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Stephen Michael Stirling is a Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author.
Stirling was born in Metz, France on September 30, 1953 to an English mother and Canadian father. He has lived in several countries and currently resides in New Mexico in the United States with his wife Jan.
He is particularly adept at describing military situations and militaristic cultures. He holds right wing opinions in many areas, agreeing with the aggressive neoconservative position on the Middle East and supporting neoliberal economics.
However, as an atheist he opposes the Christian right which currently has a heavy influence in the Republican party, and thus supports the Democrats. He often describes people with cultural values significantly different from modern western views, especially with a more liberal attitude to sexuality, in a sympathetic (or at least neutral) way. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual's outlook and values, with a particular emphasis that most people and societies consider themselves to be (mostly) moral. He frequently collaborates with other authors, including David Drake, Jerry Pournelle and Anne McCaffrey.
Stirling is probably best-known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent Island in the Sea of Time time travel/alternate history trilogy. His novels Go Tell The Spartans and Prince of Sparta are cult novels of antiguerilla warfare among military officers.
Fifth Millennium series
These are a collection of post-holocaust fantasy novels, in which civilization was destroyed (probably a nuclear war) in something near our present time and new civilisations have grown up. The novels are set in about the year 5000 AD. Ther are elements of magic or psionics present, but they are fairly low powered. Two additional novels in this series (Lion's Heart and Lion's Soul both by Karen Wehrstein) overlap these novels but were not authored or co-authored by Stirling. Shadow's Daughter by Shirley Meier is also part of the series.
- Snowbrother (1985)
- The Sharpest Edge (1986) (with Shirley Meier) (Later re-written and expanded as Saber and Shadow)
- The Cage (1989) (with Shirley Meier)
- Shadow's Son (1991) (with Shirley Meier and Karen Wehrstein)
- Saber and Shadow (1992) (with Shirley Meier)
The Draka novels postulate a dystopian slave-holding militaristic (white) African empire (founded by American Loyalists escaped to South Africa after the American Revolution) and follows its historical development through the 19th and 20th century. The Draka culture is remarkable for combining a strictly race- and class based hierarchical society with complete gender-equality (including female soldiers in integrated military units in combat roles) and a natural acceptance of nudity and homosexuality.
- Marching Through Georgia (1988)
- Under the Yoke (1989)
- The Stone Dogs (1990)
- Drakon (1995)
These are a retelling of the life of Belisarius, set on a colony planet with roughly late 19th century technology.
with David Drake
- The Forge (1991)
- The Hammer (1992)
- The Anvil (1993)
- The Steel (1993)
- The Sword (1995)
- The Chosen (1996)
- The Reformer (1999)
Falkenberg's Legion series
Note that earlier volumes in this series, staring with The Mercenary, were solely the work of Pournelle. These form part of the larger "CoDominium" sereis, that also includes The Mote in God's Eye by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven.
with Jerry Pournelle
- Go Tell the Spartans (1991)
- Prince of Sparta (1993)
Flight Engineer series
with James Doohan
- The Rising (1996)
- The Privateer (1999)
- The Independent Command (2000)
In Island in the Sea of Time the island of Nantucket is transported by an unknown physical process ("The Event"/"The Change", in the series) back in time into the Bronze Age circa 1250 BC (corresponding to the late Heroic Age of Greek mythology). The trilogy describes the conflict between the different factions of the island's population- some trying to dominate the world, others trying to better it- and the different Bronze Age civilizations. Dies the Fire (2004) shows the effects of The Event on the rest of the planet- the world Nantucket left behind- a world where electricity and guns no longer work.
- Island in the Sea of Time (1997)
- Against the Tide of Years (1998)
- On the Oceans of Eternity (2000)
- Dies the Fire (2004)
- The Protector's War (forthcoming)
- A Meeting at Corvallis (forthcoming)
Terminator 2 series
- T2: Infiltrator (2001)
- T2: Rising Storm (2002)
- T2: The Future War (2003)
belonging to series by other authors
not part of any series