The works (so far) of L. Neil Smith

A list of one of our leading regular columnist's books

Editor’s note: Some readers have asked about our regular columnist L. Neil Smith’s other works. He obligingly sent a list of books (below). He has also written many, many articles.



[In Order Of Publication]

THE PROBABILITY BROACH (Del Rey, Dec. 1979 — Tor Books, Dec. 2001)

In a deadly conflict with murderous federal agents, Denver homicide detective Win Bear is accidentally blown “sideways” in time, into the North American Confederacy, where the Whiskey Rebellion succeeded in 1794, and government has grown less powerful ever since.

L. Neil Smith’s first book, originally published by Del Rey Books (Random House), 1980, and Tor Books, 1996. 1980/81. Prometheus Award winner, widely considered “the” definitive libertarian novel.

Reissued by Tor Books, December, 2001 in trade format.

THE VENUS BELT (Del Rey, 1980 — Phoenix Pick, 2009)

How does a totally ethical culture conquer its “final frontier “?   A mysterious series of disappearances leads gumshoe Win Bear, assisted by Koko Featherstone-Haugh (a young female gorilla and the President’s niece) and Lucy Kropotkin (a disgruntled murder victim temporarily housed in a robot body) to the asteroids, a super-villain with an all-too-familiar face and voice, and a conspiracy stretching across whole universes.


On an alien world whose furry, nine-legged, crablike inhabitants, the _lamviin_, are just entering their own “Age of Invention”, a royal “fireman” must create the art of criminal detection from scratch, in order to solve the murder of his favorite teacher.

THE NAGASAKI VECTOR (Del Rey Books, 1983)

Is a culture with an absolute regard for individual rights really helpless against collectivists who would destroy it? Ocskahrt Memorial Academy time traveler Bernie Gruenblum hires detective Win
Bear to track down the stolen flying saucer … who loves him. Hilariously available as an audiobook read by radio talk show host Brian M. Wilson


Youthful adventures of Star Wars’ famous gambler before Han Solo won the Millenium Falcon from him and he grew a mustache. Re-released in omnibus edition, STAR WARS: THE LANDO CALRISSIAN ADVENTURES, Del Rey Books, 1994.

TOM PAINE MARU (Del Rey, 1984 — Phoenix Pick, 2009)

The North American Confederacy reaches the stars at last, its Prime Directive: search out governments wherever they are found to exist — and destroy them!

The Phoenix Pick edition contains a running discussion — censored from Del Rey’s version — of the origin of the authoritarian personality.


Detective Win Bear travels back in time to 1794 to save Albert Gallatin, founder of the North American Confederacy, from assassins. First appearance in print of the author’s “Covenant of Unanimous Consent”.

THE WARDOVE (Berkley-Ace, 1986)

Earth was destroyed in 2023 and only Lunar colonists survived. Nine hundred years later, in a star-spanning “nation” without conscription or taxation, Captain Nathaniel Blackburn of Coordinated Arm Intelligence must find out who’s killing rock musicians (loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and The Police) raising money for the War Against the murderous Clusterian Powers. A story of unrequited love.  Includes lyrics to a dozen songs written by the author. Beware of unauthorized trade paperback editions.

THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE (Tor, 1986 — Phoenix Pick, 2009)

Muslims rule the world in this grand epic adventure of a sword-slinging inventor and gunsmith in an alternate universe where the Black Plague killed 999 out of 1000, and technology — especially firearms — took the blame.

BRIGHTSUIT MACBEAR (Avon, 1988, Phoenix Pick, 2013)

On Majesty, a planet covered from pole-to-pole, with jungle six miles deep, Win Bear’s great-grandson MacDougall battles to prevent a terrible crime and recover a lost inheritance. Set in the universe of _Tom Paine Maru_.

