About the Conference
We invite winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon awards (and often their
editors) to the event. These Guests of Honor take home
names are also engraved on the permanent
that remain on display at the Center's office.
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
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.
Planning is in the early stages, so check back for more details. Full schedule of events is TBA, so check back for updates!
Campbell Conference book signing from 2008
Kij Johnson, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, and Frederik Pohl.
Speakers and Special Guests for 2017
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
Kij Johnson's fantasy and SF novels and short stories have
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
& 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.
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
Award jury. His short fiction, nonfiction,
and essays have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies,
and his debut novel,
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.
Michael Page co-Chairs Academic Programming for the
2016 Campbell Conference at WorldCon in Kansas City, and a
Research Fellow working with the Center. Mike teaches science
fiction and holds an administrative position in the English
Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His book,
Frederik Pohl, was released from the University of
Illinois Press in the Modern Masters of Science Fiction
series. He's the editor of a collection of stories,
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. Mike is just completing
the first critical study of James Gunn.
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
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
Stay tuned: We're working on the draft of the schedule, which will 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!
Registration and Costs
- 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.
- Saturday evening events.
- Sunday morning talk with guests.
- Readings and presentations.
- Sunday afternoon gathering.
Registration after June 1 or at the door: $50.
This year, we offer several special
- Early bird registration (until June 1): $35.
- Regional science-fiction club members
(with proof of membership): $25.
- ConQuest convention attendees
- Students (with proof of student status): $20.
- Registered attendees of the summer workshops or SF
Institute: included with course registration
Awards Banquet only
- Meal during Friday evening Awards Ceremony.
- Soft drinks and iced tea.
Banquet registration: $25.
Note: Register by the morning of June 9
(at the latest!) to ensure that we can accommodate you for dinner.
To attend the Awards Ceremony (but not
dinner), state this in the Notes section in
to ensure you have seating.
- 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.
We're updating costs right now. Check back soon!
For Campbell Conference questions, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campbell and Sturgeon winners from 2007
Campbell Award winner
Ben Bova, and Sturgeon Award winner Robert Charles
Feel free to drop us an email with any questions:
Award winners at the 2009 Campbell Conference Awards Banquet
Cory Doctorow, Ian MacLeod, James Alan Gardner (James Gunn in
background). Photo by
Transportation from MCI Airport
This year's Conference takes place in Kansas City, Missouri. This lovely
metropolis is centrally located in the US, which means you can easily get there
by plane, train, or automobile; its central location is especially convenient
for within driving distance. The Kansas City International airport (MCI) is only
a 20-minute drive from the convention center and hotels. The train station is
only 1.5 miles away. Come on by and enjoy what Kansas City has to offer!
Many transport services offer rides from the Kansas City International
(MCI - the "M" is for "Mid-Continent") airport, including:
- Better Alternative Transportation Services (BATS): 24/7 door-to-door service; individual rates.
(also known as "KCI Airport Shuttle"): individual rates. 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
KCI Express Shuttle
offers pickup and delivery right to the door 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 to the Kansas City Airport. (888)467-3729 or
(785)838-4500. See a schedule 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
Yelp for a list of just a
few of the local eating establishments.
- Reserve well in advance of your trip to confirm pricing and availability.
- KCI stands for "Kansas City International
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.
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.