Libertarian Futurist Society
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for the Best Novel category of the Prometheus Awards, which are presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention. The Libertarian Futurist Society, a nonprofit all-volunteer international organization of freedom-loving science fiction fans, has announced five finalists for the Best Novel category of the 39th annual Prometheus Awards.
The Best Novel winner will receive a plaque with a one-ounce gold coin. Plans are under way, as in past years, to present the 2019 awards at the 77th Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention): "Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon," set for Aug. 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.
Here are the five Best Novel finalists, listed in alphabetical order by author:
(Note: Under a recently adopted LFS award-eligibility rule, two or more books can be nominated together as one novel if the judges determine that the stories are so tightly linked and plotted, with continuing characters and unifying conflicts/themes, that they can best be read and considered as one work. Applied this year, that rule combined the two Kingdom of the Wicked volumes into one nomination and the four sequential novellas in The Murderbot Diaries into one nomination.)
All LFS members have the right to nominate eligible works for the Prometheus Awards. LFS members also nominated these 2018 works for this year's Best Novel category: Exile's Escape, by W. Clark Boutwell (Indigo River Publishing); Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway (Alfred Knopf); Mission to Methone, by Les Johnson (Baen Books); Anger is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro (TOR); and Crescendo of Fire and Rhapsody for the Tempest, by Marc Stiegler (LMBPN Publishing.)
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established and first presented in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf.
For four decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, favor voluntary cooperation over institutionalized coercion, expose the abuses and excesses of coercive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the ethically proper and only practical foundation for peace, prosperity, progress, justice, tolerance, mutual respect, and civilization itself.
The Prometheus Award finalists for Best Novel are selected by a 10-person judging committee. Following the selection of finalists, all LFS full members have the right to read and vote on the Best Novel finalist slate to choose the annual winner.
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in all categories, visit lfs.org/awards.shtml. For reviews and commentary on these and other works of interest to the LFS, visit the Prometheus blog at lfs.org/blog. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected five finalists for the 2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame award.
This year's finalists are:
In addition to these nominees, the Hall of Fame Committee considered nine other works: "The Man Who Sold the Stars," by Gregory Benford; "ILU-486," by Amanda Ching; The Mirror Maze, by James P. Hogan; That Hideous Strength, by C.S. Lewis; A Mirror for Observers, by Edgar Pangborn; A Time of Changes, by Robert Silverberg; Demon and Freedom, by Daniel Suarez, as a combined nomination; The Once and Future King and The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White, as a combined nomination; and "Even the Queen," by Connie Willis.
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established and first presented in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include gold coins and plaques for the winners for Best Novel, Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame), and occasional Special Awards.
For four decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, favor private social cooperation over legalized coercion, expose abuses and excesses of obtrusive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the mutually respectful foundation for peace, prosperity, progress, justice, tolerance, mutual respect, and civilization itself.
All Libertarian Futurist Society members are eligible to nominate, vote on and help select this year's inductee into the Prometheus Hall of Fame. After the final vote, by mid-2019, the award will be presented at the Dublin Worldcon.|
For more information or to nominate a classic work for next year, contact Hall of Fame judging committee chair William H. Stoddard (email@example.com) at any time. Nominees may be in any narrative or dramatic form, including prose fiction, stage plays, film, television, other video, graphic novels, song lyrics, or epic or narrative verse, within the realm of science fiction and fantasy.
The Libertarian Futurist Society also presents the annual Prometheus Award for Best Novel and welcomes new members who are interested in science fiction and the future of freedom. More information is available at our website, www.lfs.org.
|2019||Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists|
|2018||Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists||Best Novel: The Powers of the Earth, Classic: "With Folded Hands …"|
|2017||Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists||Freefall (webcomic) wins Special Award Best Novel: Core of the Sun Classic: Coventry||Prometheus Blog|
|2016||Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists||Best Novel: Seveneves, Classic: Courtship Rite||L. Neil Smith, Lifetime Achievement, Special Award for Alex + Ada (a Graphic Novel), Smith Award Ceremony at MileHiCon|
|2015||Best Novel Finalists||Best Novel: Influx, Classic: "'Repent Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman"||F. Paul Wilson, Lifetime Achievement|
|2014||Jan 2014 HOF April 2014 Best Novel||Best Novel tie between Homeland and Nexus; Classic Fiction: Falling Free; Special Award for Leslie Fish||May 6, Vernor Vinge, Lifetime Achievement; August 16 Prometheus Award Ceremony Video|
|2013||April 2013 Best Novel and HOF,||7/20/2013: Pirate Cinema and Classic: Cryptonomicon|
|2012||HOF: February, 2012, Best Novel: April, 2012||7/13/2012: tie between Ready Player One and The Freedom Maze; Classic: The Machine Stops||Prometheus Newsletters Online|
|2011||HOF: March, 2011, Best Novel: April, 2011||7/4/2011: Darkship Thieves; Classic: 1984||Award Ceremony (YouTube)|
|2010||March, 2010||7/10/2010: The Unincorporated Man|
|2009||March, 2009||7/06/2009: Little Brother|
|2008||March, 2008||July 2008: Ha'penny and The Gladiator, plus a Special Award for V For Vendetta|
|2007||March, 2007||September, 2007: Glasshouse|
|2006||March, 2006||August, 2006: Learning the World and a Special Award for Serenity|
|2005||March, 2005||August, 2005: The System of the World and Two Special Awards||10/04: Nominee list|
|2004||May, 2004||9/04: Sims|
|2003||April 2003||8/03: Night Watch|
|2002||9/02: Psychohistorical Crisis|
|2001||April 2001||9/01: Forge of the Elders||6/01: Poul Anderson (Special Award)|
|2000||June 11, 2000|
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