“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

Short Fiction

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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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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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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5 More Perfect Days by Mark Tullius (Dystopian)

Yesterday was the day the Internet fought back against NSA surveillance.

We took part by adding an interactive banner to LibertarianFictionAuthors.com.

Charter member Mark Tullius also decided to give away his new novella 5 More Perfect Days, companion to his dystopian novel 25 Perfect Days. Like its predecessor, the novella is a series of linked short stories.

Mark is giving away one story from the book each week via Smashwords until March 11th, when he’ll put the whole novella up for sale.

The first, “29-US89N4X,” was made available yesterday. Follow Mark’s blog to get updates when he releases the others.

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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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Tarrin Lupo

Tarrin is a modern day renaissance man who seems to have already lived three lifetimes. He is best known as an author, but he is also recognized as a national liberty activist. Tarrin has self-published over 20 stories, five of which have made it to the Top 100 on Amazon. One of his novels was the #1 highest-rated historical fiction eBook on Amazon for more than five months straight. As an independent author, he competes with very well-established authors and the powerhouses of the publishing world and is still beating many of them in eBook sales. Tarrin has spent almost no money on marketing but instead leverages social networking to compete.

Background

Tarrin grew up in Springfield, Virginia and started winning awards in elementary and high school with his writings. Tarrin spent most of his youth playing and coaching rugby while becoming the youngest head coach in the country for the women’s club at Radford University. Over the last 20 years, he has played for many teams and coached high school, college, and women’s clubs.

He graduated with degrees in biology, chemistry, and jewelry repair and design. Tarrin went on to four more years of chiropractic school, graduating with honors. His postdoctoral training specialized in motion x-ray technology and animal chiropractic.

Dr. Lupo went on to develop one of the largest and most successful practices in West Virginia. Eventually, he grew disenfranchised because of the increasing insurance regulations and government encroachment into healthcare. After selling his practice, he tried some other businesses while starting to write.

Tarrin started an online jewelry business for which he made and sold custom silver pieces with a freedom theme. He used the profits of the sales to finance his first book.

Writing

Tarrin started out writing a joke book about all the silly pranks he pulled on his friends. He followed it with a manual on secret hiding places and a book on agorism. His first fiction work, Pirates of Savannah, broke the rules for self-publishing and climbed its way to the #1 highest-rated historical fiction on Amazon for fall and winter 2011. Tarrin continued by writing a group of Savannah-centered, scary short stories. He has also published a young adult series and even a children’s book. His current dystopian novel One Nation Under Blood is getting fantastic reviews. Even his historical romance novella If It Ain’t Got That Swing is getting attention. Few authors write in so many genres; it seems Tarrin is trying to make his own bookstore. Being such a prolific author is a big accomplishment, since Tarrin battles severe dyslexia every day.

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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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