“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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J.D. Tuccille

J.D. Tuccille is a journalist and the author of the humorous adventure novel High Desert Barbecue.

An editor at Reason.com, the online incarnation of Reason magazine, and former editor of a popular civil liberties website, J.D. has commented on current issues on both television and radio, and has been quoted saying unkind things about politicians and government policies in the pages of the New York Times, Salon, and other publications. His provocative and often witty columns on hotly debated topics including the environment, government overreach, and civil liberties have appeared in publications including the Arizona Republic, the Denver Post, the Providence Journal, and the Washington Times.

J.D. is an enthusiastic explorer of the American Southwest’s deserts, mountains, and forests. He lives in rural northern Arizona with his wife, Wendy, a pediatrician, their son, Anthony, and their two dogs.

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Hank Schwaeble

Hank Schwaeble is a thriller writer and attorney in Houston, Texas. He is the author of two novels, Damnable (Penguin/Jove 2009) and Diabolical (Penguin/Jove 2011), with his third, The Angel of the Abyss, set to be released by JournalStone in June of 2014. He is the recipient of two Bram Stoker Awards, including for Best First Novel, and has been a World Fantasy Award nominee.

A graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School, Hank is also a former Air Force officer and special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Special Investigations Academy, graduated first in his class from the Defense Language Institute’s Japanese Language Course, and was an editor of the law review at Vanderbilt, where he won four American Jurisprudence Awards.

Hank is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Association. In addition to reading and writing, Hank enjoys keeping in shape and playing guitar. He is currently working on his next novel.

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John Hunt, MD

John Hunt was influenced by Ayn Rand certainly, but holds a stronger recognition of the personal and economic value he obtains if the people around him are happy, and that includes anyone who may someday interact with him or the people he loves in any way, even at great distance. He is profoundly pro-peace and therefore against a large chunk of the progressive (initiation of force is acceptable) mentality that causes war.

John wrote Higher Cause, a libertarian-themed techno-thriller published by Laissez Faire Books, and Assume the Physician, a satirical novel about the current medical system. He now feels very fortunate to be working with his co-author, Doug Casey, on a series of anarcho-capitalist novels.

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Michael DiBaggio

Michael is a Catholic voluntaryist who works full-time as a software developer, but his real passion is writing and worldbuilding. Along with his wife, Shell, he is the co-creator of the Ascension Epoch, an open content, collaborative fiction project released under Creative Commons license. The setting is one where the re-emergence of paranormal talents and the invasion of H.G. Wells’ Martians in the 19th century have led to a radically transformed present, often organized along stateless lines. Their work draws heavily upon classic public domain literature.

His most recent work, After Dark, follows the exploits and ethical struggles of a team of teenage superheroes. Other published Ascension Epoch books include Population of Loss, a collection of four short stories set during the Martian Invasion; Copper Knights and Granite Men, a superhero/occult adventure story based on the King in Yellow mythos; and House of Refuge, a tale of the free market ocean rescue service Atlantic Littoral, which won second place in the inaugural LFA/SFA Libertarian Short Story Contest in 2014.

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G.R. Lyons

G.R. Lyons lives on California’s beautiful Central Coast, where she daylights as Office Goddess for the family auto repair business. Between work orders and after hours, she can be found reading all manner of books or working on one of multiple manuscripts.

Her first novel, The Lethean, is a paranormal-historical tale of a race of beings who can feel their soulmates and know truth from lies as a sort of sixth sense, yet must keeps their abilities secret thanks to the social customs of Regency England. The Lethean is followed up by Uncommonly Strong, bringing the Lethean to modern day United States. The trilogy will concludes with Hale and Farewell, a dystopian futuristic tale in which the Lethean are on the brink of extinction while also battling a socialist dictator.

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Mike Donnelly

Growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, I was given the apple-pie routine. America is great. All is well or soon will be. But then I went to high school in inner-city Philadelphia. Everything wasn’t alright.

I’ve been a rebel my whole life. I became a troublemaker when Catholic grade school bored me. I published a broadsheet attack on administrative oppression at my Philadelphia public high school. I left a Chicago loop 67th floor bank job to drive a cab. I left the United States too. When I came back, I was arrested, beaten, and thrown into federal prison by US Marshals for exposing their abuse. Then I fomented an international uproar over airport grope-downs. I was even accused of being a terrorist on network TV.

Rebellion is a worthy vocation. I bring you my unique brand of rebellion now through dystopian science fiction novels and novellas. Experience some today at GeorgeDonnelly.com.

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Ken Krawchuk

Ken Krawchuk

Ken Krawchuk is a long-time political activist who has run for political office eight times, including two record-breaking campaigns for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Ken is an entrepreneur, an Information Technology professional, and holds three US patents related to computer database theory.

He is also a professional public speaker, award-winning Distinguished Toastmaster, and author of Atlas Snubbed, a pastiche parody sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, available on Amazon.com and in multiple formats at www.AtlasSnubbed.com.

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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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