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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 10, 2023



The Libertarian Futurist Society has selected four finalists for the 2023 Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction.

This year's finalists – first published between 1978 and 2000 - include novels by the late Poul Anderson and Terry Pratchett, Harry Turtledove and a song by the Canadian rock group Rush.

In addition to the above finalists, the Prometheus Hall of Fame Finalist Judging Committee considered six other nominees: "Zelig", a 1983 film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen; Floating Worlds, a 1976 novel by Cecilia Holland; “Primary Education of the Camiroi,” a 1966 short story by R.A. Lafferty; That Hideous Strength, a 1945 novel by C.S. Lewis; Kalin, a 1969 novel by E. C. Tubb; and “The Last Word,” a 2000 story by Harry Turtledove.

The final vote will take place in mid-2024. All Libertarian Futurist Society members are eligible to vote. The award will be presented at a major science fiction convention and/or online.

Nominees may be in any narrative or dramatic form, including prose fiction, stage plays, film, television, other video, graphic novels, song lyrics, or epic or narrative verse; they must explore themes relevant to libertarianism and must be science fiction, fantasy, or related genres.

First presented in 1979 (for Best Novel) and presented annually since 1982, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between liberty and power, favor private social cooperation over legalized coercion, expose abuses and excesses of obtrusive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the mutually respectful foundation for peace, prosperity, progress, justice, tolerance, civility, and civilization itself.

The awards include gold coins and plaques for the winners for Best Novel, Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame), and occasional Special Awards.

The Prometheus Award is one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf.

Nominations for the 2024 Hall of Fame Award can be submitted to committee chair William H. Stoddard ( at any time up to Sept. 30, 2024. All LFS members are eligible to nominate.

The LFS welcomes new members who are interested in science fiction and the future of freedom. More information is available at our website, and on the Prometheus blog (

Previous Press Releases

YearFinalistsWinnersOther News
2024 Hall of Fame Finalists >
2023 Best Novel Finalists,   Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: Cloud Castles, Classic: "Free Men" Prometheus Award presentation by Sarah Hoyt to Dave Freer for "Cloud Castles", with remarks by Heinlein Trust and Heinlein Society leaders
2022 Best Novel Finalists,   Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: Rich Man's Sky, Classic: Citizen of the Galaxy Prometheus Award presentation by Travis Corcoran to Wil McCarthy for "Rich Man's Sky". Hall of Fame Award awarded to Robert Heinlein
2021 Best Novel Finalists , Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Classic: "Lipidleggin' " Prometheus Award Ceremony and panel discussion with Reason Magazine as media sponsor
2020 Best Novel Finalists , Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: Alliance Rising, Classic: "Sam Hall" Virtual Events at ConZealand and Columbus NASFIC
Video of ConZealand panel
2019 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: Causes of Separation, Classic: "Harrison Bergeron"
2018 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: The Powers of the Earth, Classic: "With Folded Hands …"
2017 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Freefall (webcomic) wins Special Award Best Novel: Core of the Sun Classic: Coventry Prometheus Blog
2016 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: Seveneves, Classic: Courtship Rite L. Neil Smith, Lifetime Achievement, Special Award for Alex + Ada (a Graphic Novel), Smith Award Ceremony at MileHiCon
2015 Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: Influx, Classic: "'Repent Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman" F. Paul Wilson, Lifetime Achievement
acceptance remarks from Harlan Ellison.
2014 Jan 2014 HOF April 2014 Best Novel Best Novel tie between Homeland and Nexus; Classic Fiction: Falling Free; Special Award for Leslie Fish May 6, Vernor Vinge, Lifetime Achievement; August 16 Prometheus Award Ceremony Video
2013 April 2013 Best Novel and HOF, 7/20/2013: Pirate Cinema and Classic: Cryptonomicon  
2012 HOF: February, 2012, Best Novel: April, 2012 7/13/2012: tie between Ready Player One and The Freedom Maze; Classic: The Machine Stops Prometheus Newsletters Online
2011 HOF: March, 2011, Best Novel: April, 2011 7/4/2011: Darkship Thieves; Classic: 1984 Award Ceremony (YouTube)
2010 March, 2010 7/10/2010: The Unincorporated Man  
2009 March, 2009 7/06/2009: Little Brother  
2008 March, 2008 July 2008: Ha'penny and The Gladiator, plus a Special Award for V For Vendetta  
2007 March, 2007 September, 2007: Glasshouse  
2006 March, 2006 August, 2006: Learning the World and a Special Award for Serenity  
2005 March, 2005 August, 2005: The System of the World and Two Special Awards 10/04: Nominee list
2004 May, 2004 9/04: Sims  
2003 April 2003 8/03: Night Watch  
2002   9/02: Psychohistorical Crisis  
2001 April 2001 9/01: Forge of the Elders 6/01: Poul Anderson (Special Award)
2000 June 11, 2000    

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