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Welcome to The Fantastic Worlds of Alan Vincent Michaels!

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.

Presentations and Upcoming Events

9 January 2019

Welcome to a new year! I have a lot of things in the works for 2019. Stay tuned ...

05 February 2019

At our February R-SPEC meeting, we'll delve into Speculative Fiction Tropes characters, stories, TV, movies, and games and we'll discuss when they can be used effectively and when they should be avoided. Bring your favorite examples to share with the panel members and the audience. The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. on February 5, 2019 at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford, NY.

I hope to see you there. click here for info (coming soon)

21 - 23 June 2019

Alien Con 2019

I have my Galactic Pass on order! I hope to meet up with you at AlienCon 2019 Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 21 through 23. AlienCon 2019 promises to be a fantastic time!

"I'm not saying it was the aliens, but it was the aliens." —Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

Click here for AlienCon 2019 info #aliencon

Ad astra, my friends. —Alan


   Selected poems ...

In celebration of Nikola Tesla's Birthday Expo at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe on July 14, 2018, my Ode to Nikola Tesla poem is available here.

My poem To the Stars! (A Hopeful Autobiography in Five Present-Tense Stanzas) is available here.

STAR*LINE 32.2: March/April 2009
Requiem Æternam and Skipping Stone (Last transmission from an alternative Apollo 13 crew) may be read in the September/December 2010 (#33.5/6) issue of STAR*LINE. See the contents list by clicking here.

Stepping Stone Lost may be read in the August 2010 (Vol. 8, No. 1) print edition of Scifaikuest.

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

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

Here are a few cool links ...
   STAR*LINE home page click here
   Scifaikuest guidelines page click here
   scifaiku click here
   senryu click here

   Selected short stories ...

Love Lost, a 100-word, microfiction story created for the R-SPEC The Future of Literary Forms: Flash Fiction, Hyperfiction, and Virtual Worlds meeting poster, released on 5 March 2013.

2034: Writing Rochester's Futures Fads (or Why Jerry Loathes the Aliens) is available exclusively on the online version of the 2034: Writing Rochester's Futures anthology, released on 31 July 2010. Read the story by clicking here.

Fads is a first-contact story set in Rochester, New York, in the year (you guessed it!) 2034, which is Rochester's bicentennial. The story focuses on the effect aliens and their technology have on the two main characters, Jerry and Mark, although the aliens left Earth five years ago. I also muse upon the effect this first alien contact has on the rest of civilization and the collective human psyche. I am extremely curious about what place Earth might occupy in a Galactic Commonwealth populated by races far older and more advanced than our own.

2034: Writing Rochester's Futures is the first print and online speculative fiction anthology from R-SPEC Press and Learn more about 2034 by clicking here.

From the cover: "It's 2034 on the edge of the altered state of New York, by some of the wildest new voices and best writers in speculative fiction. Read it before you live it."

   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'll 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 the Music of Tangerine Dream (published in 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 domain since 2001. I have been the Program Officer for the Rochester Speculative Literature Association (R-SPEC) since 2012.

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.


I have never had any connection with the 'Alan Michaels Design' company in New York, NY; the 'Alan, Michaels and Associates' collection agency in Houston, TX; the 'Allen Michaels & Associates, LLC' company 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

'Alan Michaels' - porn movie actor (no way, no how!)