The Probability Broach

 PRO1   (Big Head, 2004)

™ and © 2004 L. Neil Smith and Scott Bieser

Author and libertarian activist L. Neil Smith maintains that his works attempt to link the complimentary ideas of Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein; now comic readers can judge for themselves with the graphic adaptation of his first novel, The Probability Broach. In the dismal, lowered–expectations future of 1987 (the book was first published in 1979), Denver homicide detective Win Bear investigates the murder of a controversial physics professor. When gunmen chase him through a strange portal in the victim's office, he finds himself in an alternate universe—one where George Washington is remembered as a tyrant, personal weapons are de rigueur for anyone over the age of six, and the free flow of anti–federalist ideals has produced a North American utopia. But the pro–government Hamiltonians still exist, and they intend to use the “broach” technology to take over both worlds. Smith wrote the adapted script himself, and artist and colleague Scott Bieser provides the quality, full–color artwork.

— Joe Trela

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Adapted from book by L. Neil Smith; ca. 2004L. Neil Smith, Scott BieserScott Bieser