and children's speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, received honorable mention on Barnes & Noble's Year's Best SF of 2011. His first children's books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter - Land Of Legends, appeared from Delabarre in 2012. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online. He edited the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun, Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, Shattered Shields with coeditor Jennifer Brozek, with nine more forthcoming, includingGaslamp Terrors,Mission Tomorrow: A New Century Of Exploration, Galactic Games, the 2016 WorldCon (Midamericon II) anthology, Speculations KC, and several others. A Junior Editor for Wordfire Press, he acquires and develops books of all kinds. Schmidt hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Chat) Wednesdays at9pm ET on Twitter.

Lisa Swanstrom is an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University. Her research and teaching interests include science fiction, natural history, and media theory. Her first book, Animal, Vegetable, Digital, is forthcoming from University of Alabama Press.

Swanstrom presents on Saturday, June 13: "Science Fiction at Florida Atlantic University."

Jeremiah Tolbert is is a freelance web designer/developer operating as Clockpunk Studios, a writer of science fiction and fantasy short fiction, and a nature photographer. He is also human, male, in his mid-30s, married, with a new child and two cats. He was born in Kansas, and now resides here once again, after detours to Iowa, Kenya, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Barbara Webb has assisted Kij Johnson with her Novel Writers Workshop since 2009. Novel-length fiction is Barbara's passion, with two published novels under her belt, Midnight in St. Petersburg and City of Burning Shadows. Barbara has studied writing under such genre masters as James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Walter Jon Williams, and Nancy Kress. In addition to being an alum of both the CSSF short- and novel-writing workshops, she is a graduate of Taos Toolbox. Read more about Barbara at her website.

Catherine Webb is a Carnegie Medal-nominated author who writes under the pen names Claire North and Kate Griffin. Catherine's debut, Mirror Dreams, was completed when she was just 14 years old. The book was published in 2002 and garnered comparisons with Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. Webb went on to publish a further seven young adult novels under her own name, earning extensive critical acclaim and two Carnegie nominations for her novels Timekeepers and The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle. Under the open pseudonym Kate Griffin, Webb published six more fantasy novels for adults. Dubbed the Matthew Swift and Magicals Anonymous novels, these books are set in an alternate modern-day London saturated with magic. They revolve around the concept that the pulse, the rhythm and the heartbeat of the city and the millions of people living within it becomes a palpable form of magic itself. As Claire North, Catherine's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a paperback bestseller and was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Waterstones Book Club, and the Radio 2 Book Club. Catherine currently works as a theatre lighting designer and is a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food, and graffiti-spotting. She lives in London.

Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film CSA: The Confederate States Of America, about an America where the South won the Civil War. His other feature films include The Only Good Indian, The Battle for Bunker Hill, Ninth Street, Destination: Planet Negro! and Jayhawkers. For television, Willmott co-wrote with Mitch Brian House Of Getty and The '70s, both mini-series for NBC. In 2005, he produced High-Tech Lincoln, a special which premiered on The History Channel. As a screenwriter, Willmott co-wrote Shields Green And The Gospel Of John Brown, Civilized Tribes, and Little Brown Brothers, about the Philippine Insurrection and to adapt the book Marching To Valhalla by Michael Blake. Willmott adapted The Watsons Go To Birmingham for CBS, and directed a stage version of The Watsons Go To Birmingham in New York and at Kansas City's Coterie Theater. The play T-Money And Wolf, written with Ric Averill, was produced by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Willmott directed the premiere performances of Now Let Me Fly, a new play by Marcia Cebulska commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

Lisa Yaszek is Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech and past president of the Science Fiction Research Association. Her research interests include science fiction, cultural history, critical race and gender studies, and science and technology studies. Her essays on science fiction as a global language appear in journals including Extrapolation, Rethinking History, and Paradoxa. She is the author of books including Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction (Ohio State University Press 2008) and co-editor of collections including the Configurations special double issue on science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson (Winter-Spring 2012). She is currently completing an edited anthology called Women's Work in Early Science Fiction for Wesleyan Press and serving as associate producer for the independent science fiction film Rite of Passage.

Lisa Yaszek presents on Saturday, June 13: "SciFi@Tech."

The Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners are always invited to be present to receive their awards, and their editors often attend, as well.

In 2015, we host the Campbell winner and the Sturgeon winner's editor!

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.

Inspirations for this year's discussion

This year, we celebrate the winners of the Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award, and examine the future of science fiction education during our Saturday round-table discussion as well as with presentations on Saturday afternoon. Coming soon: Some materials to get you thinking....

Schedule of Events

Stay tuned: This is a working draft of the schedule, which will likely grow as new special guests confirm and as we add other events of interest to SF scholars and educators. Your packet will have all the up-to-date info!

Quick overview:

Thursday, June 11

Location: The Raven Book Store, 6 East 7th Street (downtown Lawrence). Phone: (785)749-3300.

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Special kickoff presentation by Steven Gould. Gould talks about his experiences with Jim Cameron on the Avatar project, Gould and Mixon read from recent work.
Followed by book-signing with Gould and Laura J. Mixon (aka M.J. Locke).

Friday, June 12

Locations as noted. Parking at KU is only free on the street and hill as marked, or at cost in the parking garage beside the Kansas Union.

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Spencer Library Open House: Rare SF Books, Papers, and Manuscripts Display.
Come see some of the archival science fiction materials of the Special Science Fiction Collection.
: Spencer Research Library.

2:00 - 3:50

"Secrets of Successful Speculative Fiction" discussion with many of our attending guest authors as the concluding event of the Workshops.
Panelists to include: Steven Gould, James Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, John Kessel, Laura J. Mixon, and Catherine Webb. Moderated by Kij Johnson and Chris McKitterick.

This is of special interest to our workshop attendees, though all Campbell Conference registrants with writing aspirations are welcome to join!
: Pine Room, Level 6, Kansas Union.

4:00 - 5:00

Spencer Library Guided Tour. Come see some of the archival science fiction materials of the Special Science Fiction Collection.
Location: Spencer Research Library.

6:00 - 9:00

Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award were given jointly during the 2007 Heinlein Centennial Gala Awards Ceremony and Banquet celebrating the John Campbell Award for best SF novel of the year, as well as the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short SF of the year.

The Awards Ceremony starts at about 7:00pm, following the meal. Eating during the Banquet costs extra, but all Conference attendees are invited to attend. Even if you do not intend to eat dinner, you must register and note in advance that you plan to attend so we can make sure to arrange for seating!

Location: Kansas Room, Level 6, Kansas Union.

Image at right: Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award together in 2007.


Reception immediately following Awards Ceremony to congratulate the winners and rub elbows with other attendees and guests. Wine and beer provided.
Location: Malott Room, Level 6, Kansas Union.

Saturday, June 13
"From the Fringes to the Classroom: What's Next in SF Education."

Location: Presentations are in the Kansas Room, Level 6, Kansas Union, unless otherwise noted.
Parking is free on the street and hill as marked, or at cost in the adjacent garage.

9:00am - 9:10am

Michael Page, University of Nebraska. "Introduction: Science Fiction and Fantasy Education in the 21st Century."

9:10 - 9:30

Lisa Yaszek, Georgia Tech. "SciFi@Tech."

9:30 - 9:50

Joey Eschrich, Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State. "Designing Research-Based Narratives in the Classroom and Beyond."

9:50 - 10:10

Lisa Swanstrom, Florida Atlantic University. "Science Fiction on the Gold Coast: Teaching SF at FAU."

10:10 - 10:30

Nalo Hopkinson, UC-Riverside. "Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies at the University of California Riverside."

10:30 - 10:40

Short break

10:40 - 11:00

Sheldon Brown, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC-San Diego. "The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination."

11:00 - 11:20

Rob Maslen, University of Glasgow. "The Fantastic History of Fantasy at Glasgow."

11:20 - 11:40

Chris McKitterick and Kij Johnson, Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU. "Science Fiction Studies at KU."

11:40 - 12:00

Additional insights from James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, and John Kessel.

Noon - 1:00pm

Break for lunch

Location: The Kansas Union has opened the Roasterie Coffee Shop, which will have sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, and other lunch items just for us, so you don't have to worry about transportation! Alternatively, several other eating establishments are nearby.
If you wish to dine at the Oread a block away or downtown, click here to see a good list of Lawrence restaurants.

