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L. Neil Smith's
Number 711, March 10, 2013

"It isn't gun control alone we fight as it is genocidal
socialism. The plans exist. The camps exist. Training
is ongoing. Means are being accumulated."

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Dear family and friends,

If you have NetFlix's online service, I urge you to watch a History Channel presentation titled Nuremberg and think, while you're watching it, about the times and events we're living through now.

The final words of the program talk about war and the continuing acts of genocide we're living through today. The program says, in essence, that the only way to end it must involve what we -- meaning Western Civilization -- learned at the Nuremberg Tribunals in 1945-1946.

Some people think I'm kidding about holding similar trials for American politicians for their crimes against humanity and the Constitution, but I am not. And this TV program explains, I think, why they can only be held in Nuremberg -- Pennsylvania -- in order to drive the lesson home.

L. Neil Smith

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Re: "Warsh-ing-ton" (EDITORIAL MATTERS, last issue)


I live in Wisconsin. Where I'm at passes for "the city" -- all the kids from up north and out in the country come here for the bright lights and opportunity.

We had an exchange student from China a few years ago. About a month after he arrived I picked him up from school ...

"Pappy. What does haydare mean?"

I have no idea. What was the context?

"The principal walks by in the morning saying 'haydare' ... 'haydare'."

Take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.

I suggested to the foreign exchange folks that the next kid they sent our way should watch 'Fargo' so the kid would catch on to the lingo but they did not think it was very funny.

Brian Dunbar

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COMING SOON: Their Majesties' Bucketeers

Dear family and fiends (you know who you are) --

This morning, I'll finish reviewing the copy-edited file for the Phoenix Pick edition of my third novel, Their Majesties' Bucketeers. I don't know exactly when it will be published, but it will be soon.

Their Majesties' Bucketeers is a locked-room murder mystery with a Victorian Age-of-Invention feel, told by the assistant and companion to a fireman who is inventing the art of the detective as he goes along. What makes it different is that it's occurring on an alien planet, Sodde Lydfe, among an alien race, the lamviin (see Roswell, Texas and Tom Paine Maru), and there isn't a single human being in the book. The utterly charming narrator (if I do say so, myself), Mymysiir Offe Woom, is a member of a third sex -- the genes of these folks consist of triple helices -- and the hero is the dashing Captain Agot Edmoot Mav.

I hadn't read Their Majesties' Bucketeers since I wrote it. The original publisher didn't have a clue how to market it (some of them even argued that it wasn't science fiction at all) and there was a glaring error on the cover that I believe affected its newsstand and bookstore sales. There's a lot more to it than I remembered, including some of my best writing about individual liberty, and I'm proud of it all over again.

Their Majesties' Bucketeers: watch for it in both paper and e-book format, at, B&, and other swell places like that. If it sells well enough, I've been carrying around two sequels in my head for 30 years.

L. Neil Smith

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