Libertarian Futurist Society
Help nominate fiction and vote for the only annual award for best pro-freedom fiction: the Prometheus Awards for Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction, plus occasional Special Awards. All the writers listed above (and many more) have won Prometheus Awards for their fiction.
"As a long-time libertarian and science fiction fan, I consider my Libertarian Futurist Society membership one of the best deals around. How else would I learn of the new SF books that I'd be most likely to want to read? LFS dramatically reduces my search time--and that's very valuable to me."
—Robert W. Poole, Founder and Past-President, Reason Foundation
The Libertarian Futurist Society was founded in 1982 to recognize and promote libertarian science fiction. The LFS is a tax-exempt nonprofit group with an international membership of libertarians and freedom-loving science fiction fans who believe cultural change is as vital as political change in achieving freedom. After all, imagination is the first step in envisioning a free future — and the peace, prosperity and progress that can take humankind to the stars. The LFS presents the annual Prometheus Award for Best Novel, the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for best classic literary works of liberty and occasional Prometheus Special Awards for other categories (short fiction, dramatic presentations, life achievement and similar awards) and publishes the quarterly journal, Prometheus.
"People come to libertarianism through fiction. They come through Ayn Rand... Robert Heinlein.... L. Neil Smith. When he established the Prometheus Awards, Smith was acknowledging the political contributions that fiction makes to libertarianism. He recognized its importance and influence, namely that it fire the imagination, it fires the vision of man and woman, and it is absolutely essential to inspire people."
—Author Wendy McElroy, at the 2000 Prometheus Worldcon awards
If you enjoy fiction and science fiction that dramatizes the value of freedom, and are excited by the possibilities that a free society unleashes, then we invite you to become a part of LFS. If you are intrigued by libertarianism and futurism, and the cross-pollination between these two dynamic fields, consider this decentralized coalition of free spirits working to shape a free future.
To join, donate, or subscribe, please visit our membership and donation page.
To uphold the high standards of the Prometheus Awards, full members and above are responsible for obtaining and reading all the finalists in a category before casting their votes. If you wish to vote for the Prometheus Award for Best Novel and are willing to support the LFS at a higher level, consider becoming an LFS Sponsor or Benefactor.
The Libertarian Futurist Society is a nonprofit organization with federal tax-exempt status. If you would like to support our activities, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Mail donation checks, marked "donation,'' to:
Libertarian Futurist Society
650 Castro St. Suite 120-433
Mountain View, CA 94041
Or send a donation via credit card, using one of the PayPal donation options
Help us raise our visibility and promote new memberships by downloading and printing this introductory LFS membership flyer (pdf). You can distribute it easily at upcoming conventions, which often have a place for free flyers and other literatures. Or better yet, print a few and hand them out personally to people you meet who might share our love of liberty, science fiction and a freer future.
The LFS seeks to promote libertarian SF through its annual Prometheus and Hall of Fame awards, and through the publication of Prometheus, a quarterly newsletter. Submissions to Prometheus are welcome, including sf reviews, news notes, essays, letters and comments. Send articles, review copies and requests for submission guidelines to the editor or at
501 Abiso Ave
San Antonio, TX 78209
To inquire about serving on an awards committee or to nominate a book, please contact Michael Grossberg. For Hall of Fame Nominations, please contact Bill Stoddard.
Multiple Prometheus Award winners L. Neil Smith, Vernor Vinge and F. Paul Wilson - each of whom has won four Prometheus awards - will be guests of honor May 8-10, 2015 at LFScon II at Marcon, Ohio's oldest and largest science fiction and fantasy convention at the Hyatt Regency and Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Marcon invited the LFS back for its 50th anniversary in 2015 after the success of the first LFScon at Marcon in 2001 that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the LFS. For more information about Marcon, visit www.marcon.org.
You can change your membership address by sending email to addresschange at lfs.org.
Current officers and directors are listed here.
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