Volume 05, Number 04, Fall, 1987

Marooned Wins Prometheus

Anthem and Stranger in a Strange Land in Hall of Fame

Vernor Vinge's fascinating novel Marooned in Realtime is the 1987 Prometheus Award winner. The award was presented by Victor Milán, author of last year's Prometheus Award winner, Cybernetic Samurai.

Vinge's editor, Jim Baen of Baen Books, accepted for Vinge at the Prometheus Awards Ceremony at the 1987 NASFiC—Cactuscon—in Phoenix, Arizona on September 5th. In front of an audience of approximately three thousand, Mr. Baen read a letter from Vernor Vinge to the LFS membership. [For the text of Vinge's letter, and a report on the award ceremony, see page 3 and 4.]

Vinge wrote Marooned in Realtime to explore what might happen if science and human creativity were allowed to grow unhampered by totalitarianism.

The 1987 Hall of Fame winners were Ayn Rand's Anthem and Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.

Anthem, which alas first published in 1946, is the powerful story of a man who breaks the rules of his bleak collectivist society by daring to love, daring to use the forbidden word, "I", daring to search for a more human way to live.

Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land was for years a cult classic, partly because it was published in 1697, the heyday of things that were strange indeed, and partly, one hopes, because its very distrustful-of-government contents struck a responsive chord in the college students of the time.

First given in 1979 by a group of people who wanted to encourage libertarian writers, the Prometheus Award was re-instituted by the newly-formed Libertarian Futurist Society in 1981, The Award consists of a certificate and a half-ounce gold coin with the image of Nobel prize-winning economist Frederick Hayak on its front.

The Hall of Fame award was started by the LFS membership in 1982. A one-tenth ounce gold Adam Smith coin and a certificate are given to living authors of Hall of Fame winners. For a free copy of all the previous winners of both awards, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Prometheus Awards, 89 Gebhardt Road, Penfield, New York 14526

[For the editor's report on the convention itself see page 4.]

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