Michael Poeltl

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in Toronto, Canada



Dan Simmons, Cormic McCarthy, Neil Gaiman

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June 2009


"A well built fantasy world with likable characters." - A.I. Insurrection - The General's War - Goodreads
"The characters are 3-dimensional and realistic, with believable flaws, motivations and goals, doubts and beliefs.." - A.I. Insurrection - The General's War - Goodreads
"A great read for anyone who enjoys extensively built worlds." - A.I. Insurrection - The General's War - Goodreads
"The immense interest provided by the world, technology, action and characters kept me reading happily" - A.I. Insurrection - The General's War - Goodreads
"Very well done and I am looking forward to reading book 2." - A.I. Insurrection - The General's War - Goodreads
"Reading Michael Poeltl’s A.I. Insurrection is like watching a master’s level chess tournament."

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The Judas Syndrome (The Jud...

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A.I. Insurrection

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Her Past's Present

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Waning Metaphorically

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West of Noreaso

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Writing for a Time Period

 So, usually, my books take place in the present-day or the near future, so as far as creating authentic period language, it hasn’t been an issue. If people use a bizarre term in the future, who’s to say that’s wrong? The present is the present and I live in the present, so… I get my queues from the news and music and television shows. Also friends and family and work peers and kids. There is no l

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The Judas Syndrome Rebirth Revelation
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Mimi's Story (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: A short concerning A.I. Insurrection during the Chimera executions of 2162
Spirit Race (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Science fiction set on a post-human earth, narrated by aliens. It is a story I had intended to finish years earlier, so it’s difficult to say whether it would have turned out the way it has if I hadn’t waited. I had even gone so far as to sketch out likenesses of the alien race who take the lead in this story. Mallia has arrived on earth forty five universal years after the human race had been wiped out. She is there to collect information on the humans and samples of surviving species to return to her Tow-world. What she doesn’t expect is to be guided by a strange voice in her head that will lead her to a life-altering revelation.)
Snowfort Wars (Humor)
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Description: With winter comes courage; to fight the elements, even just to go outside, but when a snowball fight sends you running for cover, courage can be found in the most unexpected places. Re-live your favourite part about winter in this witty and fun short.
The Gift (Horror)
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Description: Flash fiction concerning a man and his regret.
Life imitates Art (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A revealing story of a man possessed
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“Memories are of the ethereal, and not the material world, that is how I know I am forever.”
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“The guns reminded me that this was just an attempt to punch holes in the darkness that enveloped us now.”
Michael Poeltl, The Judas Syndrome

“The storm long past, the night sky was beset with stars. Pointing upward, I asked her to pick a point of light and stay with it. Standing up, I eased Sara to her feet. Whispering into her ear, I asked, “Have you ever stood under a star... and felt the earth move under your feet?”
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“Memories are of the ethereal, and not the material world, that is how I know I am forever.”
Michael Poeltl

“The guns reminded me that this was just an attempt to punch holes in the darkness that enveloped us now.”
Michael Poeltl, The Judas Syndrome

“The storm long past, the night sky was beset with stars. Pointing upward, I asked her to pick a point of light and stay with it. Standing up, I eased Sara to her feet. Whispering into her ear, I asked, “Have you ever stood under a star... and felt the earth move under your feet?”
Michael Poeltl, The Judas Syndrome

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
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message 55: by Michael

Michael Poeltl It may be an unpopular opinion, but I think for its 50th, #EarthDay2020 got its wish with this #quarantine. Happy Earth Day and let's try to keep our emissions down and trees upright, and stop bailing out big oil, bail out the people working in it. Today through April 23rd, my illustrated book, An Angry Earth - A Cautionary Tale, is FREE. #EarthDay50!#artforearth World Wildlife Fund #Climateemergency #EarthDay50

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Michael Poeltl While the Buy a #Book and Plant a #Tree campaign with Forests Ontario has been working hard to reach those who love trees and books and who want to make a difference, we've been nursing pine trees from seed we retrieved from a single pine cone. If you've enjoyed a walk in the woods while COVID-19 has kept you from the ones you love, consider supporting this initiative. With my thanks. https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Poeltl...

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Michael Poeltl I'm disheartened to say we're not gaining any ground in #plantingtrees with this campaign. I guess I simply don't have the reach. If planting trees isn't your bag, I hope you're donating to a cause you believe in. I've many I contribute to; #HeartandStroke, #Cancer, #MentalHealth, #Animalrights, #Childrenscharities. I just want to do my part and raise awareness. #Ispeakforthetrees If you have some pocket change (many Kindle books are just $0.99), consider this charity and buy a book to plant a tree. Buy direct from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Poeltl...

