Chimera doesn't seem to be consistent with libertarian views.'s latest novel has been nominated for next year's Prometheus Award. It's not immediately obvious why it qualifies. This isn't a matter of 's own political views being nonlibertarian, though they are. The Prometheus Award is based on the content of the novel, not the views of the author; if and can be eligible, can be too. But the content of
In fact, thoughportrays a future where libertarians have the political influence today's Libertarian party only dreams of, none of the core libertarian values seems to be included in the package. imagines a world where genetic engineering has created new intelligent races from a variety of animal species, including monkeys, dogs, and cats; but though it's perfectly legal to create them, they have few or no rights under the law. Every libertarian I have encountered bases legal rights, in one way or another, on the ability to reason and choose, and thus considers them applicable to any being capable of doing so, whether human, alien, computer, or reshaped animal. seems to view libertarianism as a rationale for cutting taxes and little more.
It's also evident that he disagrees with libertarian views as to the effects of even such purely economic policies. His future society has a dystopian, mildly cyberpunk flavor in which the poor qualities of "public services" is a key element, directly attributed to low government budgets on one hand and monopoly capitalism on the other. There's no particular evidence that he thinks markets are ever efficient.
This isn't to say Chimera is badly written. It's an interesting combination of hard-boiled detective fiction, cyberpunk, and anthropomorphics—though in the last genre I found its human private eye less satisfying than the moreau and frank protagonists of 's Forests of the Night and its sequels. And 's sympathetic view of the rights of the created species will appeal to libertarian readers just as did 's Falling Free. But it's disturbing, and sad, that seem not to realize that libertarian readers woud share his view of this question.
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