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Friday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Legacy of John W. Campbell

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The author and editor John W. Campbell wrote the story that inspired “The Thing”; laid down the rules for an entire genre in his three decades at the helm of Astounding Science Fiction; edited the first version of Dune; and discovered or mentored such legendary figures as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. He also collaborated with L. Ron Hubbard on the development of dianetics; championed the investigation of psychic phenomena and antigravity devices; and ended his life, in the words of Asimov, as “a diminishing shadow of what he had once been.” What was the true impact of Campbell’s opinions, politics, and personality? Was he really, as Asimov said, “the most powerful force in science fiction ever?” And how does an understanding of his life and career help us make sense of the genre today?

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Alec Nevala-Lee

Alec Nevala-Lee is currently at work on the nonfiction book Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, which will be released by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2018. He is the author of the suspense novels The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire, all published by Penguin. His short fiction appears frequently in Analog Science Fiction and... Read More →

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Joe Haldeman

Author, Artist, Past president of SFWA
Joe Haldeman - Joe is an American science fiction author best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War.He has been a published author since 1969; his first short story was published in Galaxy Magazine. Joe has won:5 Hugo Awards, 5 Nebula Awards, 1 Damon Knight Grand Master Award, 3 Locus Readers Poll Awards, 1 World Fantasy Award, 1 John Campbell Award, 1 James Tiptree Award, 2 Asimov’s Poll Awards, and has been nominated for 57 other awards... Read More →
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Sheila Williams

Editor, Asimov's

Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LaSalle 2

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