“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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Tracy Lawson

Tracy Lawson

Tracy Lawson is eagerly awaiting the release of her coming-of-age thriller, Counteract. It’s the story of a girl (Careen), a guy (Tommy), the terrorist attack that brings them together, and their race to expose a conspiracy that could destroy their country.

In Counteract, Careen survived a terrorist’s bomb when she was a kid, and now the threat of a chemical weapons attack is literally hanging over her head. She takes the antidote offered by the government, but is unprepared for the side effects, which cause her to hallucinate, affect her memory, and derail her from her university studies. Her erratic behavior attracts the attention of a young law enforcement officer, who mistakenly pegs her as a dissident and pursues her, hoping she’ll make contact with a known resistance group. Careen doesn’t realize the antidote is causing her confusion… until she runs out on the day of the anticipated attack.

Tommy, recuperating from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident, is unaware that there’s a link between that accident, which killed his parents, and the chemical weapons attack that threatens him now. The antidote plagues him with hallucinations of tragedy and loss, and sends him spiraling into despair. When he discovers that working out before he takes his dose helps him feel more like himself, he defies the rules to regain his strength and his sanity. On the day of the attack, he meets Careen, who just might be the girl of his dreams, and tries to save her by sharing his last dose with her, even though doing so could potentially hasten his own death.

What Careen and Tommy learn about the true nature of the terrorist threat spurs them to take action, and their decisions lead them to run afoul of local law enforcement, team up with that underground resistance group, and ultimately take their quest for the truth to the highest reaches of the United States government.

Resist, the second volume in the trilogy, is nearing completion, and Tracy is now commencing work on the as-yet-unnamed final installment in Tommy and Careen’s saga.

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Alyssa Altadonna

By day, Alyssa Altadonna appears to be a mild-mannered school teacher; but, in the shadows of the evening, she becomes SUPER-LIBERTARIAN-SCIFI-TEEN-AUTHOR-WOMAN! Fueled by an irrepressible love of outer space and the rage that accompanies reading the daily headline news, she writes stories that somehow manage to instill the hope of freedom in the face of totalitarian oppression.

Alyssa is the author of several short stories and is currently working on her first novel, a young-adult scifi adventure set on Mars.

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Daniel Coleman

By day, Daniel is a writer and editor at NASA, where he covers topics in technology. This job takes him to conferences across the United States, but not yet to the unhomesteaded moon. He has spent a dozen years as a novitiate in philosophy, studying Plato and Aristotle in college and graduate school, and his favorite literature wrestles with questions about what a good, flourishing life is.

Daniel’s long-term aspirations as an author are primarily in children’s and young-adult literature, both prose fiction and poetry.

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J.H. Stirner

J. H. Stirner is a libertarian writer of screenplays and literary fiction living in West Central Florida.

He is an aspiring filmmaker and is currently writing both the screenplay and novel versions of his story Magic Number, a drama set in the midst of Miami’s sex trade in the early 1980s.

J.H. is also writing an untitled short story set in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bruce Driggers

Restaurant manager, convenience store clerk and 3rd-shift guard shack attendant are just a few of the failed careers Bruce Driggers has left in the swath of devastation that defines his half-century on earth.

“You should write a novel,” one of his ex-wives once said to him, so he did, even though she was merely hoping to increase her monthly alimony payments.

Bruce’s first novel, Doobius Wisdom, is currently on the threshold of publication, a lofty position it’s held for almost 13 years now.

When he’s not spinning tales of spiritual enlightenment or pontificating on the state of the world as The Mocking Bard, Bruce is making his living playing with dogs.

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Jack McDonald Burnett

Jack is an attorney and freelance writer in the Atlanta area, originally from Chicago. His nonfiction work has appeared in such diverse publications and venues as Mortgage Lending Compliance Alert, American Builders Quarterly, Mortgage Technology, Economic Opportunity Report, and Puck Daddy. His next published novel will be his first.

Jack’s science fiction novel Amethyst is in the editing and revision stage. Amethyst is the story of a 23rd-century girl named Moira whose parents send her to live in a wildcat colony on a distant planet because she represents a threat to their wealth and status. From a shy, emotionally brutalized pre-teen, she grows up to become a kind, thoughtful, and well-liked, if impetuous and volatile, young woman. That’s when the government arrives to clean up the wildcat colony and repatriate the colonists to someplace under its jurisdiction. Moira must decide where she belongs: in the new home she’s helped build or in the old one she was cast out of. Either way, she’s going to have a fight on her hands.

Jack’s short story “A Masterpiece of the Literature of Liberty” won the third-place prize in the 2014 Libertarian Short Story Contest jointly held by the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association and Students For Liberty, and was published in the SFL periodical Ama-Gi. Another story will appear in a libertarian short fiction anthology in the Fall of 2014.

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Travis J.I. Corcoran

Travis J.I. Corcoran is a Catholic anarchocapitalist software engineer and business owner. He is an amateur (from the Latin, meaning “grossly unskilled, but enjoying it anyway”) at wood turning, blacksmithing, guitar playing, gourmet cooking, throwing ceramic pots, and a few other things.

Travis has had nonfiction articles published in several national magazines including Dragon, Make, and Fine Homebuilding.

The Powers of the Earth, which he is almost finished editing, is his first novel and will be the first in his Aristillus Series.

The Aristillus Series

The Aristillus Series is pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI, and really, really big guns.

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Nickie Abshire

Nickie is a jewelry metalsmith, a fire spinner, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt, a wife, and a mother of two. She is an anarcho-libertarian who can’t dance and loves to cook. She loves learning and trying new things.

Long an ardent reader, Nickie has developed an interest in learning how to write her own stories. Her favorite book and author change often, but the Sword of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is her most recent writing inspiration. An artsy-crafty person, she also has a great love of all things steampunk.

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Andy Cleary

Andy is a software engineer living in Seattle with his wife and kid.

He is currently working on the first draft of an as yet untitled speculative fiction novel depicting a society operating under his vision of “libertarianism.” His latest attempt at a backpage blurb:

The Acacia Valley is a low-profile independent area in southeast Asia that for historical reasons has evolved into a societal model different from the modern nation-state. Until now, the system has worked — disagreements among the many different flavors of immigrants to the Valley are common, but they get resolved peacefully and the Valley flourishes economically and socially — but a large new wave of immigration has brought with it a whole host of new problems. Are the new problems inevitable once a society gets past a certain size? Must the Valley change the way it has done things to continue to survive? Virginia and Darwin have lived in the Valley all of their adult lives, and they helped to shape its current form. Have they miscalculated? Or is something else going on? The fate of the life that they have chosen — and of the Valley in general — may reside in the answers that they find.

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Kat Valleley

Kat loves reading and writing because they let us put ourselves in someone else’s head for a bit. She particularly likes the scifi and fantasy genres where we can create neutral territory to explore controversial ideas without the walls and biases we all bring to the debate in other arenas. When Kat isn’t wearing her writer hat, she can usually be found acting, cooking, or unschooling her three teenagers.

Kat is currently working on a novel set in a world whose history has been buried and rewritten to secure power for a few.  The story follows a young woman who had believed herself to be mentally ill only to discover that her hallucinations are actually visions of the past.  With the help of her brother and a man who has been dead hundreds of years, she sets out to reveal the truth.

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