Sam Ernst was born in Pennsylvania in 1981. He trained as a naval architect, but after being chased through the port of Perama by a drunken, bottle-wielding communist, he abandoned the nautical life to sell bread in a landlocked bakery. At some point, Sam grew tired of slinging dough and moved on to answer telephones for a billionaire, write a rock opera about the life of Isaac Babel, and publish a thesis detailing the rhetorical tactics of online music critics. He is the founder of the band vee device and has previously written pop culture reviews for and

Sam lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and son and works at Colorado State University as a grant writer. The New Manifesto is his first novel.

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