“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

Novels

Harold Carper

Harold Carper is a USAF veteran, husband, father, and systems administrator. He is not a people person.

The son of ministers, he was brought up in the Assemblies of God. Once on his own, however, he asked too many questions to which there were no satisfactory answers in mainstream Christianity. After years of study and debate with armchair, Internet theologians from around the world, Harold’s searching led him to a new spiritual home among Messianic Jews and Hebraic Christians. He found the Messianic perspective more scripturally founded, more intellectually rigorous, and richer in tradition than any other, and has been a Torah-keeping Christian ever since.

Politically, Harold is a libertarian-leaning conservative or a conservative-leaning libertarian, though neither group would be overly happy to claim him. Having never known one person to be identical to another in any observable way, he does not believe in equality. Men should have short hair and beards. Women should have long hair and no beards. Men should vote and fight wars. Women should teach their children and care for their husbands. He does not believe that men are better people than women or that one race of men is more or less human than any other. They are different, and there’s nothing wrong with being different.

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Matthew Maynard

Matthew Maynard was born and raised in Arizona. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering and a loathing for his arch-nemesis, the Fourier Transform.

After marrying his high school girlfriend in 2004, they moved to Virginia, where he continued his career as a programmer and developed his skills as a writer in his spare time. His first novel, The Dragonslayers, Vol. 1: The Righteous and the Lawless, was born in the mayhem-filled month of November 2010 during National Novel Writing Month. Four years, several revisions, and one child later, he finished the manuscript. It was published through Amazon in March 2014.

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David T. Newman

David is an author of fantasy and science fiction. Currently, he is working on an epic fantasy novel (still in its early stages) and a series of urban fantasy novellas. He grew up in the East Village of New York and will always love the city. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Frost and Flame, the first volume in David’s The Art series, is about a man coming to grips with supernatural powers beyond anything he’s ever imagined. Assailed on all sides by forces after either his allegiance or his blood, he must fight every day just to stay alive. But is his life worth the price of his humanity?

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Tracy Lawson

Tracy Lawson

Tracy Lawson is eagerly awaiting the release of her coming-of-age thriller, Counteract. It’s the story of a girl (Careen), a guy (Tommy), the terrorist attack that brings them together, and their race to expose a conspiracy that could destroy their country.

In Counteract, Careen survived a terrorist’s bomb when she was a kid, and now the threat of a chemical weapons attack is literally hanging over her head. She takes the antidote offered by the government, but is unprepared for the side effects, which cause her to hallucinate, affect her memory, and derail her from her university studies. Her erratic behavior attracts the attention of a young law enforcement officer, who mistakenly pegs her as a dissident and pursues her, hoping she’ll make contact with a known resistance group. Careen doesn’t realize the antidote is causing her confusion… until she runs out on the day of the anticipated attack.

Tommy, recuperating from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident, is unaware that there’s a link between that accident, which killed his parents, and the chemical weapons attack that threatens him now. The antidote plagues him with hallucinations of tragedy and loss, and sends him spiraling into despair. When he discovers that working out before he takes his dose helps him feel more like himself, he defies the rules to regain his strength and his sanity. On the day of the attack, he meets Careen, who just might be the girl of his dreams, and tries to save her by sharing his last dose with her, even though doing so could potentially hasten his own death.

What Careen and Tommy learn about the true nature of the terrorist threat spurs them to take action, and their decisions lead them to run afoul of local law enforcement, team up with that underground resistance group, and ultimately take their quest for the truth to the highest reaches of the United States government.

Resist, the second volume in the trilogy, is nearing completion, and Tracy is now commencing work on the as-yet-unnamed final installment in Tommy and Careen’s saga.

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Steven Vandervelde

Steven Vandervelde first became interested in science fiction as a youngster after reading Poul Anderson and Robert A. Heinlein. Their work inspired him to write a future history based on projecting a worst case scenario of current economic problems into the future, combined with fantasy and bizarre conspiracy theory, including UFOs.

This future history, which serves as the setting for Steven’s serial science-fiction novel The CFR Collusion, takes up a century from now in a world without nation-states, controlled by mega-corporations and a sinister world government known as The Fusion. Add to that manipulative, evil aliens bent on enslaving mankind and the storyline makes for an exciting action-adventure.

Steven is a part-time science-fiction writer who studied history, political philosophy, economics, anthropology, and archaeology. He has a degree in history, but was always interested in biology and science in general.

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Catherine Winters

Catherine Winters has honed her signature snark in print and in real life since she was 10. Her love of pop culture, bad television, and worse music, coupled with the collection of a lifetime’s worth of useless trivia, make her first novel, Black, a witty, allusive tour of Colorado’s vampire underworld.

Catherine has been voted “Meanest Mother In The World” for eight straight years. In addition to writing, she is the Social Media Director for the Gatsby Theatre Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is employed as a vocalist for the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.

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Alyssa Altadonna

By day, Alyssa Altadonna appears to be a mild-mannered school teacher; but, in the shadows of the evening, she becomes SUPER-LIBERTARIAN-SCIFI-TEEN-AUTHOR-WOMAN! Fueled by an irrepressible love of outer space and the rage that accompanies reading the daily headline news, she writes stories that somehow manage to instill the hope of freedom in the face of totalitarian oppression.

Alyssa is the author of several short stories and is currently working on her first novel, a young-adult scifi adventure set on Mars.

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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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William Alan Ritch and Ginny Heinlein

Born in Miami, Florida, now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Ritch first discovered novels by reading Have Space Suit — Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein in elementary school. It has warped his life forever.

In addition to short stories (and someday novels), he has written and produced several plays and is currently the president of the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, trying revive a moribund art form. A list of his various writings, from short fiction to reviews, can be found on his Wikipedia user profile.

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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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