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Michael Stackpole (born 1957) is, among other things, a science-fiction 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. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magazines Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which advances in science, or contact with more scientifically advanced civilizations, create situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... 20 Year Anniversary of BattleTech logo. ... Look up book in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wausau is the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 43rd 24 923 km² 130 km 260 km 3. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... For other senses of this word, see history (disambiguation). ... The University of Vermont The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, simply The University of Vermont, is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. ...


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 and a few 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, and 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). For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives. ... Patricia Pulling was the founder of Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons (BADD). ... The word occult comes from Latin occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to the knowledge of the secret or knowledge of the hidden and often meaning knowledge of the supernatural, as opposed to knowledge of the visible or knowledge of the measurable, usually referred to as science. ... For other uses, see Dungeons & Dragons (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Day care sex abuse hysteria be merged into this article or section. ... This proposed logo for the US Information Awareness Office was dropped due to fears that its Masonic symbolism would provoke conspiracy theories. ...


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 (computer game). 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] The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Coleco was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company to sell leather supplies to shoemakers. ... Interplay Entertainment Corporation was an American video game and computer game publisher and developer. ... The Bards Tale III: Thief of Fate is a 1988 computer game. ... 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. ... The party explores a farm in Wasteland. ...


In 1986 Stackpole wrote his first novel, the fantasy story of 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. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the 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. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the role-playing game company. ... 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ...


Based on that popularity, he was selected to write several novels in the Star Wars universe for Bantam Books. Bantam Books (established 1945), owned by Random House, is a member of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ...


In addition, he has written several highly praised novels and short stories based in settings of his own creation. His most recent complete series is called 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.


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 second in this new trilogy is due to be released February 28, 2006. February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the Forward to his book "Outbound Flight" Timothy Zahn thanks Michael 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. ...


His web page is http://www.stormwolf.com

Contents


Novels

Age of Discovery

Published by Bantam Books. Bantam Books (established 1945), owned by Random House, is a member of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ...

  • 2005 A Secret Atlas
  • 2006 Cartomancy (Feb. 28)

DragonCrown War

Published by Bantam Books.

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

BattleTech

Published by Fasa Corporation. This article is about the role-playing game company. ...


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

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

Other BattleTech
  • 1992 Natural Selection (FASA/ROC)
  • 1993 Assumption of Risk (ROC/FASA)
  • 1994 Bred For War (ROC/FASA)
  • 1996 Malicious Intent (ROC/FASA)
  • 1997 Grave Covenant (ROC/FASA)
  • 1998 Prince of Havoc (ROC/FASA)
  • 2002 Ghost War (ROC/WizKids)

ROC can be: Roc is a mythical bird Roč is a historic town in Croatia The Blackburn Roc was a British naval fighter-bomber aircraft of World War II Roc is an American television sitcom starring Charles S. Dutton which aired 1991 – 1994 Roc Candy is a brand of confectionery... WizKids, Inc. ...

Star Wars

The Rogue Squadron crest Rogue Squadron is an elite X-wing starfighter squadron in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... 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. 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)

Collins was a Scottish printing company founded by a schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819. ...

Other Publications

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

External links

  • Personal Website (index page last updated 15 October 2005)
  • Bibliography on SciFan
  • The Pulling Report: the result of Stackpole's research (see above)
  • Wars CCG Short Story collection online
  • Interview with Mike Stackpole by GameSpy
  • Michael Stackpole discussion at theforce.net Message Boards
  • Pen & Paper listing for Mike Stackpole
  • Interview with Michael Stackpole on Slice of SciFi

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Michael Stackpole (154 words)
Michael Stackpole is, among other things, a science-fiction author best known for his Star Wars and Battletech books.
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.
In 1987 he began writing novels set in the BattleTech universe for FASA, and became one of the most popular authors in that genre.
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