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Best Fiction of 2018

I’m honored that The Brave and the Bold is being mentioned in lists of the best fiction of 2018. I make a point of recommending other authors’ stories I particularly enjoyed in the afterwards of my own novels. Here are a few additional great works of fiction I’ll recommend as the year’s best.

Making Peace – Adam Smith Hired by an enigmatic patron, a romance novelist must unravel a mystery, and survive a bloody civil war on a brutal planet where conventional technology is forbidden and swords and sorcery reign. Starting from a ingenious premise, this first person narrative cleverly ties together science fiction, fantasy, and mystery in a novel and engaging fashion. The story is dark at times, and may be too violent for some readers’ tastes, but the end result is an inspiring tale of hope, loss, redemption, and perseverance. Don’t forget to read the amazing afterward, and here’s to long shelves well-stocked with incredible books like this one.

Dopamine – Mikhail Voloshin His company taken away by unscrupulous investors, an entrepreneur must thwart a high-tech criminal conspiracy to prevent a novel genetic engineering technology wreaking havoc. This is an amazingly well-grounded portrayal of the sometimes cut-throat world of venture-backed entrepreneurship and includes the best and most realistic portrayal of hacking I’ve read.

Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves – Fenton Wood This is an amazing young adult techno-adventure reminiscent of Bertrand R. Brinley’s classic Mad Scientists Club. Set in an alternate universe nostalgically reminiscent of mid-century America, Wood tells the story of a boy and his young friends as they struggle to build and operate a radio station. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to more Yankee Republic tales.

Hell Spawn and Death Cult (Saint Tommy, NYPD Books 1 & 2) – Declan Finn A New York Police officer blessed with special powers must confront the powers of darkness and evil’s human allies threatening his family and city. This remarkable pastiche of urban fantasy, horror, and police procedural delivers an amazingly powerful tale of good versus evil. Gritty, violent crime novels are a dime a dozen – and cheaper than that on Kindle Unlimited. They tend to feature twisted troubled sociopathic heroes who direct their violent impulses in constructive ways against society’s wrong doers. Think of Mickey Spillaine’s Mike Hammer as the archetype for this genre, or Dexter as a more recent example. Declan does a brilliant job portraying a stalwart family man blessed with special powers who uses them to protect his family and the public at large from unspeakable evil – a hero who is as genuinely good as the villains he fights are evil.

SIGNED Copies of The Hidden Truth Series Now Available 1

The Hidden Truth had Ken Holder at L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise calling it “… the best science fiction techno-thriller since whatever Neil Stephenson’s last book was.” Book #2, A Rambling Wreck, was a finalist for the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance 2018 Book of the Year. Now Book #3 of the Hidden Truth, The Brave and the Bold, is earning high praise:

“The Brave and the Bold is the most intricately crafted conspiracy story I’ve read since Illuminatus, and it’s entirely grounded in real events or plausible ones in its alternative universe, as opposed to Robert Anton Wilson’s zany tale.”
John Walker, Co-founder of Autodesk, Inc., author of The Hacker’s Diet, operator of and

…this is possibly the best conspiracy theory I’ve seen since Foucault’s Pendulum. What Umberto Eco did with conspiracy theories, Hans has surpassed, weaving together a collection of real life events that create a dark pattern when you look at the convenient timing.”
Declan Finn, author of the Saint Tommy, NYPD series

You can get all three paperback volumes, signed and shipped in time for Christmas for only $50 (U.S. destinations only).

Email me at hans*at* for pricing to international destinations.