TAFLAK LYSANDRA (Avon, 1988, Phoenix Pick, 2014)

The first of six projected sequels to _Brightsuit MacBear_: testing a marvelous “subfoline” craft, young Elsie Nahuatl (last glimpsed in _Tom Paine Maru_) becomes lost amidst the bizarre collectivist cultures that lurk beneath the planet Majesty’s “Sea of Leaves” with her adopted father — a cybernetically-enhanced coyote.

HENRY MARTYN (Tor Books, 1989)

A thousand years from now, in the depths of interstellar space, there will be sailing ships — and pirates! Vast empires clash as young Arran Islay fights for freedom, and to regain a legacy brutally stripped from his family by the treacherous “Black Usurper”.

PALLAS (Tor Books, 1991 — Phoenix Pick, 2010)

In the persons of Gibson Altman, exiled liberal United States Senator, and Emerson Ngu, a young Vietnamese/Cambodian immigrant boy who aspires to manufacture firearms, socialist “East America” and frontier entrepreneurs of the West American “Jackelope Republic” under the notorious “Stein Covenant” of self-government struggle for control of a whole new world, the second largest of the asteroids. Lots of action, romance, RKBA polemics, plus metallic silhouette shooting!

Winner of the 1994 Prometheus Award.

BRETTA MARTYN (Tor Books, 1996)

Fifteen years after her father Arran’s adventures (_Henry Martyn_) Robretta Islay sails to the stars to expose the source of Oplyte slavery and stamp it out. Along the way she travels across half a galaxy, faces hideous perils, suffers grievously, meets many wild and wonderful characters, and eventually rediscovers the homeworld of the human race. (Also a sequel to _The WarDove_.)

THE MITZVAH (with Aaron Zelman, Mazel Freedom Press, 1999).

A Roman Catholic monsignor from Chicago discovers that he’s actually a Jewish Holocaust orphan and must decide, not only between the faith he was brought up in and the faith he was born to, but  between his liberal pacifist beliefs and those of his real family, many of whom joined the Resistance and fought and killed Nazis.

Winner of’s Freedom Book of the Month Award for July, 1999. Co-author, the late Aaron Zelman, was the founder and executive director of JPFO: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

FORGE OF THE ELDERS (Baen Books, 2000)

When most nations rejected Marxism in the 1990s, the Berlin Wall fell, and the Soviet Empire collapsed, the United States embraced Marxism wholeheartedly and dragged the whole world back down into the pit of collectivism. Now the American Soviet Socialist Republic claims the asteroid 5023 Eris, but somebody (or something) is already there! The Elders are from Earth … sort of. They aren’t human. But they’re individualists — and capitalists!

Winner of’s Freedom Book of the Month Award for May 2000, Freedom Book of the Year Award 2000, and the 2001 Prometheus Award. Originally published in 1990 as CONTACT AND COMMUNE and CONVERSE AND CONFLICT by Warner Books, who unilaterally cancelled the third volume, CONCERT AND COSMOS) Now issued as the single epic workit was always meant to be.

HOPE (W/Aaron Zelman, Mazel Freedom Press, 2001 — Phoenix Pick, 2009)

A story filled with political struggle, attempted assassination, adventure, and romance: Vietnam War veteran, retired billionaire, and history professor Alexander Hope, “accidentally” elected President of the United States in 2008, begins to enforce the Bill of Rights as if it were the highest law of the land — which is exactly that it is.

A loose sequel to _The Mitzvah_, with Aaron Zelman. Winner of’s Freedom Book of the Month Award for August, 2001.

THE AMERICAN ZONE (Tor Books, November, 2001)

Terrorists try to force a government to form in the North American Confederacy. Detective Win Bear (hero of _The Probability Broach_, et al.), his wife Clarissa, and his friends Lucy Kropotkin and Will Sanders stalk the bad guys through a self-isolated community of fresh (and frightened) immigrants to the first free country they’ve ever known.

LEVER ACTION (Mountain Media, 2001)

Non-Fiction. Twenty years of speeches, articles, and internet columns from the author of _The Probability Broach_, _Forge of the Elders_, _Pallas_, and (with Aaron Zelman) _The Mitzvah_ and _Hope_.  Published just before September 11, 2001.

