Sunday, December 31, 2000

2000 Prometheus Award Nominees

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Comments: In 2000 the Libertarian Futurist Society reached further back than it ever had before and inducted the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor's New Clothes into its Hall of Fame. The oddity here is that, due to its longevity, Andersen's story has been subjected to so many different interpretations that asserting that it supports a libertarian view is not particularly illuminating - as the story has, for example, been cited as an example of the labor theory of value, a basic underpinning of Marxism. When a story is open to numerous different interpretations, it seems like something of a desperate stretch to try and formally claim it as supporting one's own.

Best Novel

A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

Other Nominees:
The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod
Cradle of Saturn by James P. Hogan
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Martian Race by Gregory Benford

Hall of Fame

The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

Other Nominees:
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The Mirror Maze by James P. Hogan
Orion Shall Rise by Poul Anderson
The Wardove by L. Neil Smith

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Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2001

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