Wednesday, December 31, 2003

2003 Prometheus Award Nominees

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Comments: As I have noted before, I simply don't understand how Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is connected to libertarianism, but the nomination of C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength might serve to give an indication as to why it was nominated. I suspect that, in more recent years, the Libertarian Futurist Society has become the home of a substantial number of religious conservatives, a phenomenon that seems to also be happening in the wider political landscape, at least in the United States. From my perspective, the conservative religious ideology is completely incompatible with libertarianism, and those who try to reconcile the two often end up espousing a twisted ideology that is even more reprehensible than what one would get if you stripped away everything of any positive value from organized religion and libertarianism and left them with nothing but their worst aspects. The combination seems to result in a unprecedented level of toxicity in excess of the level one would get simply by adding together the toxic levels already present in religion and libertarianism.

Best Novel

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Other Nominees:
Dark Light by Ken MacLeod
Escape from Heaven by J. Neil Schulman
The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan

Hall of Fame

Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein

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
That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

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Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2004

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