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Levigne, Michelle

Michelle lives in Ohio, just about half an hour from Lake Erie and Cleveland. She graduated from Northwestern College, Iowa, with a BA in theater/English, and from Regent University, Virginia, with an MA in communication (film/writing). She has over 40 short stories and poems to her credit in fan fiction -- Star Trek, Highlander, the Phoenix, Beauty & the Beast, Stingray, among others. Her first professional sale was also a first-place win in the Writers of the Future Contest, with the short story "Relay."

Michelle has written a number of series set in two different "Universes". To make it easier for you I have detailed the two universes that we sell below. There is the "Commonwealth" Universe which has most of her books and "The Hunt". Michelle has also written other books, some of which will be coming out at Writers Exchange.

"The Hunt" Universe

Who are the Hunt? Children sent from an endangered world in another universe/dimension of reality, to protect them from a despot who wants to command their Talents. Given into the keeping of the Hounds of Hamin, the members of the Hunt have been separated by time as well as distance. They know each other by the scars -- rows of teeth marks -- on their wrists. Some have been in our world for decades, others have only been here for a few years. They have to find each other -- and soon, before more enemies show up to destroy them -- and find a way back home to save their world.

The Hunt books to date are:

  1. Dawn Memories
  2. Quartet
  3. Butterfly
  4. Finders, Keepers

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The "Commonwealth" Universe

Almost all of Michelle's Science Fiction Novels are set in the Commonwealth Universe. To help us all keep track of the underlying story of the universe, and where the stories come in, Michelle has made this synopsis of her universe for us....





Prehistory

Pre-History: The Downfall

Before the Commonwealth existed, there was an expanding, multi-galaxy civilization, referred to by its descendants/survivors simply as "First Civ" or "First Civilization". Due to the combined effects of a too-aggressive policy of expansion, civil unrest, the inequality and abuse of the classes, and the categorizing of augmented humans (genetic engineering run amok) as non-humans (and therefore a slave class), First Civ disintegrated. Or as the more blunt historians prefer to say, it self-destructed.

The period of darkness and barbarism that followed is referred to as the Downfall. Various groups of people fled First Civ, as they became endangered or more powerful people tried to have them classified as mutants or non-humans, and either sterilized or made into slaves. Among them were the Khybors, the ancestors of the Leapers.

Some groups of people managed to get hold of ships and flee to distant galaxies. Using sleeper ships, they could spend centuries in travel and no one would age. This caused problems later, when different waves of refugees landed on the same planet, and the newcomers came into conflict with those who had been there for centuries.

Books planned for this section of the timeline:

Khrystal Series/Birth of the Khybors:

  • Khrystal
  • Ambush/Twins
  • Fang and Claw
  • Norbra's Children
  • Slipstream
  • The Diaspora/The Colonies:

  • Stone City
  • Null and Void/Lost Souls
  • Always Running
  • The Talon
  • The Saddle and the Sleuth
  • Nova Vendetta
  • The Pirate and the Professor
  • Wind Walker
  • Moonbirds
  • Rebirth

    Rebirth

    The planet Vidan, presumed to be the center of First Civ's government, degraded into a world filled with petty city-states, and battles fought with gunpowder and swords. Tales of traveling to the stars were considered fairy tales within only two generations of the onslaught of the Downfall. Colony worlds were abandoned to starve or die of mutated diseases. The genetically manipulated inhabitants abandoned there by their creators/masters were left to create their own way of life.

    From the chaos on Vidan, a holy scholar named Kilvordi discovered the legacy of their ancestor's arrogance lived on. He and others he gathered around him were the Undying -- able to regenerate at an incredible speed. Long-lived, seemingly young forever, and impervious to all but the most devastating diseases -- only drastic injuries could kill them, such as corrosive poisons, bombs, or extensive dismemberment.

    Kilvordi and his followers put their legacy to good use, taking great risks and devoting lifetimes to regain the lost knowledge and technology of First Civ. The Church supported his efforts and established the Order of Kilvordi -- known more simply as the Order. The members of the Order kept their gift a secret and spared no effort to find others like them. They sponsored and protected various groups in the newly emerging Commonwealth, when the fears of mutation appeared in the first few generations of starflight. When Spacers first appeared, the fear of mutations threatened their lives. The Order protected the Spacers and made it possible for them to explore their gifts without being either turned into a slave class or wiped out entirely.

    Books planned for this section of the timeline:

    The Order:

  • Undying
  • Healer
  • Scholar
  • Grief
  • Reborn
  • Vision
  • Lin of Sunsinger

  • Phoenix Under Glass
  • Modern Era

    Modern Era:

    Within a century, Vidan was again reaching out to the stars -- sadder and wiser, and cautious, unwilling to repeat the mistakes of the ancestors. The Commonwealth was born, reaching out to lost colonies and establishing new ones, rediscovering lost technology and how to navigate the starways. Many of the lost colonies had not only survived but thrived -- and they remembered their abandonment and the harsh generations of the Downfall. They refused to join the Commonwealth, and instead formed their own confederacy known as the Conclave. These independent planets and star systems formed a profit-based alliance where smugglers and robber barons and petty chieftains flourished.

    The Commonwealth is a representational government, headed by the Commonwealth Council, which convenes on the asteroid-based complex, Centralis. The Commonwealth Upper University is also located on Centralis, and serves as the final word in scientific, medical, historical and legal matters.

    The Commonwealth is protected and served by two military arms: the Fleet, which provides general transportation services, colonial support and emergency aid, as well as protection against rebels and invaders; and the Rangers, who specialize in planetary survey, pre-colonization analysis, military emergencies, disaster relief and more aggressive action against enemies of the Commonwealth in general.

