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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 39, June 26, 1998

Koman's Kings Finds Hardcover Publisher

By L. Neil Smith
lneil@lneilsmith.org

Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise

         Kings of the High Frontier, Victor Koman's epic Prometheus Award-winning action-adventure novel, previously available only on the internet at J. Neil Schulman's Pulpless.com, is finally coming out in hardcover.
         Rejected for nearly a decade by New York publishers on the grounds of its great length (among other excuses) but more likely because of its devastating criticisms of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in particular, and government in general -- while calling for a libertarian/anarchist effort to get human beings into space -- the veteran libertarian science fiction writer's long- awaited opus will be published in August, in its entirety, by Final Frontier Books of Virginia.
         Rob Prior, noted Star Wars artist, has provided the book's cover. Gregory Benford will write a foreword or afterword. Ray Bradbury's endorsement will be prominently displayed on the cover. There will be, in addition, a 250-copy limited, signed version of the first edition.
         Asked about his plans for promotion, Koman told The Libertarian Enterprise, "The intention is to have an autograph party at WorldCon. News will be up on my website, Triplanetary.com, as soon as I have transferred it from the soon-to-be-defunct Kaiwan.com to another ISP."
         Kings of the High Frontier was reviewed by Claire Wolfe in Issue #18 (November 15, 1996) of The Libertarian Enterprise. (See http://www.webleyweb.com/tle/le9611a04.html for the archived review.) Shortly thereafter, it became the first electronic-only book to win an important literary award.
         Koman is also the author of The Jehovah Contract and Solomon's Knife.


Novelist and political essayist L. Neil Smith is the only Libertarian ever to be called a "thug" within the pages of the Libertarian Party News. He has also been characterized by one disgruntled reader as having written the "single most repugnant ... piece of tripe ... ever seen in an American newspaper." In his spare time, he's the award- winning author of The Probability Broach, Pallas, Henry Martyn, and Bretta Martyn and 15 other novels, as well as publisher of The Libertarian Enterprise http://www.webleyweb.com/tle/index.html. Order his books from Amazon.com at his home site "The Webley Page" at http://www.lneilsmith.org//index.html, from Laissez Faire Books at http://www.laissezfaire.com or call toll-free at 1-800-326-0996.


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