Michael Talbot (author)

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Michael Talbot
Born (1953-09-29)September 29, 1953
Grand Rapids, Michigan

May 27, 1992(1992-05-27) (aged 38)
Manhattan, New York

Cause of death Leukemia
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Subject quantum mysticism
Notable works Mysticism and the New Physics
The Holographic Universe

Michael Coleman Talbot (September 29, 1953 – May 27, 1992)[1] was an American author of several books highlighting parallels between ancient mysticism and quantum mechanics, and espousing a theoretical model of reality that suggests the physical universe is akin to a hologram based on the research and conclusions of David Bohm and Karl H. Pribram.[2] According to Talbot ESP, telepathy, and other paranormal phenomena are a product of this holographic model of reality.[3]

Early life[edit]

Talbot was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 29, 1953.


He was originally a fiction and science fiction author.[1][4] He also contributed articles to The Village Voice and other publications.[4]

Talbot attempted to incorporate spirituality, religion and science to shed light on profound questions.[5] His non-fiction books include Mysticism And The New Physics, Beyond The Quantum, and The Holographic Universe (freely available at the Internet Archive).

Personal life and death[edit]

Although Talbot is not known to have made it much of a political issue, he was openly gay, living with a boyfriend.[6] In 1992, Talbot died of lymphocytic leukemia at age 38.[1][4]



  • The Delicate Dependency, 1982 (reprinted in 2014 by Valancourt Books), ISBN 1941147240
  • The Bog, 1986 (reprinted in 2015 by Valancourt Books)
  • Night Things, 1988 (reprinted in 2015 by Valancourt Books)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Talbot". Contemporary Authors Online. Gale, 2003. Retrieved on December 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Hanegraaff, Wouter J. (1997). New Age Religion and Western Culture. SUNY Press. pp. 72, 228, 527. ISBN 0791438546.
  3. ^ Panek Robins, Suzann (2010). Exploring Intimacy: Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 41, 220. ISBN 1442200901.
  4. ^ a b c "Obituaries: Michael Talbot, Writer, 38". The New York Times. 2 June 1992. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  5. ^ Hammer, Olaf (2003). Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age. Brill Academic Pub. pp. 295–296, 517. ISBN 900413638X.
  6. ^ Johnson, Toby. "Michael Talbot". Toby Johnson. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  7. ^ Ray, Marilyn; Davidson, Alice; Turkel, Marian (2011). Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human Environment Well-Being. Springer Publishing Company. pp. 48, 51. ISBN 0826125875.
  8. ^ Kneale, James; Kitchin, Rob (2005). Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction. Bloomsbury Academi. pp. 156–157. ISBN 0826479200.
  9. ^ Iskander, Magued (2010). Innovative Techniques in Instruction Technology, E-learning, E-assessment and Education. Springer Publishing. p. 415. ISBN 9048179742.

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