Creator: Michael Stackpole
Michael A. Stackpole
is a Science Fiction
author probably best known for his contributions to the Star Wars Expanded Universe
and the BattleTech Expanded Universe
, but who has a number of original novels to his credit, mostly Low Fantasy
with the occasional High Fantasy
for good measure.
Stackpole got his start designing Tabletop RPGs
; in 1990, he wrote a report called the Pulling Report
, to respond to Patricia Pulling and others who claimed that such games were gateways to Satanic cults
Around then, he started writing in the BattleTech
universe, contributing a number of novels and two distinct trilogies.
In the mid-1990s, Stackpole was tapped to join the Star Wars Expanded Universe
, in both novels and comics. In contrast to most authors working in the universe at the time, who focused on Luke, Leia, Han, and epic galaxy-spanning plots, Stackpole pulled back, and told stories that were smaller in scale: the X-Wing Series
, focusing on Ascended Extra
Wedge Antilles and the elite Rogue Squadron. After trading off with Aaron Allston
for a couple of novels and contributing a few short stories, Stackpole turned to the Jedi Academy Trilogy
, writing the standalone novel I, Jedi
starring his original character Corran Horn, devoting the first half of the book to repairing perceived flaws
in that series. He would later write a duology (cut down from a trilogy, which meant several ideas were scrapped
) for the New Jedi Order
, but hasn't returned to the universe since. Unless you count The Reenlistment of Baron Fel
During and after that, Stackpole has continued to write original-setting fantasy novels, including Talion: Revenant
, the "DragonCrown War" series, and most recently, the "Age of Discovery" series, notable for containing Fantasy Counterpart Cultures
of Chinese and Aztec civilizations pre-Columbus instead of the standard Medieval Europe. He's also written a short story and a novel
about a superhero named Coyote or Revenant who acts outside the rules of traditional superheros. Revenant also appears as a character in PS238
Stackpole is known to be friendly with Timothy Zahn
, which shows in the interplay between their novels; Zahn is on record that someday—someday
—he'll beat Stackpole at Star Wars
Trivial Pursuit. Likewise, he and Aaron Allston
are on good terms, which developed when Allston continued the X-Wing Series
and needed to ask Stackpole questions. Generally speaking, all Stackpole's Star Wars
books include lots of Continuity Nods
, Call Backs
and Call Forwards
to pretty much every other Star Wars Expanded Universe
book that was in existence at the time each book was written.
In addition to writing novels, Stackpole is involved in Podcasting
, and has appeared at conventions on podcasting discussion panels.
There is an optional rule in BattleTech to occasionally have a mech's fusion engine explode if it takes damage. This rule is unofficially known as "The Stackpole rule", and the act of exploding as "Stackpoling", after his predilection for having this happen in his books.