    Early in the fourth century of space flight, the Scout Corps formed, aided by the Spacers and Leapers, to provide faster aid to colonies on the edge of civilization. They have full authority to act as police force, judge and jury. Aided by the Order, they are the explorers and special forces unit of the Commonwealth.

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    Sunsinger Series:
    1. Sunsinger
    2. Spacer's Creed
    3. Dead World
    4. The Lady and the Order
    5. Fever
    6. University
    7. Leap Ships
    8. Aramar
    9. Gemar
    10. Scouts

    The Hoveni (shape shifters):

  • Hoven Quest
  • Hoven War

  • The Meruk Episodes:
  • I-V
  • VI-X
  • XI-V
  • Star Dances (sequel to Sunsinger: Aramar, where the exiled princess is brought back to her homeworld)
    Worlds Between (Alexa's story, the Estal'es'cai lost in a parallel universe)

    Modern Era continued, two generations after Sunsinger:

  • Commonwealth Universe: True Caderi
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    Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Colonies: Moonbirds (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance)
     
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    K'reeth and her sister, K'rin, were named for the moonbirds -- sister raptor birds who shared parenting duties, one the nurturer, the other the hunter and defender. Orphaned by catastrophe and adopted by the High Mistrada of the T'bredi scholars, they were teachers, entrusted with all the gathered wisdom of the Ayanlak.

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    K'reeth and her sister, K'rin, were named for the moonbirds -- sister raptor birds who shared parenting duties, one the nurturer, the other the hunter and defender. Orphaned by catastrophe and adopted by the High Mistrada of the T'bredi scholars, they were teachers, entrusted with all the gathered wisdom of the Ayanlak.

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    Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Colonies: The Pirate and the Professor (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance)
     
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    As captain of the legendary pirate ship, Nova Vendetta, she makes her homeworld a haven for the downtrodden. Then the scholarly representative of a neglected colony comes as a peace envoy and makes her think of more than just surviving. When the two of them are shot down in the badlands of her planet, they become partners to survive, then friends, then maybe something more.

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    As captain of the legendary pirate ship, Nova Vendetta, she makes her homeworld a haven for the downtrodden. Then the scholarly representative of a neglected colony comes as a peace envoy and makes her think of more than just surviving. When the two of them are shot down in the badlands of her planet, they become partners to survive, then friends, then maybe something more.

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    Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Colonies: The Saddle and the Sleuth (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance)
     
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    On a remote colony world, the daughter of the Talon, the defender of the people, takes over her father's mask and identity. At the same time, an investigator comes to the colony in search of the Set'ri, to stop them from hastening the disintegration of the galactic civilization.

    Can the two work together for the sake of the future, or will their necessary deceptions push them apart forever?

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    Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Colonies: Wind Walker (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Refugees from the Downfall Wars, separated by centuries of spaceflight, clash on a far distant world. Caught between them are Tayree -- native, Wind Walker, visionary, and a recent widow -- and Arin, a foundling raised by the invading Colonists.

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    Refugees from the Downfall Wars, separated by centuries of spaceflight, clash on a far distant world. Caught between them are Tayree -- native, Wind Walker, visionary, and a recent widow -- and Arin, a foundling raised by the invading Colonists.

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    Commonwealth Universe: History: The Downfall: The Khrystal Series: Norbra's Children (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Before the Commonwealth, there was First Civ, and then the Downfall, an age of barbarism when the galaxy-spanning civilization shattered and colony worlds were abandoned to die or to survive by their own strength.

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Companion Story: Virtually Dead by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    For six hundred years, the Khybor scientists on Ayvystal slept, through the destruction of their civilization. Now the new civilization built on the ruins above them threatens their existence.

    Caspya is their Sentinel, their guardian. She must make contact with the living, waking world above them, find allies, and recover their life tubes before any more members of their virtual reality Community are killed. Or worse, found by the heirs of the enemy who sent them into hiding long ago.

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 1 : Sunsinger (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain Kern wanted to crew a starship and explore the galaxies. But an orphan on a colony world in the path of an alien invasion had no real hope of his dreams ever coming true...

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 10: Scouts (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and the first generation of Scouts go on a training flight with the first Scout ship, but it turns into their first official rescue mission. Sunsinger has been damaged. Ganfer could be destroyed. And Lin is missing.

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 2 : Spacer's Creed (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain knew Lin wanted him to stay on Sunsinger with her and Ganfer, just as much as he wanted to stay, but someone in authority was getting in the way. Lin had to keep a secret from him, and if she told him what it was, he might never be allowed back on board.

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    Bain knew Lin wanted him to stay on Sunsinger with her and Ganfer, just as much as he wanted to stay, but someone in authority was getting in the way. Lin had to keep a secret from him, and if she told him what it was, he might never be allowed back on board.

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 3 : Dead World (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and Lin meet up with Ranger Captain Gilmore again. Gil has an important mission for Sunsinger's crew: helping test a new device to protect ships from the alien Mashrami. The only problem is, Lin has to get Sunsinger very close to the aliens in order to test it!

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    Bain and Lin meet up with Ranger Captain Gilmore again. Gil has an important mission for Sunsinger's crew: helping test a new device to protect ships from the alien Mashrami. The only problem is, Lin has to get Sunsinger very close to the aliens in order to test it!

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    Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 4: The Lady and the Order (print) by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and Lin meet up with Sister High Scholar Marnya, a member of the Order of Kilvordi - the Church scholars and scientists who brought civilization back from the destruction of the Downfall and took Humans back into space. Marnya needs their help on a very important mission: She needs to travel in disguise, to see if the conditions on the colony worlds match the reports that she receives. Plus, someone is trying to kill members of the Order, and Marnya is the most important target of all. Bain's dreams of having the power and resources to help the helpless come a little closer to reality as he learns from Marnya and her bodyguard, Jax.

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