Michael D. Smith was raised in the Northeast and the Chicago area, then moved to Texas to attend Rice University, where he began developing as a writer and visual artist. The first four novels in his Jack Commer science fiction series, The Martian Marauders; Jack Commer, Supreme Commander; Nonprofit Chronowar; and Collapse and Delusion have been published by Double Dragon Publishing, with the next two in the series, The Wounded Frontier and The SolGrid Rebellion, to follow. In addition, Sortmind Press has published his literary novels The Soul Institute and Akard Drearstone as well as his novella The First Twenty Steps. His dystopian, black comedy novel CommWealth was published by Class Act Books.
Smith's writing in both literary and science fiction genres uses humor to investigate psychological themes. His web site, www.sortmind.com, contains further examples of his novels and visual art, and he muses about writing and art processes on his blog, www.blog.sortmind.com.
Smith is currently the Technology Librarian for McKinney Public Library in McKinney, Texas. In his career as a librarian he’s done extensive programming for adults, including book talks and author presentations, and has also marketed libraries through presentations and contacts with local media. His work includes technical assistance for eBooks and eAudiobooks.
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by Michael Smith
A cinder block falls on Akard Drearstone’s head and he trades his print shop job for lead guitar. Months later, as the four members of the Akard Drearstone Group face the onslaught of national fame at their rural Texas commune, twelve-year-old Jan Pace nurses her crush for the narcissistic, paranoid bassist Jim Piston, growing up way too fast in a surreal summer between seventh and eighth grade.
The Soul Institute
by Michael Smith
Computer technician Himal Steina realizes his dream of a mythic return to the sanctuary of a vast foggy university of Soul when he’s appointed writer in residence at the Soul Institute and falls in love with one of its numerous faculty goddesses, unaware that he’s blundering into a catastrophic jumble of power lust, romantic chaos, drug abuse, and gang violence.
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