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Podcast: sf writers Andy Weir, Ken MacLeod, John Hunt, Karl Gallagher and Travis Corcoran discuss their 2017 Prometheus-finalist novels with Geek Gab host Danny Warpig

Sample Geek Gab excerpt: 

“I’m on the short list for the Prometheus for the third novel of a trilogy,  The Corporation Wars, set a thousand years in the future,” novelist Ken MacLeod said.

Ken MacLeod (Creative Commons photo)

“A robot interstellar colonization is going on, and there’s the usual hand-waving post-singularity about downloading and so on, and some of the robots become self-aware and basically reinvent their Lockean property rights from the ground up, and things get sticky after that,” MacLeod said.


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Michael Grossberg, who founded the LFS in 1982 to help sustain the Prometheus Awards, has been an arts critic, speaker and award-winning journalist for five decades. Michael has won Ohio SPJ awards for Best Critic in Ohio and Best Arts Reporting (seven times). He's written for Reason, Libertarian Review and Backstage weekly; helped lead the American Theatre Critics Association for two decades; and has contributed to six books, including critical essays for the annual Best Plays Theatre Yearbook and an afterword for J. Neil Schulman's novel The Rainbow Cadenza. Among books he recommends from a libertarian-futurist perspective: Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist & How Innovation Works, David Boaz's The Libertarian Mind and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.

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