Prometheus Award

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Prometheus Award
Awarded forThe best science fiction novel promoting individual freedom published in the United States in the previous calendar year
CountryUnited States
Presented byLibertarian Futurist Society
First awarded1979
Currently held byTravis J I Corcoran (The Powers of the Earth)
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The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society, which also publishes the quarterly journal Prometheus. L. Neil Smith established the award in 1979, but it was not awarded regularly until the newly founded Libertarian Futurist Society revived it in 1982. The Society created a Hall of Fame Award (for classic works of libertarian science fiction, not necessarily novels) in 1983, and also presents occasional one-off awards.

Multiple recipients[edit]

Some authors have won the award for best novel more than once:

A few authors have won the Prometheus Hall of Fame award more than once:

Process[edit]

Books published in a given year are eligible (although books from the last few months of the previous year are also eligible if it is felt that they have been overlooked).

  1. All members may nominate novels for the award.
  2. Members of the Best Novel Committee read at least 10-12 of the nominated novels and vote for a slate of 5 finalists.
  3. Full members (a higher price tier of membership) then vote on the finalists.

Step 2 happens in the first few months of the following year.

Step 3 happens in early summer of the following year.

The awards are given at the Annual Worldcon.

Prometheus Award winners and finalists[edit]

  *   Winners   +   No winner selected

List of winners and finalists for the Prometheus Award
Year Author Novel Publisher Ref.
1979 F. Paul Wilson* Wheels Within Wheels Doubleday [1]
1979 Poul Anderson The Avatar Berkley Books [1]
1979 James P. Hogan The Genesis Machine Del Rey Books [1]
1982 L. Neil Smith* The Probability Broach Del Rey Books [2]
1982 J. Neil Schulman Alongside Night Crown Publishers [2]
1982 F. Paul Wilson An Enemy of the State Doubleday [2]
1982 Norman Spinrad Songs from the Stars Simon & Schuster [2]
1982 Samuel R. Delany Tales of Nevèrÿon Bantam Books [2]
1982 Kay Nolte Smith The Watcher Ace Books [2]
1983 James P. Hogan* Voyage from Yesteryear Del Rey Books [3]
1983 Ann Maxwell Fire Dancer New American Library [3]
1983 Robert A. Heinlein Friday Holt, Rinehart and Winston [3]
1983 Julian May The Many-Colored Land Houghton Mifflin [3]
1983 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Oath of Fealty Phantasia Press [3]
1984 J. Neil Schulman* The Rainbow Cadenza Simon & Schuster [4]
1984 Erika Holzer Double Crossing Putnam [4]
1984 L. Neil Smith The Nagasaki Vector Del Rey Books [4]
1984 Poul Anderson Orion Shall Rise Phantasia Press [4]
1984 Marion Zimmer Bradley and Jacqueline Lichtenberg Thendara House DAW Books [4]
1985 (no award)+ [5]
1985 Gordon R. Dickson The Final Encyclopedia Tor Books [5]
1985 G. Harry Stine Manna Analog Science Fiction and Fact [5]
1985 Vernor Vinge The Peace War Analog Science Fiction and Fact [5]
1985 L. Neil Smith Tom Paine Maru Del Rey Books [5]
1985 F. Paul Wilson The Tomb Berkley Books [5]
1986 Victor Milán* The Cybernetic Samurai Arbor House [6]
1986 Kay Nolte Smith Elegy for a Soprano Severn House [6]
1986 L. Neil Smith The Gallatin Divergence Del Rey Books [6]
1986 Glen Cook A Matter of Time Ace Books [6]
1986 Philip K. Dick Radio Free Albemuth Arbor House [6]
1987 Vernor Vinge* Marooned in Realtime Analog Science Fiction and Fact [7]
1987 Melinda M. Snodgrass Circuit Berkley Books [7]
1987 L. Neil Smith The Crystal Empire Tor Books [7]
1987 Joan Slonczewski A Door into Ocean Arbor House [7]
1987 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale McClelland & Stewart [7]
1988 Victor Koman* The Jehovah Contract Franklin Watts [8]
1988 Melinda M. Snodgrass Circuit Breaker Berkley Books [8]
1988 Thomas T. Thomas First Citizen Baen Books [8]
1988 David Brin The Uplift War Phantasia Press [8]
1988 Gordon R. Dickson Way of the Pilgrim Ace Books [8]
1989 Brad Linaweaver* Moon of Ice Arbor House [9]
1989 Marc Stiegler David's Sling Baen Books [9]
1989 Lois McMaster Bujold Falling Free Analog Science Fiction and Fact [9]
1989 Melinda M. Snodgrass Final Circuit Ace Books [9]
