2012 Prometheus Award: Winners Announced
The Prometheus Award was created in 1979 by L. Neil Smith to honour fiction which feature libertarian philosophy and ideals. The award is currently administered by the Libertarian Futurist Society.
This year there were two winners:
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
This children's novel tells the story of 13-year-old Sophie who, while staying at her grandmother's Louisiana house, discovers a hedge maze that transports her back to 1860 where she is mistaken for a slave. The Prometheus judges praised the book for celebrating the values of honour, respect, courage and personal responsibility.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In 2044, the United States has been devastated by poverty and environmental crisis and people connect with each other through an online world. A scavenger hunt for control of the virtual world pits a group of gamers against a powerful and corrupt corporation. This is a great read for fans of 1980s computer games and movies. The Prometheus judges appreciated the theme of open Internet access for everyone.
The other nominees were:
The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
In the Shadow of Ares by Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson
(This book is currently only available for the Kindle.)
The Restoration Game by Ken McLeod
(This book is only available at the Merill Collection.)
Snuff by Terry Pratchett