If you’re interested in such things, the Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the 2011 finalists for the Prometheus Award.
From the press release:
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners.
The Prometheus awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power–especially by the State.
The 2011 finalists are:
For the Win, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
The Last Trumpet Project, by Kevin MacArdry lasttrumpetproject.com
Live Free or Die, by John Ringo (Baen Books)
Ceres, by L. Neil Smith (Big Head Press, also published online at bigheadpress.com)
Have you read any of these? Would you recommend them? I have Darkship Thieves and For the Win on my list of books to read, and I’ve seen John Ringo talk at conventions a few times, and eventually plan on reading his work, too…but I am otherwise unfamiliar with this list. Any recommendations, you wider-read people out there?