Why libertarianism isn’t rightwing and how the Prometheus Awards recognize good sf, no matter who writes it: LFS leader Steve Gaalema’s interview at Kansas City’s 2016 Worldcon

Sample excerpt from Steve Gaalema’s Worldcon video interview:
“Our main purpose is to recognize freedom-promoting fiction, especially novels… about protagonists fighting against oppression. We also have a Hall of Fame award, a little like the retro Hugos,” Gaalema said.
“It’s a misconception that libertarians are rightwing.  We are in favor of freedom whether it’s economic freedom or social freedom. Libertarians can draw support from people who think they’re leftwing as well. We’re in favor of good science fiction, no matter who writes it. We give the award based on the quality of the work, not based on who the authors are.”

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Michael Grossberg, who founded the LFS in 1982 to help sustain the Prometheus Awards, has been an arts critic, speaker and award-winning journalist for five decades. Michael has won Ohio SPJ awards for Best Critic in Ohio and Best Arts Reporting (seven times). He's written for Reason, Libertarian Review and Backstage weekly; helped lead the American Theatre Critics Association for two decades; and has contributed to six books, including critical essays for the annual Best Plays Theatre Yearbook and an afterword for J. Neil Schulman's novel The Rainbow Cadenza. Among books he recommends from a libertarian-futurist perspective: Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist & How Innovation Works, David Boaz's The Libertarian Mind and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.

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