Hi, I’m George Donnelly.
I am a science fiction author, freelance writer and liberty activist resident in Medellín, Colombia. As of mid-2022, my primary focus is on writing military scifi novels. I also would like to facilitate the creation of a world where transnational commercial cooperatives, DAOs and other forms of stateless governance have supplanted the nation-state as the dominant mode of governance. I’m hungry for new projects in this area.
I have professional experience in business development, Unix/Linux systems administration, digital marketing, computer programming, sales, investment banking, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL), high-performance web application hosting and consulting, web development, firearms safety, copywriting, cryptocurrency mass adoption and working for DAOs & communities.
I have a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago. I am a fluent speaker of native-level Spanish. I have also studied and spoken Japanese and German (but am quite rusty).
I’m also an unschooling dad, aikidoka, former Chicago cabbie and Gandhian nonviolence enthusiast (satyagrahi). I’m a huge movie fan and like to play board games. I have lived in rural Appalachia (9y), Philadelphia (10y), Chicago (8y), Osaka (2y), Kobe (2y), Medellín (20y) and Bogotá (1y).
I value autonomy, self-expression, dignity, fairness, reciprocity, integrity, efficiency, transparency, authenticity and competence.
Politically, I am a libertarian and enjoy ideas from the voluntaryist, market anarchist, agorist and mutualist communities. I don’t see myself as either right or left.
My primary areas of focus in my professional life are science fiction writing, freelance work, the crypto world and activism. See below for full details.
1. Science Fiction
I write science fiction and thriller series and short stories about morally and mentally strong people struggling to be free from sinister forces, often in dystopian futures, so that you can have a thrilling emotional experience of struggle and freedom. I like big stakes and grand schemes.
When I was 10, my dad gave me an adult library card for the Free Library of Philadelphia. Over the next few years, I devoured the works of Asimov, Heinlein, Dick, Bradbury, McCaffrey, Niven, Pournelle and dozens of other science fiction and fantasy authors. I have also read and reread many times Hemingway, Kafka, Bukowski and Rand.
Today, I’m an unreformed idealist who believes equally in human rights and abundant hugs before bedtime. But my calling is to be a rebel. Not the violent kind – the kind that has different ideas and innovates with them. Rebellion is a worthy vocation. I bring you my unique brand of rebellion now through my science fiction novels and novellas.
Work in Progress
As of early 2022, I am actively developing my Portal to Empire concept.
What Inspires Me
I love watching movies. Some recent ones that I enjoyed are Interstellar, Moon, How I Live Now, Upside Down, Children of Men, The Truman Show, Minority Report and Gattaca. I like strong, active characters who are overcoming great obstacles to achieve important goals. I like protagonists who are truly heroes. I’m constantly on the hunt for the latest updates on the robotization of industry, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios, the singularity, transhumanism, nanotechnology, life extension, superstring theory and interstellar space travel.
I think your theories, premises, and works of fiction, enjoy the success they do, because, in a certain unique way, they are beautiful. I don’t know what your influences are, if any, but whenever I read your work, it doesn’t remind me of anyone else. Perhaps it’s because being a fiction writer requires you to create a worldview of your own?
I really enjoyed George’s first (even though I started with some of the drafts even before official release). Not only because he practices what he writes about and is a great person, but also because the novel is well-written, fun, and contains some great ideas. Heroic line, romantic line, hard-working individuals who save the day, libertarian ideas, betrayal, statist maniacs and infiltrators, assassins and terrorists, and, above all, agoracopters!
George does a great job crafting believable, likable characters into a compelling tale which incorporates many common elements of futuristic science fiction without feeling stale or derivative. A really enjoyable read all around – I highly recommend!
I am physically winded after reading this book, Rork never stops! I look forward to following Rork and Lala’s adventures together asap! Good solid writing, thank you George Donnelly.
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2. Hire Me Freelance
I have a lot of skills you can hire freelance, including the following.
