The Libertarian Futurist Society has issued the following news:
The Libertarian Futurist Society
has chosen Vernor Vinge to receive a Special Prometheus Award in 2014 for lifetime achievement.
Vernor Vinge, only the second author in LFS history to receive a Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement, has received four previous Prometheus Awards.
Vinge has won twice in the best-novel category: in 1987 for Marooned in Realtime, and in 2000 for A Deepness in the Sky. In addition, two of his works have been inducted into the Prometheus Hall of Fame: “The Ungoverned” in 2004 and “True Names” in 2007.
The LFS will announce the time and location of the award ceremony in the near future. Also, Vinge will join other multiple Prometheus Award winners F. Paul Wilson and L. Neil Smith as guests of honor at the 50th anniversary of Marcon, Ohio’s oldest and largest sci-fi/fantasy convention – where the LFS’s second “LFScon” will take place as part of the program – over Mother’s Day weekend May 8-10, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Vinge has explored libertarian and anarchist themes in a wide variety of works:
* “True Names” (1981) explored themes that later became central to cyberpunk, in a story of an uneasy alliance between cyberspace outlaws and the United States government.
* The Realtime series, which included The Peace War (1984), “The Ungoverned,” and Marooned in Realtime (1987), portrayed a future where repressive political organizations struggle to subjugate or destroy advanced stateless societies.
* The Zones of Thought series, which included “The Blabber” (1988), A Fire upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky, and The Children of the Sky (2011), envisions conflict on a galactic scale, contrasting positive-sum transactions based on voluntary cooperation with negative-sum transactions based on force, threats, and deception.
* Rainbows End (2006), a Prometheus finalist for Best Novel, envisions a near-future world imperiled by the invention of effective mind control biotechnology.
* One of his first stories, “Conquest by Default” (1968), portrayed an alien society where rigorously enforced antitrust laws made organized government impossible.
Vinge is one of the science fiction community’s leading creators of hard science fiction, based on rigorous exploration of speculative themes. The Zones of Thought series, in particular, vividly portrayed the mentalities of alien races such as the Spiders and the Tines. He is also considered one of the founders of the transhumanist movement, in his address “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era” (1993).
Note: The first Special Prometheus Award for lifetime achievement was presented to Poul Anderson in 2001 at the first LFScon at Marcon.
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