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Atlas Shrugged

Erne Lewis

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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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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Sandy Sandfort

Sandy Sandfort

Sandy Sandfort was born the same year as the atomic bomb, so he has seen a lot of change in the world. He was radicalized at an early age by Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Further radicalization and focus came from reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in university.

Sandy has lived in five countries and visited many others. He started writing in earnest after he returned from Singapore in ’92. His early work was mostly nonfiction for such publications as ReasonWired, Mondo 2000, Soldier of Fortune, LA Times, and others.

For the last several years, Sandy’s emphasis has been primarily on anarcho-libertarian science fiction. He was one of the winners of the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest in 2007. Sandy’s winning story, “World Ceres,” became the first story in his short-story series collection, Adventures in Human Space. The series was adapted into the popular web comic and graphic novel, Escape from Terra. As always, new writing projects are underway.

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Ken Krawchuk

Ken Krawchuk

Ken Krawchuk is a long-time political activist who has run for political office eight times, including two record-breaking campaigns for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Ken is an entrepreneur, an Information Technology professional, and holds three US patents related to computer database theory.

He is also a professional public speaker, award-winning Distinguished Toastmaster, and author of Atlas Snubbed, a pastiche parody sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, available on Amazon.com and in multiple formats at www.AtlasSnubbed.com.

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