Annal: 2005 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Results of the Prometheus Award in the year 2005.

Book:The System of the World

The System of the World: Volume 3 of The Baroque Cycle

Neal Stephenson

'Tis done.

The world is a most confused and unsteady place—especially London, center of finance, innovation, and conspiracy—in the year 1714, when Daniel Waterhouse makes his less-than-triumphant return to England’s shores. Aging Puritan and Natural Philosopher, confidant of the high and mighty and contemporary of the most brilliant minds of the age, he has braved the merciless sea and an assault by the infamous pirate Blackbeard to help mend the rift between two adversarial geniuses at a princess’s behest. But while much has changed outwardly, the duplicity and danger that once drove Daniel to the American Colonies is still coin of the British realm.

No sooner has Daniel set foot on his homeland when he is embroiled in a dark conflict that has been raging in the shadows…[more]

Book:Anarquía

Anarquía: An Alertnate History Novel of the Spanish Civil War

Brad Linaweaver, Kent J. Hastings

From 1936 to 1939, in the war torn world of the Spanish Civil War, proponents of every major intellectual, economic, political, and philosophical movement of the 20th Century came together for what most believed was to be an epic battle for the future of mankind. Artists, literary émigrés, reporters, philosophers, literary giants, and political activists all poured into Spain to be where the action was!

Now, in Brad Linaweaver’s and Kent Hastings’ epic: Anarquía: An Alternate History of the Spanish Civil War, a new vision of the Spanish Civil War has been brought to life. Two revolutionaries who, in our universe would become twin stars of the firmaments of Hollywood and Cape Kennedy become instead, in the universe of Anarquía, the twin fulcrums on which pivot the hopes of the future. Hedy Lamarr and Wernher von Braun join Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, John Dos Passos, Ayn Rand, G. K. Chesterton, and a host of others who populate Linaweaver’s and Hastings’ universe in the alternate history Spanish Civil War universe of Anarquía.

Book:Marque and Reprisal

Marque and Reprisal

Elizabeth Moon

Kylara Vatta, risk-taking, rule-breaking, can-do heroine of , is back in business—the kind that’s anything but usual—in the new military science fiction adventure by ace action storyteller Elizabeth Moon.

The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground—but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family’s fleet…and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off: because this time, the war has come to her. To be exact, someone unknown has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky’s father’s interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky’s family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive. …[more]

Book:Newton's Wake

Newton's Wake: A Space Opera

Ken MacLeod

In the aftermath of the Hard Rapture—a cataclysmic war sparked by the explosive evolution of Earth’s artificial intelligences into godlike beings—a few remnants of humanity managed to survive. Some even prospered.

Lucinda Carlyle, head of an ambitious clan of galactic entrepreneurs, had carved out a profitable niche for herself and her kin by taking control of the Skein, a chain of interplanetary star-gates left behind by the posthumans. But on a world called Eurydice, a remote planet at the farthest rim of the galaxy, Lucinda stumbled upon a forgotten relic of the past that could threaten her way of life.

For, in the last instants before the war, a desperate band of scientists had scanned billions of human personalities into digital storage and sent them into space in the hope of one day resurrecting them in the flesh. Now, armed, dangerous, and very much alive, these revenants have triggered a fateful confrontation that could shatter the balance of power, and even change the nature of reality itself.

Book:State of Fear

State of Fear

Michael Crichton

“In Paris, a physicist dies after performing a laboratory experiment for a beautiful visitor. In the jungles of Malaysia, a mysterious buyer purchases deadly cavitation technology, built to his specifications. In Vancouver, a small research submarine is leased for use in the waters off New Guinea. And in Tokyo, an intelligence agent tries to understand what it all means.”

Thus begins Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller State of Fear, which takes the reader from the glaciers of Iceland to the volcanoes of Antarctica, from the Arizona desert to the deadly jungles of the Solomon Islands, from the streets of Paris to the beaches of Los Angeles.

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