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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, beauty, and life. My passions are writing — whether it be prose, poetry, or science articles — archaeohistory, genealogy, science, 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 all humanity.


What do I believe?

"I believe humanity will someday stride across the worlds of myriad, distant suns — if we can somehow survive our civilization’s infancy." —Alan Vincent Michaels

"We exist because countless stars died and so that we can admire all the beauty in our Universe, our world, and our minds. For that, and so much more, I am grateful." —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.

Ad astra, my friends. —Alan

                    

   Selected quotes ...


"Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fails, and never regrets." —Leonardo Da Vinci

"Wisdom and peace come when you start living the life the creator intended for you. —Geronimo

"Today — of all days — I renew my life’s journey. I’ve been off my path, hiding in the wilderness for far too long. In my heart, the drum beats strong and I know my direction is true.” —Alan Vincent Michaels

“This is why I write speculative fiction. I live outside the lines. I use 'rules' when they suit me. I abandon them when they do not. The Universe is my one, unbounded constant; not the walls of small minds.” —Alan Vincent Michaels

“Religion is the poetry of science, and science is the poetry of reality. They’re all parts of the same thing: our universe and our place in it.” —Alan Vincent Michaels

   Presentations and upcoming events ...


28 February 2019
Tower to the People
I'm delighted to be attending the Tower to the People screening and Q&A with Director Joseph Sikorski at the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY.

This is the first global event for the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

Full disclosure: I'm a film funder, and this will be the first time I've seen the movie on the big screen.

    ➤ Click here for movie info
    ➤ Click here for in-person screening and Q&A attendance info
    ➤ Click here for worldwide webcast Q&A ticket info
    ➤ Click to learn more about the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe and this upcoming event


05 March 2019

You Finished Writing! Now What?
Completing your story, novel, video game script, or play is just the beginning. What are the next steps? Come to the R-SPEC meeting, starting at 6:45 p.m., on March 5, 2019 and find out. We'll be in the Community Room (second floor) at Barnes & Noble in Pittsford, New York.

I'm looking forward to seeing you there. ➤ Click here for info


21 - 23 June 2019

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!

AlienCon 2019






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

 Click here for AlienCon 2019 info #aliencon


   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 R-SPEC.org. 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 www.AlanMichaels.com 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.

WHO I AM NOT ...

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!)