- tech blogging
- ghostwriting (fiction and non-fiction)
- white papers
- business plans
- annual reports
- miscellaneous long-form content requiring research
- general content writing
- copywriting (websites, emails, etc.)
- public relations, newsrooms and journalistic content, including press releases, interviews, etc.
- creative writing editing, including developmental editing
- author marketing consulting
- email marketing planning, design, maintenance, metrics, etc.
- FreeBSD and Linux systems administration
- many Unix CLI tools such as sed, awk, regular expressions, etc.
- smart contracts (learning Solidity and Rust as of early 2022)
- website creation
- WordPress website maintenance
- graphic design
- social media management
- video editing (mostly with Davinci Resolve)
- SaaS tools such as Zapier, AirTable and many more
- management of other freelancers
- and other skills related to media production and technology
Here are just some of the niches I have experience in.
- creative writing
- fintech, especially cryptocurrency
- technology, including software-related howtos
- Latin America
- Colombia, especially Medellín
- Japan and Japanese culture
- politics, especially conservative and libertarian viewpoints
- free and open-source software
- spirituality & wellness
- martial arts
- personal development
“Quite apart from George Donnelly’s professionalism and genuine talent as an editor, working with him on a recent book project was great fun. I cannot stress the latter strongly enough because being edited is usually a stressful and damnably annoying process. How he made me want to come back for more is an act that raises him out of the ranks of muggles. I would work with George again in a flash.” — Wendy McElroy, author of Rape Culture Hysteria: Fixing the Damage Done to Men and Women.
“It’s been a pleasure having you in charge, George. I think the whole project would have sunk if you didn’t take over, and it would have been a real shame. Thank you so much for taking this on. So excited to finally see it happening.” — Marilyn Vix, indie romance novelist and KBoards member.
“George has offered me incredibly incisive developmental edits and feedback on a number of fiction pieces, ranging from a 3,000 word short story, up to a 50,000 word novel. I almost always make the changes he suggests, and find the piece is always tighter, richer, and more fully-realized as a result. Highly recommended.” — J.P. Medved, author of Steampunk adventures and thoughtful thrillers.
“George has been awesome to work with! He responds promptly and does a great job. I highly recommend him to anyone needing editing or formatting. His efforts to produce quality indie anthologies are much appreciated, too.” — J. Naomi Ay, author of The Two Moons of Rehnor series.
“George Donnelly did an excellent edit for one of my upcoming works. Not only was he thorough in the nuts and bolts of writing, the grammar and punctuation, but he also made several suggestions that will greatly improve the story. He found areas where I needed to work on consistency and clarity and suggested a way to build more tension at chapter ends. I highly recommend George for all of your editing needs and will definitely work with him again.” — Jeanette Raleigh, author of Moon Struck: A Hilarious Werewolf Romance.
“George is a top-notch editor who is fast, thorough, and accurate. Working with him is not only painless, but actually a lot of fun! His thoughtful suggestions for improving my writing were right on the mark. Having an editor with such a keen eye for detail put my mind at ease when submitting my work for publication. I can’t imagine working with another editor. George is my go-to person for all my editing and proofreading needs.” — Heather Biedermann, author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction tales.
“Working with George has been an absolute pleasure. He is reliable and accurate, the two best things you need in an editor. I would definitely recommend him to anyone without a moment’s hesitation.” — Jamie Campbell, indie author
“I’ve worked with George on a few projects, and have found he is very dedicated to his work. His focus on getting things properly edited and formatted surpasses many people I have worked with in the past. George has very high standards for any project he is involved with, striving to maintain high quality and marketability, and that can only help in today’s competitive publishing world. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him in the future, should I be so fortunate as to be able to do so.” — Griffin Carmichael, science fiction and horror author.
“George has been great to work with: super friendly and responsive, and his editing skills are impeccable. I would use him again in a heartbeat!” — Lincoln Cole, author of Raven’s Peak.
“I’ve worked with George on several projects and can recommend him without any hesitation. He’s easy to work with and is a good communicator. He’s also well-organized, reliable, and a superb indie marketer.” — Richard B Walsh, co-author of the Adventures of Seamus Tripp.
