2023 Sturgeon Symposium

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has announced the second annual Sturgeon Symposium, to be held September 28-30, 2023 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS.

The Symposium is “celebrating the 30th anniversary of Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking novel, The Parable of the Sower. As KU’s choice for the 2023 Common Book program, this novel is a powerful inspiration for our Symposium’s theme, ‘Fantastic Worlds, Fraught Futures.'”

The Symposium will also feature Noël Sturgeon’s presentation of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story, and a reading from this year’s winner, along with panels and presentations. They have also released a call for papers:

We welcome all individual papers, fully formed panels, and roundtables exploring “Fantastic Worlds, Fraught Futures,” particularly those prioritizing collaboration and dialogue across communities, and creative work from Indian Nations, such as the Kaw, Osage, and others whose homelands KU stands. Please note that, while we will make the Symposium available virtually, virtual presenters will be grouped together; unlike 2022, we will not be organizing panels that mix virtual and in-person presentations.

Please email proposals to the Gunn Center, sfcenter@ku.edu, by April 17, 2023. Notifications will be sent out in late May.

For more details, see the SF Center site.

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