A few years ago I launched Prometheus Unbound, a webzine providing news and reviews of speculative fiction from a libertarian perspective, in part to help other libertarians find good stories that reflect their values and in part to promote libertarian fiction.
I want to see more libertarians creating high-quality works of fiction. Prometheus Unbound is still a valuable project with a role to play, but today it is my pleasure to announce a new project aimed at cultivating libertarian authors and improving discoverability of their work: the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association.
The Libertarian Fiction Authors Association began as a simple mastermind and writing group on a Google Groups email list, a place for libertarians (broadly defined) who are aspiring or already published fiction authors (of any genre) to lend each other support and encouragement, share tips, critique each others’ works-in-progress, and more.
That email list still exists and is our main mode of communication with each other, but it quickly became a much more ambitious project.
And so, the association and this website were born.
We now have outposts on popular social media networks where our authors can congregate and, in some cases, interact with fans. But it is this website that is now the public face of the association, where our authors and their work are showcased.
On LibertarianFictionAuthors.com, you will find a blog, a member directory that makes it easy to find authors who share your genre and format interests, and detailed author profiles that will provide you with more information about them, their work, and how to follow and connect with them. The blog will provide news about the work our authors are doing. We also have an email newsletter that will deliver the blogposts as well as exclusive special offers and free excerpts to your inbox, so be sure to sign up.
I suspect that, like me, you have long wished for an easier way to find fiction with libertarian themes and actual libertarian authors writing such stories. Until now, we’ve had to rely on word-of-mouth and the Libertarian Futurist Society‘s awards and quarterly print newsletter. The Libertarian Futurist Society is great, but the winning authors of the Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Novel and the Hall of Fame and Special Awards are often not libertarians themselves these days, which is a shame. Many libertarian authors are no doubt being overlooked by the majority of us and are having to write, edit, publish, and market their books relatively alone.
Now, with the launch of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association and this website, all that will change. Readers will have a single, comprehensive source of news and information about libertarian fiction authors, both familiar and new, and their work. Libertarian authors will have a platform for their work and for communicating with their fellow authors, so that they won’t have to toil alone, in obscurity and without support.
The Libertarian Fiction Authors Association may well be the first of its kind — the first formal association of libertarian fiction authors, of libertarian authors period, or perhaps even of libertarian artists. I am not aware of any others. If any others do exist, they’ve got an obscurity problem that we aim to avoid.
Join us in this grand experiment to encourage and improve the creation and discovery of more high-quality libertarian fiction. Authors, it is free and easy to become a member. Readers, we have a number of ways you can follow the association and keep yourself updated.