“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

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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Daniel Koehler

Daniel Koehler is the author of four novels: Flyover Country (2004), The Sleeping Cab (2006), Unbankerly Behavior (2008), and Splitting Washington (2010). His short pieces have appeared in The Best of Tales from the South, The Birmingham Arts Journal, New Works Review, The Rusty Nail, Bareback Magazine, The Storyteller, Inner Sins, The Harvard Bulletin, among others. His literary honors include finalist status in three international screenplay competitions and regional awards for his short stories.

Prior to his writing career, Daniel pursued professional interests in New York City. He has written software used extensively in the financial sector. He attended Leopold-Franzens Universität in Innsbruck, Austria, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard.

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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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J.H. Stirner

J. H. Stirner is a libertarian writer of screenplays and literary fiction living in West Central Florida.

He is an aspiring filmmaker and is currently writing both the screenplay and novel versions of his story Magic Number, a drama set in the midst of Miami’s sex trade in the early 1980s.

J.H. is also writing an untitled short story set in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bruce Driggers

Restaurant manager, convenience store clerk and 3rd-shift guard shack attendant are just a few of the failed careers Bruce Driggers has left in the swath of devastation that defines his half-century on earth.

“You should write a novel,” one of his ex-wives once said to him, so he did, even though she was merely hoping to increase her monthly alimony payments.

Bruce’s first novel, Doobius Wisdom, is currently on the threshold of publication, a lofty position it’s held for almost 13 years now.

When he’s not spinning tales of spiritual enlightenment or pontificating on the state of the world as The Mocking Bard, Bruce is making his living playing with dogs.

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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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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin has a PhD in the humanities from UT-Dallas, a MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in recombinant gene technology. He is a lecturer at UNT-Dallas and writes plays and poetry. He is working on the play President Faust.

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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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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.

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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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