Michael Stewart (writer)
Michael Stewart (b. June 1945) is a writer and entrepreneur.
Having taken an MA (Oxon) from Christ Church, Oxford (where he read "Greats") and an MBA from INSEAD (Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires), Michael Stewart joined PA Management Consultants in London as a Senior Consultant and later the Northern Ireland Finance Corporation as a Senior Executive. For a period thereafter, he became variously involved in turnkey construction projects in Saudi Arabia, international oil and gas broking and trading in liquidated consumer stocks.
In 1983 he entered on a career as a novelist and, later, screenwriter. After two political thrillers ("Twilight Strike" and "The 51st"), he began developing the genre for which he became known - psychological thrillers turning on breaking scientific developments. The first, "Monkey Shines," was adapted in 1988 into the American horror film of the same name. He published a further seven in the same genre. In 1995 he turned to television, devising, co-writing and executive-producing the drama series "Bliss" for ITV and a feature-length film for BBC-1 entitled "Breakout."
He has spoken widely on science in the arts and the place of science in the creative imagination. He was a speaker and moderator on the topic for three years at the World Economic Forum at Davos, and in 1996 he won the Grand Prix prize for the Public Awareness of Science and Engineering (PAWS).
Since 2000, he has been involved in the development of an advanced hybrid air vehicle (see www.worldskycat.com). This revolutionary design combines the aerostatic lift of a conventional airship with the aerodynamic lift of an aeroplane to create a wholly new air vehicle capable of carrying payloads up to 1,000 tons and able to land on virtually any terrain without need of ground infrastructure. He continues to develop concepts and scripts for film and television while working on an epic novel set in the future.
Michael Stewart married Martine Brant in 1989. They live in Oxford and have three daughters, Amelia, Cressida, and Miranda.
- Twilight Strike, Arrow Books, 1980
- The 51st, Arrow Books, 1982
- Monkey Shines, Macmillan, 1983
- Far Cry, Macmillan, 1984
- In the Bees and Honey (as Bob Shilling), Coronet, 1985
- Blindsight, Macmillan, 1987
- Prodigy, Macmillan, 1988
- Grace, HarperCollins, 1989
- Birthright, HarperCollins, 1990
- Compulsion, HarperCollins, 1994
Film and television
- Monkey Shines, dir. George Romero, 1988
- BLISS, 90' pilot & 4 x 90' series for ITV, 1995/7
- Breakout, 90' film for BBC-1, 1997
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