For IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 31, 2014
PROMETHEUS AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
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The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) finalists for its annual Prometheus Awards. The awards will be presented during Loncon 3, the 72nd annual World Science Fiction Convention August 14-18, 2014, in London. The Best Novel finalists (in alphabetical order by author) for this year's Prometheus Award for best pro-freedom novel of 2013:
The Prometheus Hall of Fame award for Best Classic Fiction honors novels, novellas, stories, graphic novels, anthologies, films, TV shows/series, plays, poems, music recordings and other works of fiction first published or broadcast more than five years ago. The 2014 finalists for the Prometheus Hall of Fame award for Best Classic Fiction are (in chronological order):
- Homeland, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books) is a sequel to Doctorow’s Prometheus winner Little Brother and follows the continuing adventures of a government-brutalized but still-idealistic young leader of a movement of tech-savvy hackers who must decide whether to release an incendiary Wikileaks-style expose of massive government abuse and corruption as part of a struggle against the invasive national-security state.
- A Few Good Men, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books), set in the same future as Hoyt's Prometheus-winning Darkship Thieves and the beginning of her Earth's Revolution saga, blends drama, romance, intrigue into a suspenseful struggle against a vicious tyranny of an entrenched and cloned elite that offers lessons about the roots of dictatorship, the seeds of revolution and our American heritage of freedom.
- Crux, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books), is the sequel to Nexus and further extends a fascinating exploration of possibilities for both freedom and vicious mind control with emerging medical/computer technologies.
- Nexus, by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books) offers a gripping exploration of politics and new extremes of both freedom and tyranny in a near future where emerging technology opens up unprecedented possibilities for mind control or personal liberation and interpersonal connection.
- Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer) is a futuristic suspense thriller and a parable of democracy's downfall about an ambivalent federal agent pursuing a "brilliant," one of a small emerging percentage of humans with unusual abilities that threaten the status quo and trigger efforts to suppress emerging differences.
- "As Easy as A.B.C.," a short story by Rudyard Kipling published in London Magazine in 1912, presents an ambiguously utopian future that has reacted against mass society (which was beginning to emerge during Kipling's day) in favor of privacy and freedom of movement.
- "Sam Hall," a short story by Poul Anderson published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1953, depicts a regimented future America obsessed with security and facing a libertarian revolution aided by cybernetic subversion.
- "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," a short story by Harlan Ellison published in Galaxy in 1965, is a dystopian satire set in an authoritarian society dedicated to punctuality, in which a lone absurdist rebel attempts to disrupt everyone else's schedules.
- Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold published in 1988, explores free will and self-ownership by considering the legal and ethical implications of human genetic engineering.
- Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury published in 1982, portrays a harsh desert planet's exotic human culture founded on applying the mathematical concept of optimization in biology, political organization, and ethics.
Nine novels were nominated for this year's Best Novel award. The other 2013 novels nominated for this award: Seven Against Mars by Martin Berman-Gorvine (Wildside), Armageddon's Princess, by Anthony Pacheco (Amazon, Barnes Noble), The Long War, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Harper Collins) and Shadow of Freedom, by David Weber (Baen Books).
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established 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 a gold coin and plaque for the winners. For more than three decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace, prosperity, progress and justice.
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in all categories, visit www.lfs.org. 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.
For more information, contact LFS Publicity Chair Chris Hibbert (firstname.lastname@example.org). To submit 2014 novels for consideration and possible nomination by LFS members, contact Best Novel awards coordinator Michael Grossberg (BestNovel@lfs.org or 614-236-5040). To propose works published more than five years ago for the Hall of Fame, contact William H. Stoddard, Hall of Fame finalist judging committee chair (HallOfFame@lfs.org).
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