Mike Shepherd (author)

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Mike Shepherd
Born Mike Moscoe
August 2, 1947
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Occupation writer
Website www.mikeshepherd.org

Mike Shepherd, born Mike Moscoe, is an American science fiction writer who lives in Vancouver, WA. He was born in 1947 in Philadelphia to a Navy family and travelled a lot as a child. It was not until high school that he finished a year in the school he started.[1][2]

Literary career[edit]

After a career in government, Shepherd sold his first published writing to the science fiction magazine Analog. It was a short story called "Summer Hopes, Winter Dreams" and appeared in the March 1991 issue.[3]

His short story "A Day's Work on the Moon" was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 2000.

Shepherd has written about one book a year. His first three books, the Lost Millennium series (First Dawn in 1996, Second Fire in 1997, and Lost Days in 1998) had a combined sales of just over 20,000 copies, so his editor suggested that he switch genres, to military science fiction set in the future. His next three books, the Society of Humanity series (The First Casualty in 1999, The Price of Peace in 2000, and They Also Serve in 2001) sold better, at over 10,000 copies each, but not as high as was hoped. To make a fresh start for his next series, his editor suggested that he write under a new pseudonym.[4]

His third and ongoing series, published as "Mike Shepherd", covers the exploits of Kris Longknife, a rich young naval officer who struggles to deal with the expectations and reputation of her famous family of military leaders, politicians, and billionaires. The first book, Mutineer, was published in 2004 to greater success than his previous books. In a review for Tor.com, Liz Bourke described the series as "pure fluff" of the good kind, that is, intellectually lightweight but "entertainingly sticky, full of implausible successes, assassins, fleet actions and daredevil do-or-die gallantry".[5]

List of works[edit]

Lost Millennium[edit]

written as Mike Moscoe

  1. First Dawn (1996) ISBN 0-441-00392-3
  2. Second Fire (1997) ISBN 0-441-00458-X
  3. Lost Days (1998) ISBN 0-441-00510-1

Society of Humanity universe[edit]

Jump Universe books[edit]

First trilogy written as Mike Moscoe, originally referred to as "The Ray Longknife books",[6] renamed in 2012 to "Jump Universe books", and published under the name Mike Shepherd.[7]

Unity War
  1. The First Casualty (Jan 1, 1999) ISBN 978-0-441-00593-2
  2. The Price of Peace (Jan 1, 2000) ISBN 978-0-441-00695-3
  3. They Also Serve (Jan 1, 2001) ISBN 978-0-441-00795-0
    Iteeche War
  4. To Do or Die (Feb 25, 2014) ISBN 978-0425262528 (titled "Hounds of War" while a work in progress. Originally planned in 2000) [8][9]
  5. Someone Had Blundered (????) [10]

Kris Longknife books[edit]

Written as Mike Shepherd

  1. Mutineer (Jan 27, 2004) ISBN 978-0-441-01142-1
  2. Deserter (Nov 30, 2004) ISBN 978-0-441-01227-5
  3. Defiant (Oct 25, 2005) ISBN 978-0-441-01349-4
  4. Resolute (Oct 31, 2006) ISBN 978-0-441-01453-8
  5. Audacious (Oct 30, 2007) ISBN 978-0-441-01541-2
  6. Intrepid (Oct 28, 2008) ISBN 978-0-441-01651-8
  7. Undaunted (Oct 27, 2009) ISBN 978-0-441-01786-7
  8. Redoubtable (Oct 26, 2010) ISBN 978-0-441-01956-4—previously called Superb,[11] changed after release of Undaunted where the author stated the next volume's working title in the "About the Author" blurb.
  9. Daring (Oct 25, 2011) ISBN 978-1-937007-03-4
    • 9.5. Welcome Home/Go Away (Sep 25, 2012) Companion short novel ASIN B007FEFBEE
  10. Furious (Oct 30, 2012) ISBN 978-1-937007-39-3
    • 10.5. Kris Longknife's Bloodhound (Sep 3, 2013) Companion short novel ASIN B00F1KH098
  11. Defender (Oct 29, 2013) ISBN 978-0425253-41-0
  12. Tenacious (Oct 28, 2014)[12] ISBN 978-0425252901
  13. Unrelenting (Oct 27, 2015) ISBN 978-0425277379—previously called Relentless,[8] changed to Unrelenting in March 2015[13]
  14. Bold (Oct 25, 2016)
  15. Emissary (Oct, 2017)

Vicky Peterwald books[edit]

Written as Mike Shepherd

0. Kris Longknife's Assassin (May 2014) ASIN B00KPH4J64—Short novel prequel to the Vicky Peterwald series
  1. Target (June 2014) ISBN 978-0425266571—A spin-off from Kris Longknife: Daring [14]
  2. Survivor (June 2015) [8] ISBN 978-0425266588
  3. Rebel (June 2016) [8]

Works in others' series[edit]

Non-series books[edit]

  • A Day's Work on the Moon: A Collection of Short Stories (2011) ASIN B004O6MUU4 (credited as Mike Shepherd and Mike Moscoe)
  • The Job Interview: A Collection of Short Stories (2012) ASIN B0073HI0DC (credited as Mike Shepherd and Mike Moscoe)
  • The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann: A Collection of Short Stories (2012) ASIN B0073HP3V4 (credited as Mike Shepherd and Mike Moscoe)


  1. ^ "Mike Shepherd". LibraryThing. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Bio". Mike Shepherd. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Contents Lists". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "FAQ". Mike Shepherd. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ Bourke, Liz (25 January 2012). "Naval débutantes in space: Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife: Mutineer". Tor.com. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Kris Longknife blog, "The Ray Longknife books are coming next year", 2012 February 10 18h34
  7. ^ Kris Longknife blog, "New Cover for First Casualty", 2012 August 9 15h01
  8. ^ a b c d Kris Longknife's blog, "Draft Publication plan for 2015-2016", 2012 September 29
  9. ^ Kris Longknife's blog, "I turned in my 3rd book for 2012!", 2013 January 4
  10. ^ Kris Longknife's blog, "Now we start the Second Iteeche War book.", 2013 December 12
  11. ^ Kris Longknife: Undaunted, "About the Author", pg 355.
  12. ^ Kris Longknife's blog, "Kris Longknife - Defender delivered", 2012 September 29
  13. ^ Kris Longknife's Blog "March has been busy" (23 March 2015) Mike Shepherd
  14. ^ Kris Longknife's blog, "New Book and New Series started", 2011 December 19 09h47

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