The Libertarian Futurist Society has created an attractive new introductory flyer.
The new flyer, available to download and print out from the LFS website, incorporates updated wording to explain our mission and the distinctive focus of the Prometheus Awards.
Perhaps most notable: the replacement of older “endorsement” quotes with excerpts from more-recent articles in publications that have taken a positive look at the LFS and our four-decade-old awards program.
The flyer also boasts a new illustration: the LFS/Prometheus logo of a hand cradling fire.
The LFS flyer is easy to download to your computer and print out in multiple copies to share with anyone you know who might be interested in finding out more about the Prometheus Awards and perhaps joining us.
(Just scroll down the front page of www.lfs.org until you see the headline: New LFS outreach flyer. Then click on the link to download the PDF file.)
Over the decades, many LFS members have helped raise the visibility of the Prometheus Awards and brought our nonprofit all-volunteer group to the attention of other science fiction fans and libertarians. (Such efforts may be more important than ever today, with the aging of sci-fi fandom.)
So if you’re planning to attend a science-fiction/fantasy convention, libertarian conference or any gathering where you might find freedom-loving sf/fantasy fans, please consider using the flyer as part of your outreach efforts.
Or, better yet, take a flyer or two with you to any party or social event – and if you happen to meet someone who seems interested in the Prometheus Awards, hand them a copy.
WHAT DOES THE FLYER SAY?
Here’s the flyer’s basic pitch and headline:
Do you love liberty…?
…and science fiction?
If so, then join the Libertarian Futurist Society and vote in the Prometheus Awards!
And here’s a representative example of the rewritten text and updated list of Prometheus winners:
“The Prometheus Awards recognize outstanding works of science fiction/fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, favor voluntary cooperation over institutionalized coercion, expose abuses and excesses of coercive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideology, or champion individual rights as the ethical and practical foundation for peace, prosperity, progress, justice, mutual respect, human dignity, and the flourishing of civilization itself.
Among our Prometheus winners: Hans Christian Anderson (“The Emperor’s New Clothes”), Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Lois McMaster Bujold (Falling Free), C.J. Cherryh, Travis Corcoran, Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed), Robert A. Heinlein, Sarah Hoyt (Darkship Thieves), George Orwell, Terry Pratchett (Night Watch), Ayn Rand, L. Neil Smith, Neal Stephenson, Charles Stross, J.R.R. Tolkien, Vernor Vinge, Kurt Vonnegut (“Harrison Bergeron”), Jo Walton (Ha’Penny), Jack Williamson (“With Folded Hands”) and F. Paul Wilson.”
The two new endorsement quotes, meanwhile, come from TOR.com and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction:
‘The Prometheus Award is an interesting case. The results are as remarkable as the award’s longevity … The LFS ranges far outside the borders of conventional American libertarian thought … with equally diverse selections on nominee lists. Following this particular award can be rewarding for readers of all stripes’ — ‘40 Years of the Prometheus Award,”’ by James Davis Nicoll (TOR.com)
‘Uniquely among political movements, many of libertarianism’s most influential texts have been by SF writers … It seems likely that the influence of the (Libertarian SF) movement within sf will grow.’ —- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
P.S. Thanks to several LFS board members – including Tom Jackson, Chris Hibbert, Charlie Morrison, Michael Grossberg and William Stoddard – for inspiring and/or working on developing and finalizing the flyer’s new wording and imagery.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE:
* Prometheus winners: For the full list of Prometheus winners, finalists and nominees – for the annual Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) categories and occasional Special Awards – visit the enhanced Prometheus Awards page on the LFS website, which now includes convenient links to the full set of published appreciation-reviews of past winners.
* Read “The Libertarian History of Science Fiction,” an essay in the international magazine Quillette that favorably highlights the Prometheus Awards, the Libertarian Futurist Society and the significant element of libertarian sf/fantasy in the evolution of the modern genre.
* Join us! To help sustain the Prometheus Awards, join the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), a non-profit all-volunteer association of freedom-loving sf/fantasy fans.
Libertarian futurists believe that culture matters! We understand that the arts and literature can be vital, and in some ways even more powerful than politics in the long run, by sparking innovation, better ideas, positive social change, and mutual respect for each other’s rights and differences.
Through recognizing the literature of liberty and the many different but complementary visions of a free future via the Prometheus Awards, the LFS hopes to help spread better visions of the future that help humanity overcome tyranny, end slavery and war and achieve universal liberty, respect for human rights and a better world (perhaps eventually, worlds) for all.