Liberty is a recurring theme in science fiction. Here's a volume of explorations of this theme, combining landmark stories from science fiction's golden age with new stories by some of today's top writers, including Hugo winner and Grand Master Jack Williamson; Michael Resnick, winner of four Hugos and a Nebula, and author of the international bestseller, Santiago; Michael A. Stackpole, author of eight New York Times best sellers; best-selling novelist Jane Lindskold, New York Times best-selling author James P. Hogan, Robert J. Sawyer, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year; and more. This stellar crew considers how a government-free society could operate, how a low-tech society might throw off the influence of more "advanced" intruders, how the right to own weapons is fundamental to freedom, and much more. In the future, liberty may be even more threatened than in our present-and this volume suggests very unusual ways of defending and advancing it. . . .

About the Authors

Martin Harry Greenberg has edited more than 1,000 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and other genres, and has become renowned for his ingenuity in developing books written around a theme, and his ability to fill them with stories of high quality. Booklist has written, "Greenberg's choices are impeccable," and Library Journal has praised his volumes for "Sheer enjoyability . . . provokes everything from meditation to laughter."

Mark Tier is a former Australian who lives in Hong Kong because "paying taxes is against my religion." He was one of the co-founders of the Australian equivalent of the Libertarian Party. His book Understanding Inflation was a runaway best seller. His second book, How to Get a Second Passport was also an international bestseller. He is the former Hong Kong correspondent for the New York Journal of Commerce. His articles have appeared in Time, Liberty, Reason, and elsewhere.

Cover Art by Carole Heyer

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, July 2006

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Freedom! / edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Mark Tier.
       p. cm.
  ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2072-6
  ISBN-10: 1-4165-2072-4
 1. Science fiction, American. 2. Science fiction, English. 3. Freedom--Fiction. 4. Anarchism--Fiction. I. Greenberg, Martin Harry. II. Tier, Mark.

  PS648.S3F74 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-2072-6
ISBN-10: 1-4165-2072-4

Copyright © 2006 by Mark Tier & Tekno Books. Give Me Liberty copyright © 2003; Visions of Liberty copyright © 2004.

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GIVE ME LIBERTY first published by Baen Books January 2003: "Introduction," Mark Tier copyright © 2003 by Mark Tier; "Monument", Lloyd Biggle, Jr. copyright © by Street & Smith Publications, first published in Astounding Science Fiction June 1961. Reprinted by permission of the author and his agent, The Owlswick Literary Agency; "Gadget vs. Trend," Christopher Anvil copyright © 1962 by Conde Nast Publications Inc. First published in Analog, October 1962. Reprinted by permission of the author's agents, the Scott Meredith Literary Agnecy; "The Ungoverned," Vernor Vinge copyright © 1985 by Vernor Vinge. First published in Far Frontiers vol. 3, 1985,reprinted by permission of the author; "Historical Note," Murray Leinster copyright © 1951 by Street & Smith Publications Inc., copyright renewed © 1979 by Conde Nast Publications, Inc. First published in Astounding Science Fiction, February 1951. Reprinted by permission of the agent for the author's estate, the Scott Meredith Literary Agency; "The Weapon Shop," A.E. van Vogt copyright © 1942 by Street & Smith Publications. First published in Astounding Science Fiction, December 1942. Reprinted by permission of the author and his agents, the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency; "Second Game," Kathleen MacLean & Charles de Vet copyright © 1958, 1986 by the authors. First published in Astounding Science Fiction, 1958. Reprinted by permission of the author and their agents, the Virginia Kidd Agency, Inc.; "Committee of the Whole," Frank Herbert copyright © 1965 by the author. First published in Galaxy, April 1965. Reprinted by permission of the William Morris Agency, Inc. on behalf of the author; "And Then There Were None," Eric Frank Russell copyright © 1951 by Street & Smith Publications. First published in Astounding Science Fiction, June 1951. Reprinted by permission of the author and the author's agents, JABberwocky Literary Agency.

VISIONS OF LIBERTY first published by Baen Books July 2004: "Introduction," Mark Tier copyright © 2004 by Mark Tier; "The Unnullified World", Lloyd Biggle Jr. copyright © 2004 by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.; "The Right's Tough," Robert J. Sawyer copyright © 2004 by Robert J. Sawyer; "The Shackles of Freedom," Mike Resnick & Tobias S. Buckell copyright © 2004 by Mike Resnick & Tobias S. Buckell; "A Reception at the Anarchist Embassy," Brad Linaweaver copyright © 2004 by Brad Linaweaver; "According to Their Need," Michael A. Stackpole copyright © 2004 by Michael A. Stackpole; "Pakeha," Jane Lindskold copyright © 2004 by Jane Lindskold; "Devil's Star," Jack Williamson copyright © 2004 by Jack Williamson; "Renegade," Mark Tier copyright © 2004 by Mark Tier; "The Colonizing of Tharle," James P. Hogan copyright © 2004 by James P. Hogan.