Stories

So what is the Guild Library?

The Guild Library is a magnificent database of humanity’s knowledge and history. It is managed by a universe-wide government called the Galactic Guild of Enforcement from its headquarters on the planet of Ur-Magad. Any citizen of the Guild can easily learn about their past in the Library – from humanity’s unexpected need to leave Earth and colonize other planets, through the war-torn times before the Guild’s existence that nearly saw humanity enslaved, to the fragile peace that has persevered after its formation.

Michael currently has two projects. They are part of the overall future history but are also their own distinct stories.

Spaceship interior.
CGI interior of a spaceship. (Image from https://www.artstation.com/artwork/m-deck.)

Fractured Children of Earth

A deeply personal story stemming from things that have happened in real life for Michael and his wife. Co-captains of a smuggling group in humanity’s distant future uncover a plot to enslave humanity. Taking action to stop it endangers their livelihoods, but doing nothing jeopardizes their dreams of retiring and starting a family. (Completed & querying, but he would never turn down a reader!)

Query blurb

Smuggling ship captains, Mary and Davi, have spent ten years profiting off transporting embargoed goods but now they plan to retire and start a family. A fragile truce among humanity’s Three Empires has afforded them room to carry out their less-than-legal work for the Cartel, an organization that contracts and coordinates their jobs.

When one of those jobs gets Mary shot, she and Davi uncover a shadow government entrapping smugglers. They learn the plot is orchestrated by another race seeking to subjugate humanity and appropriate all of its diverse art, history, and culture. This other race has infiltrated local governments and police forces, exaggerating the threat of smuggling to coerce humans into giving up their rights.

Mary and Davi must convince their colleagues in the Cartel to intervene and alert the Three Empires of the threat, even though it puts them all at further risk of arrest and imprisonment. If they fail, not only will their livelihoods be gone, but there won’t even be a free universe left to start a family or raise a child in.


The Watercolor War

She steals to survive and he’s a farmer’s son. An army threatens the land, enhanced by planetary energy. Both are unaware they can help defeat the army – until they learn of their connections to it. (This story is completed but he is re-outlining.)