Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Prometheus Award Nominees

Location: LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

Comments: The slate of nominees for the 2013 Prometheus Award for Best Novel highlights what seems to be the primary problem faced by these awards - the list basically consists of "A book by Cory Doctorow and a bunch of novels by people you might not have heard of and probably haven't read if you aren't part of the very insular club of libertarian science fiction fans". This might not seem to be a problem if you are a member of this club and just want to pat other members on the back for preaching to the choir. But if you want your award to actually make a difference in promoting the "message fiction" that libertarian science fiction clearly is, then this insularity is definitely counterproductive.

Best Novel

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Other Nominees:
Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell
Darkship Renegades by Sarah A. Hoyt
Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez
The Unincorporated Future by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin

Hall of Fame

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

Other Nominees:
As Easy as A.B.C. by Rudyard Kipling
Courtship Rite by Donald M. Kingsbury
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison
Sam Hall by Poul Anderson

Go to previous year's nominees: 2012
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2014

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