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Date Posted: 22:44:58 10/25/99 Mon
Author: Scott Bieser
Subject: Welcome to the forum

Greetings all and welcome to my completely unauthorized "Talk about L. Neil Smith" discussion forum. This is the place for fans (and even critics) of Smith's novels, essays, politics, and other activities to share their thoughts and knowledge.

In this forum, you won't get run off for asking what the "L." in Smith's name stands for. Personally, I'd like to know now you pronounce the "" in "-field"!

But I hope that people will sound off on a wider range of topics, so long as they relate to LNS. I will moderate this list only to excise libelous statements or gross stupidity (which in Smith's case is redundant -- he's supposed to be an excellent shot).

Who am I to be doing this? Just a long-time libertarian and sci-fi enthusiast who only fairly recently discovered the treasure trove of Smith's works. My first exposure to Smith was the short story published in the comic-book anthology "Open Space," when it was published in the early 90s. Later I re-discovered Smith through his Webley page, and started reading his books: Bretta Martyn, The Probability Broach, Tom Paine Maru, The Crystal Empire, Pallas, The War Dove, The Venus Belt, Their Majesties' Bucketeers, and The Gallatin Divergance (so far, in the order which I read them).

While LNS has a considerable Web-presence, so far I have found no other place offering a general discussion forum (there is a forum for discussing the draft (or is it daft?) effort to run him for U.S. President in 2000), so I just decided to take a crack at this myself. So there.

--Scott

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