“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

Fantasy

Craig L. Seymour

Craig is a family man, author, capitalist, and libertarian. He has been a Libertarian Party candidate for the House of Representatives and the publisher of an independent newsletter, Capital & Liberty. He is the author of Time Skip, a twist on the traditional time travel story. He is currently working on a sequel, as well as a middle grade series revolving around three friends, a magic amulet, and classic monsters.

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Sarah A. Hoyt

Sarah Hoyt was born in Portugal and lives in Colorado. In between, she’s worked at jobs ranging from dishwasher in a hotel in Germany to multilingual scientific translator for a company in South Carolina. She denies that she has a writing problem and insists she can give it up as soon as she wants to, but the longest she ever managed to go without writing was two weeks, and then a novel attacked her.

Sarah has published around 23 novels (she hasn’t counted lately) and 100 short stories with publishers like Berkley, Bantam, and Baen, and magazines such as Asimov’s and Analog, as well as a variety of anthologies. Lately, she’s decided to work only for Baen, the publisher that doesn’t drive her nuts, and as the other works revert, she’s republishing them herself.

She’s also independently publishing novels that aren’t appropriate for Baen. Her novel Darkship Thieves won the 2011 Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Novel. The first book of her Musketeer’s Mysteries series was an alternate book club selection. Her first indie fantasy novel, Witchfinder, just came out.

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Jeff Patterson

By some fortuitous circumstance Jeff was born on September 1, 1962, the day the United Nations announced that the world population had exceeded three billion people, so he figures that was him.

He has been writing holiday-themed science fiction and fantasy short stories for some 17 years, which can now be found collected in Solstice Chronicles.

Jeff is a writer, illustrator, blogger, mastermind of Bad Day Studio, contributor to the Hugo Award–winning website SF Signal, frequent panelist on the SF Signal Podcast, and the least-educated (but better-looking) third of the podcast team known as The Three Hoarsemen.

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Donovan Scherer

Donovan Scherer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Wanting to shift away from client work and the never-ending hunt for a day job, he began putting his own stories to paper in 2009.

Fear & Sunshine, the first series self-published through Donovan’s freelance design company, Ratatat Graphics, has had three books released so far. In 2011, he created ZomBeans, a game for iOS and Android based off the Fear & Sunshine series.

Along with working on new stories, Donovan is currently teaching graphics at his old college. Check out his artwork over at deviantArt.

Try the Fear & Sunshine series for free with Fear & Sunshine: Prelude.

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Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh is a part-time writer and full-time husband, father, and accountant. He lives with his family and a pack of basset hounds in the suburbs of Minneapolis and stays active with local politics, roleplaying games, and light (very light) jogging.

Richard is influenced by a wide variety of genre writers, most notably Cormac McCarthy, P.G. Wodehouse, Robert Heinlein, and Raymond Chandler. His worldview is fundamentally libertarian and subsidiarist, but the themes of his work often extend beyond questions of the individual and the state.

To date, Richard’s most prominent work is the Adventures of Seamus Tripp, which he coauthors with Jon Garett. The Adventures of Seamus Tripp is a book series suitable for readers of all ages. It combines humor, action, and adventure in a format that is exciting, literary, and good fun. Get a taste of the series for free with The Adventure of Seamus Tripp and the North Star Witch.

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R. Jaylan Phoenix

R. Jaylan Phoenix is a huge geek. He’s managed to parlay that into good stories ever since his high school days, when he probably should have been paying attention in class. He lives in North East Florida with his wife and a cat that’s too smart for anyone’s good. In addition to being a libertarian, he is also a quasi-Objectivist (or whatever you’d call someone who’s philosophy is equal parts Atlas Shrugged and Stranger in a Strange Land).

Jaylan’s far-future, science-fiction short story “The Rescue” was a runner up in the 2014 LFA/SFL Libertarian Short Story Contest, voted one of the top 10 stories out of 169 submissions.

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Troy J. Grice

Troy has been a student of economics and a passionate libertarian since his twenties. A fan of dystopian novels and science fiction, he describes his own writing as “anti-propaganda” and “counter-myth.” He enjoys giving the finger to the corrupt establishment and the barely-lucid masses who enable them.

For Troy, no institution is beyond reproach.

His novels include:

Gaiastan: A messianic tale of transformation and redemption set in a radical environmentalist tyranny.

Goldstein: An exile from the last free colony ventures into corpo-fascist Amerika.

Indivisible: The lives of a psychotic sheriff, a vain diplomat, a tormented soldier, and a desperate father converge amidst civil war in contemporary America.

Troy is also finishing up Oathkeeper, about a reluctant mountain sheriff resisting an unaccountable DEA, and a sequel to Indivisible.

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Harold Carper

Harold Carper is a USAF veteran, husband, father, and systems administrator. He is not a people person.

The son of ministers, he was brought up in the Assemblies of God. Once on his own, however, he asked too many questions to which there were no satisfactory answers in mainstream Christianity. After years of study and debate with armchair, Internet theologians from around the world, Harold’s searching led him to a new spiritual home among Messianic Jews and Hebraic Christians. He found the Messianic perspective more scripturally founded, more intellectually rigorous, and richer in tradition than any other, and has been a Torah-keeping Christian ever since.

Politically, Harold is a libertarian-leaning conservative or a conservative-leaning libertarian, though neither group would be overly happy to claim him. Having never known one person to be identical to another in any observable way, he does not believe in equality. Men should have short hair and beards. Women should have long hair and no beards. Men should vote and fight wars. Women should teach their children and care for their husbands. He does not believe that men are better people than women or that one race of men is more or less human than any other. They are different, and there’s nothing wrong with being different.

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David T. Newman

David is an author of fantasy and science fiction. Currently, he is working on an epic fantasy novel (still in its early stages) and a series of urban fantasy novellas. He grew up in the East Village of New York and will always love the city. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Frost and Flame, the first volume in David’s The Art series, is about a man coming to grips with supernatural powers beyond anything he’s ever imagined. Assailed on all sides by forces after either his allegiance or his blood, he must fight every day just to stay alive. But is his life worth the price of his humanity?

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Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters has honed her signature snark in print and in real life since she was 10. Her love of pop culture, bad television, and worse music, coupled with the collection of a lifetime’s worth of useless trivia, make her first novel, Black, a witty, allusive tour of Colorado’s vampire underworld.

Catherine has been voted “Meanest Mother In The World” for eight straight years. In addition to writing, she is the Social Media Director for the Gatsby Theatre Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is employed as a vocalist for the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.

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