Friday, June 11, 2010

Robert Anton Wilson and the Prometheus Award

RAW was known more or less as a science fiction writer. ILLUMINATUS!, still in print, usually is found in the science fiction section of the bookstore. And yet, despite the success of the book, Wilson never won any of the major science fiction awards.

He did win one award. The Prometheus Award, given by the Libertarian Futurist Society, is awarded to works of science fiction that deal with themes that are of interest to libertarians. There are two awards — the Prometheus, for a novel published in the past year, and the Hall of Fame, for older classics.

ILLUMINATUS!, by Wilson and Robert Shea, won the Hall of Fame Award in 1986. The same award also was given that year to THE SYNDIC by Cyril Kornbluth.

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