Annal: 2007 Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Results of the Prometheus Award in the year 2007.

Book:Glasshouse

Glasshouse

Charles Stross

When Robin wakes up in a clinic with most of his memories missing, it doesn’t take him long to discover that someone’s trying to kill him. It’s the twenty-seventh century, when interstellar travel is by teleport gate and conflicts are fought by network worms that censor refugees’ personalities-including Robin’s earlier self.

On the run from unknown enemies, he volunteers to participate in a unique experimental polity, the Glasshouse, constructed to simulate a preaccelerated culture. Participants are assigned anonymized identities: it looks like the ideal hiding place for a posthuman on the run. But in this escape-proof environment, Robin will undergo an even more radical change, placing him at the mercy of the experimenters-and at the mercy of his own unbalanced psyche.

Book:Empire

Empire

Orson Scott Card

The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.

Book:The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

John Scalzi

A traitor to humanity is helping a trio of alien races destroy humanity—all of it. His motivations are unclear, his whereabouts unknown. But the traitor left something behind: a recording of his consciousness. That consciousness is poured into Jared Dirac, a warrior born as an adult to fight the battles no one else will take. As Jared fights, he learns more about the man whose personality has been placed in his head—and learns why he turned traitor. But can Jared, bred to save humanity, be trusted not betray it instead?

Book:Harbingers

Harbingers: A Repairman Jack Novel

F. Paul Wilson

It starts off so simply: Jack, still feeling down after the tragic events of Infernal, is hanging in Julio’s when a regular named Timmy asks him for help. His teenage niece has been missing since this morning; the police say it’s too early to worry, but Timmy knows something bad has happened. Jack says he’ll put the word out on the street. This innocent request triggers a chain of seemingly coincidental events that lead Jack into the darkest days of his life.

As has become evident in the series, Jack has been singled out, unwillingly, as the champion of one of the two supernatural forces contending for control of all human life on Earth. Neither of these forces are good or evil, just dangerous and amoral. They value and notice individual humans about as much as we do mosquitos.

Jack is desperate…and the last thing you want to do is make Jack desperate. That’s when things begin to blow up and…[more]

Book:Rainbows End

Rainbows End: A Novel With One Foot in the Future

Vernor Vinge

The year is 2025. Robert Gu, the internationally renowned 75-year old poet, receives a groundbreaking treatment for Alzheimer’s and a new outlook on life. When he begins re-training at Fairmont High, learning with other older people what is second nature to his thirteen-year-old granddaughter Miri, he unwittingly becomes part of a wide-ranging conspiracy. In a world where every computer chip has Homeland Security built-in, this conspiracy is something that baffles even the most sophisticated security analysts. Even Miri, in her attempts to protect her grandfather, may be entangled in the plot.

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