Michael Stangeland, Jr.
Reminiscent of Timothy Zahn’s best work, Morgan ZIM: Bounty Hunter by Michael Kent Stangeland, Jr. evokes thrilling science fiction themes without lapsing into cliché. Our judges found innovative and clever the author’s subtle film, fiction, and video game allusions. Fluent in the language of hard sci fi, Michael entertains readers, playing familiar chords and winking at genre tropes. These myriad connections serve as an homage, recognizing acknowledged masters by celebrating their most popular creations.
Michael graduated from Augustana College – now Augustana University – with a degree in Theater and Communication. His interests include: history, theories of alternate history, movies, and art. His pacey, high-octane adventure, Morgan ZIM: Bounty Hunter, bridges the audience gap, delighting fans of the original Star Wars trilogy, the newer Star Wars films, Star Trek, and other space epics.
Michael’s South Dakota roots run deep. He grew up in the Midwest and has, for a decade, called Sioux Falls home. A faithful, practicing Christian, Michael lives with his grandmother, personally caring for her.