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Prometheus Award Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 20, 2013
LFS announces 2013 Prometheus Award winners
* The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the Prometheus Awards
winners for Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame), to be
presented Friday Aug. 30, 2013 at LoneStarCon3, the 71st Annual World
Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
* Cory Doctorow won for Best Novel for Pirate Cinema (TOR Books).
Doctorow also won the Best Novel award in 2009 for Little Brother.
Doctorow explores themes of artistic freedom, Internet freedom and
peaceful social change while shedding light on issues of copyright and
government surveillance in Pirate Cinema, an optimistic young-adult
novel about a young pirate filmmaker whose Internet activity threatens
his family with government reprisals and who learns to fight back
against outdated forms of control.
* Cryptonomicon, a 1999 novel by Neal Stephenson, has won the 2013
Prometheus Hall of Fame award for Best Classic Fiction. Set during World
War II and during the early 21st century, Stephenson’s novel explores
the implications for a free society in the development of computation
* At its award ceremony to be held at the WorldCon in San Antonio, the
Libertarian Futurist Society will present a plaque and one-ounce gold
coin to Cory Doctorow. A smaller gold coin and a plaque will be
presented to Neal Stephenson. The specific time and location will be
available in the convention program.
* Also recognized as Best Novel finalists for the best pro-freedom novel
of the past year are Arctic Rising, by Tobias Buckell (TOR Books); The
Unincorporated Future, by Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books); Darkship
Renegades, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books); and Kill Decision, by Daniel
Suarez (Dutton – Penguin).
* Also recognized as Hall of Fame finalists: “Sam Hall”, by Poul
Anderson (a short story, published 1953 in Astounding); Falling Free, by
Lois McMaster Bujold (a novel, published 1988); “‘Repent, Harlequin!’
Said the Ticktockman”, by Harlan Ellison (a short story, published 1965
in Galaxy); Courtship Rite, by Donald M. Kingsbury (a novel, published
1982); and “As Easy as A.B.C.”, by Rudyard Kipling (a short story,
published in London Magazine in 1912).
The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society
(LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring
awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based
awards currently in SF. Presented annually since 1982 at the World
Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin
and plaque for the winners. The Prometheus awards for Best Novel, Best
Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame), and (occasional) Special Awards honor
outstanding science fiction and fantasy that explores the possibilities
of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and
economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals
and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse
of power–especially by the State.
The LFS is announcing the winning works so that fans of the works and
the writers can begin to make plans for attending the awards ceremonies.
Anyone interested in more information about the awards ceremony or
other LFS activities at LoneStarCon3 can send email to .
For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in three categories,
visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is
open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an
appreciation of the value of liberty.
For more information, contact LFS Board President William H. Stoddard
(); Best Novel awards coordinator Michael Grossberg
(); or Programming coordinator Fran Van Cleave
() or Publicity Chair Chris Hibbert
Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was a radio adventure series which was very popular from 1933 to 1951. The program originated at WBBM in Chicago on July 31, 1933, and was later carried on CBS, then NBC and finally ABC. One reason for its longevity is its wonderful script writers including Talbot Mundy, author of the classic novel, King of the Khyber Rifles.
Rasp-rasp-rasp! It was a queer sound, ghostly, hearing it in the open country after midnight. Chills gripped King as he set out to investigate, but he forgot about them when he found — a man buried alive! And when he heard the man’s strange story, he knew that the Secret Six was going to tackle its most exciting and dangerous case, gambling for fabulous stakes in a game of golden death. Criminals quaked at the name The Secret Six. And for four glorious issues, this team of six crimefighters took on some of the weirdest and most fantastic antagonists that ever reared their heads in the pulp magazines. It was where weird menace met six normal men with no strange gadgets or outlandish skills. The utterly amazing stories were written by Robert J. Hogan, better known for writing the G-8 and his Battle Aces stories. But after four issues, the over-the-top action came to an end and Popular Publications pulled the plug on the series. These vintage pulp tales are now reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Arthur J Burks and Nat Schachner, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
In that dank tomb Forsythe found living beauty — and the ugly, gibbering spawn of Hell! In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a classic story the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $0.99.
Pulp fiction’s Master of Men returns in two classic stories from one of the pulp era’s best selling magazines. In the first story — could it be? Is The Spider dead? So it would seem, which forces Richard Wentworth to adopt the guise of Corporal Death in his battle with “The Mayor of Hell” (1936). Then, in “Fangs of the Dragon” (1942), The Spider visits the town of Bethbury, where the bite of flying dragons drives the populace to insanity and murder! This instant collectible contains two exciting pulp adventures that have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading and features both of the original full color covers as well as interior illustrations that accompany each story. On sale for $12.95, save $2.00
The Knight of Darkness proves that crime does not pay in two pulp classics by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, The Shadow follows a trail of murder to retrieve the priceless rubies known as “The Seven Drops of Blood.” Then, to prove the innocence of a man accused of an impossible crime, the Dark Avenger must uncover the strange secret behind “Death from Nowhere.” BONUS: The Whisperer brings true sight to “The Eye of Zion” in a thriller by Alan Hathway writing as “Clifford Goodrich.” This instant collector’s item features the classic color pulp covers by Graves Gladney and George Rozen, the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Edd Cartier, and commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. $14.95.