Electromagnetic Discovery May Demystify Quantum Mechanics

Here’s a press release from Q-Track on my recent discovery and publication… Cross-posted at Ratburger. Hans

Physicists have long been troubled by the paradoxes and contradictions of quantum mechanics. Yesterday, a possible step forward appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. In a paper, “Energy velocity and reactive fields” [pay wall, free preprint], physicist Hans G. Schantz, presents a novel way of looking at electromagnetics that shows the deep tie between electromagnetics and the pilot wave interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Schantz offers a solution to wave-particle duality by arguing that electromagnetic fields and energy are distinct phenomena instead of treating them as two aspects of the same thing. “Fields guide energy” in Schantz’s view. “As waves interfere, they guide energy along paths that may be substantially different from the trajectories of the waves themselves.” Schantz’s entirely classical perspective appears remarkably similar to the “pilot-wave” theory of quantum mechanics.

Schantz’s approach to electromagnetic theory focuses on the balance between electric and magnetic energy. When there are equal amount of electric and magnetic energy, energy moves at the speed of light. As the ratio shifts away from an equal balance, energy slows down, coming to a rest in the limit of electrostatic or magnetic static fields. From this observation, Schantz derives a way to quantify the state of the electromagnetic field on a continuum between static and radiation fields, and ties this directly to the energy velocity.

“The fascinating result is that fields guide energy in a way exactly analogous to the way in which pilot waves guide particles in the Bohm-deBroglie theory,” Schantz explains. “Rather than an ad hoc approach to explain away the contradictions of quantum mechanics, pilot wave theory appears to be the natural application of classical electromagnetic ideas in the quantum realm.”

His solution to the “two slit” experiment that has perplexed generations of physicists?

“Fields behave like waves. When they interact with the two slits, they generate an interference pattern. The interference pattern guides a photon along a path to one of the screen. It’s not the photon interfering with itself. It’s the interfering waves guiding the photon.”

So which slit did the photon pass through?

“If the photon ends up on the left hand side of the screen, it went through the left slit. If it ends up on the right hand side of the screen, it went through the right slit. It really is that simple.”

Schantz applied these electromagnetic ideas to understand and explain how antennas work in his textbook, The Art and Science of Ultrawideband Antennas (Artech House 2015). He’s also co-founder and CTO of Q-Track Corporation, a company that applies near-field wireless to the challenging problem of indoor location. “There are things you can do with low-frequency long-wavelength signals that simply aren’t possible with conventional wireless systems,” Schantz explains. “Understanding how static or reactive energy transforms into radiation has direct applications to antenna design as well near-field wireless systems.”

Schantz chose an unconventional way of popularizing his ideas. “I was amazed that my electromagnetic perspective was not discovered and adopted over a hundred years ago. It was as if someone had deliberately suppressed the discovery, so I undertook to write a science fiction series based on that premise.” Schantz’s Hidden Truth series debuted in 2016, and he released the third volume in the series, The Brave and the Bold, in October.

Schantz’s next project is a popular treatment of his physics ideas. Edited by L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Schantz’s book Fields: The Once and Future Theory of Everything will appear in 2019.

Last Day of the $0.99 Sale! The Five-Star Reviews Continue!

Today is the last day to get the first two books of The Hidden Truth series on sale for $0.99.

Here’s a summary of the five-star reviews The Brave and the Bold has earned so far:

“Dr. Schantz has, once again, exceeded my expectations, and they were very great, having read and enjoyed his first two novels in this series… If you like John Ringo, Michael Z Williamson, Heinlein, Pournelle, or Niven, you will likely enjoy this series. Highly recommended!”


“This is the third book in a series and it’s the best yet! A perfect blend of science and imagination, fact and fiction, plot and character.”


“I read this book in all of two days, sacrificing sleep to get answers! And this is after binge reading the other two books earlier in the week…The book ties up everything neatly and in a satisfying way while also leaving plenty of mysteries for the next installment, which I am eagerly awaiting. Great book!”


“Another great sequel on many levels…. Science, history, and villainous social engineering are cleverly entwined.”


“This is one of the most intricately crafted conspiracy tales I’ve read since the Illuminatus! trilogy, yet entirely grounded in real events or plausible ones in its story line, as opposed to Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s zany tale.”

Check out all the great reviews here.

