KU to host science fiction conference in July
Novels and short stories, have grown popular in recent years—casting more attention on authors and their works. At KU, the Science Fiction Research Association feels the pull of interest and is following suit by giving others the opportunity to invest themselves into science fiction and gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the genre.
KU will host this year's Campbell Conference July 10 thru 13, which is aimed at secondary school teachers who want to teach or incorporate science fiction in their lessons.
To give insight into the world of science fiction, guest writers and speakers are set to attend. James Van Pelt, a published fiction writer since 1990 and a high school and college English teacher from Colorado, is the keynote speaker this year. Karen Joy Fowler, Maureen Kinkade Speller, Paul Kinkade, James Gunn, Chris McKitterick, Kij Johnson and Nathaniel Williams also will be in attendance.
In conjunction with the Campbell Conference, the Science Fiction Research Association will hold its annual meeting during the same dates. The association’s annual meeting features presentations of scholarly papers, short stories, popular films, comic books and games, as well as interaction with popular authors.
Both attendees of the Campbell Conference and members of the Science Fiction Research Association will combine their award ceremonies July 11 for the best science fiction novel and short science fiction of the year, as well as contributions to the scholarly association.
Visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Web site for more information.