... is the
guest speaker scheduled for the 130th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to
convene on April 18, 2005.
Bryon Cover on "Is Libertarianism Bad for SF"?
Each April is dedicated
to our SAMUEL EDWARD KONKIN III MEMORIAL LECTURE in which we present a topic and speaker that we imagine that Sam would
have liked and booked.
Arthur's topic addresses two areas
of which Sam was expert: the subjects of Libertarianism and Science Fiction.
We think that Sam would have been intrigued at our query of the effect
of one upon the other. We also belieive he would have heartily approved
of our speaker, who is both a practitioner and fan of science fiction.
Many SF fans are technocrats,
placing their confidence in science, technology, and the strictly intellectual,
and a lot of SF reflects that sensibility. Arthur will also provide
an appraisal of libertarianism's impact on the genre and of any subsequent
effect on its readership.
Also, in keeping with our annual
theme, Arthur will address Ayn Rand's influence on Science Fiction, politics,
Arthur Byron Cover
The son of an American doctor, Arthur
Byron Cover was born in the upper tundra of Siberia on January 14,
1950. He attended a Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in
1971, where he made his first professional sale, to Harlan Ellison's Last
to Los Angeles in 1972. He has published many short stories, in Infinity
Five, The Alien Condition, Heavy Metal, Weird Tales, Year's Best Horror
Stories, and elsewhere, plus several SF books, including Autumn
Platypus of Doom, The
Sound of Winter, and An
East Wind Coming.
He has also written scripts for
the comic books Daredevil and Firestorm, as well as the graphic novel Space
ADDENDUM: David Harmon
took this image at the above meeting.