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The Probability Broach Paperback – December 12, 2001
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“Contained ideas I wish could be shouted to the world, ideas that come from the American heritage of freedom and which could bring still greater individual liberty, greater technical progress.” ―Vernor Vinge, author of A Deepness in the Sky
“Pick up a new copy of the book and rediscover this exciting world, and reserve me a table at Meep's Texas Barbecue.” ―Prometheus
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L. Neil Smith is the two time winner of the Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Fiction for his novels Pallas (1993) and The Probability Broach (1980). As founder and National Coordinator of the Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus, publisher of the on-line magazine The Libertarian Enterprise, and a Life member of the National Rifle Association, Smith is renowned for his prominence in the Libertarian movement, of which he has been a part of for more than thirty-five years. Author of more than twenty books, Smith has been hailed for his ability to combine adventure, humor, and rivetingly original political concepts to create more compellingly than any other writer, novels that embody Libertarian concepts. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife and daughter.
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But all that aside, I read it again and again because it is FUN, CLEVER and SHARP! Read it! Let it challenge you, and most of all let Neil make you laugh at the insanity that passes for rationality on this side of the Broach. But, WATCH OUT! It may change you!!
In an earlier era, El Neil would've written for the detective pulps, and done well, but his style and voice are his own. But I refuse to ruin it for the reader: just buy it! If you're the kind who just doesn't do the comic book thing, buy the original print version, but you're missing half the fun... and a bunch of easter eggs!
However, the criminals wanted to rule the alternative world, so the detective and his friends take on defeating them.
One of his friends and ally is an attractive woman. Our detective fell in love with her, but there were some complications.
For another take on an alternate history, also built around a detective story, see my Crown of Creation. No, I didn't read Smith before writing my story.
Detective Win Bear is propelled into an alternate universe where early US history occurred differently, government was restricted to its proper sphere and innovation was never stifled.
The author is promoting a Libertarian worldview, which will grate with socialists and conservatives alike; be warned.
I don't know why this series hasn't been anthologized yet. <Yes, Amazon, that's a hint.>
The book presents a wild vision of a world where, for example, trying to collect income tax can get you shot - by the little old lady who lives next door. Subtle little things, like happy people who do not live in poverty, self repairing windows, and oh yeah - a realiable cure for cancer make the setting in this novel rather unique. I may not totally agree with all the thoughts in this novel, but you come away from it wishing you could make *our* world more like *theirs*. If the political philosophy does not get you thinking, I do not know what will!