Another Review for The Brave and the Bold

Ken Holder, editor of L. Neil Smith’s Libertarian Enterprise, had this to say about The Brave and the Bold

There is much joy in Mudville tonight, Mighty Schantz has hit another homer!

So to speak. The adventures of Peter Burdell and Amit Patel in a slightly alternate universe; it is pretty much this universe but with a vast secret conspiracy ruling the world behind the scenes and with a public form called the “Civic Circle”, suppressing certain scientific investigations, and murdering anyone they even vaguely suspect is a threat. That could never happen here of course. The story began in The Hidden Truth, continued in A Rambling Wreck (where the boys go off to college), and now their story continues.

Check out the entire review, here.

The Brave and the Bold is Now Out! 1

Amazon hasn’t linked everything together yet, but the paperback and ebook editions of The Brave and the Bold  are up now:

The rest of the Hidden Truth series is on sale for $0.99, and all the ebooks are free through Kindle Unlimited. Here’s the blurb:

Where we go one, we go all!

When the Civic Circle tries to embroil the U.S. in a senseless war, Pete must leverage his summer intern position to infiltrate their Social Justice Leadership Forum on Jekyll Island, and disrupt their plans.The danger – and the opportunity – are far greater than he imagines. The sinister power behind the Cabal – a power that aims to reshape society, destroy our civilization, and cast humanity into bondage – tolerates no rivals. Deep within the conspiracy’s stronghold Pete discovers not only the secrets by which they retain their power, but also a crucial vulnerability that could cripple the Cabal with one decisive blow.

With his plans in jeopardy and his life at risk, Pete must forge an unlikely alliance of rivals, turn The Civic Circle against itself, expose their secrets, and end their threat once and for all.The ultimate struggle for the ultimate stakes hinges on one simple question:

Will fortune favor the brave and the bold?

Already, The Brave and the Bold has earned some great reviews. John Walker, writing at Ratburger, says:
This is one of the most intricately crafted conspiracy tales I’ve read since the Illuminatus! trilogy, yet entirely grounded in real events or plausible ones in its story line, as opposed to Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s zany tale. The alternative universe in which it is set is artfully grounded in our own, and readers will delight in how events they recall and those with which they may not be familiar are woven into the story. There is delightful skewering of the social justice agenda and those who espouse its absurd but destructive nostrums. The forbidden science aspect of the story is advanced as well, imaginatively stirring the de Broglie-Bohm “pilot wave” interpretation of quantum mechanics and the history of FM broadcasting into the mix.
Check out The Brave and the Bold and see for yourself.

Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves

Fenton Wood’s Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves is an amazing young adult techno-adventure reminiscent of Bertrand R. Brinley’s classic Mad Scientists Club (my review here). Set in an alternate universe nostalgically reminiscent of mid-century America, Wood tells the story of a boy and his young friends as they struggle to build and operate a radio station. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to more Yankee Republic tales.

The Brave and Bold, Book 3 of the Hidden Truth Series – Readability 1

The Brave and the Bold is now uploaded and on Amazon’s servers. Clocking in at over 400 pages and more than 120,000 words, it’s the sequel Hidden Truth fans have been waiting for. That larger size drove an increase in the paperback price. The Hidden Truth and A Rambling Wreck are available in paperback for $14.99. The higher production cost for The Brave and the Bold persuaded me to set the purchase price to $15.99.

While Amazon’s servers were busy processing the file, I used Microsoft Word’s analytic features to check out the manuscript. You can access this feature through the menu path File> Options> Proofing> Show Readability Statistics. Then you have to suffer through a complete spelling and grammar scan of your document before you get rewarded with feedback at the end of the process.  Following are the results:

The Brave and the Bold tops out at just over 120k words, a respectable length for a novel. The Flesch Reading Ease follows from a formula that takes into account syllables per word and words per sentence. A score in the 60-70 range should be in the range for 13-15-year-old readers or about the 7th grade level. A lower score indicates more complicated words and longer sentences. You’ll all the sophisticated history and science you’ve come to expect from a “Hidden Truth” novel, delivered in simple, clear prose. I’ll have a release date for you soon.

