The science fiction Oscars

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


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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Yep! I'm not surprised to learn that I'm really out of the Sci-Fi genre loop anymore.

The only name I recognized was Turtledove. I read "˜Guns of The South' years ago. Fun book.

I've been studying Soviet economics, that's "˜kinda' like Sci-Fi isn't it?


Harry Turtledove is probably the best known author on this list, Opening atlantis is a great read, as are most of his other books, In the series begining with "How Few Remain" and ending with "In at the Death" He tells of a confederate victory in the Civil war, and looks at other conflicts between the two nations, Including in one of the later books of the series, the Battle of Norwalk and the Battle of Sandusky. Glad to see he's made the list again at least on the Prometheus awards. Thanks for posting this Tom

Tom Jackson

Thanks for your comments. Harry Turtledove won the Prometheus last year for The Gladiator, a fine book about two Italian teenagers in a world in which the Communists won the Cold War. (He won in a tie with Jo Walton's "Ha'Penny," an exciting thriller about a plot to kill Hitler in a world in which England makes a separate peace with the Nazis.)


Yep Yep, all of the cross time books, though written for a younger audience, are fine books, though i must admit reading the Gladiator reminded me a bit of the hero zone, which isn't a bad thing

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br wrote:

'...the Battle of Norwalk and the Battle of Sandusky.'

Interesting, I may have to check that out. Thanks.

Had the Copperheads been a potent force in 1860s Ohio, the state may have possibly seceded, the Union would have split in the Midwest and Lincoln's ability to wage war could have been potentially been greatly diminished.

Of course, during the First Battle of Manassas, had Lee allowed Jackson to pursue fleeing Federalists back into Washington, the War of Secession would possibly have ended almost before it began.

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Read Turtledove's 'Settling Accounts: Return Engagement' online for free:

I read what I wanted about Norwalk and Sandusky. Thanks again br.

To each his own; I enjoy reading plain old history more. For me there's enough weird and bizarre stuff that actually occurred.