Bradford Swain Linaweaver (born September 1, 1952) is an American science fiction writer. Linaweaver has original story credits on a number of films, including The Brain Leeches and Jack-O for Fred Olen Ray. He also has story credits in The Boneyard Collection and Space Babes Meet the Monsters.
His long association with independent film has led to his being an executive producer on a number of films. The most prominent is Fred Olen Ray's Supershark.
The novella version of his novel Moon of Ice was a Nebula Award finalist and the novel length version won a Prometheus Award. The novel carries endorsements from Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and William F. Buckley, Jr.
His other novels include Sliders (based on the television series), The Land Beyond Summer, four Doom novels with Dafydd ab Hugh, three Battlestar Galactica novels with actor Richard Hatch, and Anarquia with J. Kent Hastings which has sparked much discussion and review on various web sites. He has also starred in, and written, The Brain Leeches, directed by Fred Olen Ray.
In 2004, he co-authored Worlds of Tomorrow with Forrest J Ackerman, a hardcover coffee table book that spotlights science fiction cover art from the Golden Age with full color reproduction and commentary from the authors.
Silicon Assassin Web Series
Linaweaver wrote and produced the award-winning and wildly popular web series Silicon Assassin, starring Richard Hatch. It can be viewed on YouTube.
Linaweaver shares a second Prometheus Award with Ed Kramer for co-editing Free Space, a major libertarian science fiction anthology from TOR books. The following short stories received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Ellen Datlow) “The Lon Chaney Factory”, “Clutter”, “A Real Babe” and “Chump Hoist”. The Science Fiction story, "Wells of Wisdom", made the preliminary Nebula ballot and was part of the Galaxy Audio Project, read by Catherine Oxenberg.
Praise from Ronald Reagan
American president Ronald Reagan praised an early article Linaweaver wrote, making the case for capitalism against socialism. Reagan summed up his commentary on Linaweaver with the line, "How right he is!" The radio broadcast is included in the Reagan CD set In His Own Voice and in the book Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan. The thorough critique of Communism in his novelization of the origin episode of the TV show Sliders expands on this idea.
Heinlein's Brass Cannon
Linaweaver owns a small brass cannon. The cannon was originally acquired by science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein and his wife Virginia Heinlein, sometime prior to 1960. For nearly 30 years, the firing of the brass cannon was a 4 July tradition at the Heinlein residence. Virginia Heinlein retained the cannon after her husband's death in 1988, and it was bequeathed to Linaweaver in her will, after Virginia died in 2003. Linaweaver restored the cannon to working order and subsequently posted a 2007 video of it being fired several times (with very small charges) on YouTube.
Mondo Cult Magazine
Linaweaver publishes the movie magazine Mondo Cult, featuring literary contributions and articles from and about Linaweaver's eclectic list of celebrity friends and contacts, including Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch; science fiction author and collector Forrest J. Ackerman; the conservative commentator, publisher, and television personality William F. Buckley, Jr.; actress Traci Lords and poetry from Ray Bradbury. Mondo Cult is edited by former Famous Monsters of Filmland editor, Jessie Lilley.