“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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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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Nickie Abshire

Nickie is a jewelry metalsmith, a fire spinner, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt, a wife, and a mother of two. She is an anarcho-libertarian who can’t dance and loves to cook. She loves learning and trying new things.

Long an ardent reader, Nickie has developed an interest in learning how to write her own stories. Her favorite book and author change often, but the Sword of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is her most recent writing inspiration. An artsy-crafty person, she also has a great love of all things steampunk.

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Andy Cleary

Andy is a software engineer living in Seattle with his wife and kid.

He is currently working on the first draft of an as yet untitled speculative fiction novel depicting a society operating under his vision of “libertarianism.” His latest attempt at a backpage blurb:

The Acacia Valley is a low-profile independent area in southeast Asia that for historical reasons has evolved into a societal model different from the modern nation-state. Until now, the system has worked — disagreements among the many different flavors of immigrants to the Valley are common, but they get resolved peacefully and the Valley flourishes economically and socially — but a large new wave of immigration has brought with it a whole host of new problems. Are the new problems inevitable once a society gets past a certain size? Must the Valley change the way it has done things to continue to survive? Virginia and Darwin have lived in the Valley all of their adult lives, and they helped to shape its current form. Have they miscalculated? Or is something else going on? The fate of the life that they have chosen — and of the Valley in general — may reside in the answers that they find.

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Kat Valleley

Kat loves reading and writing because they let us put ourselves in someone else’s head for a bit. She particularly likes the scifi and fantasy genres where we can create neutral territory to explore controversial ideas without the walls and biases we all bring to the debate in other arenas. When Kat isn’t wearing her writer hat, she can usually be found acting, cooking, or unschooling her three teenagers.

Kat is currently working on a novel set in a world whose history has been buried and rewritten to secure power for a few.  The story follows a young woman who had believed herself to be mentally ill only to discover that her hallucinations are actually visions of the past.  With the help of her brother and a man who has been dead hundreds of years, she sets out to reveal the truth.

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Geoffrey Allan Plauché

Geoffrey is a freelance writer, editor, web designer, and educator and an independent scholar and political philosopher. He is the founder of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association, the founder and executive editor of Prometheus Unbound: A Libertarian Review of Fiction and Literature, the webmaster of The Libertarian Standard, and an adjunct instructor for Buena Vista University.

As far as his philosophical and political interests go, Geoffrey is a neo-Aristotelian and Austro-libertarian anarchist. His scholarly work has thus far appeared in Libertarian Papers, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, the Journal of Value Inquiry, and Transformers and Philosophy.

Alas, Geoffrey has not yet published any fiction. He is cultivating ideas for several stories of varying length in genres ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, and far future science fantasy. Some of his favorite authors include Robert Heinlein, Brandon Sanderson, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, R.A. Salvatore, and Allen Steele.

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