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

After a decade of smuggling – coffee, animals, you name it – Mary and Davi want to retire from their spaceship and start a family. A fragile truce among humanity’s Three Empires affords them room to carry out their work for the Cartel, and with just a few more of those less-than-legal jobs, they’ll have enough money for the fertility treatments they need.

But Mary gets shot during a routine delivery and Davi is horrified to discover the attack was intentional. An alien race, infiltrating police forces and legislatures, is ambushing smugglers and blaming the clashes on them to justify passing oppressive laws. He finds that the aliens seek to subjugate humanity and appropriate its culture with the plot.

Mary and Davi must find a way to alert the Three Empires of the threat, even though it puts them and all of the Cartel at further risk of arrest and imprisonment. If they can’t, they’ll lose their livelihoods – and their shot at having the child they desperately long for.


The Watercolor War

She stole to survive, but now sells paintings. He’s a shy city guard, hoping to fit in. 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.)