Over the past decade, bestselling sf novelists and Libertarian Futurist Society leaders have recorded a fascinating variety of  illuminating, often provocative and occasionally humorous Worldcon panel discussions, podcasts and speeches at Prometheus Award ceremonies.

C.J. Cherry (Creative Commons license)

C.J. Cherryh, Cory Doctorow, Harlan Ellison, Sarah Hoyt, Ken MacLeod, Wil McCarthy and F. Paul Wilson are just a few of the writers who have discussed their pro-freedom and anti-authoritarian works of science fiction and fantasy while sharing personal stories and exploring a wide variety of timely and timeless subjects.

Among them: technology and free-market innovation, cultural change, the information society, the power of ideas, justice and individual rights, artificial intelligence, the importance of safeguarding freedom of expression and civil liberties, the civilizing and peaceful benefits of free trade and free markets and the dangers of unchecked government and authoritarianism.

Harlan Ellison at the 1984 LA Worldcon (Creative Commons license)

Among the sf/fantasy novelists participating in these LFS/Prometheus awards videos: Travis Corcoran (The Powers of the Earth, Causes of Separation),  Doctorow (Little Brother, Homeland, Pirate Cinema), Ellison  (“‘Repent Harlequin!,’ Said the Ticktockman”) Cherryh and Jane Fancher (Alliance Rising), Karl Gallagher (Torchship trilogy), Hoyt (Darkship Thieves), John Hunt (Drug Lord: High Ground with Doug Casey), MacLeod (The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal, Learning the World), McCarthy (Rich Man’s Sky), Ramez Naam (Nexus, Crux, Apex), Andy Weir (Artemis, The Martian) and Wilson (Sims, An Enemy of the State, Wheels within Wheels.)

Check out these videos – or just click on the videos or their underlined headlines – to read some interesting author excerpts and insights to whet your appetite to watch the whole thing.

Sarah Hoyt on cloning and State suppression of technology: Her acceptance speech & 2011 Worldcon Prometheus Awards ceremony
LFS member Fred Moulton presented the 2011 Prometheus Awards in Aug. 2011 at Renovation, the Reno, Nevada, Worldcon, to Sarah Hoyt (for Best Novel for Darkship Thieves, a coming-of-age saga depicting a plausible anarchist society among the asteroids and a heroic woman’s fight for her freedom and identity against a tyrannical Earth) and to the late George Orwell (for Best Classic Fiction for his 1945 novel Animal Farm.)

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Prometheus winners: For a full list of Prometheus Award winners – for the annual Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) categories and occasional Special Awards – visit the Prometheus Awards page  on the LFS website.

* Read “The Libertarian History of Science Fiction,”  an essay in the June 2020 issue of the international magazine Quillette that favorably highlights the Prometheus Awards and the Libertarian Futurist Society, quotes from articles on the Prometheus Blog and explores the significant element of libertarian sf/fantasy in the modern genre.

Join us! To help sustain the Prometheus Awards, join the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), a non-profit volunteer association of libertarian sf/fantasy fans and freedom-lovers.
Libertarian futurists believe exploring and dramatizing a positive vision of human flourishing and human possibilities in the future is key to achieving universal individual rights and a better world (perhaps eventually, worlds) for all.