Campbell Conference and Awards 2015
June 11-14, 2015

"From the Fringes to the Classroom:
What's Next in Science Fiction Education?"


Connect with other SF authors, scholars, editors, and fans while celebrating the best SF of the year.
In an intimate setting, discuss topics relevant to the human condition and the science-fiction field.
Since 1978.

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

         Updated March 18, 2015


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 will take place on June 11-14 in Lawrence, Kansas. We'll return to the University of Kansas Student Union for all our activities, including a mass signing by the attending authors and editors. Many more guests to be announced - check back for updates! We usually announce our final guests in late April and early May.

Using the theme of "From the Fringes to the Classroom: What's Next in SF Education?" we'll discuss the current state and future of science-fiction education. We'll also celebrate 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, led by Center Director Chris McKitterick, and the Novel Writers Workshop in Science Fiction, led by Kij Johnson, a multiple-award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy and assistant professor in the University's MFA writing program. It also 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 science-fiction honors:

The Conference unofficially begins on Friday afternoon 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 (often round-table) discussion centered on our theme, followed by a group book-signing event. The afternoon usually offers readings, presentations, or other events, 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 attendees, 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, where they are Guests of Honor and receive trophies to take home (their names are also engraved on the permanent trophies that remain on display at the Center's office).

Planning is in the early stages, so check back for more details. See the schedule of events for updates!


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 Director James Gunn is our permanent Special Guest. 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 be announced as plans firm, but here's what we have so far:

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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 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.

Karin Rita Gastreich is an author and teacher whose fantasy novel, Eolyn, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and the sequel, High Maga, comes out in 2014. Her short works have appeared in a number of publications. She lived for ten years in Costa Rica, where she directed a study-abroad program in tropical ecology and environmental policy for Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies. She recently returned to Kansas City and is now Assistant Professor of Biology at Avila University.

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).

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 tessagratton.com or on her short story blog, merryfates.com.

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 is on the advisory board of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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 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 (where 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, and is Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in the University of Kansas English Department.

Rob Latham is Professor of English at the University of California Riverside, where he co-directs (with Sherryl Vint) the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. A senior editor of Science Fiction Studies since 1997, he is the author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago, 2002), editor of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction (2014), and co-editor of The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010). He is currently editing a book entitled Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings for Bloomsbury Press and completing a study of New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s.

Christopher McKitterick is an author, editor, and faculty member at the University of Kansas, where he serves as CSSF Director and teaches fiction writing, creative writing, and science fiction, 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 CSSF Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop and Intensive Institute on the Study of SF, as well as a number of other regular-semester writing and SF courses at KU.

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.

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 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, and was followed by two sequels, The Returning and The Exodus. His children's books include 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids, and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter - Land Of Legends. Schmidt has edited the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun, Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, and, with Jennifer Brozek, Shattered Shields. He is editing the 2016 WorldCon (Midamericon II) anthology, Speculations KC. Schmidt hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Chat) on Twitter.

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.

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.

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

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. Some materials to get you thinking to come soon....

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

  • Evening: Special kickoff presentation by Steven Gould

    Title TBA

    Location
    : (TBA)

Friday, June 12

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm: "Secrets of Successful Speculative Fiction" discussion with our attending guest authors as the concluding event of the Workshops. This is of special interest to our workshop attendees, though all Campbell Conference registrants with writing aspirations are welcome to join.
    Location
    : TBA
     
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm: 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. Eating during the Banquet costs extra, but all Conference attendees are invited to attend. The Awards Ceremony (starts at about 7:00pm) follows the meal. Even if you do not intend to eat dinner, you must contact Lydia Ash (lash@ku.edu) in advance so we can make sure to arrange for seating!
    Location
    : TBA
     
  • Evening: Reception immediately following Awards Ceremony to congratulate the winners and rub elbows with other attendees and guests. Wine and beer provided.
    Location: TBA

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, June 13

  • 9:00am – noon: Presentations and discussion. This year's topic: "From the Fringes to the Classroom: What's Next in SF Education."
    Location: TBA
  • Noon – 12:45pm: Break for lunch. The Kansas Union plans to open some of their small restaurants just for us! 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.
     
  • 12:45pm – 1:30pm: Group autograph session with attending authors and editors.
    Location
    : Jayhawk Ink Book Store, Level 2, Kansas Union.
    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.


