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A short tribute by Morgan Scorpion, with an excerpt from Fat Face

by on Mar.06, 2014

Thank you Morgan Scorpion for this very beautiful reading.

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Thank you

by on Mar.06, 2014

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to post and express their feelings and thoughts for our family. It is very much appreciated. Linda

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MICHAEL SHEA AT SAN FRANCISCO BOOK PASSAGES SEPT. 5

by on Sep.02, 2013

sheaMichaelTo all our friends in the Bay Area:

Michael will be doing a reading of ASSAULT ON SUNRISE at Book Passages in the SF Ferry Building on Thursday, September 5th.

The location is Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Come if you can! We’d love to see you.

Can’t make it to an event? Want a signed copy?

Order a signed book from Book Passage at no extra charge while supplies last.

http://www.bookpassage.com/event/michael-shea-assault-sunrise

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Thanks to Library Journal for this review of ASSAULT ON SUNRISE

by on Sep.02, 2013

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Shea, Michael. Assault on Sunrise. Tor. (Extra Trilogy, Bk. 2). Aug. 2013. 288p.
ISBN 9780765324368. $25.99: ebk. ISBN 9781429988278.

Reality TV has reached its extreme with the advent of live-action films in which the demise of a character (or an extra) involves the actor’s actual death—and in which the survivors receive a small fortune just for living through the “movie.- When a number of extras pool their resources and relocate to a town of their own, naming it Sunrise. CA, they provide a safe place for other survivors and arouse the anger of Panoply Studios, which paid out millions in much-needed funds.

Now studio CEO Val Margolian has developed a scheme for exacting his revenge on the surviving actors as well as their town. He also hopes to make a huge profit from filming the destruction of Sunrise through an attack by unstoppable mechanical insects. In the tradition of Mad Max: Beyond ThunderdomeWestworld, and The Running Man, Shea creates a brilliant and cautionary satire that questions what passes for modern entertainment.

VERDICT
This sequel to The Extra takes current reality TV several steps further, delivering a thrilling action-adventure that, naturally enough, would translate well to cinema.

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NIFFT THE LEAN RETURNS

by on Aug.27, 2013

nift the lean2To the delight of many long time readers, Michael is currently having a good time working on a new Nifft the Lean story.

From this we present a small section of verse:

A MEDITATION ON MAN AND DEMON

Man for the million million years
He’s shared the earth with demonkind,
Has asked why they, in their ageless lairs,
So lust for his frail soul and mind.

Whatever hands set the clock of stars
Wheeling and wheeling down through time
Also sundered those empires
With barriers both now over-climb.

That men should go down to those sunless moors
Where Horror and Harm breed deathless forms,
Or to the Demon Sea’s littered shores,
Or its depths, where riches breed like worms:

That men do this (as the Privateer
Gildmirth of Sordon did in his pride)
Is no surprise, save that they dare
To sail that shape-tormented tide.

But why are netherworld nets flung here,
And men snagged out of their mortal terms–
Trawled kicking down from life in the air
To immortal drowning in monstrous arms?

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