Bradford Swain Linaweaver (born September 1, 1952) is an American science fiction writer. Linaweaver has original story credits on a number of films, including The Brain Leeches and Jack-O for Fred Olen Ray. He also has story credits in The Boneyard Collection and Space Babes Meet the Monsters.
His long association with independent film has led to his being an executive producer on a number of films. The most prominent is Fred Olen Ray's Supershark.
The novella version of his novel Moon of Ice was a Nebula Award finalist and the novel length version won a Prometheus Award. The novel carries endorsements from Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and William F. Buckley, Jr.
His other novels include Sliders (based on the television series), The Land Beyond Summer, four Doom novels with Dafydd ab Hugh, three Battlestar Galactica novels with actor Richard Hatch, and Anarquia with J. Kent Hastings which has sparked much discussion and review on various web sites. He has also starred in, and written, The Brain Leeches, directed by Fred Olen Ray.
In 2004, he co-authored Worlds of Tomorrow with Forrest J Ackerman, a hardcover coffee table book that spotlights science fiction cover art from the Golden Age with full color reproduction and commentary from the authors.
|Born||September 1, 1952|
Washington, North Carolina
|Genre||Science fiction, Fantasy|
|Notable works||Moon of Ice|
Linaweaver wrote and produced the award-winning and wildly popular web series Silicon Assassin, starring Richard Hatch. It can be viewed on YouTube.
Linaweaver shares a second Prometheus Award with Ed Kramer for co-editing Free Space, a major libertarian science fiction anthology from TOR books. The following short stories received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Ellen Datlow) “The Lon Chaney Factory”, “Clutter”, “A Real Babe” and “Chump Hoist”. The Science Fiction story, "Wells of Wisdom", made the preliminary Nebula ballot and was part of the Galaxy Audio Project, read by Catherine Oxenberg.
American president Ronald Reagan praised an early article Linaweaver wrote, making the case for capitalism against socialism. Reagan summed up his commentary on Linaweaver with the line, "How right he is!" The radio broadcast is included in the Reagan CD set In His Own Voice and in the book Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan. The thorough critique of Communism in his novelization of the origin episode of the TV show Sliders expands on this idea.
Linaweaver owns a small brass cannon. The cannon was originally acquired by science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein and his wife Virginia Heinlein, sometime prior to 1960. For nearly 30 years, the firing of the brass cannon was a 4 July tradition at the Heinlein residence. Virginia Heinlein retained the cannon after her husband's death in 1988, and it was bequeathed to Linaweaver in her will, after Virginia died in 2003. Linaweaver restored the cannon to working order and subsequently posted a 2007 video of it being fired several times (with very small charges) on YouTube.
Linaweaver publishes the movie magazine Mondo Cult, featuring literary contributions and articles from and about Linaweaver's eclectic list of celebrity friends and contacts, including Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch; science fiction author and collector Forrest J. Ackerman; the conservative commentator, publisher, and television personality William F. Buckley, Jr.; actress Traci Lords and poetry from Ray Bradbury. Mondo Cult is edited by former Famous Monsters of Filmland editor, Jessie Lilley.
Alternate Americas is an anthology of alternate history science fiction short stories edited by Gregory Benford and Martin H. Greenberg as the fourth volume in their What Might Have Been series. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Spectra in October 1992. It was later gathered together with Alternate Wars into the omnibus anthology What Might Have Been: Volumes 3 & 4: Alternate Wars / Alternate Americas (Bantam Spectra/SFBC, December 1992).The book collects fourteen novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Benford.Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. (ARTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, performing, and educating people about the art of audio theatre (radio drama).Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction media franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the original television series in 1978 and was followed by a short-run sequel series (Galactica 1980), a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, and video games. A re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica aired as a two-part, three-hour miniseries developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick in 2003. That miniseries led to a weekly television series, which aired until 2009. A prequel series, Caprica, aired in 2010.