The pulps’ original “Man of Steel” returns in three action-packed pulp thrillers by Paul Ernst and Emile Tepperman writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, smuggled “Pictures of Death” are only the sinister prelude to deadly sabotage and mass destruction. Then, Justice Inc. hunts for the antidote to a deadly malady that transforms men into apelike monstrosities in “The Green Killer.” Will the cure bring death to The Avenger? PLUS “Calling Justice Inc.,” a bonus Avenger thriller by Spider-scribe Emile Tepperman! This classic pulp reprint showcases the classic color pulp covers by Lenosci and William Timmons, Paul Orban’s interior illustrations and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray. $14.95.
The Man of Bronze and his daredevil cousin Pat Savage return in two classic pulp novels by Lester Dent and William Bogart writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, Doc Savage is accused of serial murders and jailed. Can Pat and Doc’s aides help unearth the strange secret of “The Invisible-Box Murders” and prove the Man of Bronze’s innocence? Then, Doc journeys to Honolulu after a strange letter makes Pat’s friend, Sally Trent, a “Target for Death.” BONUS: “The Hang String,” a rare 1933 tale by Lester Dent from the back pages of The Shadow Magazine. This double-novel collector’s edition leads off with a classic color cover by Emery Clarke, and showcases all of Paul Orban’s original interior illustrations and new historical commentary by Will Murray, writer of eleven Doc Savage novels. $14.95.
How often has it been said of a story that is ‘starts with a bang?’ Well, Spider novels are just one, prolonged bang! Fans wouldn’t want it any other way. If you look up the word ‘intensity’ in the dictionary you’ll see the sigil of the Spider.
The Mayor of Hell is no exception. Heck, the novel personifies everything one can expect from a Spider adventure. Richard Wentworth (alias the Spider) begins the tale doing his best Sherlock Holmes imitation of fiddling away a peaceful evening – until gunmen start blasting at him from every angle! Glass shatters, plaster cracks, blood spills and chaos reigns – yes, it’s another great Spider novel.
Forced to fake his own death, separated from his associates and the woman he loves, the Spider ventures into Operator #5 territory in this tale of a political coup giving rise to a police state. Taking on the guise of the Corporal of Death, Wentworth has to fight the oppression from within while every hand is turned against him.
Sure, it would be easy for me to say that The Mayor of Hell is just another rollicking Spider adventure and leave it at that. Except that it isn’t. For one thing, the Spider does not even appear in the novel. Not once. Wentworth is the Corporal of Death throughout as most believe him dead and he hides from the factions that know better. Finishing the novel, and experiencing the body count, I couldn’t help but think Wentworth should have taken on the identity of the Brigadier General of Death, not Corporal.
What sets this novel apart, for me, was the visceral, gritty quality to the violence – the likes of which I’d be hard-pressed to cite examples of outside the Spider tales in general and The Mayor of Hell in particular. Wentworth is startlingly grim in this tale from 1936 and it reads as if it were written for today’s audience. The last line alone would not be out of place at the end of a classic Mike Hammer novel.
The Mayor of Hell is everything you could hope for in a Spider adventure. The more of these I read, the more impressed I am with Page’s ability to ratchet up the tension and intensity while keeping the plot moving. I couldn’t put the book down and had to shake my head in wonder numerous times at how he pushes the envelope of pulp action to dizzying heights. I can’t recommend it enough.
Radio Archives is doing great work and I really appreciate it. 200 ebooks a year—I read fast but not that fast!
Thanks for putting more of your audiobooks on Audible, I always have a couple of extra credits to use. I really enjoyed the “Moon Pool.” Do you have any more plans to do A. Merritt books?
Weird Tales Magazine would like to announce that they have added a new member
to their team.
Douglas Draa has been appointed the position of “contributing editor” for Weird Tales
Mr. Draa, aside from his duties at Weird Tales, writes his own blog, “Uncle Doug’s
Bunker of Vintage Horror Paperbacks”.
Mr. Draa is also a staff blogger for “Amazing Stories Magazine and guest blogger for
“Black Gate Magazine”.
Mr. Draa is an Ohioan currently residing in Nuremberg Germany with his wife,
daughter, two cats, and a whole slew of old horror paperbacks.
by Pamela Rushby
Publication date: August 2013
Extent: 306 pages (est)
Format: B format paperback
Price: AUD $18.95
Age guide: 11+
It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as ﬁrst a trickle and then a ood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.
Flora’s comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1.
She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses – managing to fall in love along the way.
As Flora battles to save lives and ﬁnd her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything …
Key selling points: About the author
• Well-known Australian author. Pamela Rushby lives in Brisbane with her husband, son and
six visiting scrub turkeys.
• Fits in perfectly with the new National Curriculum for Year 10 history. Flora’s story provides insightful material for Pam has worked in advertising; as a pre-school teacher; and students investigating the strands: ‘the signiﬁcance of the as a writer and producer of educational television, audio and Gallipoli and Western Front campaigns during World War 1’ and ‘the Great War and its aftermath:
She has won several awards, including a Literature Board of the Australia Council grant to work on archaeological
Her website is www.pamelarushby.com
Also by Pamela Rushby:
The Horses Didn’t Come Home
HarperCollins 2012 (short-
listed, Queensland Literary Awards 2012)
When the Hipchicks Went to War
Hachette 2009 (Notable
Book CBCA 2010, winner Ethel Turner Award for young
people’s literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2010)
Millions of Mummies
, John Wiley & Sons 2006
Circles of Stone
, HarperCollins, 2003
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