This collection of short fiction and poems features all of Michael’s space opera and science fantasy written to date and collected in one volume for your reading pleasure!
Memory: Lucza Antreus, a woman whose mind and soul has been placed in a nearly indestructible body, seeks forgiveness and redemption for single-handedly causing the fall of an entire galactic civilization.
In The Stars They Offer: While exploring a derelict space station, one member of the mission experiences something radically different than her crew-mates.
Melpomene Run: An emergency courier run to an endangered colony turns deadly for Lt. Lisa Cochrane as she uncovers corruption, intrigue, and sabotage all around her.
I Took the Tear: A long science fiction poem about love and time dilation.
Nor To The Strong: A weary soldier must come to grips with the line between being a warrior and being a murderer.
Far From The Fields: During a scouting mission on a dead world, Robert Wilson’s past comes back to haunt him. Will he make the easy choice or the right one?
In the Void: A science fiction poem exploring themes of faith and exploration.
Tenari: While on a raid, Pirate-Captain Kathleen Reed and the crew of the Black Manta discover a ship full of child drifting in space and encounters an enemy from the Captain’s days as a Naval Officer.
Steadfast: Soldier embarks on a journey to save the life of his lover Dancer and their unborn child from a nameless bureaucracy whose rules disallow the disabled from having children. Can Soldier save his budding family while maintaining his honor? Or is it time to cast honor aside?
Shimmers & Shadows
Michael Merriam’s diverse stories unfold where the faery realm intersects with the mundane world of the Twin Cities, in the spacefaring future of exploration and adventure, and in a mythical land of sorcery and danger. Here you will find tales of adventure, horror, enchantment, humor, tragedy, and romance where:
…a young outcast strikes a hard bargain with the Muddy River.
…two very different spirits find sanctuary in a historic shopping mall.
…a space transport captain makes a difficult choice and falls headlong into the middle of a conspiracy
…a fallen Seelie champion is caught between his dark past and unusual mortal friends
…estranged lovers discover whether science or magic will save their dying Earth
…death is not the end, time does not always run in a straight line, and the rain blesses both mortals and fae.