James Gunn sent out the following reminder about the John W. Campbell, Jr. Conference in Lawrence, KS. Two years ago, it was held in conjunction with the SFRA Conference, and a good time was had by all. Read below for the details:
Lawrence, KS—New stars will shine at the annual John W. Campbell Science Fiction Conference July 16-18 at the University of Kansas. In addition to the presentation of the Campbell Award for the Best Science-Fiction Novel of the Year and the Sturgeon Award for the Best Short Science Fiction of the Year, the Campbell Conference will be devoted to the science-fiction short story and the career of the late Theodore Sturgeon. The awards are some of the most prized in the science-fiction field.
A great friend of K.U.’s science fiction programs, Sturgeon , who died in 1985, was an annual guest writer at the University’s Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction and cited by experts as one of SF’s finest short-story writers, if not, indeed, the best of all time. Kurt Vonnegut , who named his pulp writer Kilgore Trout after Sturgeon, called him “a master storyteller.” Samuel R. Delany referred to Sturgeon as “the American short-story writer.” James Blish called him “the finest conscious artist science fiction ever produced.” Sturgeon’s daughter Noёl, professor of women’s studies at Washington State University, will be present for the first time to present the award to its winner, yet to be disclosed.
In a special addition to its usual round-table discussion on Saturday, July 17, the Campbell Conference will offer a reading of Sturgeon’s stories from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union’s Oread Bookx. Oread Books also will host a group autographing session from 12:45-1:45 that will feature the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards, four winners of Nebula Awards and a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Crawford Award, and two earlier Sturgeon Awards, a winner of the Hugo and Damon Knight SFWA Grand Master awards, a new member of the Campbell Award jury, and half-a-dozen other writers.
Some two dozen writers enrolled in the Writers Workshop on Science Fiction and its novel-writing sister workshop will be in attendance as well as students enrolled in the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction that begins the following Monday, local science-fiction enthusiasts, guests, and other students and faculty.
The Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be presented at a dinner on Friday, July 16. The Campbell Conference will be held in the Kansas Union on July 17. Both are open to the public but require advance registrations available on the Center for the Study of Science Fiction website <www/ku.edu/~sfcenter>. The Oread Books readings and autographing session are free. Participants can bring their own books or purchase books available in Oread Books.