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Sf author Barry Longyear joins Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward & Jesse Walker & LFS President William Stoddard to discuss “SF, Liberty, Alternative Publishing Trends and the Prometheus Awards” following the 2021 Prometheus ceremony, with acceptance speeches by Longyear (Best Novel: “The Hook”) and F. Paul Wilson (Hall of Fame: “Lipidleggin'”.


How is technology expanding book publishing and alternative fiction? How is that trend reflected in this year’s slate of Prometheus Best Novel finalists? What’s the historic relationship among sf, liberty and the libertarian movement? What are the challenges and tensions in balancing artistic merit in fiction and awards with ideology and positive social values? Following the 15-minute 2021 Prometheus Awards ceremony, with acceptance speeches by Barry Longyear (Best Novel: “The Hook”) and F. Paul Wilson (Hall of Fame: “Lipidleggin’”), those questions are explored in Reason-magazine-sponsored panel discussion with Reason editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason books editor Jesse Walker and LFS President William H. Stoddard. Bonuses: Surprise appearance and comments by Reason’s Bob Poole, and post-panel Q/A session.

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Michael Grossberg

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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