Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Prometheus Award Nominees

Location: Loncon 3 in London, United Kingdom.

Comments: While the nominees for the Prometheus Award for Best Novel continue to be "Cory Doctorow and some books by people you're unlikely to have ever heard of or read unless you are in the insular libertarian club", the Hall of Fame category is once again where the head-scratching selection is located. By handing a Hall of Fame induction to Falling Free, the Libertarian Futurist Society raised a number of questions. It isn't that Falling Free isn't a good novel - it undeniably is - but it wasn't able to garner a nod for Best Novel when it was published back in the 1980s, which makes one wonder why it deserves to be in the Hall of Fame now. This isn't quite as odd as John C. Wright's novel The Golden Age getting a nomination for the Hall of Fame despite being completely passed over for even a Best Novel nomination when it was first published, but it does cause one to doubt the validity of whatever metrics the nominators and judges for the Prometheus Award are using.

Best Novel

(tie) Homeland by Cory Doctorow
(tie) Nexus by Ramez Naam

Other Nominees:
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
Crux by Ramez Naam
A Few Good Men by Sarah A. Hoyt

Hall of Fame

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

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

Special Award

Leslie Fish for the combination of 2013 novella Tower of Horses with filk song The Horsetaker's Daughter

Other Nominees:

Lifetime Achievement

Vernor Vinge

Other Nominees:

Go to previous year's nominees: 2013
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2015

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