Alongside Night

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Alongside Night
J. Neil Schulman - Alongside Night.jpeg
AuthorJ. Neil Schulman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectAgorism
GenreScience fiction
PublisherCrown Publishers
Publication date
October 16, 1979
ISBN978-1-58445-120-4
OCLC43026939

Alongside Night is a dystopian novel by science fiction writer J. Neil Schulman intended to articulate the principles of Agorism, a political philosophy created by Samuel Edward Konkin III, to whom Schulman dedicated the work.[1] It was first published during 1979 by Crown Publishers, with subsequent paperback editions released by Ace Books during 1982, Avon Books during 1987, Pulpless.com during 1999, and Amazon Kindle during 2009.

Ross Ulbricht attributed his inspiration for creating the online marketplace Silk Road as "'Alongside Night' and the works of Samuel Edward Konkin III."[2]

"Alongside Night" was released as a feature movie by Stonegait Pictures, Braeburn Entertainment, and Jesulu Productions.[3] and is in theatrical distribution via TUGG.com as well as being for sale on Amazon.com as a streaming video and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. A new movie tie-in edition of the novel was released by Pulpless.com in 2013 as both a trade paperback and a Kindle edition, and an Unabridged Audible.com audio book edition is linked from the Amazon.com catalog page. Also released in 2013 is J. Neil Schulman's Alongside Night—The Graphic Novel, based on Schulman's movie screenplay. The novel received endorsements from Anthony Burgess and Milton Friedman and was entered into the Libertarian Futurist Society's Prometheus Hall of Fame in 1989.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with the United States collapsing economically — bankers inflating the money supply, the government agents struggling to keep their power. Trading in foreign currency is illegal. Businesses are subject to rationing. As a result, there is a growing black market for everything. It's the world as Samuel Edward Konkin III conceived it prior to a successful agorist revolution.

Elliot Vreeland, son of Nobel Laureate Austrian School economist Dr. Martin Vreeland, learns of his father's apparent death, and is rushed home from school. But the death is fake, a plot concocted by his father to escape arrest by the government agents who are detaining "radicals" accused of worsening the economic crisis. Elliot is sent by his father to collect some gold coins stored in case the family has to escape.

Upon his return home, Elliot finds his family missing. Government agents enter the house searching for Elliot, who manages to escape.

Elliot becomes acquainted with the Revolutionary Agorist Cadre, an organization plotting the end of the government agents by means of counter-economics. The cadre is strong and organized, and has its militia. Elliot enlists their help, and meets Lorimer, a girl hiding from the government agents; they develop a relationship.

As the government agents weaken, they tighten controls on communication, travel, and trade. This fails to avert economic collapse, causing the private sector — unions, syndicates, and many unorganized individuals — to control the old infrastructure.

The 2013 graphic novel and 2014 movie update the book's plot with current references and technology. The location changes from New York city to Las Vegas.

Film[edit]

In 2013 J. Neil Schulman completed production on a feature-film of Alongside Night,[4] starring Kevin Sorbo, Jake Busey, Tim Russ, Garrett Wang, Mara Marini, and Gary Graham.[5] The film premiered July 14, 2014 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, California,[6] played in limited theatrical release from Tugg.com,[7] released for streaming on iTunes in 2014,[8] was released July 8, 2015 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack,[9] and released in 2015 for streaming on Amazon Video and Amazon Prime.[10]

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