and Awards 2014:
"Science Fiction and the Real World"
June 13-15, 2014
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.
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This year's Campbell Conference will take place on June
13 - 15 in Lawrence, Kansas. We return to the
University of Kansas Student Union for all
our activities, including the big signing with the attending authors;
it is one block from our room block
The Oread hotel (where we
held the Conference for the past few years). Using the theme of "Science Fiction and the Real World,"
we examine the relationship between futurism, extrapolation, invention, and
fiction. This year - in
addition to the John W. Campbell Memorial
Award and the
Memorial Award - we also honor Frederik Pohl for his long and distinguished service to the
Center in general and the Sturgeon Award jury.
Award winners at the 2009 Campbell Conference Awards Banquet Cory Doctorow, Ian MacLeod, James Alan Gardner (James Gunn in
background). Photo by
The Conference unofficially begins on Friday afternoon with an informal discussion about SF and
writing as the concluding event of the Writing Workshops. After a break,
the real Conference kickoff event is the Awards Banquet on Friday evening,
followed by a reception to congratulate the winners.
Saturday morning is devoted to a round-table discussion on our theme, followed by a
group book-signing event, usually afternoon readings or presentations or other
events, and an evening
reception to gather and talk more intimately about what was said (or left
unsaid) in the large groups. Sunday events begin with a morning discussion
Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners
and the other attendees, plus
we often wrap up with an informal afternoon get-together. Last year, Ruth Lichtwardt
and KaCSFFS graciously hosted the event, and in recent years, KU Paleontologist Larry Martin
with his regular "Science Fiction Sunday" gatherings at his home on the last day
of the Campbell Conference.
We invite winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon awards (and often their
editors) to the event, where they are Guests of Honor and get trophies to take
home (they also have their
names engraved on the permanent trophies
that remain on display at the Center's office).
Planning is in the early stages, so check back soon 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.
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:
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'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 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, and is Assistant Professor of Fiction
Writing in the University of Kansas English Department.
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.
Space sounds: astronaut Chris Hadfield's "Space Oddity"
Some inspiration: Canadian astronaut Commander Chris
Hadfield sings and plays guitar in his revised version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"
aboard the International Space Station. This is the first song ever recorded in
Schedule of Events
Please stay tuned: This is an early 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.
A quick overview:
Friday, June 13
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: Scholarship Hall
1st Floor lobby near the KU campus.
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 (email@example.com) in advance so we can
make sure to arrange for seating!
Location: TBA; parking is free on the
street and hill as marked.
Evening: Reception immediately following Awards Ceremony
to congratulate the winners and rub elbows with other attendees and
Campbell Award, Sturgeon Award, and SFRA Pilgrim Award together in 2007 Photo courtesy
Saturday, June 14
9:00am – noon: Round-table discussion.
This year's topic: "Science Fiction and the Real World."
Location: TBA on the KU campus.
A paid parking garage is next door; parking is free
on the street and hill as marked.
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. 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 from visiting authors.
4:30pm – 6:30pm: Break for dinner.
6:30pm – 9:00pm: TBA.
9:00pm: Informal evening reception to gather and talk more
intimately about what was said (or left unsaid) in the large groups, and to
spend some small-group time with our guests of honor. Location: TBA.
Sunday, June 15
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. Some pastries and beverages provided. Location: TBA.
Feel free to drop us an email
with any questions: Lydia Ash (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Housing for the 2014 Campbell Conference
Our official housing is in the lovely new
Oread Hotel, where
previous year's activities have taken place. 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
Campbell Conference for the best price.
More details as we get them.
To attend some or all of the Conference activities, please complete this
registration form available online and submit it to Lydia Ash (email@example.com).
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.
Feel free to drop us an email
with any questions: Lydia Ash (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transportation from Airport to Lawrence
This year's Conference takes place in Lawrence, Kansas.
The shuttles most people use to get to and from the Kansas City International
(MCI) airport to Lawrence are:
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.
KCI Airport Shuttle (also known as the "Roadrunner Shuttle").
Full information here
(scroll to the bottom of the page for rates). Toll-free phone contact number: (800)747-2524 or call your travel agent.
Ground Transportation Services, Inc, is a local Lawrence business. (888)467-3729 or
See a schedule here.
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:
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.