Prometheus Award Nominees Announced

The Prometheus Award, presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society, has announced their finalists:

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
A Better World, Marcus Sakey
Influx, Daniel Suarez

Nice to see the sentimental nod to Pratchett, but it’s The Three-Body Problem that is really picking up steam. It’s a good sign for Liu to get a nomination like this: it shows that The Three-Body Problem is being embraced by the full range of SFF fans.

The Prometheus Award has been handed out since 1979. It’s never been in close alignment with the Hugos or Nebulas (usually less than 1 overlapping nominee per year). I’ll add the data to my 2015 Award Meta-List.

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4 responses to “Prometheus Award Nominees Announced”

  1. MadProfessah says :

    Hmmmm, I had seen references to the Brilliance series before but this posting made me go out and buy the Kindle book on Amazon. (Both the first and second book by Marcus Sakey are available for $2.99 each!)

    I’m happy that The Three-Body Problem is getting more recognition. It really is quite quite good.

  2. Jo Walton says :

    Great list. You wouldn’t necessarily expect overlap — the Prometheus Awards have an avowed political purpose, but they also have a wide view of the field. It would be very easy for them to shortlist “five books written by Libertarians and their friends”, but they never do. I really respect that. Fingers crossed for the The Three Body Problem!

    • Jo Walton says :

      Oh, and a point it isn’t possible to know without being nominated for things. Some awards ask you to accept or decline. Others do not. The Prometheus Awards do not. I think this might be an interesting thing for you to have in your stats, when looking historically — especially this year’s withdrawals, but also things like Pratchett and Gaiman’s turning down Hugo nominations in other years, which is what made me think of it now. If you think this would be interesting, I’m happy to share this info for ones I know about — if you put up a post you could ask other writers to let you know about others.

      • chaoshorizon says :

        Great idea! That information can be very hard to find, and certainly makes the Hugos/Nebulas/other awards look stranger than they might otherwise. I should have a link up later today. Any help is much appreciated.

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