Michael R. Underwood

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Mike's books include:

Genrenauts - a r/Fantasy Stabby Award-finalist science fiction adventure series in novellas. A group of storytellers travel between dimensions to the worlds where genres live to fix broken stories. Starts with The Shootout Solution. Collections available: Genrenauts - The Complete Season One

The Ree Reyes urban fantasy series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, Hexomancy) about magicians who channel the power of popular culture. Starts with Geekomancy.

Born to the Blade, a political action fantasy about duelist diplomats vying for their nation's interests in a world on the brink of war. Co-written with Marie Brennan, Malka Older, and Cassandra Khaw
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Michael R. Underwood The hardest, but perhaps most important thing is that it takes time to get good. Chances are, you're going to have to put in a lot of work, write a lo…moreThe hardest, but perhaps most important thing is that it takes time to get good. Chances are, you're going to have to put in a lot of work, write a lot of words, that won't be fit for professional publication. I spent around a decade writing actively before my first novel was acquired, and I'd been writing casually for years before that.

But every story you write, every practice novel you write and then trunk, gets you that much farther along the road toward becoming the writer you want to be.(less)
Michael R. Underwood I make sure that I have a wide, diverse, and deep pool of inputs. I read, watch TV/movies, read comics, listen to music, and try to stay in touch with…moreI make sure that I have a wide, diverse, and deep pool of inputs. I read, watch TV/movies, read comics, listen to music, and try to stay in touch with people. I often think best out loud, so I will talk through ideas with people. I'm at the point where I've spent enough time writing, and gotten used to it being a part of my life, that I tend to get grumpy and listless if I spend too long not writing, even if it's outlining or brainstorming a story.(less)
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Flights of Foundry schedule

Here’s my (light) schedule for FLIGHTS OF FOUNDRY this weekend.

All times EDT:

Saturday, April 17th
3:30-3:50pm – Michael R. Underwood Reading

I’ll be reading from Annihilation Aria or maybe from the latest Genrenauts novella!

Sunday, April 18th
3:00 to 3:50pm – Branching into Multiple Media

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“Right now. Living. Aiming to misbehave or just trying not to fade away.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“Vampires used to be the Dracula types, but in the last ten years most of them have become weak, brooding androgynes that only go after teenagers. A friend of mine took the opportunity to rid his whole city of them after the forth Mormon Vamps book hit and the sparkle meme was at its strongest."

"So does that make Ms. Mormon Sparkle Vamp a hero?"

"Of a sort. Before they started to sparkle, there were a lot of vamps who were tortured antiheroes, thanks to Rice and Whedon."

Ree grimaced. "Do you know if she was clued in?"

Eastwood shrugged. "She's very secretive, no one in the Underground has been able to say for sure. It's all rumor. My guess is she lost someone to a vampire and decided the greatest revenge she could inflict was to turn them into a laughing stock.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes
and forgot -- Sandman”
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“I am a master of folklore - I should be able to throw folklore fireballs or something.”
Michael R. Underwood

“Rhiannon Anna Maria Reyes, (Strength 10, Dexterity 14, Stamina 12, Will 17, IQ 16 and Charisma 15 -- Geek 7 / Barista 3 / Screenwriter 2 / Gamer Girl 2) was Bryan’s secret weapon. Rhiannon (known to practically everyone as “Ree”) kept the café in fabulous baked goods, talked authoritatively about subjects from Aliens to Zork, and drew the attentions of countless lovelorn geeks.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“The room continued to spin though she was standing still, but her ears were hot. She felt like she'd just slammed three doubles of tequila and needed a fistfight chaser.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“Why should a man be scorned, if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using Escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter. just so a Party-spokesman might have labeled departure from the misery of the Fuhrer's or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery .... Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the "quisling" to the resistance of the patriot.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien on Fairy-stories

“You could not save him.” Dretta nodded. “But he saved you. And you, Merros Dulver, you are supposed to save us from these Sa’ba Taalor when they attack. That’s what I keep hearing. That you are a hero and will keep us safe from the people that killed my husband.” Her voice was calm as she looked away from him to layer slices of roast meat and bread on his plate. When she looked up at him again her eyes were dry. “Keep us safe. Keep me safe. And while you are doing that, I want you to find the bitch that murdered my man and I want you to carve her head from her body.” Her voice was still calm; as if she were discussing the crops she might plant on the last lands of her villa. “Bring me her head and prove to me that my husband made the right choice in dying for you.”
James A. Moore, The Blasted Lands

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