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Welcome to The Fantastic Worlds of Alan Vincent Michaels!

Alan Vincent Michaels
Who am I?

I am a seeker of knowledge and answers to life's riddles and puzzles. My passions are writing — whether it be prose, poetry, technical, or science — archaeohistory, genealogy, space, travel, photography, and graphic design. I study and photograph the past to better understand our present, and I write and teach speculative fiction to see where our life quests can take us all.


Looking for a different Alan V. Michaels?

Although I do think differently, as many who know me will attest, you may be looking for someone else. Please read the blue box at the end of my home page. Otherwise, you've arrived at the correct site. Read on.


   Ad astra, my friends. —Alan

   Recently published ...

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19 October 2019

Seeds

I'm proud to announce my speculative fiction poem, Seeds, won Third Place in the SFPA’s 2019 POETRY CONTEST “Dwarf Poem Category” (<= 10 lines).

SFPA'S blind-entry contest had three categories, 560 entries, and 10 finalists from around the world!

 READ THE POEM

'A Flash of Dark: Volume 3. ISBN 978-0-359-67579-1
28 August 2019

We're Not Alone Anymore (< 1,000 word short story)
Always Faithful, Always Loyal
Nor Even the Small Fish
We Eat

I'm delighted to announce that four of my recent works are now available in A FLASH OF DARK: VOLUME 3, the latest collection in the acclaimed "Flash of Dark" series of speculative fiction and poetry from Scott W. Williams and Lulu.com.

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   Design by Scott W. Williams

   In the news ...

R-SPEC Banner
19 August 2019

Rochester Beacon Banner

Imagining Rochester in 2034 and beyond

Esther Arnold wrote this great Rochester Beacon article that highlights several recent accomplishments of the ROCHESTER SPECULATIVE LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, and its support for Rochester-area speculative fiction writers and readers.

I also have some of my R-SPEC logo and artwork designs noted in the article, too.

 READ THE ARTICLE

   R-SPEC logo and banner design by Alan Vincent Michaels




   Presentations and upcoming events ...

R-SPEC Meeting

05 November 2019

Read Your Work: Myriad Worlds of Possibilities!

On November 5, starting at 6:45pm, I will be moderating a roundtable discussion in the Community Room at the Pittsford, New York Barnes & Noble store.

We welcome all those who would like to read their current work in progress or help someone else with their writing. Select the link below for more information.

Please note this will be our last meeting of 2019.

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   Design by Alan Vincent Michaels

   Selected poems ...


Seeds

Third Place “Dwarf Poem Category” winner in the SFPA’s 2019 POETRY CONTEST (19 October 2019).

➤ READ THE POEM


Brick for Nik Ode to Nikola Tesla

A poem in celebration of NIKOLA TESLA.

➤ READ THE POEM

My "Brick for Nik," located on the grounds of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (Shoreham, New York), contains an engraved line from the poem's first stanza. (12 December 2015)


Always Faithful, Always Loyal
Nor Even the Small Fish
We Eat

Three, long-form prose poems included in the A FLASH OF DARK: VOLUME 3 anthology (28 August 2019).

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To the Stars! (A Hopeful Autobiography in Five Present-Tense Stanzas)

➤ READ THE POEM

STAR*LINE 32.2: March/April 2009

Requiem Æternam
Skipping Stone
(Last transmission from an alternative Apollo 13 crew)

STAR*LINE - September/December 2010 (#33.5/6) print/ebook editions

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   STAR*LINE (33.5/6) cover image courtesy of STAR*LINE
   Cover art ©2010 by Garret Dechellis




Stepping Stone Lost

Scifaikuest Vol. 8, No. 1: August 2010 SCIFAIKUEST - August 2010 (Vol. 8, No. 1) print edition

   Scifaikuest (Vol. 8, No. 1) cover image courtesy of Sam's Dot Publishing
   Cover art ©2010 by Denny Marshall



Here are some cool links ...
   STAR*LINE home page ➤ LEARN MORE
   scifaikuest guidelines page ➤ LEARN MORE
   scifaiku ➤ LEARN MORE
   senryu ➤ LEARN MORE



   Selected short stories ...


We're Not Alone Anymore

Flash fiction included in the A FLASH OF DARK: VOLUME 3 anthology (28 August 2019).

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Love Lost

Love Lost

A 100-word, microfiction included on the THE FUTURE OF LITERARY FORMS: FLASH FICTION, HYPERFICTION, AND VIRTUAL WORLDS R-SPEC meeting poster (5 March 2013).




Fads (or Why Jerry Loathes the Aliens)
2034: Writing Rochester's Futures
My story in the 2034: WRITING ROCHESTER'S FUTURES anthology (31 July 2010 print, ebook, online editions) is available only online.

➤ READ THE STORY

Learn more about 2034: WRITING ROCHESTER'S FUTURES, the first speculative fiction anthology from R-SPEC Press and R-SPEC.org.

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   Cover image courtesy of R-SPEC Press. Cover art ©2009 by David Pascal.


   Treasures from the time vaults ...


Amazing Stories 1993

I've received numerous inquiries about my first publication in a major magazine. Although I have earlier works published in high school and college literary journals, few people will likely ever read them.

I won a content sponsored by Robert Silverberg and Kim Mohan that was published in the February 1993 issue of AMAZING STORIES. In Robert Silverberg's "Reflections" column, you will find several of my time-traveling camera ideas that caught their attention and gave me my first 15 microseconds of science fiction fame.

   Cover art ©1993 by Laura and John Lakey



The Dream Lives On! 1990

Thank you for the inquiries and the encouragement, but THE DREAM LIVES ON! THE UNOFFICIAL COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO MUSIC OF TANGERINE DREAM (01 May 1990) remains out of print.

I have no plans to update the content and release a new edition. Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream, not to mention the band's numerous alumni, have released far too many recordings in the intervening years for me to successfuly revise the guide.

   Book and cover art ©1990 by Alan Vincent Michaels

Curious cases of mistaken identity!

WHO I AM ...

My real name is Alan Vincent Michaels. I have owned the www.AlanMichaels.com domain since 2001. I have been the Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) Program Officer since October 2012 and the Marketing Officer since February 2019.

I was the Owner and Creative Director of Alan Michaels Associates, an advertising, marketing, and graphics design company, from 1994 to 2000 in Rochester, NY.

WHO I AM NOT ...

I have never had any connection with 'Michaels Stores, Inc.,' 'Alan Michaels Design' in New York, NY; 'Alan, Michaels and Associates' in Houston, TX; 'Allen Michaels & Associates, LLC' in Kenmore, NY; or the 'Alan Michaels' line of clothing and accessories.

'Alan Michaels' (pseudonym) - author of Diamonds and Legend. (These novels were written by a retired U.S. foreign services officer, who has also released a short story using this pseudonym.)

'Alan Michaels' - author of Suffix Obsession (I'm not this OCD!)

'Alan V. Michaels' - violin player on Richard Thompson's Sweet Warrior and Walking on a Wire albums

'Alan V. Michaels' - real estate agent in Las Vegas, Nevada

'Alan Michaels' - former KWFM employee in Tuscon, AZ; former business DJ and radio/TV news reporter