Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

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Formally the "J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction," it was founded in 1982 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, by James Gunn who was its first Director. In 1991, it was endowed and named for James Gunn's parents.

It annually presents the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and runs the Campbell Conference each June. In September 2022, it started the Sturgeon Symposium, a “hybrid in-person/online symposium [to] feature panels, presentations, and roundtable discussions that highlight the diversity of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Speculative Arts.”

With the Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, it established the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1996.


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