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L. Neil Smith

Lester Neil Smith III, better known as L. Neil Smith, is an American libertarian science fiction author and political activist. His works include the trilogy of Lando Calrissian novels, all published in 1983: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka. He also wrote the novels Pallas, The Forge of the Elders, and The Probability Broach, each of which won the Libertarian Futurist Society's annual Prometheus Award for best libertarian science fiction novel. In 2016, Smith received a Special Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Libertarian Futurist Society.

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The Venus Belt

L. Neil Smith

More than 150,000 women have been kidnapped without a trace or any ransom demand in the “normal” world run by the Federalists and the bureaucracy. But that is not the only problem, because the freedom loving population in the “alternate” reality of the North American Confederacy are facing their own...

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Their Majesties' Bucketeers

L. Neil Smith

Captain Agot Edmoot Mav, Extraordinary Inquirer for Their Majesties' Bucketeers, must solve the unsolvable mystery of who has killed a famed, but controversial, scholar.

The killing was done in a windowless room which was locked and the murder weapon itself is a mystery.

But Agot Edmoot Mav is not...

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Tom Paine Maru—Special Author’s Edition

L. Neil Smith

Corporal Whitey O’Thraight may need to choose between his own survival and that of his home planet.

Whitey O’Thraight, the Ship’s Armorer on the first interstellar vessel launched by his home planet Vespucci, finds himself stranded on a strange planet with just one other survivor.

Captured by the ...

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The Crystal Empire

L. Neil Smith

Three mighty empires rule Earth: The Saracen-Jewish Empire led by the Caliph of Rome, the Mughal-Arab Empire, ferocious in its determination to destroy its neighbor, and the great Sino-Aztec's Crystal Empire, led by a living God.

Little is known about the Crystal Empire, which spans most of western...

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Pallas (Book I of the Ngu Family Saga)

L. Neil Smith

Ex-U.S.-Senator Gibson Altman rules the prison colony where everyone is expected to live by rules that govern every aspect of their lives.

The inhabitants of the experimental colony survive in a society plagued by crime, corruption, and despair, toiling endlessly at tasks they are appointed to. Alt...

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Sweeter Than Wine

L. Neil Smith

With just one tiny exception, J Gifford is an ordinary, decent, small-town kind of guy. He pays his bills on time. He waters his lawn. He treats his neighbors and the folks with whom he does business with kindness and respect. He's good to children and small animals.

The tiny exception? He's a vamp...

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Taflak Lysandra

L. Neil Smith

The planet Majesty is covered by a thick green growth, miles deep. Nobody knows what caused it or even what lies at the bottom of the growth.
When Lysandra and her father (a coyote scientist) take on a mission to dive underneath the teeming bio-mass, no one knows what to expect. Even wild conjecture...

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Blade of p'Na

L. Neil Smith

When Shaalara of the Alteen Zirnaath, a sapient, medium-sized spider of the jumping variety came into Eichra Oren’s office to commission the Assessor of p’Na and his symbiote, canine detective Sam Otusam, to find the location of her fiancé, they were not expecting the ‘accidents’ that impeded their ...

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Brightsuit MacBear

L. Neil Smith

Berdan Geanar has had a difficult life. Unsure of himself and apparently hated by the grandfather he has lived with since the death of his parents, he has no idea of what to do with his life. But when his grandfather abandons him, taking all the family money and a special spacesuit, Berdan decides t...

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Ceres (Book II of the Ngu Family Saga)

L. Neil Smith

In the 22nd-century, people have spread into the Solar System. Born and raised in a twentieth of Earth's gravity on the asteroid Pallas, young skater Llyra Ngu is grimly determined to compete and win on mankind's homeworld—an ambition that many say will cripple or kill her.

Her older brother Wilson...

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Down With Power: Libertarian Policy in a Time of Crisis

L. Neil Smith

The "land of the free" is in deep trouble—the deepest since the War Between the States—not just economically but also politically and every other way. Her greatest institutions are crumbling all around us.

In Down With Power, the acclaimed libertarian writer and thinker L. Neil Smith, author of mor...

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Hope (with Aaron Zelman)

L. Neil Smith with Aaron Zelman

Can Alexander Hope, the accidental President, restore basic values and freedom to the nation?

His opponents will stop at nothing to force their own agenda on the nation, including killing the United States president.

An electrifying what-if political thriller by Aaron Zelman (founding member of Je...

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