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Prometheus Award

In 1979, science fiction writer L. Neil Smith created the Prometheus Awards, to honor libertarian science fiction. A panel selected F. Paul Wilson’s Wheels Within Wheels as the best novel, and a gold coin then worth $2,500 was presented to Wilson. Due to the cost of the award, and lack of a formal organization, the Prometheus Awards fell into limbo the following year.

Founded in 1982 to provide encouragement to science fiction writers whose books examine the meaning of freedom, the Libertarian Futurist Society revived the Prometheus Award for best libertarian novel of the year. LFS began in 1982 sponsoring the annual Prometheus Award for Best Novel, and in 1983 a second annual award called the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award was added. The Prometheus Hall of Fame Award is designed to honor classic libertarian fiction.

The prize for both the Prometheus and the Hall of Fame awards is a gold coin, representing free trade and free minds, mounted on an engraved plaque. Originally, for the Prometheus Best Novel Award the coin was one-half ounce, for the Hall of Fame it was one-eighth ounce. Starting in 2001, the Prometheus Best Novel Award coin became one ounce.

The titles in this list are “hotlinked” to the library’s catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. NOTE: Several of the Prometheus-winning novels are not in our collection. For these, we encourage you to order them through out InterLibrary Loan service.

Prometheus Best Novel Award Winners

2018
Travis Corcoran
The Powers of the Earth


2017
Johana Sinisalo
The Core of the Sun


2016
Neal Stephenson
Seveneves


2015
Daniel Suarez
Influx


2014 [tie] 
Cory Doctorow
Homeland


Ramez Naam
Nexus


2013
Cory Doctorow
Pirate Cinema


2012 [tie] 
Delia Sherman
The Freedom Maze


Ernest Cline
Ready Player One


2011
Sarah Hoyt
Darkship Thieves


2010
Dani and Eytan Kollin
The Unincorporated Man


2009
Cory Doctorow
Little Brother


2008 [tie] 
Harry Turtledove
The Gladiator


Jo Walton
Ha’penny


2007
Charles Stross
Glasshouse


2006
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Learning the World


2005
Neal Stephenson
The System of the World


2004
F. Paul Wilson
Sims


2003
Terry Pratchett
Night Watch


2002
Donald Kingsbury
Psychohistorical Crisis


2001
L. Neil Smith
The Forge of the Elders


2000
book coverVernor Vinge
A Deepness in the Sky


1999
John Varley
The Golden Globe


1998
Ken Macleod
The Stone Canal


1997
Victor Koman
Kings of the High Frontier


1996
Ken Macleod
The Star Fraction


1995
Poul Anderson
The Stars Are Also Fire


1994
L. Neil Smith
Pallas


1993
James P Hogan
The Multiplex Man


1992
Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn
Fallen Angels


1991
Michael Flynn
In the Country of the Blind


1990
Victor Koman
Solomon’s Knife


1989
Brad Linaweaver
Moon of Ice


1988
Victor Koman
The Jehovah Contract


1987
Vernor Vinge
Marooned in Realtime


1986
Victor Milan
Cybernetic Samurai


1985
“No Winner” (None of the Above)


1984
J. Neil Schulman
The Rainbow Cadenza


1983
James P. Hogan
Voyage From Yesteryear


1982
L. Neil Smith
The Probability Broach


1979
F. Paul Wilson
Wheels Within Wheels



Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Winners

2018
Jack Williamson
“With Folded Hands …”


2017
Robert Heinlein
“Coventry”


2016
Donald M. Kingsbury
Courtship Rite


2015
Harlan Ellison
‘Repent Harlequin!’, Said the Ticktockman


2014
Lois McMaster Bujold
Falling Free


2013
Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon


2012
E. M. Forster
The Machine Stops


2011
George Orwell
Animal Farm


2010
Poul Anderson
No Truce with Kings


2009
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings


2008
Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange


2007
Sinclair Lewis
It Can’t Happen Here


Vernor Vinge
True Names


2006
Alan Moore (writing) and David Lloyd (art)
V for Vendetta


2005
A. E. van Vogt
The Weapon Shops of Isher


2004
Vernor Vinge
The Ungoverned


2003
Robert Heinlein,
Requiem


2002
Patrick McGoohan
The Prisoner [limited-run TV series]

2001
Jerry Pournelle and John F. Carr editors
The Survival of Freedom


2000
Hans Christian Anderson
The Emperor’s New Clothes


1999
H. Beam Piper and John McGuire
A Planet for Texans (a.k.a. Lone Star Planet)


1998
Robert Heinlein
Time Enough for Love


1997
Robert Heinlein
Methuselah’s Children


1996
Robert Heinlein
Red Planet


1995
Poul Anderson
The Star Fox


1994
Yevgeny Zamyatin
We


1993
book coverUrsula K. LeGuin
The Dispossessed


1992
Ira Levin
This Perfect Day


1991
F. Paul Wilson
An Enemy of the State


1990
F. Paul Wilson
Healer


1989
J. Neil Schulman
Alongside Night


1988
Alfred Bester
The Stars my Destination


1987
book coverRobert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land


Ayn Rand
Anthem


1986
Cyril Kornbluth
The Syndic


Robert Anton Wilson/Robert Shea
Illuminatus!


1985
Poul Anderson
Trader to the Stars


Eric Frank Russell
The Great Explosion


1984
book coverRay Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451


George Orwell
1984


1983
book cover The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged



Special Award Winners

2017
Mark Stanley
Special Award for Chapter 1 of Freefall, a webcomic


2016
Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Special Award for Alex + Ada, a graphic novel Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


2016
L. Neil Smith [no titles in libraries’ collection] Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement


2015
F. Paul Wilson
Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement


2014
Leslie Fish
for a novella, Tower of Horses and filk song, The Horsetamer’s Daughter.


2014
Vernor Vinge
Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement


2007
James McTeigue (director) and The Wachowski Brothers (screenplay)
V For Vendetta (movie)


2006
Joss Whedon (writer/director)
Serenity (movie)


2005
L. Neil Smith (writer) and Scott Bieser (illustrator)
The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel


2005
Editors Mark Tier and Martin H. Greenberg
Give Me Liberty and Visions of Liberty, anthologies for Baen Books


2001
Poul Anderson
Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement


1998
Editors Brad Linaweaver and Edward E Kramer
Free Space (Anthology)

First posted February 2019 | Last updated April 2019 sdc