“I’ve worked with George Donnelly on flash fiction anthologies. As the editor of each anthology, he does a good job of working with several authors to get their stories into their best possible form. A writer himself, he understands the process, and his own passion carries over into everything he does. He’s also extremely well-organized, an absolute necessity for a busy editor.” — Bill Hiatt, author of young adult fantasy, including the Spell Weaver series.
“My experience with George is that he’s both thorough and conscientious — both critical qualities in any professional editor. He also understands the dynamic of genre authors, and can always be counted on to be responsive in that way.” — Alex R. Knight III, author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy tales.
“I’ve enjoyed working with George Donnelly as an editor in the past, and would do so again in the future.” — Frank Marcopolos, author of Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel and Infinite Ending: Ten Stories.
“George is a prompt, professional editor who is thorough but supportive of the author’s voice. A pleasure to work with.” — K.D McAdams, author of thriller, dystopian and horror stories.
“I have enjoyed working with George Donnelly on the Bite-Sized Anthologies. He is a careful editor and produces a quality product. He is quick to reply to questions and problems. Edits are done in a timely manner. He is professional and friendly in his correspondence.” — Jaleta Clegg, author of The Fall of the Altairan Empire space opera series.
“George Donnelly did a thorough and professional job of editing one of my manuscripts. He caught several grammatical errors and made a number of suggestions for moving and improving the storyline. George is a pleasure to work with and his fees are very reasonable. I highly recommend his services.” – John D. Ottini, author of A Very Furry Christmas.
“I have worked with George Donnelly on two anthologies and have found him to pay good attention to detail. He gives helpful feedback in a concise and timely manner.” – Vaughn Treude, science fiction author
I received my first bitcoin in early 2011 as a donation for my Agora.io unconference series, where we hosted an early Bitcoin talk. Over the next few years, I accepted Bitcoin in all of my businesses, including Shield Mutual. I also organized early crypto fundraising for libertarian activists. I actively created content for the Steem network in its early days.
I created and operated a series of very successful proposals in the Dash DAO treasury system for 16 months in 2018-2019.
I built the largest team for Dash which was also the largest marketing team. We delivered a large number of globally outstanding results for Dash during this time of crypto bear market.
- 1,160 active Dash-accepting merchants across 8 countries (1,304 total).
- 500 active merchants in the city of Medellín, Colombia.
- 159 Dash events, mostly at the places of business of merchants, as many as 8 simultaneous ones in different cities.
- #1 largest Dash meetup in the world.
- 5,000+ individuals directly trained in the basic use of Dash.
- 150 leaders trained to advance Dash adoption.
During this time, I developed a business plan for making crypto-as-cash mass adoption economically profitable.
“GeorgeDonnelly, I respect the work you are doing. It looks like you are actually getting results. Some people are able to manage/organize ‘ideas’ into ‘reality’ and George appears to have special talent here.”
Dash MNO posting on treasury proposal
“George’s team has demonstrated an extremely high level of professionalism, communication, and most importantly accountability when it comes to reporting and representing the work they have accomplished.”
MNO and Dash discord mod posting on treasury proposal
“The proposal owner who inspires me the most. Serious yet approachable. Hitting the streets, closing deals, expanding his team. This proposal embodies what attracted me to the Dash DAO-the ability to expand adoption through regional leads. Keep going George you pump so many of us up!”
Dash community member and proposal owner
“I have taken it upon myself to visit as many merchants as possible this month to buy goods and services and verify that they actually accept Dash. There are two new merchants right here in Sabaneta, walking distance from my home. All of the merchants that I have visited thus far this month are new to me. So far, the experience has been excellent as every merchant has accepted Dash. I encourage MNOs to review my twitter feed for a long list of photos of my visits.”
“This team has demonstrated that they can deliver on promise.”
Dash community member
In 2019, my team and I moved to Bitcoin Cash. The community funded us twice and I accepted a position as Business Development Manager for Bitcoin ABC, the lead BCH protocol development team that forked BCH from BTC.
