Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 Prometheus Award Nominees

Location: Renovation in Reno, Nevada.

Comments: While the Prometheus Awards' Best Novel category seems to be working its way down to the bottom of the barrel in a search for nominees, the Hall of Fame has always had a reasonable number of decent (although often only mildly libertarian) books available to fill out its nominee ballot. But the interesting thing in 2011 is that of the five nominees for the Hall of Fame, four of them (including the winner) were works of novella length or shorter. All of these works are excellent pieces of fiction that have stood the test of time, but the fact that they dominate the Hall of Fame ballot suggests that restricting the current ballot to only the Best Novel category may be doing the Libertarian Futurist Society a disservice.

Best Novel

Darkship Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt

Other Nominees:
Ceres by L. Neil Smith
For the Win by Cory Doctorow
The Last Trumpet Project by Kevin MacArdry
Live Free or Die by John Ringo

Hall of Fame

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Other Nominees:
As Easy as A.B.C. by Rudyard Kipling
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison

Go to previous year's nominees: 2010
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2012

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