Joseph Neil Schulman (born April 16, 1953 in Forest Hills, New York, U.S.) is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, radio personality, filmmaker, composer, and actor. His dozen books include the novels Alongside Night and The Rainbow Cadenza, both of which won the Libertarian Futurist Society's Prometheus Award for best libertarian novel, and the anthology Nasty, Brutish, And Short Stories. His latest novel is the comic fantasy, Escape from Heaven, in which a radio-talk-show host manages the election campaign of Jesus to win back the earth from Jesus’ ex-wife, Satan. His articles and essays have been published in magazines ranging from National Review to Cult Movies, and in newspapers including articles for the Los Angeles Times. His nonfiction books include Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns, endorsed by former NRA president Charlton Heston, The Frame of the Century? in which he suggested an alternate killer who could have framed O. J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife, and his autobiographical audiobook, I Met God, in which this former atheist describes the experiences that led him to conclude the existence of God, but still distance himself from all religions.
Life and work
From 1972 to 1990 Schulman was an editor and writer for Samuel Edward Konkin III's magazines, New Libertarian Notes, New Libertarian Weekly, and New Libertarian, there contributing his first published short stories, interviewing science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein (later writing the book The Robert Heinlein Interview, and other Heinleiniana), and writing articles on topics ranging from film music to the Holocaust.
On March 16, 2009 he was awarded the Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer by the Karl Hess Club. The award was presented to Schulman by the club's surviving three founders, Mike Everling, J. Kent Hastings, and Brad Linaweaver.
In Schulman's new audiobook, I Met God, he reports on an eight-hour experience on February 18, 1997, in which God directly revealed himself to the former atheist.
Schulman's earliest political writings, beginning in 1972, were in libertarian publications including Samuel Edward Konkin III's New Libertarian Notes, New Libertarian Weekly, and New Libertarian, for which Schulman was also an editor. He also wrote for other libertarian publications including Liberty, Reason, and Murray Rothbard's Libertarian Forum.
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