Erne’s early years were in Hobart, Oklahoma, a small town in the southwest corner of the state. He moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. His professional life, until 1974, was as an architect in the Seattle area. In 1974 he and two associates began a new aquaculture venture that grew to become a major source of salmon for the Oregon and Washington coast. Erne was its president for many years. In 1990 he and Marti purchased and outfitted a 48 foot ketch and sailed the Caribbean for a year. Erne has been sailing and writing ever since.
Philosophically, Erne has been an Objectivist since reading Atlas Shrugged in 1963, and politically a libertarian. He was active in the Washington State Libertarian Party from 1992 until 2002. He helped write an initiative to stop the use of asset forfeiture by Washington state and local government and then led a signature drive sponsored by the Libertarian Party. He co-hosted a weekly libertarian television program where he interviewed many knowledgeable and eloquent libertarians.
He was a candidate for Congress in 2000. His candidacy was intended to educate the voters as to the differences between the Libertarian Party and the other political parties. In a public debate with the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent, Erne first described the two-headed monster in terms similar to those he used in his debut novel An Act of Self-Defense. The audience of 400 Democrats, independents, Republicans, and libertarians roared in approval. The description and approval seemed to shock the incumbent as well as the challenger.
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.
Jeff Schlaman is a California CPA and holds an advanced degree from the University of Florida. He has worked as a corporate executive in the United States and Europe. Jeffrey holds strong libertarian beliefs and writes both to entertain and to warn those who otherwise might not listen of the perils of the current course of our government. He is the author of political-financial thrillers Fiat and Subprime Factor.
D.J. Knedgen is a concerned citizen of the world and a medical professional with many hobbies and interests, among them a passion for politics and for writing fiction.
Her debut novel — The Chimera Collusion, a riveting thriller about a young woman coerced into being a pawn in an audacious political conspiracy — is the natural outcome of both.
D.J.’s current work in progress — The Chains Protocol — like its predecessor, focuses on the message of personal freedom and liberty, as well as the dangers of apathy, in an entertaining way. (She figures that if she can save just one person, it’ll be worth it. Wink, wink.) She’s a fan of action-packed suspense sprinkled with healthy doses of sex and violence, and she writes the same way.
Charter member Mark Tullius is doing two sales on his books. You’ll have to act quickly to take advantage of the first one.
His novel 25 Perfect Days is a dystopian nightmare that warns of what could happen if we don’t change our ways.
It is on sale right now (1/25/14–1/28/14) on Kindle for $0.99. Get it at this bargain price while you can, because the normal price is $5.99.
After the sale on 25 Perfect Days ends, the sale on dystopian novel Brightside begins.
Brightside is a science-fiction thriller about a group of telepaths the government imprisons in a beautiful mountain town.
Hank Schwaeble is a thriller writer and attorney in Houston, Texas. He is the author of two novels, Damnable (Penguin/Jove 2009) and Diabolical (Penguin/Jove 2011), with his third, The Angel of the Abyss, set to be released by JournalStone in June of 2014. He is the recipient of two Bram Stoker Awards, including for Best First Novel, and has been a World Fantasy Award nominee.
A graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, Hank is also a former Air Force officer and special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, graduated first in his class from the Defense Language Institute’s Japanese Language Course, and was an editor of the law review at Vanderbilt, where he won four American Jurisprudence Awards.
Hank is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association. In addition to reading and writing, Hank enjoys keeping in shape and playing guitar. He is currently working on his next novel.
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.
Growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, I was given the apple-pie routine. America is great. All is well or soon will be. But then I went to high school in inner-city Philadelphia. Everything wasn’t alright.
I’ve been a rebel my whole life. I became a troublemaker when Catholic grade school bored me. I published a broadsheet attack on administrative oppression at my Philadelphia public high school. I left a Chicago loop 67th floor bank job to drive a cab. I left the United States too. When I came back, I was arrested, beaten, and thrown into federal prison by US Marshals for exposing their abuse. Then I fomented an international uproar over airport grope-downs. I was even accused of being a terrorist on network TV.
Rebellion is a worthy vocation. I bring you my unique brand of rebellion now through dystopian science fiction novels and novellas. Experience some today at GeorgeDonnelly.com.