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Michael A. Stackpole

Author of Rogue Squadron

204+ Works 22,370 Members 200 Reviews 47 Favorited

About the Author

Michael A. Stackpole started his career as a role-playing and computer game designer before turning to writing. He lives in Arizona. (Publisher Provided) Science fiction and fantasy author Michael Stackpole was born in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1957. In 1977, he sold his first gaming project to Flying show more Buffalo Inc. He received a BA in history from the University of Vermont in 1979. Before becoming an author, he was a role-playing and computer game designer. In 1987, FASA Corporation hired him to write the Warrior trilogy of Battletech novels. Besides the Battletech novels, he is best known for his Star Wars and Dragoncrown War Cycle novels. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Michael A. Stackpole

Rogue Squadron (1996) 2,063 copies
I, Jedi (1998) 1,765 copies
Wedge's Gamble (1996) 1,717 copies
The Krytos Trap (1996) 1,596 copies
The Bacta War (1997) 1,590 copies
Onslaught (Dark Tide I) (2000) 1,390 copies
Isard's Revenge (1999) 1,251 copies
Ruin (Dark Tide II) (2000) 1,243 copies
A Secret Atlas (2005) 548 copies
Fortress Draconis (2001) 458 copies
The Dark Glory War (2000) 442 copies
Talion: Revenant (1997) 425 copies
When Dragons Rage (2002) 373 copies
Cartomancy (2006) 353 copies
The Grand Crusade (2003) 331 copies
Lethal Heritage (1989) 319 copies
Blood Legacy (1990) 280 copies
Warrior: En Garde (1988) 276 copies
Once a Hero (1994) 267 copies
A Hero Born (1997) 265 copies
Lost Destiny (1991) 262 copies
Warrior: Coupe (1989) 250 copies
The New World (2007) 244 copies
Warrior: Riposte (1988) 231 copies
Wolf And Raven (1998) 197 copies
Natural Selection (1992) 187 copies
Prince of Havoc (1998) 177 copies
Ghost War (2002) 176 copies
Assumption of Risk (1993) 163 copies
Malicious Intent (1996) 161 copies
Star Wars Omnibus: X-Wing Rogue Squadron, Volume 1 (2006) — Author — 159 copies
Grave Covenant (1997) 158 copies
An Enemy Reborn (1998) 156 copies
Star Wars: Union (2000) 154 copies
Bred for War (1995) 151 copies
Eyes of Silver (1998) 134 copies
A Gathering Evil (1992) 119 copies
Grimtooth's Traps Too (1982) — Editor — 80 copies
In Hero Years... I'm Dead (2010) 77 copies
Evil Ascending (1991) 71 copies
Conan The Barbarian (2011) 62 copies
Evil Triumphant (1992) 55 copies
Dark Tide (2000) 50 copies
Dementia (1994) 36 copies
The Crusader Road (2014) 36 copies
Masters of War (2007) 35 copies
Of Limited Loyalty (2011) 35 copies
Perfectly Invisible (2011) 26 copies
Tricknomancy (2010) 21 copies
König der Düsterdünen (2001) 20 copies
Festung Draconis (2003) 20 copies
Blutgericht (2002) 17 copies
The Kell Hounds (1988) 16 copies
Drachenzorn (2002) 15 copies
Der grosse Kreuzzug (2003) 13 copies
Die Macht der Drachenkrone (2003) 12 copies
Batman Sourcebook (1989) 9 copies
Star Wars: Union #1 (1999) 9 copies
Blood of Kerensky Omnibus (2010) 8 copies
The Warrior Trilogy (1998) 7 copies
Star Wars: Union #4 (2000) 6 copies
Star Wars: Union #2 (1999) 6 copies
Star Wars: Union #3 (2000) 6 copies
Tunnels & Trolls Adventurers Compendium (2014) — Author — 5 copies
A Tiny Spot of Rebellion (2019) 4 copies
A Clever Bit of Fiction (2019) 4 copies
Overkill (1981) 4 copies
Strange Brew 3 copies
Heir Apparent (2016) 3 copies
Apparent Catastrophe (2017) 3 copies
Elven Lords Delux Color Edition — Author — 3 copies
Catastrophe Unlimited (2018) 3 copies
Field Test 3 copies
The Inheritance of Duty (2002) 2 copies
Murderous Magick (2011) 2 copies
The Earth Transformed (2015) 2 copies
By Our Actions 2 copies
Unlimited Honor (2019) 2 copies
The Silver Knife (2009) 2 copies
In Service Days 2 copies
Blood Duty 1 copy
Peer Review 1 copy
Five by Five 1 copy
Seamless 1 copy
Brewed Fortune (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales from the Empire (1997) — Contributor — 849 copies
Tales from the New Republic (1999) — Contributor — 706 copies
Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 404 copies
Into the Shadows (1990) — Contributor — 315 copies
Superheroes: All-Original Adventures of All-New Heroes (1995) — Contributor — 212 copies
Forever After (1995) — Contributor — 207 copies
An Armory of Swords (1995) — Contributor — 176 copies
Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny (1998) — Contributor — 169 copies
Armored (2012) — Contributor — 141 copies
Renaissance Faire (2005) — Contributor — 138 copies
Steampunk'd (2010) — Contributor — 126 copies
Highwaymen: Robbers and Rogues (1997) — Contributor — 112 copies
Whatdunits (1992) — Contributor — 97 copies
Tapestries: An Anthology (Magic : the Gathering) (1995) — Contributor — 91 copies
Timeshares (2010) — Contributor — 82 copies
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contributor — 78 copies
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
Warriors of Blood and Dream (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance (2011) — Contributor — 73 copies
Terribly Twisted Tales (2009) — Contributor — 69 copies
Furry Fantastic (2006) — Contributor — 66 copies
Magic: The Gathering Distant Planes (1996) — Contributor — 65 copies
Pandora's Closet (2007) — Contributor — 63 copies
Star Wars Omnibus: Shadows of the Empire (2010) — Illustrator — 63 copies
Crime Spells (2009) — Contributor — 62 copies
Newer York (1991) — Contributor — 62 copies
Wizards, Inc. (2007) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told (2010) — Contributor — 55 copies
Visions of Liberty (2004) — Contributor — 53 copies
Guardsmen of Tomorrow (2000) — Contributor — 52 copies
Starfall (1999) — Contributor — 52 copies
Space Stations (2004) — Contributor — 48 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XIV (1998) — Contributor — 44 copies
Worlds of Their Own (2008) — Contributor — 43 copies
Slipstreams (2006) — Contributor — 37 copies
Army of the Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Spells of the City (2009) — Contributor — 35 copies
Shrapnel: Fragments from the Inner Sphere (1989) — some editions — 33 copies
Star Wars - The New Jedi Order, Books 1-3 (2003) — Author, some editions — 23 copies
Star Wars Omnibus: The Other Sons of Tatooine (2012) — Plot — 23 copies
Time Traveled Tales: Volume 1 (2014) — Contributor — 21 copies
Grimtooth's Ultimate Traps Collection (2015) — Contributor, some editions — 20 copies
Historical Hauntings (2001) — Contributor — 19 copies
More Tales of the Black Widow (1990) — some editions — 16 copies
Time Streams (2013) — Contributor — 14 copies
Shadowrun: World of Shadows (2015) — Contributor — 12 copies
Dragons! (2017) — Contributor — 7 copies
BattleCorps Fiction Sampler (2004) — Contributor — 2 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 72, No. 2 [Summer 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Stackpole, Michael A.
Legal name
Stackpole, Michael Austin
Birthdate
1957-11-27
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
Places of residence
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Vermont, USA
Education
Rice Memorial High School, Vermont (1975)
University of Vermont (BA|History|1979)
Occupations
game designer
writer
Relationships
Zahn, Timothy (collaborator)
Stackpole, Jim (father)
Stackpole, Janet (mother)
Stackpole, Patrick (brother)
Stackpole, Kerin (sister)
Organizations
The Phoenix Skeptics (Executive Director)
Awards and honors
Asteroid Namesake (165612 Stackpole)
Short biography
Michael Austin Stackpole (born November 27, 1957) is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his Star Wars and BattleTech books. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, but raised in Vermont. He has a BA in history from the University of Vermont. From 1977 on, he worked as a designer of role-playing games for various gaming companies, and wrote dozens of magazine articles with limited distribution within the industry.

