Libertarian Futurist Society Announces 2007 Prometheus Awards

For immediate release (September 1, 2007)

The Libertarian Futurist Society will announce the annual winners of the Prometheus Awards at 4 p.m. Friday Aug. 31 in Yokohama, Japan at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention.

* Charles Stross won this year's award for Best Novel for his "Glasshouse".

* There was a tie in the voting for the Hall of Fame Award: "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis and "True Names," by Vernor Vinge will share the Award this year.

* The Motion Picture "V For Vendetta" directed by James McTeigue and with screenplay by the Wachowski brothers has won a Special Award.

At its annual Worldcon award ceremony to be held on Aug. 31 in Yokohama, the Libertarian Futurist Society will present its annual Prometheus Award for Best Novel to Charles Stross for "Glasshouse" (Penguin Group) and the award for Best Classic Fiction (the "Hall of Fame" award) to "It Can't Happen Here", a 1936 novel by Sinclair Lewis and "True Names," a 1981 novella by Vernor Vinge. The movie "V for Vendetta" will receive a Special Award.

This is Stross' first Prometheus Best Novel Award. His novel "The Hidden Family" was a finalist last year, and that book's sequel "The Clan Corporate" was also nominated this year. "Glasshouse" takes place in the same universe as his Accelerando, though at a much later point in its history. The themes of ubiquitous surveillance and the struggle to survive as an individual in the face of severe pressure to conform come through very clearly in this story of a distant future in which unrehabilitated war criminals use every tool at their disposal to build a society that they can control absolutely.

Sinclair Lewis will share the prize for Best Classic Fiction (the Hall of Fame) for his warning about the rise of totalitarianism "It Can't Happen Here," with Vernor Vinge's classic "True Names" which gave the public their first glimpse of cyberspace and showed how the struggle for control might penetrate the new medium.

The motion picture V For Vendetta won a Special Award for effectively dramatizing the ongoing erosion of freedom in the West and the virtue of resisting tyranny with determination and hope. The screenplay was written by the Wachowski brothers and the director was James McTeigue.

The other finalists for Best Novel were: Empire, by Orson Scott Card (TOR Books), The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi (TOR Books), Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge (TOR Books), and Harbingers, by F. Paul Wilson (FORGE). Ten novels published in 2006 were nominated for the 2007 award.

The other finalists for the Hall of Fame award were: A Clockwork Orange, a novel (1963) by Anthony Burgess, "As Easy as A.B.C.," a short story (1912) by Rudyard Kipling, Animal Farm, a novel (1946) by George Orwell, and The Lord of the Rings, a trilogy of novels (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Prometheus awards for Best Novel, Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) and (occasional) Special awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power--especially by the State.

The Prometheus Best Novel Award was founded in 1979 and the Libertarian Futurist Society ( took over sponsorship and administration in 1982. The 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. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for each of the winners.

The Hall of Fame, established in 1983, focuses on older classic fiction, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and plays. Past Hall of Fame award winners range from Robert Heinlein and Ayn Rand to Ray Bradbury and Ursula LeGuin.

Publishers who wish to submit novels published in 2007 for the 2008 Best Novel award should contact Michael Grossberg (, 3164 Plymouth Place, Columbus OH 43213), Chair of the LFS Prometheus Awards Best Novel Finalist judging committee.

Founded in 1982, the Libertarian Futurist Society sponsors the annual Prometheus Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame; publishes reviews, news and columns in the quarterly "Prometheus"; arranges annual awards ceremonies at the WorldCon, debates libertarian futurist issues (such as private space exploration); and provides fun and fellowship for libertarian-SF fans.

A list of past winners of LFS awards can be found on the LFS website at

For more information, contact LFS President Chris Hibbert (, 650-968-6319).

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