Prometheus Award

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The Prometheus Award is a literary prize that honors libertarian works from the field of science fiction .


The Prometheus Award was established in 1979 by L. Neil Smith . The first prize winner was F. Paul Wilson with his novel Wheels Within Wheels . The prize was a gold medal valued at around $ 2,500. Because of the high costs and the lack of a financial and organizational backbone, the event was put on hold for two years after the first time.

In 1982 the Libertarian Futurist Society was founded, which revived the Prometheus Award. In addition to a category for the best novel , a hall of fame was also established a year later to honor classic libertarian works.

In both categories a gold medal is awarded, one side of which is supposed to represent free trade and the other side the free spirit. The medal for the best novel originally weighed half an ounce , and since 2001 a whole ounce . The medal for the Hall of Fame weighs an eighth of an ounce.

Best Novel (Prometheus Award for Best Novel)

All information according to

year author Original title
2019 Travis JI Corcoran Causes of Separation
2018 Travis JI Corcoran The Powers of the Earth
2017 Johanna Sinisalo The Core of the Sun
2016 Neal Stephenson Seveneves
2015 Daniel Suarez Influx
2014 Cory Doctorow or Ramez Naam Homeland or Nexus
2013 Cory Doctorow Pirate Cinema
2012 Ernest Cline Ready Player One
2012 Delia Sherman The Freedom Maze
2011 Sarah Hoyt Darkship Thieves
2010 Eytan Kollin and Dani Kollin The Unincorporated Man
2009 Cory Doctorow Little brother
2008 Jo Walton Ha'Penny
Harry Turtledove The gladiator
2007 Charles Stross Glasshouse
2006 Ken MacLeod Learning the World
2005 Neal Stephenson The System of the World
2004 F. Paul Wilson Sims
2003 Terry Pratchett Night watch
2002 Donald Kingsbury Psychohistorical Crisis
2001 L. Neil Smith The Forge of the Elders
2000 Vernor Vinge A deepness in the sky
1999 John Varley The Golden Globe
1998 Ken MacLeod The Stone Canal
1997 Victor Koman Kings of the High Frontier
1996 Ken MacLeod The Star Fraction
1995 Poul Anderson The Stars are also Fire
1994 L. Neil Smith Pallas
1993 James P. Hogan The Multiplex Man
1992 Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle & Michael F. Flynn Fallen Angels
1991 Michael F. Flynn In the Country of the Blind
1990 Victor Koman Solomon's Knife
1989 Brad Linaweaver Moon of Ice
1988 Victor Koman The Jehovah Contract
1987 Vernor Vinge Marooned in real time
1986 Victor Milán Cybernetic Samurai
1985 - no winner -
1984 J. Neil Schulman The Rainbow Cadenza
1983 James P. Hogan Voyage from Yesteryear
1982 L. Neil Smith The Probability Broach
1979 F. Paul Wilson Wheels Within Wheels

Hall of Fame (Prometheus Hall of Fame Award)

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year author Original title
2019 Kurt Vonnegut Harrison Bergeron
2018 Jack Williamson With Folded Hands ...
2017 Robert Heinlein Coventry
2016 Donald Kingsbury Courtship Rite
2015 Harlan Ellison "Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
2014 Lois McMaster Bujold Falling Free
2013 Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon
2012 EM Forster The machine stops
2011 George Orwell Animal Farm
2010 Poul Anderson No Truce with Kings
2009 JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
2008 Anthony Burgess A clockwork orange
2007 Sinclair Lewis It can't happen here
Vernor Vinge True Names
2006 Alan Moore & David Lloyd V for Vendetta
2005 AE Van Vogt The Weapon Shops of Isher
2004 Vernor Vinge The Ungoverned
2003 Robert A. Heinlein requiem
2002 Patrick McGoohan The prisoner
2001 Jerry Pournelle & John F. Carr [Eds] The Survival of Freedom
2000 Hans Christian Andersen The Emperor's New Clothes
1999 H. Beam Piper & John McGuire A Planet for Texans also: Lone Star Planet
1998 Robert A. Heinlein Time Enough for Love
1997 Robert A. Heinlein Methuselah's Children
1996 Robert A. Heinlein Red Planet
1995 Poul Anderson The Star Fox
1994 Yevgeny Zamyatin Мы We (We)
1993 Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed
1992 Ira Levin This Perfect Day
1991 F. Paul Wilson An enemy of the state
1990 F. Paul Wilson The Healer
1989 J. Neil Schulman Alongside night
1988 Alfred Bester The stars my destination
1987 Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
Ayn Rand Anthem
1986 Cyril Kornbluth The Syndic
Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea Illuminatus!
1985 Poul Anderson Trader to the Stars
Eric Frank Russell The great explosion
1984 George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
1983 Robert A. Heinlein The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged

Special Award

All information according to

year People) title
2017 Mark Stanley for Chapter 1 of Freefall, a webcomic
2016 Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn for Alex + Ada, a graphic novel Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
2016 L. Neil Smith for his life's work
2015 F. Paul Wilson for his life's work
2014 Leslie Fish for the story Tower of Horses and the filk song The Horsetamer's Daughter
2014 Vernor Vinge for his life's work
2007 James McTeigue (Director) & Wachowski Siblings (Screenplay) V for Vendetta (film)
2006 Joss Whedon (writer and director) Serenity - Escape into New Worlds (Film)
2005 L. Neil Smith (Author) & Scott Bieser (Illustrator) The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
Mark Tier & Martin H. Greenberg [Eds] Give me Liberty & Visions of Liberty (anthologies)
2001 Poul Anderson Life's work
1998 Brad Linaweaver & Edward E. Kramer [Eds] Free Space (anthology)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mark R. Kelly and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation: sfadb: Prometheus Award. July 20, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017 .
  2. ^ Prometheus Awards, Awards: A Short History. Retrieved October 6, 2017 .
  3. ^ Prometheus Awards, Prometheus Best Novel Award Winners. Retrieved October 6, 2017 .
  4. ^ Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Winners. Retrieved October 6, 2017 .
  5. ^ Prometheus, Special Award Winners. Retrieved October 18, 2017 .