After 2 years of work, and despite the COVID overreactions in our target markets, we had achieved a number of key results for the BCH community, including the following.
- 1,038 new BCH merchants, mostly in Venezuela.
- 69 meetups.
- a large number of BCH videos and graphics that supported global BCH PR.
- 2,500+ individuals directly trained in the basic use of BCH.
- verifiable marketing impact in 90 global cities.
- Custom software development and information systems design to ensure adequate quality control of new merchant and user data.
Some of my key results while working for Bitcoin ABC include the following.
- Wrote, published, marketed and defended the first business plan for Bitcoin ABC, the team that forked BCH from BTC in 2017.
- Raised or sustained funding for Bitcoin ABC of more than $1.81 million USD in the span of a few months.
- Designed, produced, marketed and defended a comprehensive and large-scale transparency and media initiative, encompassing text, video and community outreach, for Bitcoin ABC that sparked greater BCH community cohesion and discussion, as well as a press kit.
- Built new relationships and strengthened existing ones for Bitcoin ABC.
- Drafted, edited and published a new BCH about section on CoinMarketCap.com.
- Organized a massive and well-attended online conference with 34 talks to celebrate the 4th “forkday anniversary” of Bitcoin Cash on 1 Aug 2020.
Separately, I volunteered with the Electron Cash wallet team in 2021-2 to redesign the mobile wallets. I recruited a UX/UI designer, successfully pitched the Electron Cash team on funding the work, performed/oversaw UX testing that informed the process and oversaw/contributed to the design process until it was completed.
I also mentored/advised/supported a number of other BCH builders from time to time in private.
In early 2022, I handed leadership of the BCH Latam project over to my number two, Jose Araujo. I remain active as a volunteer advisor for the team.
“You really overdelivered. That’s what I call ‘much bang per buck’ Thank you!! I pre-pledge 25kusd worth of bch for 2022. Please remind me when flipstarter for that is up.”
BCH community member & project donor
“George, in my personal dealings with you, you have always been kind, courteous, professional, clear-headed, and a visionary about what cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Cash can do for the world. I am glad you are and continue to be a part of our community.”
Calin Culianu, BCH core developer
“This is incredible work!!!!”
BCH community member
“+1 George Donnelly (fuck the haters and keep building 💪)”
Shomari Prince, indie Bitcoin & EVM developer
“Delivering as promised. If you run another flipstarter, I’ll be likely to contribute.”
BCH community member
“You have defended ABC effectively, given the circumstances, and you have always had a tendency towards building. I congratulate you on that.”
Javier Gonzalez, developer and creator of the Bitcoin Mining Parliament
“Great job. Actions speak louder than words in the end.”
BCH community member
“Thank you George for all you have done so far for BCH. Good luck with your future work. You are a very valuable asset for the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem.”
BCH community member
Other Crypto Work
I’ve also done a variety of other work in crypto, such as this intro to the Steem network from 2016 that has more than 50,000 views.
2022 and Beyond
As of 1 Dec 2021, I am looking for new opportunities in the crypto ecosystem. Ideally, I would play a key business development or marketing role in a well-resourced team that is aimed at goals similar to my own. Towards that end, I have consulted with a number of teams, particularly in the Avalanche, Polygon and Terra ecosystems.
I consider myself crypto-agnostic. I use whatever crypto works. I am a crypto maximalist, not the maximalist of any particular coin or chain.
I have been active in the liberty movement since 2007, making contributions to the US Libertarian Party, participating in Free State Project events, engaging in jury rights pamphleting outside of federal courthouses, resisting over-aggressive TSA security theater in airports, organizing online conferences, visiting Colombian campesinos threatened by multi-national corporations, blogging, vlogging and more.
I identify principally with the voluntaryist, market anarchist and agorist lines of thought.
You can peruse my mostly inactive libertarian blog at MoreLibertyNow.com.
