Michael P. Kube-McDowell

Michael Paul Kube-McDowell (born August 29, 1954), also known as Michael McDowell or Michael P. McDowell, is an American science fiction and non-fiction author.


Born Michael Paul McDowell on August 29, 1954 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), he attended St. Joseph's High School (Camden, New Jersey) (Class of 1972)[1] and Michigan State University.

Writing career

Kube-McDowell has written for television, been a stringer for a daily newspaper, and published short fiction, reviews, assorted nonfiction and erotica. He was honored for teaching excellence by the 1985 White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Kube-McDowell's short fiction has been featured in Analog, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, as well as anthologies After the Flames and Perpetual Light. Three of his stories have been adapted as episodes of the TV series Tales from the Darkside. Outside of science fiction Kube-McDowell is the author of more than 500 nonfiction articles on subjects ranging from space careers to "scientific creationism" to an award-winning four-part series on the state of American education. Kube-McDowell's literary works have been recognized and highlighted at Michigan State University in their Michigan Writers Series.[2]




  • Alternities (1988) [3]
  • Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Odyssey (1987)
  • The Quiet Pools (1990)
  • Exile (1992)
  • The Trigger (1999) (with Arthur C. Clarke)
  • Vectors (2002)

Young adult novels

  • Thieves of Light (1987) (writing as Michael Hudson)



  1. ^ "Why 'Memorial'? Why 'Free Range'? Why 'Salt Lick'? Why these pages?" The St. Joseph High School Memorial Free Range Salt Lick website
  2. ^ "Michigan Writers Series". Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ (see review "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-10-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link))

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1996 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1996.

Before the Storm

Before the Storm may refer to:

Before the Storm (novel), a 1996 novel by Michael P. Kube-McDowell in the Star Wars: Black Fleet Crisis trilogy

Before the Storm (2000), a 2000 Swedish film Före stormen directed by Reza Parsa

Before the Storm (film) or Ill Wind, a 2007 French film

Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, a 2001 political history book by Rick Perlstein

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, a 2017 episodic video game and a prequel to Life Is Strange


Coruscant () is an ecumenopolis planet in the fictional Star Wars universe (in the Coruscant Subsector of the Corusca Sector of the Core Worlds). It first appeared onscreen in the 1997 Special Edition of Return of the Jedi, but was first mentioned in Timothy Zahn's 1991 novel Heir to the Empire. Coruscant was historically referred to as Notron or Queen of the Core; was renamed Imperial Center during the reign of the Galactic Empire (as depicted in the original films) and Yuuzhan'tar during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion (as depicted in the New Jedi Order novel series). The planet's capital city was initially Galactic City (built at least in 100,000 BBY, partially destroyed in 27 and 44 ABY); under the Galactic Empire this was Imperial City, and was Republic City or the City Of Spires under the Galactic Republic. The planet was code-named Triple Zero during the Clone Wars. The demonym and adjective form of the planet name is Coruscanti.

Coruscant is the sixth planet out of 11 planets in the Coruscant System: (Revisse (Venus type), Platoril (Mercury type), Vandor-1 (Mercury type), Vandor-2 (Mercury type), Vandor-3 (Earth type), Coruscant (Trantor type), Muscave (Jupiter type), Stentat (Jupiter type), Improcco (Pluto type), Nabatu (Eris type) and Ulabos (Pluto Type). Coruscant has four moons; Centax-1, Centax-2, Centax-3, and Hesperidium. Beyond the system's planets was the OboRin Comet Cluster (Oort Cloud type), and in between Improcco and Nabatu was an asteroid belt (The Covey). The sun was called Coruscant Prime.

Coruscant serves as the nexus of socio-economic, cultural, intellectual, political, military, and foreign policies activity within the Star Wars galaxy; at various times, it is the central capital of these governing bodies: the Republic, the Galactic Empire, the New Republic, the Yuuzhan Vong Empire, the Galactic Federation Of Free Alliances (Galactic Alliance), the Fel Empire, Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, and the Galactic Federation Triumvate. The planet's strategic position relative to the galactic center, a population of 2 trillion sentients approx, and control over the galaxy's main trade routes and hyperspace lanes — Perlemian Trade Route, Hydian Way, Corellian Run and Corellian Trade Spine — that must converge and pass through Coruscant space, cemented its status as the richest and most influential habitable world in the Star Wars galaxy.

Isaac Asimov's Robot City

Isaac Asimov's Robot City is a series of novels written by various authors and loosely connected to Isaac Asimov's Robot series. It takes place between The Robots of Dawn and Robots and Empire. Each volume is complete in itself, but they form a continuing series. The novels were written in response to a writing challenge issued by Asimov to write a series involving the Three Laws of Robotics, which brought about a collaboration of several authors. Asimov provided outlines for stories which filled in the gap between Asimov's own robot stories and his Foundation series, explaining the disappearance of the robots prior to the establishment of the galactic empire. Isaac Asimov's Robots and Aliens followed in this series, with the same protagonists and many other characters. The common theme of all books of both series is the interaction between the characters and autonomous cities run and populated by robots (the "robot cities" of the series title). Robot City was also released as a mystery game for the PC in 1995. The player takes the role of Derec.

List of Tales from the Darkside episodes

This is an episode list for the 1980s anthology series Tales from the Darkside.

