The John W. Campbell Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, July 9 – 12, 2009, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction.
- City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Del Rey)
- Valley of Day-Glo, Nick Di Chario (Robert J. Sawyer Books)
- Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
- Song of Time, Ian MacLeod, (PS Publishing)
- The Philosopher’s Apprentice, James Morrow (William Morrow)
- Anathem, Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)