1989 Robert A. Heinlein To Sail Beyond the Sunset Ace Books [9]
1990 Victor Koman* Solomon's Knife Franklin Watts [10]
1990 Poul Anderson The Boat of a Million Years Tor Books [10]
1990 L. Neil Smith Henry Martyn Tor Books [10]
1990 Barry B. Longyear Infinity Hold Questar [10]
1990 James P. Hogan The Mirror Maze Bantam Spectra [10]
1991 Michael F. Flynn* In the Country of the Blind Baen Books [11]
1991 Victor Milán The Cybernetic Shogun William Morrow and Company [11]
1991 F. Paul Wilson The Tery Baen Books [11]
1991 S. M. Stirling Under the Yoke Baen Books [11]
1991 Alan Moore and David Lloyd V for Vendetta Warner Books [11]
1992 Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Michael F. Flynn* Fallen Angels Baen Books [12]
1992 Diane Carey Distant Drums Domain [12]
1992 Joel Rosenberg D'Shai Ace Books [12]
1992 James P. Hogan The Infinity Gambit Bantam Books [12]
1992 Thomas T. Thomas ME: A Novel of Self-Discovery Baen Books [12]
1992 Charles Platt The Silicon Man Bantam Spectra [12]
1992 Peter David Star Trek #57: The Rift Pocket Books [12]
1992 Kay Nolte Smith A Tale of the Wind Villard [12]
1993 James P. Hogan* The Multiplex Man Bantam Spectra [13]
1993 Orson Scott Card The Memory of Earth Tor Books [13]
1993 Neal Stephenson Snow Crash Bantam Spectra [13]
1993 John Varley Steel Beach Ace Books [13]
1993 Robert L. Forward Timemaster Tor Books [13]
1993 Rex Denver Borough A Woman's Place American West Books [13]
1994 L. Neil Smith* Pallas Tor Books [14]
1994 Nancy Kress Beggars in Spain AvoNova/William Morrow [14]
1994 M. J. Engh Rainbow Man Tor Books [14]
1994 Charles Platt The Silicon Man Bantam Spectra [14]
1994 Amy Thomson Virtual Girl Ace Books [14]
1995 Poul Anderson* The Stars Are Also Fire Tor Books [15]
1995 Dean Koontz Dark Rivers of the Heart Charnel House [15]
1995 Richard Fulmer Deadly Care Vantage Press [15]
1995 F. Paul Wilson The Select Headline [15]
1995 A. A. Attanasio Solis Hodder & Stoughton [15]
1996 Ken MacLeod* The Star Fraction Legend Books [16]
1996 Victor Milán CLD: Collective Landing Detachment AvoNova [16]
1996 Eric Frank Russell and Alan Dean Foster Design for Great-Day Tor Books [16]
1996 Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age Bantam Spectra [16]
1996 Ursula K. Le Guin Four Ways to Forgiveness Harper Prism [16]
1997 Victor Koman* Kings of the High Frontier Pulpless.com [17]
1997 Michael F. Flynn Firestar Tor Books [17]
1997 James P. Hogan Paths to Otherwhere Baen Books [17]
1997 Brad Linaweaver Sliders: the Novel Boulevard Books [17]
1997 Steven Gould Wildside Tor Books [17]
1998 Ken MacLeod* The Stone Canal Legend Books [18]
1998 L. Neil Smith Bretta Martyn Tor Books [18]
1998 C. J. Cherryh Finity's End Warner Books [18]
1998 Poul Anderson The Fleet of Stars Tor Books [18]
1998 Bart Kosko Nanotime Avon Books [18]
1999 John Varley* The Golden Globe Ace Books [19]
1999 F. Paul Wilson and Matthew Costello Masque Aspect/Warner Books [19]
1999 Ben Bova Moonwar Hodder & Stoughton [19]
1999 Michael F. Flynn Rogue Star Tor Books [19]
1999 Don L. Tiggre Y2K: The Millennium Bug Xlibris [19]
2000 Vernor Vinge* A Deepness in the Sky Tor Books [20]
2000 Ken MacLeod The Cassini Division Orbit Books [20]
2000 James P. Hogan Cradle of the Sun Baen Books [20]
2000 Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon Avon Books [20]
2000 Gregory Benford The Martian Race Aspect/Warner Books [20]
2001 L. Neil Smith* The Forge of the Elders Baen Books [21]
2001 Steve White Eagle Against the Stars Baen Books [21]
2001 Michael F. Flynn Lodestar Tor Books [21]
2001 Ken MacLeod The Sky Road Orbit Books [21]
2001 Terry Pratchett The Truth HarperCollins [21]
2002 Donald Kingsbury* Psychohistorical Crisis Tor Books [22]
2002 L. Neil Smith The American Zone Tor Books [22]
2002 Karen Michalson Enemy Glory Tor Books [22]
2002 Michael F. Flynn Falling Stars Tor Books [22]
2002 F. Paul Wilson Hosts Tor Books [22]
2003 Terry Pratchett* Night Watch Doubleday [23]
2003 Ken MacLeod Dark Light Orbit Books [23]
2003 J. Neil Schulman Escape from Heaven Pulpless.com [23]
2003 F. Paul Wilson The Haunted Air Tor Books [23]
2003 Greg Egan Schild's Ladder Gollancz [23]
2004 F. Paul Wilson* Sims Tor Books [24]
2004 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Bloomsbury Publishing [24]
2004 Terry Goodkind Naked Empire Tor Books [24]
