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Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole (born 1957) is a science fiction and fantasy author best known for his Star Wars and Battletech books. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, but raised in Vermont. He has a BA in history from the University of Vermont. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... An author is any person(s) or entity(s) that originates and assumes responsibility for an expression or communication. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... BattleTech is a wargaming and science fiction franchise, launched by FASA Corporation and currently owned by WizKids. ... A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. ... Wausau is a suburb of Merrill, WI and is the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 45th  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ... A B.A. issused as a certificate Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... The title page to The Historians History of the World. ... UVM redirects here. ...

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Game design career

From 1977 on, he worked as a designer of role-playing games for various gaming companies, and wrote dozens of magazine articles for the industry. During this time, in response to the accusations of Patricia Pulling (among others) who felt that the "occult" elements of Dungeons & Dragons were driving people to Satanism, murder and suicide, perhaps even as part of a vast Satanic ritual abuse conspiracy, Stackpole did a research study on all American legal cases where injury or death had been attributed to gaming. He found that not only were the links to gaming very weak, but that even if all of the reports had been valid, they showed that gamers were violent or suicidal far less often than the general public (see External links below). Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... Patricia Pulling was the founder of Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD). ... The word occult comes from the Latin occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to knowledge of the hidden.[1] In the medical sense it is used commonly to refer to a structure or process that is hidden, e. ... Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) currently published by Wizards of the Coast. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... Satanism Associated organizations Church of Satan First Satanic Church First Church of Satan Prominent figures Anton LaVey | Blanche Barton | Peter H. Gilmore | Peggy Nadramia | Karla LaVey Associated concepts Left-Hand Path | Pentagonal Revisionism | Suitheism | Survival of the fittest | Might is Right Books and publications The Satanic Bible | The Satanic Rituals... A conspiracy theory attempts to attribute the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social, or historical events), or the concealment of such causes from public knowledge, to a secret, and often deceptive plot by a covert alliance of powerful or influential people or organizations. ...


In the 1980s, Stackpole began designing computer games for Coleco and then Interplay Productions. The best known was Bard's Tale III. He also designed and wrote for role-playing games such as Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes and Wasteland. In the case of Wasteland, he is featured not only in the credits, but also in a photo on the inside cover of the box art, where 6 of the game's scenario designers and 1 tester donned costumes to represent ingame characters. [1] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Coleco (1932 - 1989) was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company. It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids and, to a lesser extent, for its video game consoles Coleco Telstar and ColecoVision. ... Interplay Entertainment Corporation was an American video game and computer game publisher and developer. ... The Bards Tale III: Thief of Fate is a computer fantasy role-playing game created by Interplay Productions in 1988. ... Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes (MSPE) is a role-playing game designed and written by Michael A. Stackpole and first published in April of 1983 by Blade, a division of Flying Buffalo, Inc. ... Wasteland is a post-apocalyptic computer role-playing game first released in 1986. ...


Writing career

In 1986 Stackpole wrote his first novel, the fantasy story Talion: Revenant. However, the manuscript would not be published until 1997 by Bantam Books. His editors believed that a 175,000 word book was too long for an unknown author. The story remained unpublished for the next 11 years and then only minor changes were effected by Stackpole's editor, Anne Lesley Groell. Stackpole clarifies these issues himself in the afterword of the published version of Talion. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1987 he began writing novels set in the BattleTech universe for FASA, and became one of the most popular authors in that genre. Some of his Battletech books were used as the source for a televised animated series. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the role-playing game company. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ...


Based on that popularity, he was selected to write several novels in the Star Wars universe for Bantam Books. He also wrote several comics based in the Star Wars universe for Dark Horse Comics. Initially these covered the period just before his X-Wing novels. Later he also covered the marriage of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade in Union and collaborated with Timothy Zahn on Mara Jade's early career. Bantam Books is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Mara Jade Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist. ...


In addition, he has written several highly praised novels and short stories with original settings. His most recent complete series is the DragonCrown War Cycle. Like many of his works, these books break many fantasy conventions: Among other things, the stories feature the advent of firearms in a fantasy setting.


Stackpole contributed one of the four stories in Roger Zelazny's shared world anthology called Forever After. Baen Books published Forever After in 1995. He was also a contributor in the 1998 anthology Lord of the Fantastic commemorating Zelazny. Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ... A Shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors share settings and characters which appear in their respective works of fiction, often referring to events taking place in the other writers stories. ... Baen Books logo Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen (1943-2006). ... Lord of the Fantastic is a festschrift, or an anthology that memorializes someones art, usually written by colleagues. ...


The first of his next series (The Age of Discovery trilogy) came out in March of 2005, and is set in yet another all-new fantasy world, with an unconventional approach to magic and mastery in any given field. The third and last in this new trilogy is due to be published June 26, 2007. is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


In the foreword to his book Outbound Flight, Timothy Zahn thanks Stackpole and issues a challenge at Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Timothy Zahn (born September 1, 1951) is a science fiction novelist. ... Trivial Pursuit is a board game where progress is determined by a players ability to answer general knowledge or popular culture questions. ...


