“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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Fifteen of your fellow libertarian fiction authors are organizing a GIANT 99-cent sale on libertarian fiction this May 18–20, 2016 to find new readers and sell some books!

You’re invited.

Here are the details:

  • Ebooks available for sale on Amazon, only.
  • You must reduce the price of your book(s) to 99 cents (or free) during the full promotion, from May 18–20th, inclusive.
  • By participating, you are obligating yourself to (energetically) promote the sale (not just your participating book(s)) to your networks: mailing lists, social media, blogs, etc.
  • Note: You must have an active mailing list that you are actively accepting signups to and that you can post to in order to participate in this. I can help you with this step, just email me@georgedonnelly.com.
  • There is no fee for you to participate, it’s free.
  • You get paid normally via the retailer where your book is sold.

If you’d like to participate, please fill out this form:

http://goo.gl/forms/XjyxlHdFVC

And feel free to ask any questions by emailing me@georgedonnelly.com.

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LFA/SFL Short Story Contest 2014

I must have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, because Students for Liberty published the special issue of their Ama-Gi magazine on May 9th, featuring the winners and runners-up from the short story contest we held earlier this year.

Once again, here are the 10 stories we selected out of 169 submissions. Head over to the Students for Liberty website or scroll down to read them in the digital magazine.

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Even in our supreme confidence (or was it naive optimism?), we didn’t expect to receive 169 submissions for the libertarian short story contest we held with Students for Liberty. But we managed to read through all of the stories and zero in on the best ones in time for our scheduled announcement today. You can read SFL’s official announcement on their website. I’m going to reproduce some of that information here and add a few words of my own.

Without further ado, here are the contest winners and runners-up:

The Winners

  • 1st Place: “The Coals Burned Low” by Ahmed Khalifa
  • 2nd Place: “House of Refuge” by Michael DiBaggio
  • 3rd Place: “A Masterpiece of the Literature of Liberty” by Jack McDonald Burnett

Runners-Up (in Alphabetical Order by Author)

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25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

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.

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A few years ago I launched Prometheus Unbound, a webzine providing news and reviews of speculative fiction from a libertarian perspective, in part to help other libertarians find good stories that reflect their values and in part to promote libertarian fiction.

I want to see more libertarians creating high-quality works of fiction. Prometheus Unbound is still a valuable project with a role to play, but today it is my pleasure to announce a new project aimed at cultivating libertarian authors and improving discoverability of their work: the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association.

The Libertarian Fiction Authors Association began as a simple mastermind and writing group on a Google Groups email list, a place for libertarians (broadly defined) who are aspiring or already published fiction authors (of any genre) to lend each other support and encouragement, share tips, critique each others’ works-in-progress, and more.

That email list still exists and is our main mode of communication with each other, but it quickly became a much more ambitious project.

And so, the association and this website were born.

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