For comparison, here was the result for A Rambling Wreck:

A Master Persuader at Work?

This incident reminds me of the time an investigator interviewed me as part of my roommate’s CIA clearance. Before we started, the investigator asked for directions to the bathroom. When he came back, his fly was unzipped, and without really thinking about it, I told him so. He zipped it up and we got on to the interview. To this day, I’ve never been certain whether it was accidental, or a deliberate ploy to put me at ease.

It would not surprise me in the least if Donald Trump did this deliberately so the media hounds would waste their time chasing after this particular squirrel, distract the media from barking on about the Kavanaugh nomination, and make Trump a more sympathetic figure.

Science Fiction Techno-Thriller, A Rambling Wreck, On Sale

Thought I’d share the news that my science fiction alternate history conspiracy thriller, A Rambling Wreck, will be on sale for $0.99 for the next couple of weeks.

Here’s an excerpt from John Walker’s recent review of A Rambling Wreck:

This series is a bit of Golden Age science fiction which somehow dropped into the early 21st century. It is a story of mystery, adventure, heroes, and villains, with interesting ideas and technical details which are plausible. The characters are interesting and grow as they are tested and learn from their experiences. And the story is related with a light touch, with plenty of smiles and laughs at the expense of those who richly deserve mockery and scorn. This book is superbly done and a worthy sequel to the first. I eagerly await the next, The Brave and the Bold.

If you’re a science fiction fan, consider participating in the Dragon Awards to honor the year’s best fiction. Declan Finn has a nice round-up of Dragon Award suggestions. A Rambling Wreck made Declan’s list as well as the Happy Frogs slate of recommendations.  There are many other fine works worth looking into as well.

Reviews for The Hidden Truth and a $0.99 Sale

The Hidden Truth: A Science Fiction Techno-Thriller by [Schantz, Hans G.]

This week, The Hidden Truth will be on sale for $0.99, so it’s a good time to take a look at some of the amazing reviews my science fiction techno-thriller continues to collect. Writing at Ratburger, John Walker had this to say:

This is a masterpiece of alternative history techno-thriller science fiction. It is rich in detail, full of interesting characters who interact and develop as the story unfolds, sound in the technical details which intersect with our world, insightful about science, technology, economics, government and the agenda of the “progressive” movement, and plausible in its presentation of the vast, ruthless, and shadowy conspiracy which lies under the surface of its world. And, above all, it is charming—these are characters you’d like to meet, even some of the villains because you want understand what motivates them.

At Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise, John Wilder writes:

…this isn’t like Atlas Shrugged with an 87 page speech that would have taken six days to deliver.  No.  The plot is tight, and the author doesn’t repeat himself.  The book is thrilling – especially the last third.

Joseph Moore, proprietor over at Yard Sale of the Mind reviewed The Hidden Truth a couple of months ago:

The story opens with some almost bucolic high school stuff, and establishes the main characters as believable denizens of a small country town. Then it adds electromagnetism and science history, mystery, conspiracy, and murder! Good stuff, good Sci Fi.  I had to laugh out loud at all the points in the story where a poor sensitivity reader’s head would gratifyingly explode. Schantz keeps a completely straight face about it all, which only makes it funnier. 

Pick up the eBook this week for the low price of only $0.99.

More Reviews for A Rambling Wreck

I just wanted to pass on a couple of wonderful reviews for A Rambling Wreck. From “Neovictorian” at the Sanity in the Diamond Age Blog:

It’s fun, it’s well written, it’s just plain good science fiction and it satisfies…. After you’ve read it, buy a copy (of both volumes) for your friends and children at school! Buy copies for younger kids, too. These books show how young people should conduct themselves with honor and perseverance, and not through preaching, but through example.

