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.
Steven Vandervelde first became interested in science fiction as a youngster after reading Poul Anderson and Robert A. Heinlein. Their work inspired him to write a future history based on projecting a worst case scenario of current economic problems into the future, combined with fantasy and bizarre conspiracy theory, including UFOs.
This future history, which serves as the setting for Steven’s serial science-fiction novel The CFR Collusion, takes up a century from now in a world without nation-states, controlled by mega-corporations and a sinister world government known as The Fusion. Add to that manipulative, evil aliens bent on enslaving mankind and the storyline makes for an exciting action-adventure.
Steven is a part-time science-fiction writer who studied history, political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and archaeology. He has a degree in history, but was always interested in biology and science in general.
Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence.
Gen’s debut novel is Noble Vision. This romantic medical thriller won two important national literary awards. It was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Finalist. It was also a finalist in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards contest — one of only six picks honoring general fiction published by independent presses. Noble Vision garnered praise from magazine magnate Steve Forbes, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, syndicated columnist Walter E. Williams, and other influential thinkers.
Showing her virtuosity across genre lines, Gen’s second offering is the historical novel A Dream of Daring. This antebellum murder mystery took Finalist in Regional Fiction in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also Finalist in Multicultural Fiction in the same contest.
Chris Baker was born and raised in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and currently lives in Austin, Texas. He competed in math competitions and now works in information technology. While he is definitely an “auditory boy,” he has been published in Liberty, Ideas on Liberty, Baseball America, Moundsville Daily Echo, Columbus Alive, Austin Chronicle, Sports Collectors Digest, and The Other Paper.
His first novel is Escape from the Village, and he is already working on its sequel.
Daniel Koehler is the author of four novels: Flyover Country (2004), The Sleeping Cab (2006), Unbankerly Behavior (2008), and Splitting Washington (2010). His short pieces have appeared in The Best of Tales from the South, The Birmingham Arts Journal, New Works Review, The Rusty Nail, Bareback Magazine, The Storyteller, Inner Sins, The Harvard Bulletin, among others. His literary honors include finalist status in three international screenplay competitions and regional awards for his short stories.
Prior to his writing career, Daniel pursued professional interests in New York City. He has written software used extensively in the financial sector. He attended Leopold-Franzens Universität in Innsbruck, Austria, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard.
Matthew is a libertarian living in central Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University, he majored in Spanish and has published a work of libertarian science fiction called Wĭthûr Wē.