The Campbell Conference begins in just over a week, so if you haven't yet registered, now is the time! If you haven't attended before, it's a wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend with a number of SF authors, editors, and other enthusiasts in an intimate and fun-yet-scholarly setting. You can read all about it here.
A few author and editor attractions for this year include:
Robin Wayne Bailey, who is not just an author and editor but also a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and a key player in the creation of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Andy Duncan, whose 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. He's also this year's guest author for the SF Writing Workshop.
Sheila Finch, whose work has won several awards, including the Nebula Award for Best Novella, the San Diego Book Award for Juvenile Fiction, and the Compton-Crook Award.
James Gunn, who is CSSF founder, SF author and historian, SFWA Grand Master, and past president of SFWA.
Kij Johnson, whose fantasy and SF novels and short stories have won the Sturgeon Award, World Fantasy Award, Nebula Award three times, and IAFA Award.
Eric T. Reynolds, who is an author as well as publisher/editor of Hadley Rille Books.
Joan Slonczewski, whose YASF/adult SF novel The Highest Frontier is a finalist (and possibly more...) for this year's Campbell Award. Dr. Slonczewski is a biologist, and her novel, A Door into Ocean, won the Campbell Award in 1986.
Sheila Williams, who is editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine.
...and more! If you're a writer, consider arriving early so you can attend the 1:00pm - 4:00pm talk about "The Secrets of Successful Writing." And if you enjoy intelligent conversation in a museum-like setting, be sure to stay through Sunday afternoon, when local paleontologist Larry Martin hosts "Science Fiction Sunday" at his home.
We have decided to keep the early-bird (pre-June-14) pricing in place, so it's still just $45, even at the wonderful new Oread location just down the road from the usual Union setting.
Hope to see you there, and help spread the word!