Here’s another from “Photog” at Orion’s Cold Fire:

I picked up this second volume of the series without having read the first because the premise caught my fancy.  The protagonist, Peter is a college freshman at Georgia Tech who is digging up information on a shadowy organization called the Civic Circle which seems like some kind of combination of the Illuminati and villains from a Bond movie.  They murdered his parents for getting in the way of an operation being carried out to hide the Civic Circle’s involvement in an assassination campaign.  This campaign was meant to prevent the leading minds in electromagnetic field theory from discovering a secret that would give its wielder enormous power.

Now imagine that plot line embedded in a story that includes a freshman pick-up artist, social justice warriors on campus, a Chinese demigod, a 17th century nuclear energy program and a freshman trying to keep his grade point average high enough to keep his scholarship money intact.

It’s sort of like what might happen if one of Heinlein’s juvenile heroes (say Kip from Have Spacesuit Will Travel) was thrust into the modern era and was forced to use “SJWs Always Lie” as his freshman orientation guide while battling the Black Hats.

Finally, from Bookhorde:

This is really such an original series of books that it’s hard to describe it properly. Like Da Vinci Code meets Harry Potter meets Cryptonomicon by way of Michael Crichton. The author really knows his science and tech AND can spin a fantastic tale. Highly recommended.

Thank you all for the great reviews!

Recent Podcasts

I’ve been talking with some great folks about science fiction in general and my works in particular. Here’s a list of recent podcast appearances:

Dragon Award Nominations Close Tomorrow!

I regret being too busy to keep better track of the amazing quantity of fantastic science fiction from the last year. There’s a wealth of great material out there, though, and by selecting the works you found of particular value, you can help bring them to the attention of other readers. Without further ado, my nominations for the 2017 Dragon Awards:

  • Best SF Novel: Escaping Infinity, Richard Paolinelli – Excellent Twilight-Zone-like speculative science fiction. An honorable mention to Brian Niemeier’s The Secret Kings.
  • Best Fantasy Novel: A Sea of Skulls, Vox Day – Thoughtful, serious, fantasy is a rare commodity these days. The fact that it will annoy SJWs is a nice bonus.
  • Best YA: Rachel and the Many Splendored DreamlandL. Jagi Lamplighter Wright. Finally, someone does the “magical kids in a boarding academy facing existential threats” trope right. An honorable mention to John C. Wright’s Swan Knight Series.
  • Best Military SF: In Dread Silence (Warp Marine Corps Book 4), C.J. Carella (Carlos Martijena) – I love how C.J. Carella manages to integrate large scale galactic politics and small unit action in a compelling science fiction/Lovecraftian matrix. An honorable mention to Jon Del Arroz’s Star Realms: Rescue Run.
  • Best Alt History: Another Girl, Another Planet, Louis Antonelli – I’d have been tempted to nominate this for best SF overall, but it’s more likely to get the recognition it deserves in the alternate history list.
  • Best Apocalyptic Novel: A Place Outside the Wild, Dan Humphreys. Made me actually like zombie novels, and that’s quite an accomplishment.
  • Best Horror: Live and Let Bite. Declan Finn. What would the Dragon Awards be without Declan? It’s his turn. It’s always his turn. If I’d been more in the loop last year, I’d have nominated JP Mac’s Hallow Mass. Lovecraftian horror with a health dose of college campus politically-correct parody. Sadly, it’s not eligible this year.
  • Best Graphic Novel: Quantum Vibe, Scott Beiser/Big Head Press. Clever science-fiction action adventure with a libertarian bent. It’s free and updates every weekday. Check it out.

I’m not big into gaming and haven’t seen any movies that impressed me, so I will refer you to additional recommendations on those categories:

Check out their suggestions, and nominate your choices soon! Nominations close tomorrow!

Readability of A Rambling Wreck

Microsoft Word can analyze a document for readability. You can access this feature through the menu path File> Options> Proofing> Show Readability Statistics. Then you have to suffer through a complete spelling and grammar scan of your document before you get rewarded with feedback at the end of the process. I turned the analyzer loose on A Rambling Wreck, with the results to the right.

