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Tom Swift 100th Anniversary Convention: July 16-18, 2010

Shop Now for Tom Swift Merchandise

Visit our Lulu print on demand store and our Cafe Press store.

The 24 Palmer Street Press store on Lulu contains reprints of the first five Tom Swift volumes from 1910 in Ked's book format and the Tom Swift Guide to Life in hardcover and paperback printed in full color throughout. It also offers a 2012 Edward Stratemeyer calendar to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth. It will soon feature reprints of early and scarce Stratemeyer stories, beginning with is first professional serial, "Victor Horton's Idea."

Our TS100 Lulu store has shirts, tote bags, mugs, pins, magnets, tiles, boxes, posters and other cool Tom Swift items you won't find elsewhere.

We have an overstock of some items made for the convention. Size and color selections are more limited than the links above but the prices are better and you get them from us direct. Plus there are a few items that cannot be found on the above links.

Thank you for supporting the 100th Anniversary Tom Swift Convention even after this July 2010 event has passed.



Tom Swift Convention Upcoming Events
Tour: In the Footsteps of Edward Stratemeyer Friday, July 16 8am-5:30pm Registration Closed
Radio Show Live Performance of Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X 4pm, July 16 Free. UCSD Arts Library, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Convention (Presentations, Exhibit, Sales Tables) July 17-18, 2010 Register in Advance or at Door at Sheraton Mission Valley (Exhibit and Sales Room FREE)
Convention Dinner July 17 Registration Closed
Encore Performance of Tom Swift and his Airship Radio Show July 17. Doors open 7:30pm FREE, Donations encouraged. Sheraton Mission Valley
Cafe Press Store June-December 2010 Shop Now
Tom Swift Guide to Life
& Reprints of 1910 TS books
June-December 2010 For Sale Now
Tom Swift Centennial Exhibit June 1-July 31, 2010 Free. UCSD Geisel Library, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

The Tom Swift convention will be held at the Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel at 1433 Camino Del Rio South. San Diego, CA 92108.


The Tom Swift series, and later Tom Swift Jr. and other similar series, introduced readers to marvelous adventures in the near and far future. Sometimes, as in the first and fourth series, the adventures seemed like something which could occur in the "today" when the books were published. Other series were set in the near or far future.

Many young people were inspired by these stories to pursue careers in science, engineering, aviation, and space travel.

The first five volumes in the original Tom Swift series were released in 1910

  1. Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle
  2. Tom Swift and His Motor Boat
  3. Tom Swift and His Airship
  4. Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat
  5. Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout

Of course this means that 2010 is the 100th anniversary. An important milestone such as this should not pass unnoticed so we shall hold a Tom Swift 100th Anniversary Convention from Friday July 16 through Sunday July 18, 2010 in San Diego. These dates were selected because they are the weekend before Comic-Con International (Wed July 21-Sun July 25) with the expectation that some people will want to attend both events.

The goal of this convention is to draw attention to these influential books and give fans, scholars, and people who were influenced by them a chance to gather together and celebrate the anniversary.

Please join us in San Diego in 2010 for an exciting lineup of speakers and activities.
July 17-18 at the Sheraton Mission Valley (more info under Location at the top), Costs are listed under Registration (listed at the top of this page). Please note our free events (Radio Shows, Space Society Talk, UCSD Exhibit).

Check out our CafePress store and buy licensed merchandise for Tom Swift for a limited time!

To express interest in the Tom Swift Convention and give your opinion about merchandise, presentations, and other aspects of the Convention, please fill out our brief survey.