  • 1:45pm – 4:30pm: Readings, presentations, and discussion about this year's topic.
    Location: TBA

  • 4:30pm – 6:30pm: Break for dinner.

  • 9:00pm: For those still up for more, an informal evening gathering in downtown Lawrence to talk more intimately about what was said (or left unsaid) in the day's discussion, and spend some small-group time with our special guests.
    Location: Wherever you prefer!

Sunday, June 14

  • 10:00am – noon: Sunday events begin with a morning "Meet the authors and editors" discussion between the Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners and the other attendees. If the winners can attend, we hope to hear them read new work! Pastries and beverages provided.
    Location: TBA

  • Noon – 12:45pm: Break for lunch. Click here to see a good list of Lawrence restaurants.

  • 1:30pm - late afternoon: "Science Fiction Sunday." Continuing the tradition begun by Larry Martin, we gather after lunch for an informal afternoon salon of intelligent conversation and great company at his lovely family home, co-hosted by Jean Martin and Amanda Martin-Harmon.
    Location: (information 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

Registration and Costs

Event

Registration
Includes...

Costs

Campbell Conference
 

  • Friday afternoon events.
  • Friday night reception and refreshments.
  • Awards ceremony (no dinner) on Friday.
    Note: You must let us know that you will
    attend, or we cannot provide seating.
  • Book signing on Saturday.
  • Readings.
  • Saturday evening events.
  • Saturday night reception and refreshments.
  • Sunday morning talk with guests.
  • Sunday afternoon gathering.

Registration June 1 and later or at the door: $50.

This year, we offer several special registration rates:

  • Early bird registration (until June 1): $35.
  • Regional science-fiction club members (with proof of membership): $25.
  • ConQuest convention attendees (registering at ConQuest): $20.
  • Students (with proof of student status): $20.
  • Registered attendees of the summer workshops or SF Institute: included with course registration and payment.

Awards Banquet only

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

Banquet registration: $25.

Note: Register early to ensure that we can accommodate you for dinner.

To attend Awards Ceremony (but not dinner), please contact Lydia Ash (lash@ku.edu) in advance for guaranteed seating.


Campbell Conference
with

Awards Banquet

  • All above events, plus:
  • Meal during Friday evening Awards Ceremony.
  • Soft drinks and iced tea.

Conference registration plus banquet registration.

Free and Public Events
 

  • Book signing on Saturday.
  • Readings on Saturday.

Open to the public - no need to register.

To attend some or all of the Conference activities, please complete this electronic form.

Feel free to drop us an email with any questions: Lydia Ash (lash@ku.edu)

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.

Registration

To attend some or all of the Conference activities, please complete this registration form available online and submit it to Lydia Ash (lash@ku.edu).

See this map of the University of Kansas to find your way: http://www.ku.edu/~parking/ParkingMap.pdf

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

Feel free to drop us an email with any questions: CSSF@ku.edu)

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, including:

  • Better Alternative Transportation Services (BATS): 24/7 door-to-door service; individual rates.
  • Roadrunner (also known as "KCI Airport Shuttle"): individual rates; departs from the Holidome (Lawrence Holiday Inn) at specific times. Toll-free phone contact number: (800)747-2524 or call your travel agent.
  • SDM Transportation: 24/7 door-to-door service; offers airport shuttles or luxury cars with individual rates.
  • Jayhawk Taxi: 24/7 door-to-door service; fixed rate to the airport for 1-2 passengers.
  • Super Shuttles: 24/7 door-to-door service; group rates; discount if you use the group discount code: S6Q2W.
  • Five Guys Shuttle: 24/7 door-to-door service; rates per van, not per person.
  • Here 2 There Shuttle: 24/7 DD service, airport shuttle, and reservations for special events. Can hold up to 10 passengers at once. Call or text 785-380-8879 or email 785shuttle@gmail.com
  • KCI Express Shuttle offers pickup and delivery right to our dorm or your hotel for only $5 more than the normal rate. Phone Reservations: (816)645-1815. After 8:00 PM CST (816)372-1556.
  • Ground Transportation Services, Inc, is a local Lawrence business that provides 24/7 taxi service within Lawrence, and the surrounding areas. They also operate daily door-to-door shuttle service from Lawrence to the Kansas City Airport. (888)467-3729 or (785)838-4500. See a schedule here.

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.

Maps

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.

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

Lydia Ash ( CSSF@ku.edu )

Past Conferences

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

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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