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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 8, 2018

Corcoran's The Powers of the Earth wins Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Williamson's "With Folded Hands …" wins Hall of Fame

Prometheus Award ceremony to be held Aug. 17 at San Jose Worldcon

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the 2018 Prometheus Award winners for Best Novel and the Prometheus Hall of Fame (Best Classic Fiction). The Society has chosen The Powers of the Earth, by Travis Corcoran, as the 2018 winner in the Best Novel category of the 38th annual Prometheus Awards. LFS members also voted to induct "With Folded Hands …", a 1947 short story by Grand Master Jack Williamson, into the Prometheus Hall of Fame for best classic fiction.

The LFS, which has presented the Prometheus Awards annually since the early 1980s at the World Science Fiction Convention, will hold this year's ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in the San Jose McEnery Convention Center during San Jose Worldcon 76. The Powers of the Earth (Morlock Publishing), the first volume in The Aristillus Series, is set in a near-future ungoverned lunar settlement, developed while Earth leaders ignored and denied its existence. The settlement struggles to retain its independence from Earth's invading force in Corcoran's panoramic story about people carrying on their lives in liberty. Corcoran's novel is both a tribute to Robert Heinlein's classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and a re-examination of its assumptions about how such a lunar colony would function, and what kinds of people would live there.

Other Best Novel finalists:

Williamson (1908-2006) was the second writer after Robert Heinlein to be named Grand Master of Science Fiction (in 1976) by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His novelette "With Folded Hands …", inspired by Williamson's lifelong distrust of "benevolent" but intrusive paternalism and published in 1947 in Astounding, launched his Humanoids Series (including the 1949 novel The Humanoids and the 1980 sequel The Humanoid Touch) which explored the disastrous and authoritarian implications of powerful new technology (robots with an imperative to control and protect humans) to undermine individual liberty and moral autonomy.

Other Hall of Fame finalists:"Starfog," a short story (1967) by Poul Anderson; "As Easy as A.B.C.,"a short story (1912) by Rudyard Kipling; The Island Worlds, a novel (1986) by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts; and "Conquest by Default," a short story (1968) by Vernor Vinge. The annual Prometheus Hall of Fame award is open to works published or broadcast at least five years ago in any narrative or dramatic form, including novels, stories, stage plays, film, television, other video, graphic novels, song lyrics, or epic or narrative verse.

The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established and first presented in 1979, making it 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 the winners – with a one-ounce gold prize for Best Novel and smaller gold coins for the Prometheus Hall of Fame (for Best Classic Fiction in all written and broadcast/on-screen mediums) and the occasional Prometheus Special awards.

For close to four decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, favor cooperation over coercion, expose the abuses and excesses of government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the mutually respectful foundation for peace, prosperity, progress, justice, tolerance, mutual respect, and civilization itself.

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 a broader appreciation of the value of liberty and respect for natural rights.

For more information, contact LFS Publicity Chair Chris Hibbert (publicity@lfs.org)

Previous Press Releases

YearFinalistsWinnersOther News
2018 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: The Powers of the Earth, Classic: "With Folded Hands …"
2017 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Freefall (webcomic) wins Special Award Best Novel: Core of the Sun Classic: Coventry Prometheus Blog
2016 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: Seveneves, Classic: Courtship Rite L. Neil Smith, Lifetime Achievement, Special Award for Alex + Ada (a Graphic Novel), Smith Award Ceremony at MileHiCon
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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