Winner of’s Freedom Book of the Month Award for May 2001.

(, 2004)

L. Neil Smith’s first book, adapted as a 180-page, full color graphic novel, visually realized brilliantly by Scott Bieser. Also a Prometheus Award-winning webcomic available at or


In 1947, in an alternate version of the Lone Star Republic that was never a part of the United States (and where Richard Wagner and Scott Joplin teamed up in the east Texas city of New Orleans to write the epic opera, _Die Alamo_) an unlikely trio of Texas Rangers races against time and foreign enemies to claim the wreckage of an unknown spacecraft near the west Texas town of Roswell. Co-written by Rex “Baloo” May. Irresistibly illustrated by Scott Bieser, et al.

See the webcomic at Buy the graphic novel at


“In the years of the Great Moratorium”, an entire century in which new legislation is forbidden, and old laws can only be repealed, three teenagers in the late 21st century steal a small, remote-controlled time machine, lose it in the past, and must retrieve it before they’re caught. Fancifully illustrated by Sherard Jackson.

Now a webcomic at, and a graphic novel at

CERES (Phoenix Pick, December, 2010)

Half a century after the events recounted in _Pallas_, the grandchildren of Emerson Ngu face their own challenges, terraforming the largest of the asteroids, protecting the solar system’s Settled Worlds from “extinction level events” (like the one that killed the dinosaurs), and simply living their own lives in the early 22nd century. While her asteroid-mining brother fights space pirates, Llyra Ngu, a young athlete born on Pallas, struggles grimly to perform in the higher gravity of Ceres, Earth’s moon, Mars, and Earth itself.


A beautiful Empress calls an old space pirate out of retirement to hunt down and destroy a massive enemy super-ship that threatens the civilized galaxy. (A web-comic and graphic novel, part of the _Henry Martyn_ cycle)

SWEETER THAN WINE (Phoenix Pick, July 2011)

A young American soldier, bitten in World War II France by a beautiful, seductive Rumanian Resistance pilot — who happens to be a vampire — now works as a private detective near Denver, and tries to live an ethical life. He wonders what became of his lost love, and eventually confronts a vampire so old that it first fed on Neanderthal Man.

DOWN WITH POWER (Phoenix Pick, 2012)

Non-Fiction. A comprehensive guidebook of libertarian policy positions, rather than theory, written by a 50-year veteran of the movement.

Also available as an audio recording by the eloquent Mr. Brian Wilson.

BLADE OF P’NA (forthcoming)

P’Nan moral debt assessor Eichra Oren and his trusty sidekick Sam (an enhanced Samoyed dog) are hired to investigate industrial sabotage on an alternate Earth ruled by giant molluscs, and stumble across a hideous murder — and an alien invasion! (A prequel to _Forge of the Elders_)

ARES (forthcoming)

The seventh unsuccessful expedition of would-be Martian colonists, stranded and abandoned on the Red Planet by the government of East America and the United Nations, are saved by William and Brody, the sons of Emerson Ngu, who show them a new way to terraform a planet in the face of violent opposition from Earth. Principally features Llyra Ngu’s grandmother, Julie Segovia, as a young East American Marine lieutenant, sent to Mars to punish recalcitrant colonists. (Fits between _Pallas_ and _Ceres_.)


The continued adventures (this time with a Latin-Ameerican theme) of vampire-next-door J. Gifford and the love of his life, the delectable Surica Fieraru.

L. Neil Smith’s books can be obtained by ordering them from by CLICKING THROUGH _the Libertarian Enterprise_”bookstore”, at the bottom of the _Enterprise_’s opening page. Almost all of them are available on Kindle and other electronic media. Two are available as audio recordings by talk show host Brian Wilson.


L. Neil SmithCelebrated and award-winning author of over 30 books and countless shorter pieces, L. Neil Smith is available, at professional rates, to write articles and speeches for you or your organization, providing that our principles are compatible. Contact him at [email protected].


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