“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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Janine A. Southard

Janine A. Southard writes speculative fiction and videogame dialogue from her home in Seattle, WA. She sings with a Celtic band and is working on the next book in her Hive Queen science-fiction saga. Her first book in the series, Queen & Commander, won the 2013 IPPY Award Silver Medal for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book. She’s also been known to read aloud to her cat.

The cat appreciates all of these things. Maybe.

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Daniel Coleman

By day, Daniel is a writer and editor at NASA, where he covers topics in technology. This job takes him to conferences across the United States, but not yet to the unhomesteaded moon. He has spent a dozen years as a novitiate in philosophy, studying Plato and Aristotle in college and graduate school, and his favorite literature wrestles with questions about what a good, flourishing life is.

Daniel’s long-term aspirations as an author are primarily in children’s and young-adult literature, both prose fiction and poetry.

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W.J. Costello

W.J. Costello is the author of Equal, a dystopian science-fiction novel in the mold of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,” Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, and Ayn Rand’s Anthem.

His eclectic career has included working as a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, an internationally syndicated columnist, and a radio talk-show host. His free time is spent reading, traveling, and working out.

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Gen LaGreca

Genevieve (Gen) LaGreca writes novels with innovative plots, strong romance, and themes that glorify individual freedom and independence.

Gen’s debut novel is Noble Vision. This romantic medical thriller won two important national literary awards. It was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Finalist. It was also a finalist in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards contest — one of only six picks honoring general fiction published by independent presses. Noble Vision garnered praise from magazine magnate Steve Forbes, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, syndicated columnist Walter E. Williams, and other influential thinkers.

Showing her virtuosity across genre lines, Gen’s second offering is the historical novel A Dream of Daring. This antebellum murder mystery took Finalist in Regional Fiction in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also Finalist in Multicultural Fiction in the same contest.

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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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Daniel Koehler

Daniel Koehler is the author of four novels: Flyover Country (2004), The Sleeping Cab (2006), Unbankerly Behavior (2008), and Splitting Washington (2010). His short pieces have appeared in The Best of Tales from the South, The Birmingham Arts Journal, New Works Review, The Rusty Nail, Bareback Magazine, The Storyteller, Inner Sins, The Harvard Bulletin, among others. His literary honors include finalist status in three international screenplay competitions and regional awards for his short stories.

Prior to his writing career, Daniel pursued professional interests in New York City. He has written software used extensively in the financial sector. He attended Leopold-Franzens Universität in Innsbruck, Austria, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard.

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J.H. Stirner

J. H. Stirner is a libertarian writer of screenplays and literary fiction living in West Central Florida.

He is an aspiring filmmaker and is currently writing both the screenplay and novel versions of his story Magic Number, a drama set in the midst of Miami’s sex trade in the early 1980s.

J.H. is also writing an untitled short story set in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bruce Driggers

Restaurant manager, convenience store clerk and 3rd-shift guard shack attendant are just a few of the failed careers Bruce Driggers has left in the swath of devastation that defines his half-century on earth.

“You should write a novel,” one of his ex-wives once said to him, so he did, even though she was merely hoping to increase her monthly alimony payments.

Bruce’s first novel, Doobius Wisdom, is currently on the threshold of publication, a lofty position it’s held for almost 13 years now.

When he’s not spinning tales of spiritual enlightenment or pontificating on the state of the world as The Mocking Bard, Bruce is making his living playing with dogs.

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin has a PhD in the humanities from UT-Dallas, a MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in recombinant gene technology. He is a lecturer at UNT-Dallas and writes plays and poetry. He is working on the play President Faust.

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