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Michael Poeltl For the month of March, I'm donating all book sales to the non-profit charity, Forests Ontario. Visit them at www.forestsontario.ca Learn how you can help https://multi-genre-indie-author.blog...

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Michael Poeltl My graphic picture book An Angry Earth on environmental awareness is now featured on the Earth Day website where other environmental artists can place their works to further educate the world on climate change. https://www.earthday.org/campaign/art...

message 50: by Michael (last edited Nov 25, 2019 12:03PM)

Michael Poeltl So, my 9-year-old daughter and I found some ancient history the other day. A stack of my old works. These range from when I was 10 through 14. That’s the early-mid 80’s folks. Some are close to actually disintegrating, but she has begun to read them - carefully. It’s kind of awesome listening to your own kid read something you wrote and tell you that it’s good.

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Michael Poeltl Adventures in Sci-fi interviewed me and the post is up today! Always grateful for the additional exposure. Thanks to Chris Morton for the opportunity to appear on his #Sciencefiction blog based in the UK. https://newadventuresinscifi.blogspot...

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Michael Poeltl Offering free copies of the Halloween inspired West of Noreaso. This Halloween embrace superstition and learn how to collect #goodluck while averting #Badluck in a family-friendly story about two siblings, a strange land, and three helpful sheep. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/149...

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Michael Poeltl Limited offer of a #FreeKindle copy of A.I. Insurrection, The General's War, book one of the mind-bending #Sciencefiction trilogy is available for download today through Sunday. Get your sci-fi fix for Fall today! #Spaceopera https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...

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Michael Poeltl Support the march! #FridaysForFuture An Angry Earth https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/153...

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Michael Poeltl Exodus
Admit it, you're curious over what I write... or even if I can write. Well, because you're on the fence over spending a buck or two on the Kindle versions, here's one for free. Free book until September 20th. If you do decide to take me up on this offer, I'd love to hear what you thought in a critical review. Thanks, and happy #reading! https://www.amazon.com/I-Insurrection...

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Michael Poeltl Happy to see more and more reviews coming in for the AI Insurrection series! This one, from Literary Portals, is vibrant and distinct and I hope will bring in more readers to the series :) Thank you, Literary Portals for your awesome review!

message 43: by Michael (last edited Sep 09, 2019 10:03AM)

Michael Poeltl Love Sci-fi? A.I., Space battles, world-building, angry aliens, military science fiction? Exodus is now on Giveaways for 10 paperback copies! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

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Michael Poeltl #Kindle version of Exodus (A.I. Insurrection #3). is now available for pre-order. The thrilling conclusion to the game-changing sci-fi series is guaranteed to satisfy all your questions and fulfill your entertainment needs #Sciencefictionreads #spaceopera #sciencefictionseries https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WK94B4D?

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Michael Poeltl Pick Up Book 1 for FREE until Sunday. "The A.I. Insurrection series raises profound existential questions and touches on the extraordinary scientific breakthroughs that transformed a once divided planet. Through merging the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in an ambitious saga, a staggering reality is discovered in this speculative near-future science fiction work certain to capture the boundless imagination of the modern age."
Join the thousands who are discovering a truth that cannot be denied, and choose your side. #FreeBook #FreeScienceFiction

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Michael Poeltl Congratulations to the 100 on winning book 2 of the A.I. Insurrection Series! If you haven't yet read book 1, it can be picked up for $1.99 for your Kindle or for multiple ebook formats at Smashwords for $1.99. Also available in Print.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/I-Insurrection...
Other: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

As always, I look forward to your reviews!

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Michael Poeltl #ScienceFiction book lovers - if you're on #Goodreads try your shot at winning 1 of 100 Kindle copies of book two in the A.I. Insurrection series. Armageddon #Freebooks https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/en...

message 37: by Michael (last edited Apr 05, 2019 09:57AM)

Michael Poeltl Happy Day! Book 2 of A.I. Insurrection Armageddon is available for pre-order. Receive your Kindle copy April 25th! Paperback to follow. #Sciencefiction #Artificialintelligence https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QHF58JT?...

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Michael Poeltl Just ahead of book two’s release, you can pick up A.I. Insurrection for free until March 9th for Smashwords’ #ReadanEbookaWeek Promo. Use Promo Code WR97L https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

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Michael Poeltl Check out my #authorinterview on the #DeadtoWrites Podcast. Thanks for hosting me, Donna. S2 E55: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/d...

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Michael Poeltl FREE SCI-FI, A.I. Insurrection #BlackFriday through #CyberMonday - Experience the world in 2163 - in anticipation of Book 2 available early 2019. Nov. 23-27th - https://www.amazon.com/I-Insurrection...

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Michael Poeltl Every thought of turning your car into a beta reader? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2PFh...

