Paul O. Williams died June 2, 2009 from an aortic dissection. His most notable work was the Pelbar Cycle, a series of seven novels set in post-apocalyptic Illinois. He won the Campbell Award in 1983, and published two other science fiction novels outside of the Pelbar novels; the most recent was The Man from Far Cloud in 2004. He was also a poet, served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and was professor emeritus of English at Principia College in Elsah IL. He is survived by his wife, KerryLynn Blau Williams.
- 2009 Campbell Award Finalists
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