2004 Paul Levinson The Pixel Eye Tor Books [24]
2004 Chris Moriarty Spin State Bantam Spectra [24]
2005 Neal Stephenson* The System of the World William Morrow [25]
2005 Brad Linaweaver and J. Kent Hastings Anarquia Sense of Wonder Press [25]
2005 Elizabeth Moon Marque and Reprisal Del Rey Books [25]
2005 Ken MacLeod Newton's Wake: A Space Opera Orbit Books [25]
2005 Michael Crichton State of Fear HarperCollins [25]
2006 Ken MacLeod* Learning the World Orbit Books [26]
2006 Walter Mosley 47 Little, Brown [26]
2006 Vin Suprynowicz The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance Mountain Media [26]
2006 Terry Goodkind Chainfire Tor Books [26]
2006 Charles Stross The Hidden Family Tor Books [26]
2006 Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone Rebelfire Press [26]
2007 Charles Stross* Glasshouse Ace Books [27]
2007 Orson Scott Card Empire Tor Books [27]
2007 John Scalzi The Ghost Brigades Tor Books [27]
2007 F. Paul Wilson Harbingers Tor Books [27]
2007 Vernor Vinge Rainbows End Tor Books [27]
2008 Harry Turtledove* The Gladiator Tor Books [28]
2008 Jo Walton* Ha'penny Tor Books [28]
2008 Ken MacLeod The Execution Channel Orbit Books [28]
2008 Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner Fleet of Worlds Tor Books [28]
2008 Tobias S. Buckell Ragamuffin Tor Books [28]
2009 Cory Doctorow* Little Brother Tor Books [29]
2009 Jo Walton Half a Crown Tor Books [29]
2009 Michael F. Flynn The January Dancer Tor Books [29]
2009 Iain M. Banks Matter Orbit Books [29]
2009 Harry Turtledove Opening Atlantis Roc Books [29]
2009 Charles Stross Saturn's Children Ace Books [29]
2010 Dani and Eytan Kollin* The Unincorporated Man Tor Books [30]
2010 Orson Scott Card Hidden Empire Tor Books [30]
2010 Harry Turtledove Liberating Atlantis Roc Books [30]
2010 Cory Doctorow Makers Tor Books [30]
2010 Harry Turtledove The United States of Atlantis Roc Books [30]
2011 Sarah A. Hoyt* Darkship Thieves Baen Books [31]
2011 L. Neil Smith Ceres Phoenix Pick [31]
2011 Cory Doctorow For the Win Tor Books [31]
2011 Kevin MacArdry The Last Trumpet Project Lulu [31]
2011 John Ringo Live Free or Die Baen Books [31]
2012 Ernest Cline* Ready Player One Random House [32]
2012 Delia Sherman* The Freedom Maze Big Mouth House [32]
2012 Vernor Vinge The Children of the Sky Tor Books [32]
2012 Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson In the Shadow of Ares Amazon Kindle [32]
2012 Ken MacLeod The Restoration Game Orbit Books [32]
2012 Terry Pratchett Snuff Doubleday [32]
2013 Cory Doctorow* Pirate Cinema Tor Books [33]
2013 Tobias S. Buckell Arctic Rising Tor Books [33]
2013 Dani and Eytan Kollin The Unincorporated Future Tor Books [33]
2013 Sarah A. Hoyt Darkship Renegades Baen Books [33]
2013 Daniel Suarez Kill Decision Dutton [33]
2014 Cory Doctorow* Homeland Tor Books [34]
2014 Ramez Naam* Nexus Angry Robot [34]
2014 Sarah A. Hoyt A Few Good Men Baen Books [34]
2014 Ramez Naam Crux Angry Robot [34]
2014 Marcus Sakey Brilliance Thomas & Mercer [34]
2015 Daniel Suarez* Influx Dutton [35]
2015 Cixin Liu The Three-Body Problem Tor Books [35]
2015 Terry Pratchett Raising Steam Doubleday [35]
2015 Marcus Sakey A Better World Thomas & Mercer [35]
2016 Neal Stephenson* Seveneves William Morrow and Company [36]
2016 Pierce Brown Golden Son Del Rey Books [36]
2016 Ramez Naam Apex Angry Robot [36]
2016 Jo Walton The Just City Tor Books [36]
2016 Gene Wolfe A Borrowed Man Tor Books [36]
2017 Johanna Sinisalo* The Core of the Sun Grove Press [37]
2017 Ken MacLeod The Corporation Wars: Dissidence Orbit Books [37]
2017 Ken MacLeod The Corporation Wars: Insurgence Orbit Books [37]
2017 Lionel Shriver The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 HarperCollins [37]
2017 L. Neil Smith Blade of p’Na Phoenix Pick [37]
2018 Doug Casey and John Hunt Drug Lord: High Ground High Ground Books [38]
2018 Travis J I Corcoran* The Powers of the Earth Morlock Publishing [38]
2018 Karl Gallagher Torchship, Torchship Pilot and Torchship Captain Kelt Haven Press [38]
2018 Sarah A. Hoyt Darkship Revenge Baen Books [38]
2018 Ken MacLeod The Corporation Wars: Emergence Orbit Books [38]
2018 Andy Weir Artemis Crown Books [38]

Hall of Fame Award inductees[edit]

Special Award recipients[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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