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Stackpole, Michael A

(1957-    ) US designer of Role Playing Games from around 1978 and author, much of whose work has been related directly or indirectly to his design work, much of it being fantasy. His two main series, however, are Ties to sf universes: the Battletech sequences beginning with Battletech: The Warrior Trilogy, Volume One: En Garde (1988) (for the Wargame, see BattleTech), and the Star Wars sequences beginning with Star Wars: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (1996) (see Star Wars; Star Wars: X-Wing and other linked entries). Of his fantasy series, of greatest (if somewhat limited) sf interest may be the Age of Discovery sequence beginning with A Secret Atlas (2005), set in after a vast polar Disaster, in an Alternate World where Magic works; and the Crown Colonies sequence beginning with At the Queen's Command (2010), set in a "New World" which glancingly resembles North America, and involving conflicts glancingly evocative of the American Revolutionary War, though with Zombies added to the mix. [JC]

see also: Audiozine.

Michael Austin Stackpole

born Wausau, Wisconsin: 27 November 1957



Battletech: Warrior

Battletech: Blood of Kerensky


Battletech: MechWarrior Dark Age

Dark Conspiracy: Fiddleback Trilogy

Star Wars: X-Wing

Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: the New Jedi Order

Realms of Chaos

DragonCrown War

Age of Discovery

Crown Colonies

Gears of War

individual titles


works as editor


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 19:01 pm on 11 August 2022.