What Other People Say About Me
“What he’s doing “is like an act of terrorism.” – Whoopi Goldberg
“You have been a huge inspiration to me. I look up to you.” – Ben Stone (Bad Quaker Podcast)
“One of the most energetic and principled activists for individual liberty I know.” – Kevin Carson (Center for a Stateless Society)
“Put him on a watchlist.” – Joy Behar
“A rare mix of principles, skills and drive.” – Jim Babb (We Won’t Fly)
“George is one of the most genuine, principled people I know.” – Pete Eyre (Cop Block)
“Irresponsible.” – TSA administrator John Pistole
“You are pretty awesome… One of the hardest working SF writers I know. And tolerant.” – Wendy McElroy, individualist anarchist and individualist feminist, author, columnist and speaker.
“George is a national-level super-activist!” – Mark Edge (Free Talk Live)
“I’d like to put my foot up his ass.” – anonymous US Marshal
“Displayed tremendous leadership, innovation and diligence.” – Jim Lesczynski
“Fuck you … you wont change anything.” – anonymous TSA agent
“George’s enthusiasm and professionalism is infectious.” – Ernie Hancock (Freedom’s Phoenix)
“If you get too close to me with that camera, I’ll take it out of your hand and ram it down your throat.” – anonymous Philadelphia federal court security officer
“Everything I’ve heard him say in videos and on his blog about almost everything is rock solid.” – Michael W. Dean (Freedom Feens)
“One of the best project managers I’ve worked with.” – William Pearson
“Anti-authoritarian.” – Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (Pennsylvania homeland security bulletin)
“I have seen George demonstrate courage and passion.” – Prof. Gary Chartier
“I gotta give props especially to George Donnelly of Shield Mutual.” – Adam Kokesh, after release from federal prison in 2013
“Shut up!” – Michael Bolinsky, Plymouth Township Pennsylvania police department.
“On my short list of people who get things done.” – Tom Knapp (Center for a Stateless Society)
“Say what you will about George Donnelly, he keeps good records.” – Christopher Cantwell
I have been featured or quoted in the following for my activism.
I love to learn and do so constantly. Recently, I have been studying the following.
- programming languages, e.g., Python, Rust & Solidity
- no-code tools, too many to list
- languages, currently Italian & German
- European history
- fiction-writing craft
- Physics & Astronomy
- Psychology & self-improvement
- Cryptocurrency projects
- mountain biking
- watching movies (thrillers, science fiction, documentary, true crime)
- reading (Goodreads)
- video games (CoD, Minecraft, Nintendo games)
- firearms (I’ve trained on Glocks and the AR-15 but am practically a beginner)
Some of the people I admire, look up to or otherwise consider inspirations or heroes include the following.
- my maternal grandfather
- Julian Heicklen
- Ayn Rand
- Christopher Nolan
- Franz Kafka
- Mohandas K Gandhi
- Charles Bukowski
- Fred Rogers
- Jim Carrey
- Gordan Ramsay
- Morihei Ueshiba
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Howard Zinn
- Satoshi Nakamoto
- Edward Snowden
- Julian Assange
- Jordan Peterson
Honors and Awards
- Nominated for the 2016 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards – May 2016
- Sam Adams Alliance Irreverent Messenger Dec 2010
- CNN’s Most Intriguing People Nov 2010
- PorcFest Golden Handcuffs Jun 2010
- Best Letter to the Editor on Eminent Domain Pennsylvania LP Oct 2009
A Note on Communication
Effective communication is fundamental to success in any endeavor. I endeavor to practice radical honesty and nonviolent communication as often as possible, which can be disconcerting to some. I firmly believe that disagreement and criticism can be communicated effectively without engaging in personal attacks. This is a win-win philosophy for all involved. Therefore, I actively and proudly cut off contact with people who repeatedly turn differences of opinion into personal attacks (ad hominem). I do this in order to safeguard my mental wellbeing and to practice my values.
If you like what I do, you can send me donations. Funds are used to further my vision of a world where everyone has access to individual liberty and prosperity.
If you would like to send me a coin not listed above, please email [email protected].
My Favorite Quotes
Check out my favorite quotes.