Libertarian Futurist Society
The Libertarian Futurist Society has chosen Alex + Ada, a graphic novel by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, to receive a Special Award.
Alex + Ada was published by Image Comics. The collected edition appeared in three volumes from July 29, 2014 to August 25, 2015.
Set in a near future United States, Alex + Ada explores the social and political impact of the creation of artificial intelligences through the personal story of a young man, Alex, who receives an android companion as a gift from his wealthy grandmother. He faces a series of increasingly challenging moral choices about his relationship with the android, which he names Ada. As the story progresses, Alex, Ada, and other characters are caught up in a moral panic over androids that inspires repressive legislation and outbreaks of mob violence—and are tested by how they respond.
Luna and Vaughn's treatment of artificial intelligence and virtual reality is sophisticated and technologically plausible. They tie the ethical question of which beings have rights to deeper philosophical issues of the nature of conscious experience and selfhood. And in the end, they hold up personal integrity in the face of a repressive society as an example worth following. Their story gives us a look at issues that a future world might have to address.
The award ceremony will take place at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, at a time to be announced. The award includes a gold coin and plaque for the winners. Also to be presented are the annual Best Novel and Hall of Fame Awards, finalists for which were announced April 4 and January 18, respectively.
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in all categories, visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty. For more information, please contact LFS President William H. Stoddard.
|2016||Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists||L. Neil Smith, Lifetime Achievement||Special Award for Alex + Ada (a Graphic Novel)|
|2015||Best Novel Finalists||Best Novel: Influx, Classic: "'Repent Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman"||F. Paul Wilson, Lifetime Achievement|
|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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