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KU Science Fiction Conference Explores Reality And Imagination

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Every year at the University of Kansas, the faithful and talented gather at the intersection of reality and imagination. What brings the most outstanding in their field to Lawrence? The study and writing of science fiction. On Friday's Up To Date, guest host Suzanne Hogan looks at The Campbell Conference, a local conference which brings writers and fans together. This year the Campbell Conference, June 13-15, focuses on "Science Fiction and the Real World" and "Appreciating Frederik Pohl".

Guests:

  • Sarah Pinsker is a featured panelist at the Campbell Conference and winner of the Theodore Sturgeon short fiction award.
  • Chris McKitterick is the director of the Science Fiction center at the University of Kansas.

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Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a community storyteller taking a new look at local history, I aim to provide that context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today. I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
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