S. M. Stirling

Stephen Michael Stirling (born September 30, 1953) is a Canadian-American[1] science-fiction and fantasy author who was born in France. Stirling is well known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and his later time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

S. M. Stirling
SM Stirling 2
BornSeptember 30, 1953 (age 65)
Metz, France
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Period1980s–present
GenreScience fiction, fantasy, alternate history
Website
www.smstirling.com

Early life and education

Stirling was born on September 30, 1953, in Metz, France—then the site of a Royal Canadian Air Force base—to an English mother and Canadian father. He has lived in several countries and currently resides in the United States in New Mexico with his wife Jan.

Stirling, along with Eric Flint, was tuckerized as a Secret Service agent in John Birmingham's alternate history WWII novel Weapons of Choice (2004).

Career

Stirling's novels are generally conflict-driven and often describe military situations and militaristic cultures. In addition to his books' military, adventure, and exploration focus, he often describes societies with cultural values significantly different from modern western views. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual's outlook and values, with an emphasis on the idea that most people and societies consider themselves moral.

Stirling frequently explores technological development within the context of many of his novels. The Draka, for instance, choose and face a different imperative in their conquest of Africa, and turn earlier to breech-loading firearms and steam power than the rest of the Western World. The stranded islanders of the Nantucket Series try to rebuild their technological base once the island is stranded in 1250 BC, while the survivors of the "Change" now face a world where electricity, firearms, and internal combustion no longer work.

Stirling also tends to write strong female characters who have prominent roles within the story.[2]

In the past, he has frequently collaborated with other authors, including David Drake, Jerry Pournelle, Anne McCaffrey, and Raymond E. Feist.

References

  1. ^ S.M. Stirling on Goodreads, retrieved Dec 26, 2017
  2. ^ Munger, Kel (June 2, 2009). "6/2/09 Book log". Sacramento News and Review. Retrieved 12 July 2009.

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A Meeting at Corvallis

A Meeting at Corvallis is a 2006 science fiction novel by S. M. Stirling. It is third novel in the Emberverse series that began with Dies the Fire and continued with The Protector's War. The story describes the events of roughly a year, some nine to ten years after the Change that altered the Laws of physics. It describes the war between the Portland Protective Association (PPA) and the other communities of the Willamette Valley.

Against the Tide of Years

Against the Tide of Years is the second out of the three alternate history novels of the Nantucket series by S. M. Stirling. The novel was released in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on May 1, 1999.

Dies the Fire

Dies the Fire is a 2004 alternate history and post-apocalyptic novel written by S. M. Stirling. It is the first installment of the Emberverse series and is a spin-off from S. M. Stirling's Nantucket series, where the Massachusetts island of Nantucket is thrown back in time from March 17, 1998 to the Bronze Age.

In Dies the Fire, S. M. Stirling chronicles the struggle of two groups who try to survive "The Change", a mysterious worldwide event that suddenly alters physical laws so that electricity, gunpowder, and most other forms of high-energy-density technology no longer work. As a result of this, modern civilization comes crashing down.

Drakon (novel)

Drakon is the fourth novel in the alternate history series, The Domination by S. M. Stirling. The novel was released in the United States on January 1, 1996.

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is a 2008 alternate history science fiction novel by American writer S. M. Stirling.

Island in the Sea of Time

Island in the Sea of Time (ISOT) is the first of the three alternate history novels of the Nantucket series by S. M. Stirling. It was released in the United States and Canada on February 1, 1998 and in the United Kingdom a month later on March 1.

Jimmy the Hand (novel)

Jimmy the Hand is a fantasy novel by American writers Raymond E. Feist and S. M. Stirling. The third and final book in Legends of the Riftwar series, it details the story of Jimmy, a 13- to 16-year-old thief, who after aiding Prince Arutha and Princess Anita escape Krondor and running afoul of Guy Du Bas-Tyra's secret police has fled south to the town of Land's End. Assuming the villagers have never encountered someone with his talents he becomes fairly optimistic about broadening his horizons, but is unprepared for what greets him. The story is set in the world of Midkemia.

It was first released by Harper Collins on July 7, 2003 in the United Kingdom. It was released in the United States in August 2008.

The book constitutes a kind of prequel to the earlier-published The Riftwar Saga, in which (among many other plotlines) the later life of Jimmy is depicted.

