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The science fiction Oscars

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Movie lovers have the Academy Awards, music fans have the Grammys, readers have the Pulitzers. Science fiction fans such as myself have their awards, too.

One of the awards given out in science fiction is called the Prometheus. Its list of 2008 novels nominated for the award was announced today. (Disclosure: I am one of the judges who worked on the list).

The books are:

“Matter” by Iain Banks;

“Little Brother,” Cory Doctorow;

“The January Dancer,” Michael Flynn;

“Saturn’s Children,” Charles Stross;

“Opening Atlantis,” Harry Turtledove;

“Half a Crown,” Jo Walton.

More information here.

The Prometheus, given to science fiction novels that promote the cause of freedom, are not the biggest award in science fiction. At best, it’s like the Golden Globe. The top award, the equivalent of the Oscars, are called the Hugo Awards, and the novel nominees for the award were announced a few days ago.

The Hugo nominees are:

“Anathem,” Neal Stephenson;

“The Graveyard Book,” Neil Gaiman;

“Little Brother,” Cory Doctorow;

“Saturn’s Children,” Charles Stross;

“Zoe’s Tale,” John Scalzi.

I have read all of these books except for the Gaiman and the Stross. I especially recommend the books by Banks, Doctorow, Stephenson and Flynn.

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