L. Neil Smith

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Lester Neil Smith [ ˈlɛstəɹ ˈniːl ˈsmɪθ ] (born May 15, 1946 in Denver , Colorado ) is an American science fiction writer , political libertarian activist and globalization critic .


Lester Neil Smith deals with the alternative course of history and is the inventor of a parallel world , the so-called Gallatin Universe, in which American history in the 18th century by chance took a different course. In the Gallatin universe, George Washington was shot dead during the Whiskey Rebellion , after which Albert Gallatin became president. So the United States of North America could not come into being and a loose association of states with an anarchist form of government takes its place . He is also known for three stories about the character of Lando Calrissian from the Star Wars universe .

For four of his novels he received the Prometheus Award of the Libertarian Futurist Society , which he himself launched in 1979, for the best novel of the year. These goods:

  • 1982: The Probability Broach
  • 1994: Pallas
  • 2001: The Forge of the Elders
  • 2005: The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel , Special Award

In 2016 he received the Prometheus Special Award for his life's work.


  • From the Gallatin Universe:
    • The Probability Broach , 1980 (German: The breakthrough , translated by Irene Holicki, Heyne Verlag (paperback: 4250), ISBN 3-453-31231-7 )
    • The Venus belt , (German: Der Venus-Gürtel , Heyne Verlag (Paperback: 4251) ISBN 3-453-31232-5 )
    • Their majesties' bucketeers , (German: Her Majesties Kübeliere , Heyne Verlag (Paperback: 4252) ISBN 3-453-31234-1 )
    • The Nagasaki Vector , (German: Der Nagasaki vector , Heyne Verlag (paperback: 4253) ISBN 3-453-31235-X )
    • Tom Paine Maru , (German: Tom Paine Maru , Heyne-Verlag (paperback 4281) ISBN 3-453-31291-0 )
    • The Gallatin divergence , (German: Die Gallatin deviation Heyne Verlag (Paperback 4282) ISBN 3-453-31292-9 )
    • The American Zone , not yet in German.
  • From the Star Wars universe
    • Lando Calrissian - Rebel of the Solar System (1994) (3 novels)
      • The Sharu Spirit Harp
      • The Flaming Wind from Oseon
      • The Star Cave of Thon Boka


  • Down with Power: Libertarian Policy in a Time of Crises , 2012

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