Libertarian Futurist Society
For immediate release: August 29, 2003
* Libertarian Futurist Society will announce the annual winners
of the Prometheus Award on August 29 at the Toronto Worldcon. The
awards will be presented at 4pm (tentatively scheduled to be held
in room CC Summit).
* Terry Pratchett won this year's award for
Best Novel for "Night Watch".
* Robert Heinlein's
short story, "Requiem" won the Hall of Fame Award.
its annual Worldcon award ceremony to be held on August 29 in
Toronto, the Libertarian Futurist Society will present its annual
Prometheus Award for Best Novel to Terry Pratchett's "Night
Watch" (HarperCollins) and the award for Best Classic Fiction
(the "Hall of Fame" award) to Robert Heinlein's short
This will be Terry Pratchett's
first Prometheus Award, though not his first nomination. His
earlier novel "The Truth" was nominated in
Pratchett's novel is part of his Discworld series.
With his usual tongue in cheek style, this novel focuses on what
it takes to build a police force that will eventually be able
control one of the most unruly cities in fiction. Watch Commander
Sam Vimes chases after one of the most notorious killers in
Ankh-Morpork, and winds up in a time vortex that takes him back to
the days when young Sam Vimes first joined the watch. The older
Vimes has to set in motion the beginnings of a revolution in
police procedures or his beloved town will never become the
thriving metropolis that the readers of the Discworld series have
come to know.
The other finalists in the voting for the
2003 Prometheus Award were:
* Schild's Ladder, by Greg Egan
* Dark Light, by Ken MacLeod (TOR Books)
Escape from Heaven, by J. Neil Schulman (Pulpless.com)
Haunted Air, by F. Paul Wilson (Forge Books)
short story tells of the man who made a fortune in a business that
led to the development of the moon, but who never got a chance to
go himself. He skirts laws and does whatever it takes to finally
achieve his goal. Heinlein has won the Hall of Fame 5 times
before: in 1983 for "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", in
1987 for "Stranger in a Strange Land"; in 1996 for "Red
Planet"; in 1997 for "Methuselah's Children", and
in 1998 for "Time Enough for Love".
finalists for the Hall of Fame award were:
* A Clockwork
Orange, by Anthony Burgess
* That Hideous Strength, by C.S.
* It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis
* Lord of the
Rings trilogy, J.R. Tolkien
The Prometheus awards for Best
Novel, Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) and (occasional)
Special awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that
explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human
rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the
perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments,
or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power--
especially by the State.
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by
the Libertarian Futurist Society (lfs.org), was established 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.
The Hall of Fame, established in 1983,
focuses on older classic fiction, including novels, novellas,
short stories, poems and plays. Past Hall of Fame award winners
range from Robert Heinlein and Ayn Rand to Ray Bradbury and Ursula
Publishers who wish to submit novels published in
2003 for the 2004 Best Novel award should contact Michael
Grossberg (614-236-5040, bestNovelChair@lfs.org, 3164 Plymouth Place,
Columbus OH 43213), Chair of the LFS Prometheus Awards Best Novel
Finalist judging committee.
Founded in 1982, the
Libertarian Futurist Society sponsors the annual Prometheus Award
and Prometheus Hall of Fame; publishes reviews, news and columns
in the quarterly "Prometheus"; arranges annual awards
ceremonies at the Worldcon, debates libertarian futurist issues
(such as private space exploration); and provides fun and
fellowship for libertarian-SF fans.
A list of past winners
of LFS awards can be found on the LFS web site at www.lfs.org.
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