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Number 423, June 24, 2007

"Never Give up, Never Surrender!"

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Another Letter from Albert Perez

Let's take up Karen's challenge that libertarian sites are unwilling to publish this guy. I liked his column, so why not steer our readers his way?

L. Neil Smith

Dear All,

I recently attended the Second Annual Meeting in Turkey of the Property and Freedom Society. This was an enjoyable and very useful event.

To see my report of the meeting, please go to:

To see my report of last year's meeting, please go to:

Best wishes,

Sean Gabb
Director, The Libertarian Alliance

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Re: "These Candidates Have Issues", by Jonathan David Morris

I've always wanted to ask a candidate for President if he or she was moved by reading paragraph 2 of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to a point approaching religious ecstacy. How can you trust anyone in that office who doesn't feel that way? Boy do I hate having had to vote for someone whom I distrust less than the other guy since 1972 (first election I was legal to vote in)!!

Albert Perez

New L Neil Smith Story Coming August 2007!


Let's say you're one of three teen-aged friends who have "borrowed" a gadget from your school for use in a research project. And due to an accident, you lose the gadget. Because it's Friday, you have a couple of days before the school learns its gadget is missing. What do you do? Well, you go and find it, right?

The problem is, this "gadget" is something called a "TimePeeper," and you've sent it back 75 years in time from your home in 2080, when time-travel is still a very experimental and dangerous activity. So finding it and getting it back before Monday is going to be a very neat trick, indeed.

Such is the premise of the graphic novel TimePeeper, an all-new story written by L. Neil Smith and illustrated by Sherard Jackson, to be published on-line by Big Head Press. The story will be serialized on the BigHeadPress.Com site starting in August 2007, with plans for a printed version in the summer of 2008 to be distributed in the comics direct-sales market and in the book trade market.

"Up until now, I've been the only artist associated with Smith's graphic novels," said Scott Bieser, who is also creative director for Big Head Press. "But Neil has many more great story ideas than I have time to draw, so I had to find another artist, and the right artist, to work with him. I looked at scores of different artists before I found Sherard, or rather, he found us, in response to a call for artists on Warren Ellis' "The ENGINE" web site."

L. Neil Smith is an award-winning science-fiction prose novelist, whose first book, The Probability Broach, is still in print after 28 years and was also adapted to graphic novel form with artist Scott Bieser and published by Big Head Press in 2004. Smith continues to write both prose novels and graphic novels. His other works include Pallas, Their Majesties' Bucketeers, Henry Martyn, Forge of the Elders, and The American Zone. He is currently writing a prose sequel to Pallas, and scripted the graphic novel Roswell, Texas which is currently being serialized on the BigHeadPress.Com site.

Sherard Jackson began his illustration career in 1995 as one of the artists and co-founders of the indie comic book company, Noir Press, which published the anthology, Section 8. During that time he began doing freelance illustration for other comics and role-playing game companies. He primarily contributed artwork for Palladium Books, Rifts and White Wolf's Exalted line of role-playing games. His creator owned comics work include the graphic novel Semantic Lace for Devil's Due and Image Comics, and Assembly for Antarctic Press. In 2004, he worked as an animator on A Scanner Darkly, the adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel. He has also provided character design and animation for Flatland: The Movie, an adaptation of the Edwin A. Abbott novel.

"Sharard's drawing style has a strong 'shonen manga' influence which I think will be very suitable for this story, which is essentially a teen adventure-comedy," Bieser said. "The three friends from 2080 have many of the same problems teen-agers today deal with, but the future technology they've grown up with give those problems a new dimension."

L. Neil Smith

Re: "A Word of Explanation. . ." by L. Neil Smith

To quote Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest, "Never Give up, Never Surrender!" Ask for the moon, the sun and the stars and stick to your guns and you'll get the moon and the sun with an option on the stars with the other guy having to prove why he can't deliver them quite yet. Let them know at the start thatyou're willing to give up on the stars and they'll make you give up the sun too and settle for a maybe on the moon. We're not buying our freedom back, we're telling those who hold political power what it's going to cost them to hold it. It's time Libertarians and all Americans made that point clear to all who seek office in this country. They are mercenaries who are being paid to enforce the rights endowed on us by "Nature and Nature's God" and it's time they remembered that.

Albert Perez

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