In Memoriam:
Center for the Study of Science Fiction


The SF field has lost too many greats recently. In 2018 alone, that includes Ursula K. Le Guin and Kate Wilhelm. On a personal level, we recently lost two close friends who served the as speakers, mentors, and instructors for the Gunn Center for many years:

Frederik Pohl was associated with CSSF Founding Director James Gunn since the 1940s, eventually becoming involved with what later became the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Here he presented many talks, recorded a discussion about "The Ideas in Science Fiction" in 1973 Literature of Science Fiction lecture series, served the Intensive Institute on Science Fiction and Science Fiction Writing Workshop, and lent his understanding to the Center in countless other ways.

We cannot begin to express how much we will miss his help, insight, and friendship.

The 2014 Campbell Conference will honor Fred's life, work, and ideas.

Frederik Pohl died on September 2, 2013 (read our In Memoriam here). 

Larry Martin was 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 was a leading authority on saber-toothed carnivores, fossil rodents, birds from the age of dinosaurs, and the fossil history of disease.

With his wife Jean and daughter Amanda, Larry graciously hosted regular "Science Fiction Sunday" gatherings at his home on the last day of the Campbell Conference for several years, and was a regular Conference attendee. Jean and Amanda have graciously offered to continue this tradition in 2014.

Larry Martin died on March 9, 2013.

Thank you for everything. We miss you dearly.

Last updated 3/14/2018.

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