Tuesday, December 31, 2002

2002 Prometheus Award Nominees

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Comments: There are some choices made by the Libertarian Futurist Society that simply mystify me. I can understand why they would want to honor The Prisoner. The themes reflected in A Clockwork Orange and It Can't Happen Here are certainly ones that would be of interest to someone of a libertarian bent. And the Libertarian Futurist Society seems to have never met a Heinlein work that they didn't want to honor. But the presence of The Lord of the Rings on the list of Hall of Fame nominees simply mystifies me. I cannot see how Tolkien's work related in any way to libertarianism. I suppose one might consider it "libertarian" that the heroic characters in the trilogy seek to resist Sauron's efforts to enslave the "free peoples of Middle-Earth", but that seems like an awfully tenuous connection even if one regards it in its most favorable light.

Best Novel

Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald M. Kingsbury

Other Nominees:
The American Zone by L. Neil Smith
Enemy Glory by Karen Michalson
Falling Stars by Michael F. Flynn
Hosts by F. Paul Wilson

Hall of Fame

The Prisoner written and produced by Patrick McGoohan

Other Nominees:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein

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