29-31 October 2021
The R-SPEC Team will be showcasing our organization at ASTRONOMICON 13 (October 29-31) held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center in Rochester, New York.
Allen Steele is the Author Guest of Honor.
Tap CONVENTION INFO below to see who else is attending and how to attend the convention in person!
I will be a guest on these panels:
➤ "So, You Want to be a Writer?"
(Saturday @ 11AM; moderated by Allen Steele)
➤ "Online Learning"
(Sunday @ 1PM; moderated by Alan Katerinsky)
➤ CONVENTION INFO ➤ CONVENTION PROGRAM
Artwork: ©Astronomicon 13
05 October 2021
R-SPEC Virtual Meeting: t.b.d.
Meeting starts at 7pm ET
Join me and the R-SPEC Team for our latest presentation.
I look forward to seeing you online next month!
➤ MEETING INFO ➤ MEETING FLYER
R-SPEC banner design: Alan Vincent Michaels
In the news
25 August 2021
I launched PARTICLE | WAVE PRESS in April 2021 to support my ebook and printed creative and non-fiction publications.
➤ READ MORE HERE
Logo design: Alan Vincent Michaels
19 August 2019
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
01 October 2021
The Last Science Fiction Story
I will soon join the growing DARK MATTER MAGAZINE family of authors and poets!
➤ MY AUTHOR BIO IS HERE
DARK MATTER MAGAZINE will be publishing my new story, The Last Science Fiction Story, and a reprint of my speculative fiction poem, We Eat, in the upcoming special Halloween / October 2021 issue!
➤ PURCHASE THE ISSUE
The "Aethereal Engineer" anthologies
The AETHEREAL ENGINEER anthologies, hosted by Jason H. Abbott, provide writers an opportunity to create speculative microfiction stories or poems inspired by weekly Twitter #SciFanSat word prompts.
To date, I've had 22 microfiction stories and poems published, and I'm delighted to provide links to the anthologies below.
|22 -||05 September 2021||"Eternal gods"||haiku||"ETERNAL"|
|21 -||29 August 2021||"We have learned nothing"||haiku||"BATTLE"|
|20 -||22 August 2021||"Surfing stellar waves"||haiku||"USE"|
|19 -||15 August 2021||"mindcasting"||haiku||"SERVICE"|
|18 -||01 August 2021||"a lasting egocentricity"||story||"COMPLETE"|
|17 -||25 July 2021||"A cosmic memorial"||haiku||"MEMORIAL"|
|16 -||18 July 2021||"The ride of your life!"||haiku||"FEW"|
|15 -||11 July 2021||"Rest for the weary?"||haiku||"ARTIST"|
|14 -||04 July 2021||Birth of a Starship||story||"UNCERTAIN"|
|13 -||27 June 2021||"Rā"||story||"PARTNER"|
|12 -||13 June 2021||"No survivors found"||haiku||"SURVIVOR"|
|11 -||06 June 2021||"We rescued the moon"||haiku||"DISTRICT"|
|10 -||30 May 2021||"call me old fashioned"||haiku||"DESIGN"|
|09 -||16 May 2021||"The Loops"||story||"LOOP"|
|08 -||09 May 2021||"I have a talent for escaping disasters"||story||"TALENT"|
|07 -||02 May 2021||"Humanity's greed"||story||"SIMILARITY"|
|06 -||25 April 2021||"In a world gone mad"||haiku triptych||"UNFAIR"|
|05 -||18 April 2021||"Gravity is heaven's language"||story||"DANCE"|
|04 -||31 January 2021||"Our wild race to Mars"||haiku||"COMFORT"|
|03 -||16 January 2021||"I am your vessel"||haiku||"ARRANGE"|
|02 -||20 December 2020||"fish tacos"||story||"IMAGINE"|
|01 -||18 October 2020||"wander in wonder"||haiku||"CREEP"|
28 December 2020
"fragments" (speculative fiction)
"entanglements" (speculative fiction)
I am delighted to announce that ten (10!) of my Twitter @PoetryIn13 prompt short poems are included in the POETRY IN 13: VOLUME THREE anthology (print only) edited by Scott Christopher Beebe and available in paperback from Amazon.
Note: The words in bold are the titles and the prompt words that inspired the poems. Unless otherwise noted, the poems are not speculative fiction or haiku.
➤ PURCHASE THE ANTHOLOGY
Design by Scott Christopher Beebe; photos by Alan Vincent Michaels
19 October 2019
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
Book, Story, and Poem Reviews
01 June 2020
Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans: A Scientific History of Extraterrestrial Genetic Manipulation
by Bruce R. Fenton and Daniella Fenton
The ebook released on 01 June 2020 on Apple Books, Amazon Kindle, and other platforms.
➤ READ THE REVIEW
Ode to Nikola Tesla
A poem in celebration of NIKOLA TESLA.
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. (
➤ READ THE POEM
Always Faithful, Always Loyal
Nor Even the Small Fish
Three, long-form prose poems included in the A FLASH OF DARK: VOLUME 3 anthology of speculative fiction and poetry from Scott W. Williams and Lulu.com. (28 August 2019)
➤ ORDER YOUR COPY
Design by Scott W. Williams
To the Stars! (A Hopeful Autobiography in Five Present-Tense Stanzas)
➤ READ THE POEM
Skipping Stone (Last transmission from an alternative Apollo 13 crew)
STAR*LINE - September/December 2010 (#33.5/6) print/ebook editions
➤ LEARN MORE
STAR*LINE (33.5/6) cover image courtesy of STAR*LINE
Cover art ©2010 by Garret Dechellis
Stepping Stone Lost
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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A 100-word, microfiction included on the THE FUTURE OF LITERARY FORMS: FLASH FICTION, HYPERFICTION, AND VIRTUAL WORLDS
Fads (or Why Jerry Loathes the Aliens)
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
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Selected short bits & interesting pieces
Roppatucha Greenberg's CREATURES GIVE ADVICE series
My Twitter-submitted questions and Ms. Greenberg's responses and custom
doodles are included in this (currently) two-book series.
CREATURES GIVE ADVICE
Amazon Digital Services LLC (20 March 2019, Kindle, print paperback editions)
CREATURES GIVE ADVICE AGAIN (and it's warmer now)
Amazon Digital Services LLC (21 June 2019, Kindle, print paperback editions)
Treasures from the time vaults
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
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