For IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 4, 2012
PROMETHEUS AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for this year's
Prometheus Awards, which will be presented during the 70th World Science
Fiction Convention over Labor Day weekend in Chicago.
The Prometheus finalists for Best Novel recognize pro-freedom novels
published last year:
- The Children of the Sky (TOR Books) - A sequel to Vernor
Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and in the same universe as
Prometheus-winning A Deepness in the Sky, this novel focuses on
advanced humans, stranded and struggling to survive on a low-tech planet
populated by Tines, dog-like creatures who are only intelligent when
organized in packs. The most libertarian of the three human factions and
their local allies must cope with the world's authoritarian factions to
advance peaceful trade over war and coercion.
The Freedom Maze (Small Beer Press) - Delia Sherman's
young-adult fantasy novel focuses on an adolescent girl of 1960 who is
magically sent back in time to 1860 when her family owned slaves on a
Louisiana plantation. With her summer tan, she's mistaken for a slave
herself, and she learns the hard way what life was like. In the
process, she comes to appreciate the values of honor, respect, courage,
and personal responsibility.
- In the Shadow of Ares (Amazon Kindle edition)- This
young-adult first novel by Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson focuses
on a Mars-born female teenager in a near-future, small civilization on Mars,
where hardworking citizens are constantly and unjustly constrained by a
growing, centralized authority whose excessive power has led to
corruption and conflict.
- Ready Player One (Random House) - Ernest Cline's genre-busting
blend of science fiction, romance, suspense, and adventure describes a
virtual world that has managed to evolve an order without a state and
where entrepreneurial gamers must solve virtual puzzles and battle
real-life enemies to save their virtual world from domination and
corruption. The novel also stresses the importance of allowing open
access to the Internet for everyone.
- The Restoration Game (Pyr Books) - Set in a world whose true
nature is a deeper mystery, this philosophical and political thriller by
Ken MacLeod (winner of Prometheus awards for Learning the World, The
Star Fraction, and The Stone Canal) explores the dark legacy of
communism and the primacy of information in shaping what is "reality"
amid Eastern European intrigue, online gaming, romance and mystery.
- Snuff (Harper Collins) - A Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
(winner of a Prometheus Award for Night Watch, also set in Discworld), Snuff blends comedy, drama, satire, suspense and mystery as a police
chief investigates the murder of a goblin and finds himself battling
discrimination. The mystery broadens into a powerful drama to extend the
world's recognition of rights to include these long-oppressed and
disdained people with a sophisticated culture of their own.
Thirteen novels were nominated this past year and read and voted on by
10 judges, selected from LFS members. The other nominees: Cowboy
Angels, by Paul McAuley (Pyr Books); The Hot Gate: Troy Rising
III, by John Ringo (Baen Books); REAMDE, by Neal Stephenson
(William Morrow); Revolution World, by Katy Stauber (Night Shade
Books); Sweeter Than Wine, by L. Neil Smith (Arc Manor/Phoenix
Pick); Temporary Duty, by Ric Locke (Amazon; Kindle edition, Ric's
Rulez blog); and The Unincorporated Woman, by Dani and Eytan Kollin
For more than three decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized
outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the
importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace,
prosperity, progress and justice.
The 2012 Prometheus finalists for Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame)
were announced earlier. This category honors novels, novellas, stories,
graphic novels, anthologies, films, TV shows/series, plays, poems, music
recordings and other works of fiction first published or broadcast more
than five years ago:
- Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988);
- "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman," a story by Harlan
- "The Machine Stops," a story by E. M. Forster (1909)
- "As Easy as A.B.C.," a story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
The Worldcon's Prometheus Awards ceremony most likely will take place,
as in previous years, on the Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend (to
be confirmed this summer at a Chicago Worldcon hotel and meeting room to
For more information, contact LFS Publicity Chair Chris Hibbert
To submit 2012 novels for consideration and possible nomination by LFS
members, contact Michael Grossberg, Best Novel finalist judging
committee chair (BestNovelChair@lfs.org or 614-236-5040).
To propose works published more than five years ago for the Hall of
Fame, contact William H. Stoddard, Hall of Fame finalist judging
committee chair (HallOfFame@lfs.org).
More information is available at http://lfs.org.
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