Ken Hagdal was trained as a control engineer, worked as a programmer, and moved on to artsy endeavors and non-academic psychology research, with a focus on coercive persuasion and its manifestations in every area of life. He’s very familiar with victims of abuse in all its forms (sexual, emotional, physical), his experience gained from running a support group on late MSN groups, real-life involvement and observation, forum moderation, and long-term immersion in fringe groups.
Ken’s first novel is X-Novo, a hard-hitting dystopian satire on gender issues. Free copies are available for reviewers.
John Hunt was influenced by Ayn Rand certainly, but holds a stronger recognition of the personal and economic value he obtains if the people around him are happy, and that includes anyone who may someday interact with him or the people he loves in any way, even at great distance. He is profoundly pro-peace and therefore against a large chunk of the progressive (initiation of force is acceptable) mentality that causes war.
John wrote Higher Cause, a libertarian-themed techno-thriller published by Laissez Faire Books, and Assume the Physician, a satirical novel about the current medical system. He now feels very fortunate to be working with his co-author, Doug Casey, on a series of anarcho-capitalist novels.