Michael A. DiBaggio

House of Refuge

House of Refuge by Michael A. DiBaggio
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fiction Fantasy, Suspense
For readers of:Tim Powers, Manly Wade Wellman, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien
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About the Book

Justin Agnarsson is stationkeeper and lone crewman of South Atlantic House of Refuge #49, a floating sanctuary for the thousands of mariners and seasteading families who live and work in the 350-mile long Plata Raft. Now, war threatens to bring an end to his lifesaving mission as an Argentine warship pursues a pair of refugees to the station. A house of refuge is supposed to be inviolable, but the Argentines are hell-bent on their mission. Alone and virtually defenseless, Agnarsson faces an impossible choice between duty and survival. But when the brutality of war threatens to unravel the fabric of civilization, more than lives are at stake.

House of Refuge was the second place winner of the 2014 Libertarian Fiction Authors/Students for Liberty Short Fiction Contest. The book contains the original short story, plus exclusive bonus artwork and an appendix exploring some of the organizations, locations, and equipment featured in the story.

About the Author

Born in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, Mike developed an early love for fantasy and adventure through exposure to comic books and cartoons, from which he graduated into literature, role playing games, and eventually writing his own stories. He is especially fascinated with constructed languages, secret histories, and other aspects of world-building. Catholicism, libertarianism, and an appreciation of mythopoeia define his worldview.

Along with his author/illustrator wife, Shell 'Presto' DiBaggio, he is the co-creator of the Ascension Epoch, a shared universe for heroic fiction. Ascension Epoch is built out of the rich treasury of public domain literature and comic books, and all stories, characters, and artwork are released under the Creative Commons.

When not writing and world-building, Mike enjoys hiking, kayaking, building Legos, making custom action figures, playing Settlers of Catan, and watching Hammer horror movies. He currently makes a living as a software developer, but would prefer to write full time. Maybe you can help him out with that.

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