Michael Flynn (author)

Michael Flynn (author)

Michael F. Flynn, (b. 1947) works full time as a statistician and writes science fiction as a sideline.

Nearly all of Flynn's work falls under the category of hard science fiction, although his treatment of it can be unusual since he has applied the rigor of hard science fiction to "softer" sciences such as sociology in works such as "In the Country of the Blind". Much of his short fiction has appeared in "Analog Science Fiction and Fact".

"Firestar" series

In 1996 he published the first of four near-future novels recording humanity's return to outer space. "Firestar" focuses on industrialist Mariesa van Huyten's obsession with funding a private space program, but follows a large cast of characters affected by her plans, including pilots, schoolchildren, and her teacher husband. This was one of several books that were published that year which found hope for the future not in government programs, but in private initiative. (Victor Koman's "Kings of the High Frontier" was another.) Flynn's was the most complex and realistic treatment of the subject.

"Firestar" also revealed Flynn as a serious history-builder: in one brief scene, the protagonist of "In the Country of the Blind" appears, tying the two stories together without fanfare.

The first two-thirds of "Firestar" conflict with our own recorded history (taking place in the "future" of the late 1990s), but should be considered future, rather than alternate, history.

"The Wreck of the River of Stars"

"The Wreck of The River of Stars" (2003) takes the story further into the future: by the late decades of the twenty-first century, the fusion drive has displaced the solar sail, but on board the River of Stars - once a sailing luxury liner, now an obsolete, run down tramp freighter converted to fusion — the "old sailors" hope for one more chance to show what they can do.

"The Forest of Time"

"The Forest of Time" charts, within the narrow confines of a 70-page novella, a whole world which could have been with its history and geography, culture and languague — a world where the Thirteen Colonies threw off the British rule but failed to unite, and developed into separate nation states. A world where Pennsylvania in the Twentieth Century is a nation speaking a German dialect, which often goes to war with its neighbors New York, Virginia and the Iroquois Confederation...


Flynn's novel "Eifelheim" was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and his novelette "Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth" was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette on March 29, 2007. [ [http://www.nippon2007.us/hugo_press_release.html Official announcement] ] The novella on which the novel was based was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1987.

In 1988, Flynn's novella "The Forest of Time" was also nominated for a Hugo Award. 1995 saw his story "Melodies of the Heart" nominated in the same category. He received a Hugo nomination for his novelette "The Clapping Hands of God."

Flynn has twice won the Prometheus Award, first for his novel "In the Country of the Blind", and then for the novel "Fallen Angels", co-written with Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle, which also won the Seiun Award.

The story "House of Dreams" won a Theodore Sturgeon Award in 1998.

Michael Flynn was the first author winner of the Robert A. Heinlein medal, a lifetime achievement award given by the Heinlein Society on the advice of the Awards Committee (Dr. Yoji Kondo, Chairman). Other Heinlein Medal winners include Greg Bear, Larry Niven, and Jerry Pournelle.


Short fiction

* "Eifelheim" (1986) (nominee for Best Novella Hugo Award, 1987)
* "The Forest of Time" (1987) (Hugo Best Novella nominee, 1988)
* "The Adventure of the Laughing Clone" (1988)
* "Melodies of the Heart" (1994) (Hugo Best Novella nominee, 1995)
* "Southern Strategy" (2002) Published in the collection, "Alternate Generals II", 2002, ed. Harry Turtledove, Baen Books
* "The Ensorcelled ATM" (2005) Published in the anthology "", 2005, ed. Harry Turtledove, Baen Books
* " [http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0704/DawnSunset.shtml Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth] " (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006), Hugo nomination 2007
* "Quaestiones Super Caelo Et Mundo" (Asimov's July/August 2007), Sidewise Award for Alternate History


* "In the Country of the Blind" (1990, revised 2001) (Prometheus Award and Compton Crook Award)
* "Fallen Angels" (with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle) (1991) (Prometheus Award, Seiun Award)
* "Firestar" cycle
** "Firestar" (1996)
** "Rogue Star" (1998)
** "Lodestar" (2000)
** "Falling Stars" (2001)
* "The Wreck of The River of Stars" (2003)
* "Eifelheim" (2006) (Hugo nomination 2007)
* "The January Dancer" (2008)


* "The Nanotech Chronicles" (1991)
* "The Forest of Time and other stories" (1997)


External links

* [http://www.sfsite.com/07a/wr155.htm REVIEW: "The Wreck of the River of Stars"]
* [http://www.inchoatus.com/Critical%20Essays/Essay--Always%20the%20Goal.htm Critical essay on "Firestar"]
* [http://m-francis.livejournal.com/ Mike Flynn's Journal]
* [http://www.spectrumliteraryagency.com/flynn.htm Publisher's page on Author]
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