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I'd never read this book as young Battletech fan, but it had such a point of prominence in the fictional history of the universe that I'd built up a lot of expectations.

I was looking for something easy to read and it delivered on that, with a continually moving plot and battle scenes aplenty. The writing does the job of explaining everything very clearly, and that can't be ignored; I've definitely read worse action!

This sounds like I'm damning with faint praise, and that might be true, but I also think that this book in some respects leans on the fictional universe it's drawing on for it's dramatic impact. If I were deeply immersed in that universe all the time, I might get more of a frisson of excitement as various prominent characters are revealed. Also, it's references to the drama of previous books both drains some of the drama in this book but does give it a more expansive feel, which is exactly what a fictional universe based on a wargame and roleplaying game needs. So I think this book delivers to that demographic well, but bereft from that context, it loses some of it's impact.

Some of the dialogue and internal monologues suffer from being either expository or extremely on-the-nose, but again, this book and it's universe isn't about exploring the subtleties of human interaction. It's about important events in a galactic scale.

So I do understand why these are missing, or at least not prioritized, but after reading authors like Guy Kay or Ursula K Leguin, I did find myself missing that extra level of detail.
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JasonMehmel | 2 other reviews | Feb 9, 2024 |
This book, surprisingly was one of the reading highlights of this year. The first half of the book was more a biography and introduction to the Talions, specifically the main character's background, which included side quests etc. I must confess I did start to wonder towards the middle of the book, whether there was going to be a bigger goal/plot, or if the book was going to remain a study of the Talion's life through descriptions of minor quests, but in the middle of the book the bigger quest became clear and as the book progressed from there, it made sense as to why the author gave such an extensive background to the Talions. All in all the last half of the book really picked up the pace (not that the pace were slow in the first half) and the conclusion was really exciting. I really enjoyed this book.… (more)
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ilsevr1977 | 6 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
Fantastic. This is only the second Star Wars book I've ever read, the first being X-Wing #10. Good story, characters and settings. Looking forward to reading more.
 
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thanbini | 19 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |

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