"Science Fiction Past,
Present, and Future"
This summer's Campbell Conference was held July 7-10, 2005 as the Campbell Conference is the concluding
event of the Writers Workshop in Science Fiction and the beginning of the
Intensive Institute onthe Teaching of Science Fiction.
The topic this year was, "Science Fiction Past, Present, and Future: How
writers, teachers, and editors shape science fiction, and where SF may be going
as a result of these personal influences." The Campbell Conference, held regularly at the University of Kansas
since 1973, provides a setting for the presentation of three science-fiction honors:
Beginning in 2004, winners of both awards receive trophies. Starting in 2005, only the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be given during
the Conference, with the Hall of Fame inductions moving to the
Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction
continues to sponsor the Conference, which takes place at the University of
The 2005 Conference hosted a number of
science fiction notables:
Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of fantasy and science fiction works.
He has served on the Board of Directors of SFWA and was recently elected
President, was a key player in the
1996 creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame, and is on the
advisory board of the new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in
Seattle. Robin Wayne Bailey lives in Kansas City, MO.
been nominated for every major award in the genre. His work won the
Campbell Award in 1992,
the Prix .38 Calibre in 1993, and the World Fantasy Award in 1995, and was
nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. Because
his personal site is temporarily down,
here is another bio of Mr. Denton.
James Gunn is a science
fiction author and historian, KU professor emeritus of English, and director of
the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. 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
SF Museum and Hall of Fame
and lives in Lawrence, KS.
Hellekson is a science-fiction scholar and author, with two books and
several articles under her belt. Her particular specialty is "slash" fan
is author of several fantasy and SF novels and short stories. She teaches
writing and science fiction writing, is a Sturgeon Award juror (and former
winner), and assists at the Science Fiction Writers Workshop. She has won the
Sturgeon Award and has been nominated for many other SF awards. Ms. Johnson lives
in Lawrence, KS, where she is an Associate Director
of the Center for the Study of SF.
is an SF author and scholar on the
the University of Kansas. Chris also serves as an Associate Director
of the Center for the Study of SF and is webmaster of the Center's website.
Ann Tonsor Zeddies,
author of several novels (some under the name of "Toni
Anzetti"), is regularly a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award for best
- This year's Campbell and
Sturgeon Award winners (if they are able to attend).
- Others to be announced as their plans firm.
The Conference usually brings to campus the winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon
Awards as special guests, and long-time CSSF friends Frederik Pohl and his wife,
Elizabeth Anne Hull, a former president of SFRA and a Campbell juror; however,
due to illness, they were not able to attend in 2005.
The Kansas Union Oread
Bookstore also usually holds a signing for the attending authors on the Saturday
of the Conference. See the full
schedule of events for more information. All Conference attendees were
able to pick up a copy of the Sturgeon Award-winning short story at the
Bookstore during the signing.