Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in aerospace propulsion and minored in nuclear engineering. He is employed at Honeywell in Tempe, Arizona, where he is Chief Engineer in the valve product line. In his career, Mr. McCollum has worked on the precursor to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, a nuclear valve to replace the one that failed at Three Mile Island, several guided missiles, the International Space Station, and virtually every aircraft in production today. He was involved in an effort to create a joint venture company with a major Russian aerospace engine manufacturer and has traveled extensively to Russia.
In addition to his engineering, Mr. McCollum is a successful professional writer in the field of science fiction. He is the author of a dozen pieces of short fiction and has appeared in magazines such as Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Amazing, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His novels (all published by Ballantine, Del Rey) include A Greater Infinity, Life Probe, Procyon's Promise, Antares Dawn, and Antares Passage. His novel, Thunderstrike!, was optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible movie. His other books include The Clouds of Saturn and The Sails of Tau Ceti. His latest books, Gibraltar Earth, Gibraltar Sun, Gibraltar Stars and Antares Victory, were published for the first time anywhere at Sci Fi - Arizona, and Third Millennium Publishing. Several of these books have subsequently been translated into Japanese, German, Russian, and English (as opposed to American).
Mr. McCollum is the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, one of the first author-owned-and-operated virtual bookstores on the Internet. He is also the operator of Third Millennium Publishing (http://3mpub.com), a web site dedicated to providing publication services to author/publishers on the INTERNET.
Mr. McCollum is married to a lovely lady named Catherine, and has three children: Robert, Michael, and Elizabeth. Robert is a financial analyst for a computer company in Massachusetts. He is married to Patty, who once licked the big salt crystal in the Boston Museum of Science. Michael is a computer specialist. Half a decade ago, he was a Military Police Specialist with the Arizona National Guard. He found the promise of “one weekend a month and two weeks a year” to have been optimistic in the post-September 11th world. He went on a year-long camping trip at government expense to a garden spot somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from which he returned safe and sound. Elizabeth is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and married to Brock. They live in Washington, D.C.
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Gridlock, and Other Stories
Where would you visit if you invented a time machine, but could not steer it? What if you went out for a six-pack of beer and never came back? If you think nuclear power is dangerous, you should try black holes as an energy source - or even scarier, solar energy! Visit the many worlds of Michael McCollum. I guarantee that you will be surprised!
A Greater Infinity
Duncan MacElroy went out for a six-pack of beer one night and never came back. Instead, he found himself embroiled in a war for the dominance of Paratime, as well as defending our own particular version of Earth from predators on both sides. For he quickly discovered that "parallel universes" aren't, and that a single individual can make all of the difference in the worlds!
The new comet was a treasure trove of ice and rock. The water-starved Luna Republic and the Sierra Corporation squabbled over rights to the new resource. All thoughts of profit were abandoned when scientists discovered the comet on a collision course with Earth! As scientists struggled to find a way to avert disaster, all Earth waited to see if humanity had any future at all…
The Sails of Tau Ceti
Scientists are surprised to discover an alien light sail on the edge of the solar system. When the expedition sent to meet them boards the craft, they find beings surprisingly compatible with humans. That two species so similar could have evolved twelve light years from one another seems coincidental. One human soon discovers that coincidence has nothing to do with it.
The Clouds of Saturn
When the sun flared out of control and boiled Earth’s oceans, humanity took refuge in a place that few predicted. The human race took up residence among the towering clouds of Saturn’s upper atmosphere. The new city-states of Saturn began to resemble those of ancient Greece, with one group of cities taking on the role of militaristic Sparta...
Three hundred years after humanity made its deal with the Life Probe to search out the secret of faster-than-light travel, the descendants of the original expedition return to Earth in a starship. They find a world that has forgotten the ancient contract. No matter. The colonists have overcome greater obstacles in their single-minded drive to redeem a promise made before any of them were born...
The Makers searched for the secret to faster-than-light travel for 100,000 years. Their chosen instruments were the Life Probes, which they launched in every direction to seek out advanced civilizations among the stars. One such machine searching for intelligent life encounters 21st century Earth. It isn’t sure that it has found any...
Humanity has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars. We will go for a win in the war with the Broa. With the odds a million to one against, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won victory have their work cut out for them. Mark and Lisa Rykand soon discover they are in a race. The winner will decide the future of the human species… or, indeed, whether it has one.
The expedition to the Crab Nebula has returned and the news is not good. A million star systems have fallen under Broan domination. Do we submit meekly or fight and risk extermination? Do we hide and pray the Broa remain ignorant of humanity’s existence for a little while longer? Are the hairless apes of Sol III finally faced with a problem that has no acceptable solution?
In 2345, humanity has gained a toehold among the stars when a starship encounters two hostile alien spacecraft. The aliens come from a million-star empire whose rulers allow no competitors. What to do? Do we hide and pray the aliens overlook Earth for a few more generations, or do we take a more aggressive approach? Whatever we do, it must be done quickly! Time is running out.
After a century of warfare, humanity finally discovered the Achilles heel of the Ryall. Spica is the key star system in enemy space. It is the hub through which all Ryall starships must pass. If humanity can capture Spica, they will strangle the Ryall war machine. With the key to victory in hand, Richard and Bethany Drake must conquer human nature if they are to bring down the alien foe …
The paths between stars are again open and the people of Alta in contact with their sister colony. The return of star travel is not an unmixed blessing, for it brings news of a hostile alien race at war with humanity. To avoid defeat, Alta must seek out the military might of Earth. However, to reach Earth requires them to dive into the heart of a supernova.
The super giant star Antares exploded in 2512, isolating the human colony on Alta from the rest of human space for more than a century. One day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed, the Altan Space Navy dispatched a ship to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew.
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