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Defiant, She Advanced: Legends of Future Resistance (There Will Be Liberty Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Editor Donnelly has done a good job in walking that tightrope. None of these 10 freedom tales can be accused of being preachy. (In fact, a couple might be charged with the crime of being TOO subtle.) And the stories are uniformly good.
Bravo to both the authors and their exceptional editor.
Wendy McElroy is best known for being a libertarian columnist for various online magazines, her passionate advocacy for voluntaryist causes, and for her non-fiction books. Since Ms. McElroy is so well-known for her non-fiction writing, it is interesting to see her try her hand with fiction here.
Jake Antares is less well-known than Ms. McElroy. In fact, his bio is quite slim: He was born and raised in Philadelphia before moving to Japan. He is bilingual in Japanese and English but if given the choice, chooses silence.
J.P. Medved has written two of the ten stories in this collection. He is known for writing fun adventure stories and thoughtful thrillers. GRANITE REPUBLIC, for example, is a political thriller which explores the concept of the (real-world) Free State Project succeeding in its mission, and all of the potential social ramifications of that actually happening.
William F. Wu is perhaps the best-known fiction writer in this group. He published his first story in 1977. Since that time, Wu has published more than 50 short stories, been nominated for the Hugo Award twice, the Nebula Award twice, and the World Fantasy Award once. He has written novels using the Three Laws of Robotics invented by science-fiction God Isaac Asimov.
George Donnelly is the editor of this anthology, and also has written two out of the ten stories. He is known for his social activism on behalf of libertarian causes, as well as his science fiction stories.
Jack McDonald Burnett 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. Mr. Burnett’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.
Robert S. Hirsch has written one story in this collection. I could not find more information about this author online, unfortunately.
David Baird has written one story in this collection. I could not find more information about this author online, unfortunately.
So, with such a diverse collection of writers, you would expect an anthology where any reader could find something to gravitate toward. And you wouldn't be disappointed. The stories here do have some things in common, though: Engaging, fast-moving plots as well as the stated theme of resistance to authority. Beyond that, there is a myriad of different storytelling styles, all very effective.
Fans of the genres of science fiction, fantasy, dystopia, libertarianism, voluntaryism, and anarchism should all find much to like in this anthology.
Uh, well, they might not actually be from space. I just like to think so.
Recommended for those looking to kill some time with some short science fiction tales.
I do have 2 complaints however:
-The last story drags on too long. It starts out interesting but after a while I found my interest waning and by the end I had lost interest in the fate of the characters.
-The "libertarian" messages in the stories are pretty clumsy and heavy handed. I would have liked a more subtle libertarian influence as I felt at times I was being beaten over the head with the idea that big government is bad. I feel like those themes could have been handled with more tact.
The appetite whetted, one yearns for the main course.