Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman

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Alongside Night
J. Neil Schulman

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The Prophetic Novel of the
Final American Revolution!

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Fiction in 1979!
"Elliot started briskly down Park Avenue, the boulevard busy even without its usual flow of yellow taxicabs. ... He turned west onto Fifty-ninth Street, past the plywood and soaped plate glass at General Motors Plaza ... and continued down Fifth Avenue. Tourists from EUCOMTO states were abundant on the avenue, buying up bargains to the bewilderment of proudly nationalistic Americans and to the delight of proprietors eager for the illegal, gold-backed eurofrancs."--
Alongside Night, 1979

Nonfiction in 2008!
"General Motors Corp shares fell as much as 21.6 percent to their lowest level since 1950 on Thursday amid financial market turmoil and the car maker's report of European sales declines through the first nine months of 2008. GM, whose shares fell as low as $5.42 on the New York Stock Exchange, blamed the credit crisis and inflation for hurting consumer confidence ..."
Reuters, October 9, 2008 12:35 PM

Fiction in 1979!
"What had performed such a feat of political alchemy on Dr. Vreeland was a telephone call, Saturday evening, that the Chancellor of EUCOMTO had made to the President of the United States. The Chancellor’s eleven o’clock call from Paris (5 P.M. in Washington) informed the President that in a closed emergency session thirty minutes earlier, EUCOMTO had voted no longer to accept the American New Dollar. The Chancellor explained, as politely as possible under the circumstances, that the council had felt this necessary to protect European interests from the monetary consequences of American political instability.

“Instability?” the President had asked testily. “What do you think, that you’re dealing with some banana republic?”

“Mr. President,” the Chancellor had replied, “even bananas do not decay as quickly as the value of your currency these past few months."

The vote was final; the announcement would be made in Paris, 10 A.M. Monday,. at the opening of EUCOMTO’s trading session.

Nonfiction in 2009!
"STRASBOURG, France – The president of the European Union on Wednesday slammed U.S. plans to spend its way out of recession as "a road to hell." Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama's massive stimulus package and banking bailout "will undermine the liquidity of the global financial market." "
EU presidency: US economic plans 'a road to hell', By Associated Press Writer Raf Casert, March 25, 2009

The American economy is in freefall. Markets are crashing. Inflation is soaring. Bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment are up, and even defense contracts are going overseas. Foreigners are buying up everything in America at firesale prices while gloating over the fall of a once great nation. Homeless people and gangs own the streets. Smugglers use the latest technology to operate bold enterprises that the government is powerless to stop, even with totalitarian spying on private communications. Anyone declared a terrorist by the administration is being sent to a secret federal prison where constitutional rights don't exist.

And caught in the middle of it all are the brilliant 17-year-old son of a missing Nobel-prizewinning economist, his best friend from prep school whose uncle was once a guerrilla fighter, and the beautiful but mysterious 17-year-old girl he meets in a secret underground ... a girl who carries a pistol with a silencer.

The setting could be next week. But this novel was written three decades ago by a 23-year-old college drop-out who crafted his particular brand of prophecy from combining the techniques of science fiction with projections based on an obscure economic theory.

Building on the prophetic novels of Orwell, Rand, and Heinlein, J. Neil Schulman created in Alongside Night the first of a new generation of libertarian novels, telling the story of the last two weeks of the world's greatest superpower through the perceptive eyes of a young man caught up in the maelstrom of the final American revolution.

Alongside Night scored lavish praise for a first novel when it appeared in 1979, winning accolades from luminaries such as the English novelist many consider the greatest of his generation, and from the American to win a Bicentennial Nobel Prize in Economics. Ten years later the Libertarian Futurist Society voted the book into the Prometheus Hall of Fame for novels embodying the spirit of liberty, alongside Orwell's 1984, Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

The last time the novel saw print was in 1987. Now, Pulpless.Com is making J. Neil Schulman's classic novel of the last and first days of America available once again, and perhaps, this time, its prophetic clarion call will be heard ... if there's still time.


Library of Congress Catalog
Card Number: 99-062027
6" x 9" Trade Paperback
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ISBN No. 1-58445-203-X


Praise for

'I received Alongside Night at noon today. It is now eight in the evening and I just finished it. I think I am entitled to some dinner now as I had no lunch. The unputdownability of the book ensured that. It is a remarkable and original story, and the picture it presents of an inflation- crippled America on the verge of revolution is all too acceptable. I wish, and so will many novelists, that I, or they, had thought of the idea first. A thrilling novel, crisply written, that fires the imagination as effectively as it stimulates the feelings.'
--Anthony Burgess

'One of the most widely hailed libertarian novels since the classic works of Ayn Rand.'
--Reason Magazine

'High Drama ... A story of high adventure, close escapes, mistaken identities, and thrilling rescues. ... A fast-moving tale of a future which is uncomfortably close at hand.'
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

'An absorbing novel--science fiction, yet also a cautionary tale with a disturbing resemblance to past history and future possibilities.'
-- Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate in Economics

'The narrative is fast-paced, the plot well-developed... [T]he book reads extremely well and its intellectual thrust is clear and is not belabored. I was too engrossed in the novel to read it critically.'
-- Thomas S. Szasz, MD

'Probably the best libertarian novel since Atlas Shrugged.'
-- Science Fiction Review

'Let me begin with a disclaimer: I don't really agree with many of J. Neil Schulman's ideas about society or politics or money. But his first book, Alongside Night, is as enjoyable piece of cautionary fiction as I have read in some years ... Like Ayn Rand and Robert A. Heinlein, Schulman can tell a good story!'
-- Sunday Detroit News

'An unabashedly polemical , libertarian novel which packages its message in a fast, effectively told action adventure.'
-- Publishers Weekly

'This is a radical novel. It pulls no punches, offers no compromises. It effectively presents a social, moral, and political point of view without polemic, without stridency. Without hysteria, it projects a bleak future for us all, but not without hope, for there's a deep affection for humanity despite its foibles underlying every sentence.'
-- F. Paul Wilson

'I found it a sprightly, enjoyable read that will help to educate the public on some fundamental economic issues.'
-- Michael Medved

'Here is a frightening and all too plausible picture of the near future. America is already a long way down the road that leads to it. Yet there is also a hopefulness in the story, for the author develops a philosophy, in considerable practical detail, that we could begin living by today, if we will choose to be free.'
-- Poul Anderson

'Anyone interested in freedom will find this more than readable.'
-- Jerry Pournelle

'Not only a first-rate suspense thriller, but also a brilliant exposition of libertarian ideas. I read it with great enjoyment and heartily recommend it.'
-- Robert Anton Wilson

'As the seventies ended ... the time seemed ripe for a great libertarian novel to appear, and so it did. The novel was Alongside Night...'
--Liberty Magazine


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Library of Congress Catalog
Card Number: 99-062027
6" x 9" Trade Paperback
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ISBN No. 1-58445-203X


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