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Michael D. Smith (5) (1952–)

Author of The Martian Marauders

For other authors named Michael D. Smith, see the disambiguation page.

16 Works 24 Members 14 Reviews


Works by Michael D. Smith

The Martian Marauders (2012) 4 copies
Collapse And Delusion (2016) 3 copies
Nonprofit Chronowar (2013) 2 copies
The First Twenty Steps (2011) 2 copies
CommWealth (2015) 1 copy
The Soul Institute (2015) 1 copy
Akard Drearstone (2017) 1 copy
The Wounded Frontier (2018) 1 copy
The Solgrid Rebellion (2018) 1 copy
Sortmind (2019) 1 copy
Jump Grenade (2019) 1 copy
The UR Jack Commer (2021) 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Smith, Michael David
Country (for map)
Places of residence
Texas, USA
Short biography
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. In addition to exhibiting and selling paintings and drawings, he has completed eighteen novels.



This review was written by the author.
With the shocking suicide of spaceship Typhoon I, the four Commer brothers are reduced to two. After the Final War, the evacuation of Earth, and battle with Martian terrorists, is eldest brother Jack fit to lead the United System Space Force? A look at the childhood beginnings of the Jack Commer saga.
sortmind | Jun 22, 2021 |
This review was written by the author.
In the early stages of developing plot and characters for the novel Balloon Ship Armageddon, the seventh and final Jack Commer, Supreme Commander adventure, the author interviewed twelve characters from the previous six books, wanting to know what energies they could bring to the project.
sortmind | Jun 22, 2021 |
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evil_cyclist | 3 other reviews | Mar 16, 2020 |
Collapse and Delusion, Book Four in the Jack Commer Series, starts off innocently enough, at a wedding where we get re-acquainted with the characters in the series. The author does a good job including refreshers about events in the previous books without big info dumps, thus setting the stage for a swift and nasty decline into scifi mayhem, including hostile aliens, dastardly plots, cool weaponry, and interesting, fleshed-out interpretations of things like time travel and programmed consciousness.

In contrast to the technical aspects of this story are a group of colorful, entertaining characters: commanders, engineers, badass women, sleezy journalists and politicians, and the redoubtable Alpha Centaurians, an alien warrior race with unsettling characteristics, pissed off attitudes and hidden agendas. These characters clash against a backdrop of a series of programmed time-space shifts and the utter collapse of the vast, Alpha Centaurian empire, in which every citizen is part of a collective mind.

Things get ugly when Supreme Commander Jack Commer and his wife Amav journey to meet their son, who was abducted as an infant by the Alpha Centaurians. Now a recalcitrant young adult who was raised by the enemy as part of a warriors’ brotherhood, he has written a novel, popular across the cosmos—but is not what it seems. During this stressful visit, in which they’ve planned a reunion party with their friends and colleagues, the Commers are pulled into a war for control over the shattered Alpha Centaurian empire, a battle that involves an unlikely bunch of would-be overlords. In the resulting chaos, everyone scrambles to take sides between collective bliss and perfection—and the scarier choice of individuality and free will. Just when it seems there’s no good place things can go, a twist involving the surprising transformation of a tormented protagonist makes for a satisfying ending.
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ftmckinstry | 2 other reviews | Mar 31, 2018 |

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