Saturday, January 27, 2018

Robert Shea fought for 'The Dispossessed' to win an award


Robert Shea -- more of an active science fiction fan than Robert Anton Wilson -- was a member of the Libertarian Futurist Society, the group that gives the Prometheus Award.  I'm a member of the group myself. (If you share our goals, anyone is welcome to join).

When I went to Marcon in Columbus, Ohio, in 2015, I chatted briefly about Shea with the founder of the LFS, Michael Grossberg, who told me that when the group had given a Hall of Fame Award to The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin, Shea had been among the members who argued for it.

I know know a bit more about that debate, and Shea's role in it, thanks to a piece written by Victoria Varga and published in Reason Magazine. 

If you aren't familiar with it, Reason is the libertarian equivalent of National Review, Mother Jones, the Nation, etc. I'm still waiting for the libertarian equivalent of Fox News, MSNBC etc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I liked libertarianism a lot better when it recognized similarities with anarchists like Ursula Le Guin, Paul Goodman,…and Bob Shea.