Citizen of the Galaxy Wins Prometheus Award

Citizen Of The Galaxy, a Robert Heinlein novel, has won the 2022 Best Classic Fiction award and will be inducted into the Prometheus Hall of Fame (

Arguably the best of his “juveniles,” Heinlein’s 1957 novel strongly dramatizes an anti-slavery theme while exploring the meaning of freedom and defending the right to use force in self-defense. The epic, planet-hopping saga revolves about a young man’s coming of age amid repeated displacement into new societies and situations (including one intriguing libertarian group of Free Traders) in a rich and complex interstellar future.

Heinlein (1907-1988), now an eight-time Prometheus Award winner, has been recognized in the Prometheus awards more than any other writer, living or deceased. (The late great Poul Anderson is the runner-up)

Other Heinlein works inducted into the Hall of Fame include his bestselling novels The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (in 1983), Stranger In A Strange Land (in 1987), Red Planet (in 1996), Methuselah’s Children (in 1997), Time Enough For Love (in 1998), the stories in Requiem (in 2003) and Coventry (in 2017.)

The Best Novel winner receives a plaque with a one-ounce gold coin, and the Hall of Fame winner a plaque with a smaller gold coin.

For the full list of Prometheus winners, finalists and nominees – for the annual Best Novel and Best Classic Fiction (Hall of Fame) categories and occasional Special Awards – visit the enhanced Prometheus Awards page on the LFS website, which now includes convenient links to the full set of published appreciation-reviews of past winners.



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