Annal: 1984 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Results of the Prometheus Award in the year 1984.

Book:The Rainbow Cadenza

The Rainbow Cadenza

J. Neil Schulman

The world was finally politically correct. The people who care have remade the Earth in their image, and its an Earthly Paradise. Humanity is joined together under a single, popularly-elected world government. Gay marriage is a normal institution, the Libertarian Party rules, and the First Lady is Head of State.

But who are the new underclass called Touchables, and why are they hunted for sport? Why are clones treated as inferior? Why do men outnumber women seven to one? And why are teenage women being drafted into government service for three years?

This 1984 Prometheus Award-winning novel is the story of Joan Darris, a brilliant young artist in the medium of laser concerts. Is it her destiny to play music for men’s eyes, or to make herself a plaything for their desires? How does the lingering horror of the murder she witnessed at five threaten to rob her not only of her artistic triumph, but also threaten the life of…[more]

Book:Double Crossing

Double Crossing

Erika Holzer

A tightly plotted international intrigue. Russian doctor’s desperate bid for freedom—a pageturner and a passionate defense of man’s right to be free.

“Well-crafted. I congratulate Holzer on finding her true voice the first time out.” —Harry Crews

“High suspense, good writing, believable characters—splendid espionage.” —Mary Higgins Clark

Book:The Nagasaki Vector

The Nagasaki Vector

L. Neil Smith

Book:Orion Shall Rise

Orion Shall Rise

Poul Anderson

After nuclear weapons ravaged the Earth, only Skyholm, a huge solar-powered station floating above Europe, remains in possession of high technology. But as Skyholm is seized by a religious faction, a young noble escapes to the ground below and joins a group who conspire to use the power of the atom, outlawed for centuries, to regain the lost heritage of space flight.

Book:Thendara House

Thendara House

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The cross-currents of two cultures, one male-dominated, one egalitarian, combined with the human problems of two who switched allegiances, brings into focus all the deepest questions of love and marriage, justice and injustice. Thendara House is a novel of speculation which has become a classic masterwork on the role of women on any world, past, present, or future.

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