A Rambling Wreck tops out at just over 100k words, a respectable length for a novel. The Flesch Reading Ease follows from a formula that takes into account syllables per word and words per sentence. A score in the 60-70 range should be in the range for 13-15-year-old readers or about the 7th grade level. A lower score indicates more complicated words and longer setnences.

A Rambling Wreck requires some mindful reading – topics include history, physics, and the often obscure jargon of social justice activism. I’ve worked hard, however, to make the sometimes complicated material clear and accessible. Enjoy!


Reminded Me of Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel… 3

I’m taking a moment away from working on my draft of A Rambling Wreck to share with you the latest Amazon review of The Hidden Truth, courtesy of Steve D. Poling:

If Al Gore Had Won
Steve D. Poling

My first impression of The Hidden Truth was how much it reminded me of Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel. The protagonist is a kid coming to age through a process of solving technical problems. (As a Heinlein fan I consider this high praise.) I was also reminded of Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven’s Co-dominium stories wherein technology is “managed” to maintain the status quo. (As a Pournelle and Niven fan…)

My second impression was a little troublesome. I am old enough to have lived through some history that I now see reflected, funhouse mirror style, in the mainstream media. What a younger me recognized as distortion and propaganda during the Cold War is now the grist of history documentaries–and no less distorted by the passage of time. Thus the central thesis of the book eerily mirrors my own recollection of days past.

I was particularly pleased to see Easter eggs placed throughout the text that made me think that the author reads all the right blogs. I laughed aloud when the protagonist loses a high school debate when his female opponent catches him unawares with a spirited denial of women’s suffrage!

If you believe the state should shepherd you through life from cradle to grave. You’ll hate this book. If you think that deplorable people ought not rule themselves, read something else. Conversely, if you think along more Jeffersonian lines, you’ll find this book a refreshing tonic. I certainly did.

Fans will be pleased to learn that the rough draft of A Rambling Wreck is now up to 85,000 words. The Hidden Truth clocked in at about 92,000 including a rather lengthy afterward. I have a few more scenes, currently in fragmentary state, to flesh out, then the second half will be sent to my alpha reader team while I start my editing and revisions of the first half. I believe I’m on track for a release at the end of June. I’ll begin posting more frequently as the release nears.

My Virginia Tech Talk: Energy Flow in Reactive Fields

Smith Chart of the near-field impedance for a magnetic dipole (top) and electric dipole (bottom).

I will visit Virginia Tech on Monday March 13th to give an EM seminar on “Energy Flow in Reactive Fields” at 1:00PM in the Whittemore 654 conference room.

  • Slides:

Abstract:  Energy Flow in Reactive Fields

Conventional wisdom treats radiation as a transverse kink in a field line and classifies the “near field” by where it appears: “near” a source. A closer examination of electromagnetic fundamentals reveals a different picture.

Electromagnetic waves propagate at the speed of light and comprise a balance of electric and magnetic energy. The free space impedance, 377 ohms, relates the electric and magnetic field intensities. When that balance is disturbed, there is an excess of electric or magnetic energy, and the energy slows down. In the limit where fields are purely static, the energy is at rest. By characterizing fields according to their impedance, we discover that “near,” or more properly, “reactive” fields exist all around us, and electromagnetic energy curves, bends, and behaves in counterintuitive ways.

These insights are crucial to understanding how radiation works – the transformation of bound electromagnetic energy into radiant energy. This talk considers radiation from an accelerating charge and from a dipole source to illustrate the fundamental point that the propagation of fields and the flow of energy behave differently, and each offers unique insights to how electromagnetic systems behave.

Finally this talk considers the application of reactive energy flow to understand not only the behavior of electrically-small antennas, but also the puzzle of two-slit interference in the context of quantum mechanics.