1:00pm - 3:50pm

Panel discussion with special guests.

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

4:00 - 5:00

Group autograph session with attending special guests. You can purchase current, recent, and even some rare books by the authors in the bookstore, as the buyers make sure we're well supplied for the autograph session! 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. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Jayhawk Ink Book Store, Level 2, Kansas Union.

5:00 - 7:30

Break for dinner

Location: Downtown Lawrence is a virtual cornucopia of great restaurants. Here's the Yelp restaurant list, and here's another good list.

7:30 - 10:00

Special film screening of Destination: Planet Negro! followed by a discussion with director Kevin Willmott and cinematographer Matthew Jacobson.

Location: Oldfather Studios, 1621 W. 9th Street - details in your membership packet.

For those up for still more, consider gathering in the nearby Oread Hotel's establishments or downtown Lawrence to talk more intimately about what was said (or left unsaid) in the day's discussion, and to spend some small-group time with our special guests.

Sunday, June 14

Locations as noted. Parking at KU is only free on the street and hill as marked, or at cost in the parking garage beside the Kansas Union.

10:00am - Noon

Sunday morning events begin with a reading from our attending Campbell Award winner, Catherine Webb (aka Claire North), followed by a "Meet the authors and editors" discussion between the Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners and the other attendees. Pastries and beverages provided.

Location: Rieger Scholarship Hall at 1323 Ohio Street.

Noon - 12:45pm

Break for lunch.
Click here to see a good list of Lawrence restaurants.

1:00pm - late afternoon

"Science Fiction Sunday." Continuing the tradition begun by Larry Martin, we gather after lunch for an informal afternoon salon of intelligent conversation, readings from attending authors, and great company at their lovely family home. Co-hosted by Jean Martin and Amanda Martin-Hamon. Refreshments and light lunch kindly offered by the hosts!

 Location: (information in your membership packet).

Housing for the 2015 Campbell Conference

Lawrence offers several hotels within walking distance (or a short drive) from the locations of our activities. Our official housing is in the lovely new Oread Hotel, where previous years' activities have taken place. It is only one block north of our Saturday and Sunday activities in the Kansas Union. Prices are higher than at other local hotels, so be sure to mention the CSSF Campbell Conference for the event-discount rate. Contact them directly to reserve a room.

Information: (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.

More details as we get them.

Transportation from Airport to Lawrence

This year's Conference takes place in Lawrence, Kansas.

Many transport services offer rides between the Kansas City International (MCI - the "M" is for "Mid-Continent") airport and Lawrence. Notes:

  • Reserve well in advance of your trip to confirm pricing and availability.
  • KCI stands for "Kansas City International Airport," though the official airport code changed to MCI - "Mid-Continent International Airport" - a few years ago.
  • This list is for your information only. KU and the Gunn Center are not affiliated with these services.


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

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

University of Kansas map.

Kansas Union map (in .pdf format).

Lawrence bus routes and maps.

Google Maps centered on the KU Kansas Union.

Unfortunately, this summer KU is enduring lots of road construction. See this map for details (click the image to see image in full-screen):

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.

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

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.

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

Past Conferences

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

2016 Campbell Conference

2015 Campbell Conference

2014 Campbell Conference

2013 Campbell Conference

2012 Campbell Conference

2011 Campbell Conference

2010 Campbell Conference

2009 Campbell Conference

2008 Campbell Conference

2007 Campbell Conference

2006 Campbell Conference

2005 Campbell Conference

2004 Campbell Conference

2003 Campbell Conference

2002 Campbell Conference

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.

2014 Campbell Conference

2013 Campbell Conference

2012 Campbell Conference

2011 Campbell Conference

2010 Campbell Conference

2009 Campbell Conference

2008 Campbell Conference (by Ed Carmien)

2007 Campbell Conference

2006 Campbell Conference

2006 Campbell Conference (by Tracy Majkol)

2005 Campbell Conference

2004 Campbell Conference

2003 Campbell Conference

2002 Campbell Conference

2001 Campbell Conference

2000 Campbell Conference

1998 Campbell Conference

1997 Campbell Conference

1996 Campbell Conference

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

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