Michael Black

Biography

I was born in 1948, to two delightful parents, in Brockton, Massachusetts. From about 5 years old I knew I loved Science Fiction and Horror movies. I graduated from Braintree High School in 1966. The Military draft was going strong then, and since I didn't want to be conscripted, I joined the Naval Reserve the next year. From 1968 to 1970 i served on my first ship, going to the Mediterranean on one 6 month cruise, being released after my 2 year obligation. From 1970 to 1972 I did Weekend Warrior time on two reserve Destroyers once a month, and two weeks in the summer. Just before my enlistment was up, I found I liked the life of a sailor, and reenlisted in the regular Navy, for the remainder of a twenty year carreer.

After that, I went to work for a private Ship Yard, and spent the next 24 years working on more Navy Ships, making much more money of course. I retired in 2016, and have been learning how to enjoy retirement ever since.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I found with my first attempt, that just throwing words at the computer screen does not work, even if you can pump those words out quickly. You meet brick walls fast!

I think you have to first of all 'believe' in your characters, and actually let them whisper to you where they want the story to go. It became clearer to me in the second book, Sacred Honor, that it was indeed true, as I had to go back often and reread whole sections to see what 'they' had written...
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Heinlein, because all of his works remind me of the beliefs that reside deep inside myself.
E R Mason, because his books actually inspired me in a way that Robert Heinlein did...
Alan Dean Foster, for almost exactly the same reason...
Anne McCaffery, because her Pern stories are just so damned good! You actually find yourself 'living' within them.
Jay Allan, because he portrays humanity's epic struggles so well...
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Books

Love Absolute
Price: Free! Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Dogs are very special 'people', something deep space crews seldom knew. Dogs were considered only good for making messes; but a tiny fur ball proved them wrong...
Places Unknown
Price: Free! Words: 38,160. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(2.00 from 1 review)
Daniel Curran and family continue their explorations of each other, the strange mysteries found on their voyages through the Universe; and solve a few in the process. When you own a star ship with nearly unlimited abilities, you can do that sort of thing...
Sacred Honor
Price: Free! Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.00 from 1 review)
A young orphan girl, an old Marine, and others learn the real meanings of truth, honor, and love...
The Ship
Price: Free! Words: 37,490. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.00 from 1 review)
What would you do if an Alien contacted you for help? Daniel Curran found out what he would do, and gained more insight into life than he was expecting...

Michael Black's tag cloud

alien races    animals    honor    humanity    love    love again    space    space aliens    space drama    space fantasy    space travel    truth