“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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Allen Mendenhall, Literary Lawyer

Allen Mendenhall is a writer, managing editor of Southern Literary Review, staff attorney to Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, adjunct professor at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and doctoral candidate in English at Auburn University.

Allen’s most recent publication is a work of libertarian literary theory and criticism, Literature and Liberty:

Anthologies of literary theory and criticism have sections devoted principally to Marxism but not to other modes of economics, including free-market economics or capitalism. It is as if thinkers as wide-ranging as Adam Smith and F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises have little to offer literary studies. This book does not attempt to create a robust, comprehensive, or integrated theory of free-market economics, but to leave behind an index of ideas and approaches to libertarian or free-market literary theory and criticism that might influence students and scholars. With chapters on Geoffrey of Monmouth, Shakespeare, E.M. Forster, Mark Twain, Emerson, and Henry Hazlitt, Literature and Liberty offers a range of options for what libertarian literary theory might look like. It seeks to diversify the franchise of literary studies to include libertarian and capitalist ideas.

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Jack McDonald Burnett

Jack is an attorney and freelance writer in the Atlanta area, originally from Chicago. His nonfiction work has appeared in such diverse publications and venues as Mortgage Lending Compliance Alert, American Builders Quarterly, Mortgage Technology, Economic Opportunity Report, and Puck Daddy. His next published novel will be his first.

Jack’s science fiction novel Amethyst is in the editing and revision stage. Amethyst is the story of a 23rd-century girl named Moira whose parents send her to live in a wildcat colony on a distant planet because she represents a threat to their wealth and status. From a shy, emotionally brutalized pre-teen, she grows up to become a kind, thoughtful, and well-liked, if impetuous and volatile, young woman. That’s when the government arrives to clean up the wildcat colony and repatriate the colonists to someplace under its jurisdiction. Moira must decide where she belongs: in the new home she’s helped build or in the old one she was cast out of. Either way, she’s going to have a fight on her hands.

Jack’s short story “A Masterpiece of the Literature of Liberty” won the third-place prize in the 2014 Libertarian Short Story Contest jointly held by the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association and Students For Liberty, and was published in the SFL periodical Ama-Gi. Another story will appear in a libertarian short fiction anthology in the Fall of 2014.

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Matthew Bruce Alexander

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.

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Travis J.I. Corcoran

Travis J.I. Corcoran is a Catholic anarchocapitalist software engineer and business owner. He is an amateur (from the Latin, meaning “grossly unskilled, but enjoying it anyway”) at wood turning, blacksmithing, guitar playing, gourmet cooking, throwing ceramic pots, and a few other things.

Travis has had nonfiction articles published in several national magazines including Dragon, Make, and Fine Homebuilding.

The Powers of the Earth, which he is almost finished editing, is his first novel and will be the first in his Aristillus Series.

The Aristillus Series

The Aristillus Series is pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI, and really, really big guns.

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Nickie Abshire

Nickie is a jewelry metalsmith, a fire spinner, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt, a wife, and a mother of two. She is an anarcho-libertarian who can’t dance and loves to cook. She loves learning and trying new things.

Long an ardent reader, Nickie has developed an interest in learning how to write her own stories. Her favorite book and author change often, but the Sword of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is her most recent writing inspiration. An artsy-crafty person, she also has a great love of all things steampunk.

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J.P. Medved

J.P. writes fun adventure stories and thoughtful thrillers, from steampunk works like To Rescue General Gordon, Queen Victoria’s Ball, and In the Shade of the Ishtar Trees to philosophical thrillers like Second Opinion. You can preview his other works and download free stories at his website.

When not writing, J.P. can be found frying anything he can get his hands on in his deep fat fryer, shooting tons of guns, and losing himself in a good book at the most inopportune times (around the dinner table, at baseball games, during heartfelt emotional conversations).

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Andy Cleary

Andy is a software engineer living in Seattle with his wife and kid.

He is currently working on the first draft of an as yet untitled speculative fiction novel depicting a society operating under his vision of “libertarianism.” His latest attempt at a backpage blurb:

The Acacia Valley is a low-profile independent area in southeast Asia that for historical reasons has evolved into a societal model different from the modern nation-state. Until now, the system has worked — disagreements among the many different flavors of immigrants to the Valley are common, but they get resolved peacefully and the Valley flourishes economically and socially — but a large new wave of immigration has brought with it a whole host of new problems. Are the new problems inevitable once a society gets past a certain size? Must the Valley change the way it has done things to continue to survive? Virginia and Darwin have lived in the Valley all of their adult lives, and they helped to shape its current form. Have they miscalculated? Or is something else going on? The fate of the life that they have chosen — and of the Valley in general — may reside in the answers that they find.

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Kat Valleley

Kat loves reading and writing because they let us put ourselves in someone else’s head for a bit. She particularly likes the scifi and fantasy genres where we can create neutral territory to explore controversial ideas without the walls and biases we all bring to the debate in other arenas. When Kat isn’t wearing her writer hat, she can usually be found acting, cooking, or unschooling her three teenagers.

Kat is currently working on a novel set in a world whose history has been buried and rewritten to secure power for a few.  The story follows a young woman who had believed herself to be mentally ill only to discover that her hallucinations are actually visions of the past.  With the help of her brother and a man who has been dead hundreds of years, she sets out to reveal the truth.

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Geoffrey Allan Plauché

Geoffrey is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and educator and an independent scholar and political philosopher. He is the founder of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association, the founder and executive editor of Prometheus Unbound: A Libertarian Review of Fiction and Literature, the webmaster of The Libertarian Standard, and an adjunct instructor for Buena Vista University.

As far as his philosophical and political interests go, Geoffrey is a neo-Aristotelian and Austro-libertarian anarchist. His scholarly work has thus far appeared in Libertarian Papers, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of Value Inquiry, and Transformers and Philosophy.

Alas, Geoffrey has not yet published any fiction. He is cultivating ideas for several stories of varying length in genres ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, and far future science fantasy. Some of his favorite authors include Robert Heinlein, Brandon Sanderson, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, R.A. Salvatore, and Allen Steele.

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