Campbell Conference 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.
Since 1979.

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2013 Conference
   Pale, Blue Dot
Special Guests for 2013
   Space Oddity
Schedule of Events
   Relevant Readings
Registration and Costs
Lifeboat to the Stars Award
Transportation to and from the Airport
Maps of KU and Lawrence
Enrollment Forms
Reports from Previous Campbell Conferences

Updated January 4, 2014

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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 science fiction. This year - in addition to the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon 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 Keith Stokes.

The Campbell Conference, which has been offered at the University of Kansas in Lawrence since 1978, is the central feature of the summer SF program: It is the concluding event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction led by Chris McKitterick and the Novel Writers Workshop in Science Fiction led by Kij Johnson, the multiple-award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy and an assistant professor in the University's MFA writing program. And it is the kick-off event for the Intensive Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. Held regularly at the University of Kansas since 1973 (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 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 between the 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.

Be sure to register early for savings!

Special Guests for 2014

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:

Andy Duncan's novelette "Close Encounters" won the Nebula Award. His story "The Pottawatomie Giant" won the World Fantasy Award in 2001, as did his collection Beluthahatchie and Other Stories in the same year. His novella "The Chief Designer" won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2002. His short-story collection, The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories, is currently available from PS Publishing. Duncan taught Clarion in 2004 and Clarion West in 2005 and was a full-time journalist for 12 years. He is Assistant Professor of English at Frostburg State University, and an instructor in the Honors College of the University of Alabama. Andy is this year's visiting author for the second week of the Science Fiction Writers Workshop.

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 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 won the 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 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.

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. 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.

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.

The Campbell Award and Sturgeon Award winners, 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.

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 space:

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.
    : 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 ( in advance so we can make sure to arrange for seating!
    : 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 guests.
    : 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 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.
    : 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.
    : TBA.

  • 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.

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

  • 1:30pm - late afternoon: We usually get back together after lunch for an informal afternoon gathering at a local home.
    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




Campbell Conference

  • Friday events
  • Friday night reception
  • 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 night reception
  • Sunday morning talk with guests
  • Sunday afternoon gathering

Early bird registration cost: $40 (until June 1);
ConQuest convention attendees also get a special membership rate of $35 at ConQuest.

Registration June 2 and later or at door: $45

Awards Banquet only

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

Registration*: $25

*Note: Register early to ensure that
we can accommodate you for dinner.
To attend the Awards Ceremony (but not dinner),
please contact Lydia Ash ( in advance to ensure seating.

Campbell Conference

Awards Banquet

  • All above events
  • Meal during Friday evening Awards Ceremony
  • Soft drinks and iced tea

Registration with dinner: $60 - $70

Free and Public Events

  • Book signing on Saturday
  • Readings on Saturday

(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 (

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 reservations department:

(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.

Enrollment Forms

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

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.

Feel free to drop us an email with any questions: Lydia Ash (

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 (785)838-4500. See a schedule here.


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

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

University of Kansas map (in .pdf format):

Kansas Union map (in .pdf format):

Lawrence map (a bus-route map, but very useful, in .pdf format): 

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.

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 ( )

Reports About Past Conferences

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

2013 Campbell Conference report

2012 Campbell Conference report

2011 Campbell Conference report

2010 Campbell Conference report

2009 Campbell Conference report

2008 Campbell Conference report

2007 Campbell Conference report

2006 Campbell Conference report

2005 Campbell Conference report

2004 Campbell Conference report

2003 Campbell Conference report

2002 Campbell Conference report

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.

2013 Campbell Conference photos

2012 Campbell Conference photos

2011 Campbell Conference photos

2010 Campbell Conference photos

2009 Campbell Conference photos

2008 Campbell Conference photos (by Ed Carmien)

2007 Campbell Conference photos

2006 Campbell Conference photos

2006 Campbell Conference photos (by Tracy Majkol)

2005 Campbell Conference photos

2004 Campbell Conference photos

2003 Campbell Conference photos

2002 Campbell Conference photos

2001 Campbell Conference photos

2000 Campbell Conference photos

1998 Campbell Conference photos

1997 Campbell Conference photos

1996 Campbell Conference photos

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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