Reflections on Neil

Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“I met Neil in 1982 or 1983. I’d read his first (and still best) SF novel, The Probability Broach. Not only was I delighted and dazzled — but I was in charge of speakers for an upcoming convention. And I knew who was going to be first choice! The day I called Neil, he was ecstatic. Not because some nobody from nowhere was offering him a speaking gig, but because he’d just signed a contract to write the Lando Calrissian novels for the Lucas people, a very big deal indeed. Neil came to speak at the convention and also to give a class, for an extra fee, on guns. Two things stand out in my memory. The first is that Neil, in that short few days, magicked me from being a minarchist to an anarchist, and did it with a mere sentence or two.” (09/08/21)