Monday, September 6, 1982

1982 Prometheus Award Nominees

Location: Chicon IV in Chicago, Illinois.

Comments: After lying dormant for three years, the Prometheus Awards returned in 1982, revived by the newly formed Libertarian Futurist Society which seems to have been created mostly to hand out this award on an annual basis. It may seem odd to some that I read the novels nominated for this award, since for the most part I consider libertarian political and economic thinking to be juvenile at best, and downright loathsome at times. However, because the actual instances of "libertarian" science fiction are so rare, the Libertarian Futurist Society has to stretch the definition of "libertarian science fiction" so broadly that many good writers whose works are vaguely, kind of, if you squint your eyes and wish real hard libertarian are nominated. And that fact makes reading the books that appear on the finalist lists for this award worthwhile.

Best Novel

The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith

Other Nominees:
Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman
An Enemy of the State by F. Paul Wilson
Songs from the Stars by Norman Spinrad
Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany
The Watcher by Kay Nolte Smith

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