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Browse the full archive of basic members (free riders), supporting members, and charter members below. Or, for more of a quick summary, check out the member directory.

Erne Lewis

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.

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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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Ken Hagdal

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.

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