Annal: 1997 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Results of the Prometheus Award in the year 1997.

Book:Kings of the High Frontier

Kings of the High Frontier

Victor Koman

Tammy Reis, beautiful NASA Space Shuttle commander, works for the most highly funded, technologically advanced space program in the world. So why do nightmares of the Challenger disaster haunt her sleep? And why is NASA incapable of recapturing the stunning successes it once achieved?

Visionary spacecraft designer Gerry Cooper struggles at his tiny rocket company in the Mojave Desert. Who in the world wants him stopped—or dead?

One-armed billionaire playboy Laurence Poubelle hopes to build his own orbital X-15. Can his keen marketing skills overcome a nation hostile to wealth and contemptuous of adventure?

Meanwhile, the horror of the Challenger tragedy threatens to repeat itself on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Standing…[more]

Book:Firestar

Firestar: Book 1 of Firestar Saga

Michael Flynn

It is the dawn of the twenty-first century, and America is in trouble. Our public schools breed apathy and ignorance. Politics has become the art of the quick fix. But one woman has the vision and money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, founds an educational subsidiary—Mentor Academies—and begins to subcontract public school systems in order to raise a new, less cynical generation. But her clandestine program is much larger, including the founding of a private space program, the eventual construction of an orbital power station, and supporting technological innovation on Earth.

Firestar is a chronicle of private enterprise and individual initiative—the story of one woman’s quest that becomes the focus for a whole new world of the future. Her program lets teachers strive to teach, hires astronauts who have no government space program to fly for, and provides productive outlets for the idealistic desires of the rich and powerful—at least those who remain sane enough to have such desires in the face of a crumbling America. And it just might work.

Book:Paths To Otherwhere

Paths To Otherwhere

James P. Hogan

In the early 21st century, the nations of the world have realigned themselves into new power blocs. The centers of new totalitarian empires are China and Japan, both bent on world domination. Unable to learn from the mistakes of the past they are bound to repeat them in a new war that will make all earlier ones seem tame. Nor can the United States and Europe—both of which have become police states in their own right as a result of unending conflict with totalitarians—permit either Japan or China to win an outright victory, because for both sides the ultimate goal is the annihilation of the oppressor races of the West.

But in this nightmare world without a future, there may yet be a way out, thanks to quantum mechanics, a secret mechanism that dwells in the heart of human DNA, and a handful of dedicated scientists…

A top-secret U.S. government program is initiated, involving a strange realm of physics uncovered following new insights…[more]

Book:Sliders: The Novel

Sliders: The Novel

Brad Linaweaver

Quinn Mallory and his friends are about to find out what it’s like to take the ultimate “slide” through parallel dimensions of Earth. Each time they step through the strange portals that Quinn discovers, a new present-day San Francisco awaits. At times it will be fascinating, at times frightening—but always dangerous.

Based on the Universal Television series.

Book:Wildside

Wildside

Steven Gould

It’s another world, a pristine Earth where mammoths and sabertoothed tigers still roam. Where there are no cities, no highways, no pollution, no laws…no people at all. It lies just beyond the heavy wooden door, hidden in the back of the old barn, through a tunnel that enters a hillside in South Texas but doesn’t come out the other side.

It belongs to Charlie. A whole world accessible only through the doorway on the ranch that his uncle left to him free and clear. But to explore a planet, you need help. And equipment. And money to buy the equipment. Money to live on while you explore; money for the taxes on the ranch, and to pay off the training you need to survive in a completely wild world.

So Charlie decides to capture some extinct birds—passenger pigeons—and sell them on the tame side to finance his venture. He sells more than a dozen of the birds, and Wildside Investments is born. That is the beginning of the end.

For how can you keep a secret like that, once anyone gets wind of it? Now Charlie and his trusted friends are going to have to fight for the preservation of the Wildside—and their own lives as well.

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