The American Zone
By L. Neil Smith
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312873691, 352pp.)
Publication Date: December 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the North American Confederacy . . .
People are free--really free. Free to do as they please, whether it be starting a business, running for elected office, or taking target practice in the back forty. There's not a whole lot of government, nor is there a lot of crime, because everyone who wants to carries a gun, and isn't afraid to use it.
But someone has bombed the Endicott Building, killing hundreds of people, and Win Bear, the only licensed detective in the confederacy, has to find out who did this dastardly deed, and why. Because whoever did it has already shown their willingness to commit more terrorist acts, no matter how many people are hurt.
And that can't go on, or soon the confederacy will be just as the bad old United States--and that is something they want to avoid at all costs.
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.
“L. Neil Smith’s Probability Broach. . . 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 Fire upon the Deep
"There's something tremendously attractive about the idea of a world where what you do is nobody's business but your own, and that's the kind of world that L. Neil Smith, award winning libertarian author and spokesperson, created in The Probability Broach and returns us to in The American Zone."—Ernest Lilley SFRevu
"The most freewheeling of the new libertarians."--Reason Magazine
"The Probability Broach is a brilliant, subversive novel."—Prometheus