Lifeboat to the Stars

The Lifeboat Foundation will present the “Lifeboat to the Stars” award along with $1,000 to the winner at the 2013 Campbell Conference where the topic of the conference will be interstellar travel.
The conference will be held June 13–16, 2013. It will take place at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas, as the midway point between the Science Fiction Writing Workshops and the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. The Award dinner is held on the opening Friday of the Conference and features the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year.
The “Lifeboat to the Stars” award will be for the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel. This award will be presented by our Robert J. Sawyer, winner of the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. We thank our James E. Gunn for conceiving the name of this award.
Our coordinating judge will be Robert J. Sawyer, our consulting judge will be Greg Bear, and our other judges will include Catherine Asaro, Jason Batt, Sherry E. Bell, Kevin M. Berry, Don V. Black, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, Brenda Cooper, Niklas Järvstråt, Jim Karkanias, Rouslan Krechetnikov, Eva-Jane Lark, Mike E. McCulloch, George Perry, Allen M. Steele, Jr, John K. Strickland Jr, and Allen G. Taylor.
We will also present a bibliographical survey at the 2013 Campbell Conference which will cover prior science fiction describing methods of interstellar travel.
The Chair of the Interstellar Travel Bibliographical Survey will be our James Blodgett. Other members of the survey team will include Tracy Atkins, Jason Batt, Greg Bear, Kevin M. Berry, André Caminoa, Niklas Järvstråt, Eva-Jane Lark, Mike E. McCulloch, Robert J. Sawyer, Allen M. Steele Jr, John K. Strickland Jr, and Allen G. Taylor.
We wish to thank our James E. Gunn and Frederick Pohl for their suggestions that led to this award and bibliographical survey.
How you can help: 1) You can provide suggestions for the name of the award by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation name suggestions". 2) You can volunteer to be a judge by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation judge". 3) You can volunteer to be part of our survey team by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation survey team". 4) You can provide other suggestions about this event by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject "Lifeboat Foundation event suggestions". 5) You can send nominations for the Lifeboat to the Stars award to Robert Sawyer at [email protected]. 6) You can donate to support this event by using the form below. We hope to raise $5,000 to cover all event expenses. Any extra funds will be used for our next event.

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