The Libertarian Futurist Society has decided to present a
Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement to L. Neil
Smith is only the fourth author in LFS history to receive a
Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement. The
previous Lifetime Achievement winners were Poul Anderson
(2001), Vernor Vinge (2014) and F. Paul Wilson (2015).
Smith has received four previous Prometheus Awards—including
the first Prometheus award given by the newly-constituted
Libertarian Futurist Society in 1982 to Smith's The
Sometimes considered one of the definitive libertarian
science fiction novels, The Probability Broach tells the
story of Denver homicide detective Win Bear, a Native
American, who accidentally goes sideways in time, to the
North American Confederacy, an alternative future in which
the federal government has grown less powerful over time.
Likely still Smith's most famous novel, it's part of his
seven-book North American Confederacy series.
Smith won his second Prometheus in 1994 for Pallas, set on
the asteroid of the same name. The novel dramatizes the
struggle for freedom of its hero, Emerson Ngu.
His third Prometheus, in 2001, came for The Forge of the
Elders, set on the fictional asteroid 5023 Eris (one of many
nods in Smith's work to the Illuminatus! trilogy of Robert
Shea and Robert Anton Wilson). It featured alien-like
Elders, although they actually originated from Earth. The
Baen paperback featured a memorable cover of one of the
book's characters hoisting a beer with an Elder. (Smith
wrote in a 2007 blog post that the book was his "favorite"
and featured one of his best cover paintings.)
Smith's fourth Prometheus was a 2005 Special Award given to
him and illustrator Scott Bieser for The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel.
Smith created the Prometheus Award, presenting it in 1979 to
Wheels Within Wheels by F. Paul Wilson. In order to
transform the one-time award into an annual program, the
Libertarian Futurist Society was organized by other fans in
1982 to take over and sustain the awards program. Since the
initial award to Wilson, Smith has not played a role in the
LFS. The awards were later expanded from Best Novel to
include an annual Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (for best
classic fiction published or broadcast at least five years
ago) and occasional Special Awards.
Smith has attracted attention beyond his immediate core
fandom of American libertarian science fiction fans. In all,
Smith has written 28 books, according to an official tally
published in May 2012 on his blog. Star Wars fans, for
instance, know him for his three Lando Calrissian novels.
The Science Fiction Encyclopedia has hailed Smith for
writing "fast-moving and often amusing adventures" and
describes The Probability Broach and its two immediate
sequels as "comedy thrillers."
British novelist and critic Sean Gabb, who also writes as
Richard Blake, included two essays about Smith in his book,
Literary Essays. Gabb wrote that in 1985, when he was
traveling by train from London to York and suffering from
depression, he found a copy of The Probability Broach in one
of the luggage racks. Gabb concluded immediately that it was
a "great novel," and writes admiringly about Smith's ability
to seamlessly integrate opinions into his books without
interrupting the flow of the plot with long speeches.
"What I got from The Probability Broach was my clearest
perception yet of what libertarianism should be about," Gabb
wrote. "Yes, we believe in free markets, and in enterprise,
and, so long as there must be a government, in certain
constitutional safeguards. But this is all supportive of the
true argument for liberty—which is that it allows us to have
a really good time for a very long time."
Including their Lifetime Achievement awards, Anderson,
Vinge, Wilson and now Smith have all been recognized five
times with various Prometheus Awards. (The only author to
receive more awards from the LFS was Robert Heinlein (1907-
1988), with a grand total of six.) Visit lfs.org to see a
comprehensive list of Prometheus Award recipients and for
more information about the Libertarian Futurist Society.
The special awards ceremony will take place in 2016 at a
time and place to be announced. Check the LFS website
(www.lfs.org) for updates.
Bernie Sanders by L. Neil Smith
I confess that I haven't been paying much attention to Bernie
Sanders. I've known a thousand of him. I grew up, politically, surrounded in,
smothered by, crowded with creatures like Bernie Sanders, mostly in the movement
to stop the war in Vietnam. I quickly learned that they had no regard fo the moral
principles ivolved, or the people whose lives were being taken or abused, except as poster children.
Hail Caesar by Sean Gangol
Not that this comes as a shock, but recently Emperor, or excuse me
President Obama has decided to ignore the Constitution once more by passing a series of
gun laws through Executive Orders. These laws include extending background checks and
requiring any private gun seller to obtain a Federal Firearms License, even if he is
just a onetime seller. Then of course he made sure that the orders included an expansion
of BATFE agents so that these laws will be enforced.
Skin Deep by L. Neil Smith
A while back, I wrote a piece about Gwyneth Paltrow (you probably
know her as Pepper Potts from Ironman or as Viola de Loesseps in Shakespeare
In Love—which she won the Academy Award for) lamenting the fact that such a
lovely creature can make completely stupid remarks, politically and economically. To
paraphrase Julie Brown, who wrote "Earth Girls Are Easy" and "The Homecoming Queen's
Got A Gun", I forget now what she said, it was so stupid. The one and only reader-reaction
I received was a brief message from some guy who opined that I must be blind because I
think that Gwyneth Paltrow is lovely. It only goes to show you just how subjective these matters can be.
The Norseman's Diaries: Snowpocalypse Now—AGAIN by Jeff Fullerton
It's time for installment of the Norseman's Diaries. In this day and
age there are things unfolding that may prove far more dangerous than the phenomenon we
fear and know as weather. Especially in a year where the winter season has been so far
unprecedentedly mild. We had a few minor shocks that punctuated the mild Pacific influence
of El Niño over much of North America. The first snow event before the holidays was
not much. But it was timed late in the evening and blanketed the roads quickly enough to
tender the heights above Kecksburg impassible and required the same roundabout course of
least resistance by way of Greensburg, New Stanton and bypass of Mount Pleasant on the
interstate to reach home that night like I did two times last year under far worse conditions.
Facebunk by L. Neil Smith
According to an article in the New York Times online, the
idiots and moral cripples who run Facebook have decided, in their complete absence of
wisdom, to prohibit private gun sales on their system. Federally licensed dealers will
not be affected, nor gun clubs. All hail to the People's Glorious Collective!
New shotgun slug. There is serious slice & dice here:
OATH Expanding and Fragmenting Slugs
Taking 12ga to a whole new level of destruction.
Trigger Warning: This issue of this magazine (like all the
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The unabridged audio version of my 1983 novel The Nagasaki Vector,
brilliantly read by the great libertarian radio host Brian Wilson, is finally
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Many feel that this is the funniest book I've written so farat least
intentionallyand features our old friend Win Bear, G. Howell Nahuatl, a
sapient coyote, time traveler Bernie Gruenblum, and Georgie, the time machine
who loves him.
Vin Suprynowicz is an American libertarian author who formerly edited the editorial pages for the Las Vegas, Nevada based Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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Scott Bieser is an illustrator and writer of comics, and a former computer game animator.
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