July 9, 2004

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Contact: Ruth Lichtwardt, Oread Books, (785) 864-4431; James Gunn, Department of English, (785) 864-3380.

Science fiction and fantasy book signing scheduled at Oread Books July 10 at KU

LAWRENCE -- Oread Books will host a book signing featuring more than a dozen award-winning authors of science fiction and fantasy from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in Oread Books, Level 2 of the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas. The book signing is free and open to the public.

The authors attending the book signing are Brian Aldiss, Robin Wayne Bailey, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Harry Harrison, Kij Johnson, Jack McDevitt, Frederik Pohl, Pamela Sargent, Donna Shirley, Joan Slonczewski, George Zebrowski and James Gunn, KU professor emeritus of English and director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU.

The book signing is in conjunction with the annual Campbell Conference, the John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and this year's inductions into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Campbell Conference is the concluding event of the yearly Writer's Workshop and the beginning of the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction.

The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of the year has been presented at KU since 1979; the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year has been presented at KU since 1987. The Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame inductions have been presented since 1996, in cooperation with the Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. The honors will be announced at an awards banquet the evening before the signing.

Aldiss and Harrison will appear as 2004 inductees into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame. This year's posthumous inductees are Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and E.E. "Doc" Smith, whose books also will be available at the event. Following this year, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame will move to the new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle.

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