Your summer reading list
The Libertarian Futurist Society, the folks who award the Prometheus Award and the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, has sent out ballots to its members listing the finalists for this year in each category. If you want something to read this summer, you could do a lot worse than to try some of these.
Prometheus Award finalists:
Matter, by Iain Banks (Orbit Books)*
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)*
The January Dancer, by Michael Flynn (TOR Books)*
Saturn’s Children, by Charles Stross (Ace Books)*
Opening Atlantis, by Harry Turtledove (Penguin/Roc Books)*
Half a Crown, by Jo Walton (TOR Books)*
All of these books are worth reading. Iain Banks is one of my favorite writers, but my favorite among the nominees is the Cory Doctorow. If you are interested in the Walton, you’ll want to know that it’s the third book in a trilogy and that you should read the first two books first.
Hall of Fame nominees:
Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988);
Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982);
“As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912);
The Lord of the Rings, a three-volume novel by J. R. R. Tolkien (1955);
The Once and Future King, including The Book of Merlyn, a novel by T. H. White (1977);
The Golden Age, a novel by John C. Wright (2002).