American science fiction writer, winner of Prometheus Best Novel and Hall of Fame awards

Joseph Neil Schulman (16 April 1953-10 August 2019) was an American novelist who wrote Alongside Night (published 1979) and The Rainbow Cadenza (published 1983) which both received the Prometheus Award, a libertarian science fiction award. His third novel, Escape from Heaven, was also a finalist for the 2002 Prometheus Award. His fourth and last novel, The Fractal Man, was a finalist for the 2019 Prometheus Award.

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16 Apr 1953, Joseph Neil Schulman, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York


19 Aug 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Awards Received

1984 Prometheus Best Novel Award, by Libertarian Futurist Society, Prometheus Best Novel Award
For The Rainbow Cadenza
1989 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, by Libertarian Futurist Society, Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
For Alongside Night


Center for a Stateless Society, Former Advisory Panel member
Eris Society

Web Pages

J. Neil Schulman - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Robert A. Heinlein's Soaring Spirit of Liberty, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jul 1997
Biographical essay, including multiple quotes from fellow authors and significant excerpts from Heinlein's novels and stories
"Author J. Neil Schulman spoke for many when he confided that 'If Robert Heinlein hadn't written the books he wrote, and I hadn't read them, I doubt very much that I would have had the intellectual background necessary to climb out of the hole I was in between the ages of fifteen and eighteen. He wrote about futures that were worth living for. He wrote about talented people who felt life was worth living and made it worth living, no matter what the breaks that fell their way. His characters never had an easy time of it, but they persevered.'"


Dubya and Dubai, Rational Review, 22 Feb 2006
Commentary on the Dubai Ports World deal and related maneuvers by the Bush administration
"... overall, its clear to me that (a) the $7 billion dollar deal to the benefit of the government of Dubai is the typical sort of baksheesh that the United States makes to foreign governments we need as strategic allies, and (b) it's part of a long-term intelligence initiative."
Why this libertarian is voting to re-elect George W. Bush, 21 Oct 2004
"... I gave up casting my ballot symbolically in any race in which ... [it] stood any chance whatsoever in effecting a preferable outcome. Purists have told me ... 'the lesser of two evils is still evil.' I ... counter that argument with one taught to me by ... Brad Linaweaver: 'the lesser of two evils is less evil.'"
Related Topic: Voting

Books Authored

Alongside Night, 1979
1989 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
The Rainbow Cadenza, 1983
1984 Prometheus Award winner


Alongside Night Author J Neil Schulman sat down with MHD in Las Vegas, by Pete Eyre, J. Neil Schulman, 1 May 2009
Schulman discusses agorism, countereconomics, Sam Konkin, Alongside Night and his current projects based on the latter

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