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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2022

Prometheus Award winners announced:

The Libertarian Futurist Society, a nonprofit all-volunteer international organization of freedom-loving science fiction fans, has announced Prometheus Award Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction winners.

The 42nd annual Prometheus Awards, with multiple-Prometheus-winning authors Travis Corcoran and F. Paul Wilson as presenters, will be presented online in late August (on a weekend date tba) in a Zoom awards ceremony.

The Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Rich Man's Sky, by Wil McCarthy (Baen Books), has won the 2022 Prometheus Award for Best Novel for novels published in 2021.

McCarthy's imaginative sf adventure explores human expansion throughout the solar system, propelled by four billionaires, in a suspenseful mosaic of epic conflicts and maneuvers between governments and markets and among politicians, soldiers, spies and entrepreneurs.

As a secret government team of elite military women infiltrate and aim to violently undercut the billionaires' visionary space projects before they change the world for good or ill, some of the super-rich "Four Horseman" are revealed to be admirable, and some decidedly not. Yet McCarthy makes all four real and human as they spearhead game-changing private-enterprise efforts that governments aren't able or willing to do.

This Heinlein-esque tale of State-threatened market innovations persuasively counters stereotypes from what free-market economist Ludwig von Mises dubbed "the anti-capitalist mentality."

The other 2022 Best Novel finalists were Between Home and Ruin and Seize What's Held Dear by Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven Press); Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; and Should We Stay or Should We Go by Lionel Shriver (Harper Collins).

The Prometheus Hall of Fame for Best Classic Fiction

Citizen of the Galaxy, a Robert Heinlein novel, won the 2022 Best Classic Fiction award and will be inducted into the Prometheus Hall of Fame.

Arguably the best of his "juveniles," Heinlein's 1957 novel strongly dramatizes an anti-slavery theme while exploring the meaning of freedom and defending the right to use force in self-defense. The epic, planet-hopping saga revolves about a young man's coming of age amid repeated displacement into new societies and situations (including one intriguing libertarian group of Free Traders) in a rich and complex interstellar future.

The other Prometheus Hall of Fame finalists were That Hideous Strength, a 1945 novel by C.S. Lewis; Circus World, a 1981 collection of linked stories by Barry B. Longyear; and "The Trees," a 1978 song by the rock group Rush.

Prometheus Awards History

The Prometheus Awards, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was 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.

The Prometheus Awards recognize outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between liberty and power and champion cooperation over coercion as the root of civility and social harmony. Such works may critique or satirize authoritarian trends, expose abuses of power by the institutionalized coercion of the State, imagine what forms a fully free society might take, and/or uphold individual rights and freedom for all as the only moral and practical foundation for peace, prosperity, progress and justice.

While the Best Novel category is limited to novels published in English for the first time during the previous calendar year (or so), Hall of Fame nominees — which must have been published at least 20 years ago — may be in any narrative or dramatic form, including novels, novellas, stories, films, television series or episodes, plays, musicals, graphic novels, song lyrics, or verse.

The Best Novel winner receives a plaque with a one-ounce gold coin, and the Hall of Fame winner a plaque with a smaller gold coin.

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

Previous Press Releases

YearFinalistsWinnersOther News
2022 Best Novel Finalists,   Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: Rich Man's Sky, Classic: Citizen of the Galaxy  
2021 Best Novel Finalists , Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Classic: "Lipidleggin' " Prometheus Award Ceremony and panel discussion with Reason Magazine as media sponsor
2020 Best Novel Finalists , Hall of Fame Finalists Best Novel: Alliance Rising, Classic: "Sam Hall" Virtual Events at ConZealand and Columbus NASFIC
Video of ConZealand panel
2019 Hall of Fame Finalists, Best Novel Finalists Best Novel: Causes of Separation, Classic: "Harrison Bergeron"
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
acceptance remarks from Harlan Ellison.
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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