Nantucket series

The Nantucket series (also known as the Nantucket trilogy or the Islander trilogy) is a set of alternate history novels written by S. M. Stirling. The novels focus on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts which was transported back in time to 1250 BC due to something called "The Event". Shortly thereafter a conflict develops between the democratic Republic of Nantucket and a group of renegade Americans led by the ex–Coast Guard lieutenant William Walker. The series was nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2000. The series is closely related to Stirling's Emberverse with "The Change" being the synonymous point of departure.

On the Oceans of Eternity

On the Oceans of Eternity is the third and final novel of the Nantucket alternate history series by S. M. Stirling. The novel was released in the United States and Canada on April 10, 2000, and was released in the United Kingdom on April 29 of the same year.

S. M. Stirling bibliography

This is compete list of works by American science fiction author S.M. Stirling.

Shikari in Galveston

Shikari in Galveston is an alternate history short story written by S. M. Stirling. It is a prequel to The Peshawar Lancers.

T2 (novel series)

The T2 trilogy is a series of novels written by S. M. Stirling, set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and first published in May 2001, which makes them the first works to officially continue the franchise. The series consists of three novels: T2: Infiltrator (2001), T2: Rising Storm (2003), and T2: The Future War (2004).

The Emberverse series

The Emberverse series, or Change World, is a series of post-apocalyptic alternate history novels written by S. M. Stirling. The novels depict the events following a mysterious—yet sudden—worldwide event called "The Change" that occurs at 6:15 pm Pacific Standard Time, March 17, 1998. The Change alters both the course of history and all physical laws when it causes all the electricity, gunpowder, explosives, internal combustion engines, steam power and most forms of high-energy-density technology on Earth to permanently no longer work. Most of the action in the series takes place in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the United States. The series primarily focuses on how the characters survive the loss of 600 years of technological progress. The first book, Dies the Fire, concerns the conflicts between a Portland-based neo-feudalist dictatorship and the free communities of the Willamette Valley, primarily the Bearkillers and the Wiccan Clan Mackenzie. The later series, The Change, focuses on the now-adult children of the original trilogy's major characters. A third sub-series, beginning with The Golden Princess, is currently in progress, with the grandchildren of the original survivors as the central characters. The Emberverse is closely related to the preceding Stirling Nantucket series. Both deal with the aftermath of The Change, though its effect is radically different in the two series.

The Flight Engineer

The Flight Engineer is a trilogy of science-fiction novels by S. M. Stirling and James Doohan and published by Baen Books. It consists of The Rising (published in 1996), The Privateer (1999) and The Independent Command (2000).

The Protector's War

The Protector's War is a 2005 alternate history, post-apocalyptic, science fiction novel by American writer S.M. Stirling. It is the second novel in the Emberverse series. The Protector's War describes the events of roughly a year, some eight years after the Change which altered the laws of physics in Dies the Fire. It describes the preparations of the Portland Protective Association for a war of conquest against the other communities of the Willamette Valley, their actions in response, and the arrival of three English refugees whose coming will help shape events in Oregon.

The Stone Dogs

The Stone Dogs is a science fiction novel by S. M. Stirling, the third book in the alternate history series, The Domination. It was first published in paperback by Baen Books in August, 1990. It was a preliminary nominee for the 1996 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.The novel details the life of Eric von Shrakenberg's niece, Yolande Ingolfsson, and Chantal Lefarge's children, Frederick and Marya. Eric later becomes the Archon during the "Final War".

The Sunrise Lands

The Sunrise Lands is a post-apocalyptic 2007 novel by alternate history author S. M. Stirling. It is the fourth novel set in the Emberverse series. The core of the story is a quest by the sons and daughters of all the main characters from the first trilogy, to travel across the face of a changed America all the way to Nantucket.

The Sword of the Lady

The Sword of the Lady (2009) is an alternate history, post-apocalyptic novel by American writer S. M. Stirling. It is the sixth book in the Emberverse series. Rudi Mackenzie and his group leave Iowa, heading through Wisconsin, out onto the Great Lakes, into what was once Maine and finally to Nantucket. All the while they are pursued by the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), led by a High Seeker (a CUT priest with supernatural powers) and Major Graber.

Under the Yoke (Stirling novel)

Under the Yoke is the second of four books of S. M. Stirling's alternate history series, The Domination. It was first published in the United States on September 1, 1989.

Works by S. M. Stirling
Novels of "The Change"
The Lords of Creation series
Shadowspawn series
The Domination series
The Flight Engineer series
Tales from the Black Chamber series
Other novels
Short stories

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