... is scheduled
as the guest speaker for the 185th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on November 16, 2009.
Schulman on "Are We Alongside Night?"
J. Neil Schulman's Prometheus Hall
of Fame novel, Alongside
Night, was published in 1979. That same year, speaking to the
L.A. Libertarian Supper Club, Neil asked: "Are We Alongside Night?"
Tonight, Neil again asks that question.
Recent developments in the U.S. economy
have renewed interest in Alongside
Night. Last June, Neil's publishing company, Pulpless.com, released
a PDF ebook edition of Alongside Night as a free
download. By October, downloads surpassed 50,000 copies.
Night focuses on Elliot, the son of an economist and Nobel Laureate,
living in a near future U.S. police state.The novel's projections
of an American economic meltdown appear to reflect current events.
Milton Friedman called Alongside
Night: "An absorbing novel-science fiction, yet also a cautionary tale
with a disturbing resemblance to past history and future possibilities."
Anthony Burgess wrote: "It is a remarkable
and original story, and the picture it presents of an inflation-crippled
America on the verge of revolution is all too acceptable. I wish,
and so will many novelists, that I, or they, had thought of the idea first. A thrilling novel, crisply written, that fires the imagination as effectively
as it stimulates the feelings."
In 2009, Ron Paul said: "Alongside
Night may be even more relevant today than it was in 1979. Hopefully,
the special 30th anniversary edition of this landmark work of libertarian
science fiction will inspire a new generation of readers to learn more
about the ideas of liberty and become active in the freedom movement."
Neil has addressed the KHC several
times, beginning with the KHC's first meeting in 1994. The KHC awarded
him the SEKIII Memorial Chauntecleer Award in 2009.
Neil's website: AlongsideNight.com.
An mp3 file of Neil's KHC talk is available for download on his blog.