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Michael Poeltl Mentally exhausted after writing an extensive, multi-POV space battle for the second installation of A.I. Insurrection reminiscent of one of my favourite 80's cartoons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSrYs...

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Michael Poeltl Working on book two of AI Insurrection.... Progress is impressive. Nearly sixty-thousand words already. Excited for what this book is becoming.

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Michael Poeltl Put together a Little Free Library at the house to encourage literacy in my neighbourhood :) Anyone else doing this?

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Michael Poeltl If you like the idea of getting to know your author, join me for some author comedy as I read reviews and excerpts from my novels here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzeL...

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Michael Poeltl Encouraged to see A.I. Insurrection doing well on the Amazon #Bestsellers Rank for Kindles:
#13 in Science Fiction & Fantasy > #ScienceFiction > Military
#21 in Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Science Fiction
#27 in Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian

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Michael Poeltl CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of A.I. Insurrection kindle copy! I look forward to many more reviews!

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Michael Poeltl Enter for the chance to win one of 50 Kindle copies of my new work of sci-fi : A.I. Insurrection. Begins February 11th – March 12th, 2018.
2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it's the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia, unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

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Michael Poeltl Pick up the paperback copy of my newest release: A.I. Insurrection. You know you want to. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1981490582/...

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Michael Poeltl A.I. Insurrection is now available for pre-order for your Amazon #Kindle. Get the thoughtful #SciFi lover on your list this affordable near-future military #ScienceFiction novel. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HH9CTC?...

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Michael Poeltl Special Offer - Get your friends and family a FREE kindle of #ShortStories for the #Holidays. December 15th-17th.

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Michael Poeltl Interested in an ARC copy of my newest book A.I. Insurrection? Check it out here: A.I. Insurrection and message me for your PDF copy. Looking for advanced reviews and feedback.


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Michael Poeltl Get your FREE Kindle version of Waning Metaphorically August 10 - 12th. https://www.amazon.com/Waning-Metapho...

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Michael Poeltl EXCITING NEWS: After writing a Sci-fi short in his 2015 anthology, Waning Metaphorically - and Sci-fi being a go to genre of his own - Poeltl is developing an exciting universe which should be ready late 2017 or early 2018. Think: Red Rising, meets I Robot, meets Blade Runner (Do Robots Dream of Electric Sheep).

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Michael Poeltl Because no one wants an Angry Earth, I'm offering the picture book for FREE from April 21st - 25th! Celebrate your planet and understand that it doesn't need you - but you need her every second of every day. https://www.amazon.com/Angry-Earth-Ca...

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Michael Poeltl In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away Kindle versions of Waning Metaphorically for the first time ever! Check it out, Dec 23rd – 27th Happy Holidays!

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Michael Poeltl Today I am sad for the World Turtle, the Living Earth. A Trump win means a blind eye on #climatechange. You will suffer, we will suffer, all life on earth will suffer. http://www.mikepoeltl.com/An_Angry_Ea...

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Michael Poeltl Get in on the Giveaway of 5 signed paperbacks of An Angry Earth https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

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Michael Poeltl An Angry Earth is now available - A picture book for adults and children alike. Learn what happens when the earth say as; No More!

message 14: by Michael (last edited Sep 02, 2016 07:07AM)

Michael Poeltl Currently working on : An Angry Earth - a cautionary tale of ignorance and the apocalypse - A picture book.

message 13: by Michael (last edited Aug 08, 2016 11:06AM)

Michael Poeltl What about a cautionary tale for children about ignorance and the Apocalypse? A picture book. Something dark. Something to scare them straight? Illustrations along the vein of Ralph Steadman. Pen and Ink. Something a parent would want and appreciate as well. Could something like that sell? I ask because I just penned something I thought up recently - a story made up on the fly for my daughter to get her to sleep...

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Michael Poeltl The Judas Syndrome - Book One - is up as an option on YA Apocalyptic and Dystopian fiction for Book of the Month. Please vote for it here. Thx!

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Michael Poeltl Check out my new (unique) #Booktrailer for the recent release of my collection of #shortstories https://www.goodreads.com/videos/8710...

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Michael Poeltl Interested in reviewing my new book, Waning Metaphorically? Message me.

Michael Poeltl Join in the giveaway for a chance to win Waning MEtaphorically, a collection of short stories. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Michael Poeltl Pre-Order your Kindle Copy today, or pick up the print version of my latest book: Waning Metaphorically - A Collection of Short Stories and Flash Fiction: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

Michael Poeltl The second book in The Judas Syndrome trilogy is just $0.89 for your kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Rebirth-Judas-S...

Michael Poeltl Both Her Past's Present and West of Noreaso are running a free book contest. Check them out for your chance to win:


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