A Rambling Wreck Update

Leading a Cub Scout campfire program.

As you will have noticed, I’ve suspended blogging to work on other projects. I’ve spent my blogging time scouting instead. I will be a den leader and complete my “Wood Badge” ticket in the coming year. A wise friend, vigilante author Robert Bidinotto (whose vigilante thrillers you ought to check out), suggested I was better off working on my sequel than trying to promote my debut novel. I took his advice. It’s cost sales in the short run, but I’m hopeful expediting my sequel will make up for it in the long run.

I’ve been making good progress on A Rambling Wreck, sequel to The Hidden Truth. I’m about 50,000 words into my draft. I’m aiming for a release before LibertyCon June 30-July 2, but even if I miss that date, I’ll be done by the end of the summer. Expect a sample chapter soon. For now, I’ll reveal the first page of A Rambling Wreck:

Chapter 1: Whatever Happened to Angus McGuffin?

It was Angus McGuffin’s last day on earth, but he didn’t realize it until too late.


Between the salacious speculation why a missionary might frequent so seedy a neighborhood and the ample amounts of blood from the slaying, the Atlanta press was all over the case. “Missionary Slain,” the headline proclaimed. The details of Hitler’s latest aggression pushed the article below the front page fold of the next morning’s Atlanta Constitution. McGuffin almost ended up an unknown John Doe in a pauper’s grave. A fellow Presbyterian had recognized McGuffin’s picture in the evening’s Atlanta Journal from a church “Jubilee” held in 1913, and church leaders confirmed the identification. Was it just a random slaying? Who would want to kill a humble missionary back in the country after a quarter century abroad? Why was McGuffin living under an assumed name at a hotel? The reporter, Jack Sweeney, clearly knew there was more to it. His article had more questions and speculation than answers.


I already knew much more than appeared in Sweeney’s decades-old article. In the weeks before his brutal demise, McGuffin had completed a manuscript, “Suan Ming or the Art of Chinese Fortune Telling.” He sent a bound proof inscribed to his friend, “Bill,” at the Tolliver Technical Institute. The fire that “coincidentally” consumed the Magnolia Publishing Company the day McGuffin’s body was found probably accounted for the rest of the copies. The Civic Circle’s Technology Containment Team, or whatever they were calling it way back then, must soon have secured any remaining copies or notes.


All but one.


Forgotten over sixty years in my hometown up in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, that last remaining copy gathered dust on a shelf in the Tolliver Library until that library, too, burned to the ground last year. Only we got there first, and preserved McGuffin’s legacy. Now, I was trying to piece together the puzzle of whatever happened to Angus McGuffin. Because, the people who killed Angus McGuffin also killed my parents.

Pete and Amit are off to Georgia Tech to continue their research into the real meaning of the hidden truth, and to prepare themselves for the coming battle. Only, their enemies are busy, also, with a scheme to corrupt and subvert the school. Our heroes will have to find a way to enlist the help of George P. Burdell, himself, to save the school, thwart an ancient secret society, unlock the secret meaning of the hidden truth, and somehow find the time to study for their final exams. With new enemies, new allies, new challenges, and new mysteries to unravel, fans of The Hidden Truth will not be disappointed.

The Hidden Truth “Updates the Classical Arguments of Heinlein and Rand”

hiddentruth800The Hidden Truth  has earned some great reviews. Here’s one of the latest:

on October 16, 2016

What an enjoyable read! Hans’s story pulls you in and won’t let you go until the end. I was already familiar with his expertise in electromagnetics, which is sprinkled throughout the book. But I had no idea he knew so much about computer hacking and the art of picking up girls!

All fun aside, this book has a more serious purpose – it is an impassioned plea in support of libertarian principles. In this respect, Hans updates the classical arguments of Heinlein and Rand for a more modern and younger audience. Maybe this time it will work – one can only hope!

Hans’s technical books have already made him famous in electromagnetics. It seems likely that his fiction will extend his notoriety outside that narrow area. Bravo for this first effort! I look forward to many more.

