The Fantastic Worlds of Alan Vincent Michaels - - 'Fantastic Worlds' ©Alan Vincent Michaels
'Moons Rising 1' ©Alan Vincent Michaels'Ringed World' ©Alan Vincent Michaels'Nova Astra' ©Alan Vincent Michaels'Exodus' ©Alan Vincent MichaelsContact


           Welcome to The Fantastic Worlds of

         Alan Vincent Michaels

Alan Vincent Michaels

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.

On March 16, 2021, the SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA accepted my membership application. After all these years, I'm proud to be standing side by side with speculative fiction's literati.


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

   Presentations and upcoming events

R-SPEC Meeting

06 April 2021

VIRTUAL Meeting: Myriad Worlds of Possibilities -- R-SPEC Reading Meeting

Meeting starts at 7pm ET

Thank our stars that COVID-19 aliens cannot read! We're meeting virtually to avoid being contaminated by them. On April 6, attendees are invited to read from their current or in-progress works or to share their writing roadblocks.


   Banner design: Alan Vincent Michaels

   Coming soon!

Dark Matter Magazine 01 October 2021

The Last Science Fiction Story
We Eat

I will soon join the growing DARK MATTER MAGAZINE family of authors and poets!


Dark Matter Magazine will be publishing my new story, The Last Science Fiction Story, and a reprint of my poem, We Eat, in the upcoming special Halloween / October 2021 issue!


   Recently published

31 January 2021
"Our wild race to Mars"

My speculative fiction haiku, "Our wild race to Mars", is included in "Comfort": A SciFanSat Microfiction Compilation on Aethereal Engineer - The Author Blog of Jason H. Abbott.

This is my fourth poem or microfiction piece to be included in the "Aethereal Engineer" SciFanSat anthology series


   Image credit: NASA

16 January 2021
"I am your vessel"

My speculative fiction haiku, "I am your vessel", is included in "Arrange": A SciFanSat Microfiction Compilation on Aethereal Engineer - The Author Blog of Jason H. Abbott.


   Image credit: Pixabay

28 December 2020
Pixabay Pixabay
"fragments" (speculative fiction)
"entanglements" (speculative fiction)
"becoming" (haiku)

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.


   Design by Scott Christopher Beebe; photos by Alan Vincent Michaels

20 December 2020

"fish tacos"

My speculative fiction microfiction story, "fish tacos", is included in "Imagine": A SciFanSat Microfiction Compilation on Aethereal Engineer - The Author Blog of Jason H. Abbott.


18 October 2020
"wander in wonder"

My speculative fiction haiku, "wander in wonder", is included in "Creep": A SciFanSat Microfiction Compilation on Aethereal Engineer - The Author Blog of Jason H. Abbott.


   Artwork by Pixabay | geralt

19 October 2019

SFPA Banner
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!


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

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

Three poems and one short story are 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


   Design by Scott W. Williams

   Book, Story, and Poem Reviews

Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans
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.


   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.


   R-SPEC logo and banner design by Alan Vincent Michaels

   Selected poems


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


Brick for Nik 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. (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).


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


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


   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).


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.


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


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

   Selected short bits & interesting pieces

Creatures Give Advice 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.

    Amazon Digital Services LLC (20 March 2019, Kindle, print paperback editions)

Creatures Give Advice Again

    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

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 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.


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