Annal: 1994 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Results of the Prometheus Award in the year 1994.



L. Neil Smith

Barely surviving a harrowing escape from a prison colony, Emerson Ngu shoots, talks, and invents his way into becoming the hero of Curringer, a libertarian paradise on the terraformed asteroid, Pallas.

Everything that Emerson stands for—freedom, success and rugged individualism—burns in stark contrast to the oppressive doctrine upheld by former US Senator Gibson Altman and his Greeley Project, the prison colony from which Emerson escaped. According to Altman’s plan, everyone in Greeley must toil at some appointed task for the common good. But the plan isn’t working. While Atlman lives in luxury and ease, his flawed utopian breeds crime and despair.

Driven by a fierce hatred and envy of Emerson’s triumphant rise, a desperate Altman will let nothing—not even his own daughter’s happiness as Emerson’s wife—thwart his hideous revenge. Fueled by the power of true belief, Altman lashes out at all that Emerson holds dear…Will Pallas survive?

Book:Beggars in Spain

Beggars in Spain: Book 1 of Beggars Trilogy

Nancy Kress

Born in 2008, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent . . . and one of an ever-growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once she and “her kind” were considered interesting anomalies. Now they are outcasts—victims of blind hatred, political repression and shocking mob violence meant to drive the “Sleepless” from human society . . . and, ultimately, from the Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “gift”—a world marked for destruction in a devastating conspiracy of freedom . . . and revenge.

Book:Rainbow Man

Rainbow Man

M.J. Engh

From the acclaimed author of Arslan and Wheel of the Winds comes a powerful cautionary novel in the manner of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Liss, a starfarer weary of traveling, decides to settle down on the quiet planet of Bimran. Forbidden to love by the planet’s harsh moral code, Liss must battle for her freedom when she becomes a target of fanatical religious rulers.

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The Silicon Man

Charles Platt

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Virtual Girl

Amy Thomson

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