All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of the universe, a human civilization has extended to a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have been engaged in a lengthy war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race. The Cylons offer peace to the humans, which proves to be a ruse. With the aid of a human named Baltar, the Cylons carry out a massive attack on the Twelve Colonies and on the Colonial Fleet of starships that protect them. These attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet, lay waste to the Colonies, and virtually destroy their populations. Scattered survivors flee into outer space aboard a ragtag array of available spaceships. Of the entire Colonial battle fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic battleship and spacecraft carrier, appears to have survived the Cylon attack. Under the leadership of Commander Adama, the Galactica and the pilots of "Viper fighters" lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.Bikini Airways
Bikini Airways is a 2003 American made for cable erotic film written and directed by Fred Olen Ray (under the pseudonym name Nicholas Juan Medina).Dafydd ab Hugh
Dafydd ab Hugh (/dævɪð æb hɨʊ/, born David Friedman, on October 22, 1960) is a U.S. science fiction author. He is known for writing fiction in media franchises in the 1990s, including several novels for the Star Trek franchise. He also co-wrote four novels associated with the game Doom with fellow science fiction author Brad Linaweaver. His novelette, "The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk", was nominated for the Hugo Award and Nebula Award and is perhaps his best-known work.DemiCon
DemiCon is an annual volunteer-run science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention held in Des Moines, Iowa, in early May. The convention was first held in 1990.DemiCon's host organization is the Des Moines Science Fiction Society (DMSFS), a nonprofit group that promotes literacy, science, and the arts, especially through the enjoyment of science fiction and fantasy.Doom (novel series)
The Doom novel series is a series of four near-future science fiction novels co-written by Dafydd ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver; Knee-Deep in the Dead, Hell on Earth, Infernal Sky, and Endgame. The series is initially based on the Doom and Doom II: Hell on Earth first-person shooter video games created by Id Software, although there are multiple departures from the game in the first two novels, and the second two continue in an independent direction to the games' storylines. The novels are primarily written from the first-person perspective of Flynn Taggart, a corporal assigned to Fox Company of United States Marine Corps, although the perspective changes from character to character in the second and third novel.
On February 26, 2008, the series was rebooted and restarted in the vein of Doom 3. The first book, Worlds on Fire, was written by Matthew Costello, the original writer for Doom 3, and released by Pocket Star Books. The book stars Special Ops Marine Lieutenant John Kane in the year 2145. The second in the series, Maelstrom, was released on March 31, 2009 and shares the same author and publisher.Libertarian science fiction
Libertarian science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on the politics and social order implied by right libertarian philosophies with an emphasis on individualism and private ownership of the means of production—and in some cases, no state whatsoever.As a category, libertarian fiction is unusual because the vast majority of its authors are self-identified as science fiction authors. This contrasts with the authors of much other social criticism who are largely academic or mainstream novelists who tend to dismiss any genre classification. The identification between libertarianism and science fiction is so strong that the U.S. Libertarian Party often has representatives at science fiction conventions and one of the highest profile authors currently in the subgenre of libertarian science fiction, L. Neil Smith, was the Arizona Libertarian Party's 2000 candidate for the President of the United States.As a genre, it can be seen as growing out of the 1930s and 1940s when the science-fiction pulp magazines were reaching their peak at the same time as fascism and communism. While this environment gave rise to dystopian novels, in the pulps, this influence more often give rise to speculations about societies (or sub-groups) arising in direct opposition to "totalitarianism".
Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged is a strong (perhaps the strongest) influence with an anti-socialist attitude and an individualist ethic that echoes throughout the genre.
Of more direct relevance to the science fiction end of this genre is Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, which is highly regarded even by non-libertarian science fiction readers. An award for libertarian science fiction, the Prometheus Award, is given out every year. Some winners of the award identify as libertarians (e.g., L. Neil Smith, Victor Koman, Brad Linaweaver), while others do not (Terry Pratchett, Charles Stross).
Some other prominent libertarian science fiction authors include S. Andrew Swann and Michael Z. Williamson.Magic in Ithkar 2
Magic in Ithkar 2 is a shared world anthology of fantasy stories edited by Andre Norton and Robert Adams. It was first published as a trade paperback by Tor Books in December 1985. It was reprinted as a standard paperback in October 1988.Phoenix Award (science fiction)
The Phoenix Award is a lifetime achievement award for a science fiction professional "who has done a great deal for Southern Fandom." The Phoenix is given annually by DeepSouthCon, a bidded convention held in different states of the former Confederacy.There is no standard shape or image for the Phoenix as each host convention creates their own unique interpretation of the award. The Phoenix is presented in conjunction with Rebel Award for a science fiction fan meeting similar criteria. The award recipients are chosen by the host convention.Prometheus Award
The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society, which also publishes the quarterly journal Prometheus. L. Neil Smith established the award in 1979, but it was not awarded regularly until the newly founded Libertarian Futurist Society revived it in 1982. The Society created a Hall of Fame Award (for classic works of libertarian science fiction, not necessarily novels) in 1983, and also presents occasional one-off awards.Richard Hatch (actor)
Richard Lawrence Hatch (May 21, 1945 – February 7, 2017) was an American actor, writer and producer. Hatch began his career as a stage actor, before moving on to television work in the 1970s. Hatch is best known for his role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series. He is also widely known for his role as Tom Zarek in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica.Ron Garmon
Ron Garmon is an American journalist, rock critic, and short story writer who served as Arts Editor for L.A. CityBeat during its last year of publication, 2007 to 2008. He resides in Los Angeles.Garmon's lyrical, oft-hallucinatory writings have been a fixture in L.A. rock journalism since the late 1990s through his scene columns in Mean Street, L.A. Record, and L.A. CityBeat. While at L.A. CityBeat, Garmon interviewed Jimmy Carter, Edward Albee, Carl Reiner and many more. Garmon's cover stories followed L.A.'s underground music scene, bringing to light the trashing of the iconic Morrison Hotel, and investigating the fate of long-vanished cult movie director Tom Graeff. He's possibly L.A.'s first medical marijuana critic, reviewing dispensaries and strains in the print edition of the L.A. Record. He contributed live music reviews, and under the heading 'Hear This While High' recommended pairings of recordings and marijuana strains, to the SF Weekly music blog "All Shook Down".
His byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Famous Monsters Underground #1, Brand X, Utne Reader, The Tracking Angle, Scarlet Street, New Angeles Monthly, and the Heinlein Journal. Examples of Garmon's approach to the rock LP can be found in Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed. He wrote liner notes for the CD reissues of The Best of Spirit and four Bootsy Collins albums.His speculative fiction is published in Paraphilia and Antique Children. Garmon and fellow science fiction writer Brad Linaweaver were 2002 nominees for the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for one of their "Left Brain/Right Brain" features in Cult Movies Magazine. His 1998 RetroVision article on radical filmmaker Peter Watkins was cited in A Companion to Science Fiction.In 1999, Garmon and ex-Scarlet Street publisher Jessie Lilley founded Worldly Remains: A Pop Culture Review
, which ran eight issues before folding in 2004. Popular culture icons such as Michael Parks, Ivan Dixon, Frankie Smith, Robert Quarry, Keith Morris, Gloria Hendry, and John Quade gave uncensored interviews. There was much quirky coverage of retromedia, and reporting on bizarre public events such as the 2000 Reform Party Convention.Sliders
Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series follows a group of travelers as they use a wormhole to "slide" between different parallel universes. Tormé, Weiss, Leslie Belzberg, John Landis, David Peckinpah, Bill Dial and Alan Barnette served as executive producers at different times of the production. For its first two seasons it was produced in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, California in the last three seasons.
Since its debut on March 22, 1995, the first three seasons were broadcast by the Fox network. After being canceled by Fox, the series moved to Sci Fi Channel for its final two seasons. The last new episode first aired on December 29, 1999 in the United Kingdom, and was broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel on February 4, 2000.The Brain Leeches
The Brain Leeches is a 1978 sci-fi film directed by Fred Olen Ray and starring Paul Jones, Marcia Scott & Ray Starr.The Robert Heinlein Interview and other Heinleiniana
The Robert Heinlein Interview and other Heinleiniana is non-fiction collection about science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. Written by J. Neil Schulman from 1972 through 1988, the book was first published in 1990.Victor Koman
Victor Koman (born 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and agorist. A three time winner of the Prometheus Award, Koman is mainly popular in the libertarian community. He is the owner of the publishing house KoPubCo. His Ph.D. in Information Technology was conferred by Capella University in 2016. He also possesses a BSIS (with honors, summa cum laude) from University of Redlands (2001) and an MBA from Pepperdine University (2004).
Dr. Koman's short stories have appeared in such publications as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, and the anthologies Weird Menace, The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem, the second and third Dark Destiny collections set in the White Wolf World of Darkness, and the libertarian short-story collection Free Space.
In the early 1980s, Koman collaborated with Andrew J. Offutt on Offutt's Spaceways series for Playboy Press (which was sold to Berkley Books in mid-stride). Koman wrote two novels in the series, to which Offutt added his own scenes, then edited and published the novels under the series name "John Cleve". These paperbacks are long out of print. Covers for both novels were painted by Ken Barr.A community activist with a quixotic sense of what's important, Koman was instrumental in preventing the 1988 destruction of the Disneyland Monorail System's last bubble-topped Mark III monorail (Old Red), generating a one-man public-relations campaign that resulted in nationwide news coverage. The Walt Disney Company subsequently saved, restored, and converted the historic monorail fuselage into a street-legal promotional vehicle.Koman's 1995 story collaboration with Brad Linaweaver, "The Light That Blinds", features an occult battle between Aleister Crowley and Adolf Hitler. Dr. Koman has also appeared as an extra in several films, including Star Trek: The Motion Picture, CyberZone, Rapid Assault, Fugitive Rage, Mom’s Outta Sight, Billy Frankenstein, KidWitch (in which his daughter, Vanessa Koman, played the title role), Red Dragon, The Hot Chick, and A-List (film). On 11/15/1998, he was the winner on the game show Inquizition.
Dr. Koman has made available the body of work of Samuel Edward Konkin III through KoPubCo. He is the pseudonymous author of the Gloamingerism pamphlets published as afterwords in the 1999 trade paperback edition of J. Neil Schulman's novel Alongside Night.Volney Mathison
Volney G. Mathison, also known by the pseudonym Dex Volney (August 13, 1897 – January 3, 1965), was an American chiropractor, writer, and inventor of the first E-meter used by the Church of Scientology.