The Asteroid Belt is a long, long way from Earth. At the turn of the 22nd Century, the Belt has become home to a few adventurous idealists, malcontents, dreamer, odd-balls and pioneers. Escaping Earth's gravity gave these adventurers the third-dimensional freedom of the Belt's micro-gravities. However it was the escape from Earth's governments that changed everything. Free from Earth's self-proclaimed leaders, the the "Belters" were forced to create ways to live peacefully with one another on their own. Through trial and error, what emerged was a society organize on total personal liberty, guided only by voluntary relations and the Zero Aggression Principle.Come explore these new anarchic worlds. How do the Belt's various forms of anarchy work? Can they work at all? Come and see for yourself in Adventures in Human Space: The Belt and Beyond.
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About the Author
I was conceived in Liberty... really, Liberty, Missouri, that is. For better or worse, I spent my formative years in that sleepy suburb of Kansas City. My parents were iconoclasts and took pride in being different from the common herd, an attitude I adopted and maintain to this day. My father's inquisitive and thoughtful nature were enormously influential in my life.
Early on, I loved my TV western heroes--Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Cisco and Poncho. Then I discovered Tom Corbett--Space Cadet, Space Patrol, Rocky Jones--Space Ranger, et alia. And at age 7, I was radicalized by Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. So, I turned in my six-guns, strapped on a blaster and cavorted around the neighborhood with my brother in the spacesuits that my mother and father had crafted for us. During my teenage years, I survived on books by such authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson and especially Robert A. Heinlein who was also reared in the Kansas City area. It has been science fiction ever since.
Went to school, got a BA, then returned to school and got my JD. I worked as a lawyer, discovered I really did not care for the law and went to California to work on a magazine called, FREEDOM TODAY. That is where I did my first serious non-fiction writing. Later that was followed by writing for such publications as MONDO 2000, WIRED, REASON, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, MALAYSIA TATLER and the LA TIMES.
In 2007, I attended the ROBERT A. HEINLEIN CENTENNIAL in Kansas City, where my short story "Ceres" was one of the winners in the Centennial short story contest. Later, Big Head Press (http://www.bigheadpress.com/) ran a highly rated webcomic adapted from a series of short stories I wrote that were derived from "Ceres." That series of short stories, ADVENTURES IN HUMAN SPACE are available right here on Smashwords. See below. More stories in this series are in the works, as are other fiction and non-fiction stories and books. To get on my email notification list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "List" in the subject line.