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January 2015

Introduction to the Lofting Agency Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer - Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

This miniature (so far) website provides news of my books in print (one so far, more on the way), plus any related material which seems apropos.

In 2014 I reacquired the rights to my science-fiction novel The Shadow of the Ship, now available in the Revised Edition for several formats/platforms. The novel has a descriptive page here.

I provide a little procedural background in Writers' Tools & Workflow.

You will note also some links to material at the review-and-essay website When the link is to that site's top level, it will open in a new window; otherwise within the Lofting Agency window.

Links to pages for myself or specifically for The Shadow of the Ship (depending on country) may be found in the page footers.

— Robert Wilfred Franson


Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer
(The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog)
Caspar David Friedrich, 1818

Robert W. Franson & abandoned automobile
at Old Route 66 Memorial
Painted Desert, Arizona.
photo by JMF

Ulysses (to Achilles):

                     Time hath, my lord,
A wallet at his back, wherein he puts
Alms for oblivion, a great-sized monster
Of ingratitudes. Those scraps are good deeds past,
Which are devoured as fast as they are made,
Forgot as soon as done. Perseverance, dear my lord,
Keeps honor bright.
William Shakespeare
Troilus and Cressida, 3.3.139-145

Robert W. Franson and abandoned auto - Old Route 66 Memorial, Painted Desert, Arizona - Dec 2012 (small)


The intellectual methods of science do not differ in kind from those applied by the common man in his daily mundane reasoning. The scientist uses the same tools which the layman uses; he merely uses them more skillfully and cautiously. Understanding is not a privilege of the historians. It is everybody's business. In observing the conditions of his environment everybody is a historian.

Everybody uses understanding in dealing with the uncertainty of future events to which he must adjust his own actions. The distinctive reasoning of the speculator is an understanding of the relevance of the various factors determining future events. And ... action necessarily always aims at future and therefore uncertain conditions and this is always speculation.

Acting man looks, as it were, with the eyes of a historian into the future.

Ludwig von Mises
"The Epistemological Problems", S.8
Human Action
A Treatise on Economics  (1949; 3rd edition 1966)
[emphasis added]

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see also  

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emergent layers of untimely Reviews & prismatic Essays

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