Lawrence Science Fiction Club

Also: Area Activities and Museums
and more cool local SF/F stuff

Lawrence Has a Science Fiction Club!

We are an official KU organization with all the attendant benefits, but membership is open to everyone (not just KU folks). The best way to get in touch is via our active Facebook page. You might see the feed below if you're logged in to Facebook; if you can't see it, just click this link and it will take you to the Facebook page.

Future meetings should happen about every week or two - contact us for more info if you're interested: kusfclub@gmail.com or visit our active Facebook page.

Until now, one thing missing in Lawrence has been a regular get-together for fans of SF/F. The Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, KaCSFFS, is a great organization, but it usually meets in Kansas City. For more frequent get-togethers, and to extend KaCSFFS westward, some locals and the Center have decided to organize a local group.

Join us! We are still processing a regular day when all can meet, and we're always looking for more suggested activities. Things people suggested that we do as a crew:

  • Reading-discussion group.
  • There's so much good SF out there right now!
    • Some members have a preference for short stories - especially online stories.
    • Others wish to read and discuss books. Some of these are available online, as well.
  • Sharing books and book recommendations.
  • Movies at the theater... and/or movies (especially classics and B-movies) at home theaters. This has been our primary gathering mode so far.
  • Social gatherings to chat about SF/F and everything else over coffee with like-minded folks.
  • Dinners out with like-minded folks.
  • Trips to the Kansas Cosmosphere, museums, and so forth.
  • Attending local lectures, readings, and so forth.
  • Attending Kansas City's ConQuesT convention.
  • Attending the Campbell Conference.
  • And more!

Other SFnal Activities in and Around Lawrence

Here are some local goings-on of interest to SF/F people in town for our educational programs:

Dino Lab at Kansas City's Union Station Science City
Union Station and the University of Kansas have formed a partnership to develop this unique laboratory, the largest of its kind in America. For the first time anywhere, the whole scientific process involved in prepping dinosaur specimens will be on full public display. You can see it all, from the delicate work of extracting the ancient bones encased in rock, to pouring plastic replicas. For more information, see their website.

KU SUA Film Series
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. Sponsored by Student Union Activities. Click here for the SUA website. Call 864-SHOW.

KU Campus Lectures
These are part of the regular lecture series on campus with tons of stuff SFnal types find interesting. Check out the KU Events Calendar to see what's happening on campus, and see the CSSF News page for local talks. During the regular semester, you'll find world-class lectures on everything from astrophysics to zoology, cheap movie listings, art shows, and much more. And non-movie events are almost always free.


KU Museums and Observatories

Natural History Museum
1345 Jayhawk Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Call 864-4450.

Art and Design Gallery
302 Art and Design Building. 1-4:30 p.m. Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fri. Closed Saturdays, holidays and Spring Break. Call 864-4401.

Clyde W. Tombaugh Observatory
Operated by the KU Astronomy department. Although the former observatory is being relocated, it is currently on the roof of the KU Stadium in the Campus Observing Station. In decent weather, you can use the observatory the last Friday of the month 7:30pm-9pm, depending on when it gets dark. If it is cloudy that Friday night, it will be open Sunday night instead. During daylight savings time, it is open 9pm-10:30pm. The observatory is closed in the summer except through special arrangement. KU also has other observation sites; check this link for current schedules.

NEKAAL Observatory
Come to a Public Open House at Farpoint Observatory. NEKAAL members will be there to answer your questions as you feast your eyes on amazing sights and have a great time. To learn more, check out their Star Party page. Driving instructions to Farpoint are located on the observatory page. Check this link for current schedules.

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Closed every Monday. Recent shows:
"Daguerreotype to Digital: Photographs from the Collection."
"Tradition and Modernity: Japanese Art of the Early 20th Century."
"Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock Prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940."

Spencer Research Library
1450 Poplar Lane. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Closed Sundays. Call 864-4334.
The Spencer Research Library's North Gallery also offers a view of some of KU's great rare book collections - including a fantastic collection of SF materials as listed here - and a view of the Memorial Campanile, looking north from the crest of Mount Oread.

Watson and Anschutz libraries
Watson: 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. Anschutz: 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive, south of Budig Hall. 8 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight Sun. Closed holidays. (Jan. 18 and 19: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.) For other library hours, call 864-8900.

Wilcox Classical Museum
103 Lippincott Hall. By appointment only. Call 864-3153. Continuing exhibit of full-size replicas of well-known works of Greek and Roman sculpture and antiquities such as vases, coins, small sculptures, lamps and architectural terra cottas.

Here's a full description of KU Library & Museum Hours and Exhibits.

Our Discussion Groups

LiveJournal blog: http://www.livejournal.com/community/lawrence_sf/.

Our active Facebook page.

Join us in person or on the internet!

updated 10/30/2013. Check back for updates.

Home | A Basic SF Library | About Gunn | AboutSF.com | Educational Program | Films and Online Videos | SF News | SF Youth Program
CSSF Awards | Campbell Conference | James Gunn Essays | SF Hall of Fame | CSSF Blog | Resources | Donate