Michael J. Shanley


My parents were from Massachusetts and much of my early memory came from there. I remember green fields and orchards and stone walls on country lanes with the changing colors of fall. But my father worked for the Public Health Service and we moved wherever the Federal Government sent us. We ended in Kansas. Because we moved around, I didn't have lifelong friends and books filled the gap. When I was a kid when I wanted to go somewhere, a book took me there. Science fiction and fantasy stories took me farther into the unknown universe than any other genre.
As I got older and transitioned to regular fiction, or military history, then general history and nonfiction technical reading, there was always an opportunity for the guilty pleasure of science fiction and fantasy. A quick vacation read, or a book to fill a rainy weekend, science fiction and fantasy could wrap me completely in the tale itself, and I would spend my time in someone else’s tale.
I had my own tales I made up. I have been doing that all my life. In the car on the way to work or simply to fill the slow spots, I had my own adventures on distant worlds or alternative universes where I could lose myself.
When computers came along the writing got easier, and old story ideas were pulled from files left in boxes. New stories were dreamt about. There were tales I could write and think about, but still could not afford to share. It cost too much to get published. Some stories I wrote down, some have been lost. With the trend of E-Readers and online books, I can now share these stories with you.

Where to find Michael J. Shanley online


Luther Oliver, Technician
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Luther is trapped on a colony where his unique technical skill is in demand. He is a virtual prisoner. This is the short version of his life there.
El Dorado
Price: Free! Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Two brothers strike it rich in a mining find that totals the wealth of a thousand years…now, what to do with it?
Ghost Ship
Price: Free! Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Not all deep space salvage jobs are easy. But this one has it's own unusual complications.
Déjà Vu
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the very near future we can be looking into the not so distant past. History can repeat itself very easily.
Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Art imitates life. Is it fiction or nonfiction? How does a society respond to a threat to its way of life?
The Midnight Shift
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A serial killer is on the loose. He's taken adults, children and even animals.
Through the Dark Woods
Price: Free! Words: 10,280. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Not all is as it seems in a winter castle's keep.
The Nuclear Family
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Families come in all shapes and sizes, even in the future.
A Missing Person Case
Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Peter Burgess is a Fed that has been out of work and on the reservation since the New World Government took power. But now he is called back into service by this new government to solve a missing person case. Peter has to find someone no one knows, and no one has missed for seven years. And, he has less than two months to do it or the entire world spirals into chaos.
Zombie Attack!
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The sun is going down and the car has quit at the edge of a town outside of Vegas. Holed up in an abandoned hotel one living being tries to survive the night against the crowd of the undead outside.
The Hunt
Price: Free! Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
There is a new threat to the hunting grounds of the Neanderthal. Humans are invading and they are hunting something other than the game, they are hunting Neanderthals.
Sir Duncan versus the Peanut Butter Pirates
Price: Free! Words: 15,550. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Originally a series of one page serial bedtime stories for my son. Put together they are the adventure of a young man and his dogs in the lands behind the closet.
The Blue Lady
Price: Free! Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Tanner is a scrawny kid who is adopted by genetically engineered soldiers. After growing up with the battalion he proves that what makes a warrior and a soldier is what's inside, not outside. Alone and tasked with saving his military family on a hostile alien world, what awaits him is a warrior's reward.
Murder on Terra 4
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,760. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Murder on Terra 4 is a crime story that follows Detective Michael Stokes as he investigates the murder of a xenomorph. But not all is what it seems. Follow the investigation as it moves through interstellar drug dealing, alien civil war and department corruption.

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