"Ad astra, my friends!"
I am a seeker of knowledge & the answers to life's riddles, puzzles, & mysteries.
I study & photograph the past to better understand our present.
I write & teach speculative fiction to discover where our life quests can take us all.
I am passionate about quality & insightful:
writing – prose, poetry, non-fiction, technical, & science
graphic design – print, online, & video
photography – product, people, travel, & astronomy
See About the author for my bio.
From 1994 to 2000, I was the owner & creative director of Alan Michaels Associates, a marketing, advertising, & graphics design agency in Rochester, New York.
Maybe that's why I've been contacted by many people who think I am someone else. See Cases of mistaken identity! to discover other "Alan Michaels"-named people "out in the wild."
Join me & the R-SPEC Team for our reading meeting on July 11.
11 Jul 2023
Info & Meeting Link
Read my "The Last Science Fiction Story" & speculative fiction poem "We Eat" in the Oct 2021 Halloween Special Issue.
Speculative fiction stories & poems about the most frightening thing on any world:
The Aethereal Engineer & Hawk and Young online compilations offer speculative fiction writers & poets the opportunity to craft microfiction stories & poems inspired by weekly Twitter single-word prompts.
Aethereal Engineer • 07 May 2023
OUR CRYSTAL ARMADA
Aethereal Engineer • 16 Apr 2023
Select a link to see selected pieces that are just a little out of the ordinary.
SFPA's 2019 poetry contest
Read my award-winning dwarf poem "Seeds"
Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans
Select a link to learn about some of the other things I have been writing about & creating over the years.