“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

Travis J.I. Corcoran

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.

Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is making sure that no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals used a privately developed antigravity drive to equip obsolete and rusting seagoing cargo ships and flew them to the moon.

There, using real-world tunnel-boring machines and earth-moving equipment, they’ve built their own retreat. If Ayn Rand’s “Galt’s Gulch” had American capitalists, Chinese refugees, Mexican hydroponic farmers, Nigerian restaurant owners, and Vietnamese spacesuit mechanics, and was located in the underground tunnels of a lunar bordertown, you’d have something like the city of Aristillus.

There’s a problem though: the economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the political powers-that-be. To shore up their positions they need to slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they are mining. The conflicts start small, but rapidly escalate.

There are zero-gravity gun fights in rusted ocean-going ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, and an astoundingly visual climax where, in the midst of all out warfare… well, you’ll have to read the novels.

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