McDowell (surname)

McDowell is a surname, derived from the Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill. Notable people with the surname include:

Alexander McDowell (1845-1913), congressman from Pennsylvania

Charles S. McDowell (1871–1943), interim governor of Alabama

Charles T. McDowell (born 1921), American academic and military officer

Derek McDowell (born 1958), Irish politician

Ephraim McDowell (1771–1830), American physician

Fred McDowell (1904–1972), American blues singer and guitar player

Graeme McDowell (born 1979), Northern Irish professional golfer

Hugh McDowell (1953–2018), English cellist, member of Electric Light Orchestra

Irvin McDowell (1818–1885), Union army general

Jack McDowell (born 1960), former Major League Baseball pitcher

Jack McDowell (born circa 1922-23), Northern Irish political activist

James McDowell (1795–1851), politician from Virginia

James F. McDowell (1825-887), politician from Indiana

James F. McDowell (born 1862), politician from Wisconsin

John McDowell (born 1942), English philosopher

Johnny McDowell (1915–1952), American Formula One driver

Josh McDowell (born 1939), American Christian apologist and author

Kelly McDowell (born circa 1953), mayor of El Segundo, California

Linda McDowell (born 1949), British geographer

Louise Sherwood McDowell (1876–1966), American physicist

Malik McDowell (born 1996), American football player

Malcolm McDowell (born 1943), English actor

Matthew McDowell, Steamboat owner and builder

Michael McDowell (politician) (born 1951), barrister and former Irish politician

Michael McDowell (actor) (born 1964), Northern Irish actor

Michael McDowell (author) (1950-1999), American novelist and screenwriter

Michael P. Kube-McDowell (born 1954), American science fiction writer

Michael McDowell (racing driver) (born 1984), American race car driver

Oddibe McDowell (born 1962), former Major League Baseball player

Paul McDowell (rower) (1905–1962), American rower

Paul McDowell (actor) (1931–2016), English actor and screenwriter

Robert M. McDowell (born 1963), former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner

Roger McDowell (born 1960), Major League baseball player and coach

R. B. McDowell (1913–2011), Professor Emeritus of History, Trinity College Dublin

Sam McDowell (born 1942), Major League baseball pitcher

Samuel McDowell (1735-1817), American soldier and politician, father of Dr. Ephraim McDowell

Samuel Booker McDowell (1928-2014), American herpetologist

Thomas McDowell (born 1977), convicted murderer

William Fraser McDowell (1858–1937), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell is the name of:

Michael McDowell (politician) (born 1951), barrister and an Irish politician

Michael McDowell (actor), Northern Irish actor

Michael McDowell (author) (1950–1999), American novelist and screenwriter

Michael P. Kube-McDowell (born 1954), American science fiction writer

Michael McDowell (racing driver) (born 1984), American race car driver

Mike MacDowel (1932–2016), former English racing driver


Orycon is Portland, Oregon's annual science fiction/fantasy convention, held in November since 1979.

Philip K. Dick Award

The Philip K. Dick Award is a science fiction award given annually at Norwescon and sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and (since 2005) the Philip K. Dick Trust. Named after science fiction and fantasy writer Philip K. Dick, it has been awarded since 1983, the year after his death. It is awarded to the best original paperback published each year in the US.The award was founded by Thomas Disch with assistance from David G. Hartwell, Paul S. Williams, and Charles N. Brown. As of 2016, it is administered by Gordon Van Gelder. Past administrators include Algis Budrys, David G. Hartwell, and David Alexander Smith.

Photon (TV series)

Photon was a live action television show in the mid-1980s, which was tied into the Photon lasertag arenas and home game. It was produced by DIC Audiovisuel as a first run syndicated kids series which shown in various syndicated markets through most of the mid eighties. Animator Shinji Aramaki served as miniature model maker/designer on the special effects team for the series.

The 1982 Annual World's Best SF

The 1982 Annual World's Best SF is an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, the eleventh volume in a series of nineteen. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in May 1982, followed by a hardcover edition issued in September of the same year by the same publisher as a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club. For the hardcover edition the original cover art of Wayne D. Barlowe was replaced by a new cover painting by Dawn Wilson.

The book collects ten novellas, novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, with an introduction by Wollheim. The stories were previously published in 1981 in the magazines Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, the collections Sunfall and Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions, and the anthology Distant Worlds.

The Black Fleet Crisis

The Black Fleet Crisis is a trilogy set in the Star Wars expanded universe. The books take place 16 years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. All three novels were authored by Michael P. Kube-McDowell and published by Bantam Books between March 1996 and November 1998.

The Trigger

The Trigger is a 1999 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael P. Kube-McDowell. It is an attempt to explore the social impact of technological change.

The Trigon Disunity

The Trigon Disunity is a series of three books written by science fiction author Michael P. Kube-McDowell. Emprise was a Philip K. Dick Award nominee, and placed second in the annual Locus Poll for best first novel. The first edition covers were by Ron Miller.

Emprise (1985, ISBN 0-425-07763-2) : The world has been devastated by the Food and Fuel Wars turning once-powerful nations into loose groupings of isolated farming communities. Barter has replaced currency, and scientists — blamed for the world's misery — are burned at the stake. Hidden in the Idaho hills, astronomer Allen Chandliss struggles to maintain his primitive radio telescope, listening in secret for signs of the intelligent life, which may be the only hope to improve things on Earth. After seventeen years a repeating signal is received from Cassiopeia. He manages to send a message to a group of scientists in England. The race is on to decode the signal and then find the resources to respond to it...

Enigma (1986, ISBN 0-425-08767-0) : Set 150 years after the events of the first book, the 'aliens' turned out to be human and considered themselves to have been colonized from Earth in the distant past. The Unified Space Survey has been established to make contact with other remnants of the first colonization and to determine what happened to it...

Empery (1987, ISBN 0-425-09887-7): The catastrophe that befell the first human interstellar civilisation has been explained; destroyed by the alien Mizari from a black star in the Ursa Major cluster. But as the new galactic empire is formed the threat of the all-powerful Mizari remains...

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