The Secrets (newsletter)

Newsletter

Michael Stackpole also writes and publishes an online newsletter entitled The Secrets. The Secrets newsletter offers tips, tricks, and tidbits about writing (focusing on, but not limited to, science fiction and fantasy). It is aimed towards the serious writer, and includes information about getting books published, but casual writers can certainly benefit as well. Topics discussed in the newsletter range from how to beat writer's block to how to build a world, and even how to manage writing as a career. Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... A newsletter is a regularly distributed publication generally about one main topic that is of interest to its subscribers. ... Writers block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. ... A rendered conworld, as would be seen from space by an observer. ...


The Secrets newsletter requires a subscription. Issues are released every two weeks. Several sample issues are available on Stackpole's website.


Podcast

The Secrets Newsletter has an "audio companion" in The Secrets Podcast. The first ten podcasts were based on material from the first ten issues of The Secrets newsletter. After the first series ended, the content of the podcast diverged from the newsletter. The podcasts average twenty-five minutes long and are voiced and produced by Stackpole. An orange square with waves indicates that an RSS feed is present on a web page. ...


The podcasts are free and require no subscription, but older episodes have been retired and are no longer available on the main archive.


Stackpole is also one of the main hosts on The Dragon Page Cover to Cover, a book review and interview show dealing mainly with fantasy and sci fi publications, together with Michael R. Mennenga. Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Michael R. Mennenga is an American podcaster and writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


Novels

Age of Discovery

Published by Bantam Books. For the computer wargame, Age of Discovery, see Global Diplomacy. ... Bantam Books is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ...

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DragonCrown War

Published by Bantam Books.

  • 2000 The Dark Glory War
  • 2001 Fortress Draconis
  • 2002 When Dragons Rage
  • 2003 The Grand Crusade

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BattleTech

Published by Fasa Corporation. BattleTech is a wargaming and science fiction franchise, launched by FASA Corporation and currently owned by WizKids. ... This article is about the role-playing game company. ...


Warrior
  • 1988 Warrior: En Garde
  • 1988 Warrior: Riposte
  • 1989 Warrior: CoupĂ©

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Blood of Kerensky
  • 1989 Lethal Heritage (FASA)
  • 1990 Blood Legacy (FASA)
  • 1991 Lost Destiny (FASA)

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Other BattleTech

Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Darwins illustrations of beak variation in the finches of the Galápagos Islands, which hold 13 closely related species that differ most markedly in the shape of their beaks. ... ROC, Roc, roc, R.O.C or R.o. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... WizKids, Inc. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Masters Of War is a song by Bob Dylan, written in 1963 and released on the album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. ...

Star Wars

Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Rogue Squadron is the first novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. ... Wedges Gamble is the second novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. ... The Krytos Trap (1996) is the third novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. ... The Bacta War is a 1997 installment in the Star Wars X_Wing series of novels. ... The book I, Jedi, by Michael A. Stackpole. ... Isards Revenge (1999) is the eighth novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. ... Dark Tide: Onslaught (also released as Dark Tide I: Onslaught) is the first novel in a two-part story by Michael A. Stackpole. ... Del Rey Books is a branch of Ballantine Books, which is owned by Random House. ... Dark Tide: Ruin (also released as Dark Tide II: Ruin) is the second novel in a two-part story by Michael A. Stackpole. ...

Dark Conspiracy

Published by GDW. Dark Conspiracy is a role-playing game originally developed by GDW in 1991. ... GDW logo Game Designers Workshop (GDW) was a company that published many popular wargames, as well as role-playing games such as Traveller and Drang Nach Osten!. Founded in 1973, the company disbanded in 1996 after having suffered financial troubles for quite some time. ...

  • 1991 A Gathering Evil
  • 1991 Evil Ascending
  • 1992 Evil Triumphant

Others

  • 1994 Once a Hero (Bantam Books)
  • 1994 Dementia (Roc/Target)
  • 1997 Talion: Revenant (Bantam Books)
  • 1997 A Hero Born (HarperPrism)
  • 1998 An Enemy Reborn (HarperPrism)
  • 1998 Wolf and Raven (Roc/FASA)
  • 1998 Eyes of Silver (Bantam Books)

Once a Hero was an ABC 1987 science fiction comedy television series. ... For other uses, see Dementia (disambiguation). ... Collins was a Scottish printing company founded by a schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819. ... Wolf & Raven is the second single by the Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica. ...

Other publications

  • 1989 Game Hysteria and the Truth
  • 1990 The Pulling Report
  • 1994 GAMA News, Model Retailer, March, 98-99

External links

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Michael A. Stackpole
  • Personal Website
  • Bibliography on SciFan
  • The Pulling Report: the result of Stackpole's research (see above)
  • Interview at SFFWorld.com
  • Wars CCG Short Story collection online
  • Interview with Mike Stackpole by GameSpy
  • Pen & Paper listing for Mike Stackpole
  • Interview with Michael Stackpole on Slice of SciFi
  • Interview with Michael A. Stackpole on I Should Be Writing (audio)
Persondata
NAME Stackpole, Michael
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION science fiction author
DATE OF BIRTH 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH Wausau, Wisconsin
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

 
 

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