All posts by Michael J. Sullivan

[GUEST POST] Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Michael J. Sullivan on Being Atypical in HOLLOW WORLD

NOTE: This installment of Special Needs In Strange Worlds features a guest post from author Michael j. Sullivan! – Sarah Chorn

Michael J. Sullivan is the author of The Riyria Revelations, The Riyria Chronicles, and his recently released science fiction thriller, Hollow World. He’s been published in just about every way there is including, small presses, self, and the big-five. He spends part of his time trying to help aspiring authors learn the intricacies of publishing through a regular column on Amazing Stories, and soon he’ll be featuring author interviews on Adventures in Science Fiction Publishing. Michael has written twenty-three novels, published nine, and has been translated into fifteen foreign languages. His works have appeared on more than eighty-five “best of” or “most anticipated” lists including those compiled by Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and

Being Atypical in HOLLOW WORLD

by Michael J. Sullivan

I’ve been a big fan of Sarah Chorn for a really long time. Not just because of her amazing reviews, although that is reason enough, but because of her resiliency in weathering storms in her own life. Luckily for me, she’s a fan of my writing as well, and I’m grateful for her years of support. With the approaching release of Hollow World (April 15th from Tachyon Publications and Recorded Books), she invited me to do a guest post. So here I am.

I guess I should start out by setting the stage. Hollow World tells the story of Ellis Rogers, who travels far into the future (much further than he intended) in search of a cure for a recently diagnosed terminal illness. What he finds a world where disease, war, and even death has been eliminated. It sounds like utopia, and for some people it very well may be, but there’s a cost…isn’t there always a cost? In the case of Hollow World, genetic engineering has advanced to the point where everyone is identical, and trying to establish individuality in such an environment breeds its own set of problems.
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[GUEST POST] Michael J. Sullivan on Iconic Duos in Fiction

Michael J. Sullivan has worked as a commercial artist and illustrator, founding his own advertising agency in 1996, which he closed in 2005 to pursue writing full-time. He is the author of The Riyria Revelations fantasy series, comprised of Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron. His short fiction has appeared in Triumph Over Tragedy: An Anthology for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy, Unfettered and elsewhere. Next up for Michael is The Riyria Chronicles, a prequel fantasy series to The Riyria Revelations, consisting of The Crown Tower (coming in August 2013) and The Rose and Thorn (coming in September 2013) being published by Orbit. Michael can be found online at his website, on Twitter as @Author_Sullivan and on Facebook.

Iconic Duos in Fiction

by Michael J. Sullivan

Duos have a long standing tradition in literature. In many cases it takes the form of a sidekick, as in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Batman and Robin, or The Lone Ranger and Tonto. I’m glad to hear that the Lone Ranger remake is going to elevate the character of Tonto as these hierarchical pairings have never held much appeal to me.
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