Vernor Vinge, Lifetime Achievement Award

The Libertarian Futurist Society has chosen Vernor Vinge to receive a Special Prometheus Award in 2014 for lifetime achievement.

Vernor Vinge, only the second author in LFS history to receive a Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement, has received four previous Prometheus Awards.

Vinge has won twice in the best-novel category: in 1987 for Marooned in Realtime, and in 2000 for A Deepness in the Sky. In addition, two of his works have been inducted into the Prometheus Hall of Fame: “The Ungoverned” in 2004 and “True Names” in 2007.

The LFS will announce the time and location of the award ceremony in the near future. Also, Vinge will join other multiple Prometheus Award winners F. Paul Wilson and L. Neil Smith as guests of honor at the 50th anniversary of Marcon, Ohio’s oldest and largest sci-fi/fantasy convention — where the LFS’ second “LFScon” will take place as part of the program — over Mother’s Day weekend May 8-10, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Vinge has explored libertarian and anarchist themes in a wide variety of works:

Vinge is one of the science fiction community’s leading creators of hard science fiction, based on rigorous exploration of speculative themes. The Zones of Thought series, in particular, vividly portrayed the mentalities of alien races such as the Spiders and the Tines. He is also considered one of the founders of the transhumanist movement, in his address “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era” (1993).

Note: The first Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement was presented to Poul Anderson in 2001 at the first LFScon at Marcon.

For more information, contact LFS Board Chair Bill Stoddard at

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