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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... Read More →

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Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
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Sheila Williams

Attendee, Asimov's
I'm a science fiction short story editor.

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