The Hidden Truth is available on Amazon.


CLFA’s October Booknado!

booknado-grfx-600wideIt’s time for the October Booknado from the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance!

The organizers even let me in again with my book on the biographies of John Charles Fremont, but I wouldn’t hold that against their other outstanding selections!

Best of all, when you buy using these links, you support CLFA through the Amazon affiliate program. Without further ado, here are the featured works:

New Releases

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 3) by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Third Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: It’s Halloween at the Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, and Rachel Griffin is stirring up the dead! (See “$1.99 or Less” category below to get Book 1 – currently FREE.)

Dragonblood: A Collection of Short Stories by Sarah A. Hoyt
From the trenches of WWI where the Red Baron just can’t help turning into a dragon, to the desert sands of a future world where humans have become something else, from a coffee shop between worlds where magicians gather, to a place where your worst nightmare can love you, let Dragon Blood take you on a series of fantastic adventures.

Mexican Hat Trick by T.S. O’Neill
A Private Investigator with an eidetic memory heads to Mexico to investigate the death of an informant involved in trademark counterfeiting.

A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown.

Advance to Contact (Warp Marine Corps Book 3) by C.J. Carella
As war rages on across the galaxy, a diplomatic mission turns into a desperate fight for survival.

Miss Marianne’s Disgrace (Scandal and Disgrace) by Georgie Lee
Will the benefits of a partnership with this disgraced beauty outweigh the risks of scandal?

Discovery by Karina Fabian
Humanity’s first contact with beings from beyond the solar system is bound to unlock the mystery of life in the universe, but the crew have their own secrets; hidden fears, desires, horrible sins – and a mission to kill.

Cindy’s Story by Duane L. Martin
Cindy finally found something she was good at when she went to work as an assistant to a private investigator. Now if she can just keep from killing her annoying boss and his even more annoying sister, she’ll be doing ok…

Sad Puppies Bite Back by Declan Finn
Based on a true story, then completely twisted.

Echoes of Liberty (The Clarion Call Book 2) by multiple authors (anthology)
History rings with the notes of liberty- if we know how to listen. Echoes of Liberty presents 16 stories of liberty from our past, or the past that might have been, in an anthology of speculative, historical fiction.

Flames of Nevyana by Edward Willett
When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out to find them, and their paths converge on a collision course with the truth.

Birthright: The Complete Trilogy by Rick Partlow
Caleb Mitchell is a human weapon, engineered into a biologically enhanced killing machine in the war with the alien Tahni. The war is long over and now he just wants to live a normal life as a constable on his homeworld of Canaan…but his life is torn apart when a Corporate Council mineral scout comes to him with a tale of discovering incredibly advanced alien technology from the fabled race known only as the Predecessors.

Days of Future Past – Part 1: Past Tense by John Van Stry
Paul’s instructor just got drafted by some mystical goddess to help save a world. As for Paul? Well, he’s really not supposed to be there, and if he thought he was having a bad day before all of this, it just got worse, a lot worse. He’s now on a one way trip, forced to help a man who despises him while at the mercy of the world’s biggest trickster.

Van Ripplewink: You Can’t Go Home Again by Paul Clayton
48 years dead, seventeen year old Van Ripplewink wakes in a dark, muddy field…

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Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set by multiple authors
Twelve noblebright fantasy novels of beauty and wonder! Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world.

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter  FREE!
Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin! “Fringe meets Narnia at Hogwarts”

The Good Fight by Justin Robinson FREE! 
Toronto is a crowded place. Plenty of eyes and ears all around. Plenty of chances to be overheard. Be careful what you say…

The Biographies of John Charles Fremont by Hans G. Schantz
John Charles Fremont, first Republican candidate for President in 1856, led a colorful life that made him vulnerable to allegations of scandal – claims of illegitimate birth, secret Catholicism, even cannibalism – and some of these claims were actually true.