is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of
four children. He lives with his family in a “plain” community in
Central Texas, where he reads and writes books…
and occasionally tilts at windmills.
Michael is widely considered the “father” of the Amish/Scifi genre, and he is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the Amazon top 20 bestselling Amish Sci-fi thriller the Pennsylvania Omnibus, the groundbreaking dystopian vision Hugh Howey called “a brilliant tale of extra-planetary colonization.” He also has written the epic post-apocalyptic WICK series, The Silo Archipelago (set in Hugh Howey’s World of WOOL), as well as many nonfiction works, including the non-fiction Amazon overall top 30 bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by Amazon.com through their Kindle Worlds program to write the first commissioned novel set in the World of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted December 2013. Michael has been featured on NPR and HuffPost Live and was recently interviewed in a Medium.com article that will give you more background and insight into his life and works.
On November 2014 Tales From Pennsylvania, a fanfic short story anthology featuring 10 top speculative fiction authors writing fanfic short stories in the world of Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania, was released in paperback and e-book format. There are more than 20 authors currently writing fanfic in the world of Michael’s Pennsylvania.
Michael recently joined with hybrid bestselling author Nick Cole (author of The Wasteland Saga and Soda Pop Soldier) and book marketing guru and coach Tim Grahl (author of Your First 1,000 Copies) to form a new company called Wonderment Media. Wonderment is launching a new apocalyptic world called Apocalypse Weird and is bringing on dozens of the best and brightest authors in speculative fiction to write books in the Apocalypse Weird world. Attempting something that has never been done before in digital publishing, AW launched with a free teaser novel on November 2014 (Nick Cole’s The Red King) and launched five full novels in the AW world on the same day February 23rd, 2015, followed by new AW books every month after that. Michael Bunker and Nick Cole wrote the apocalyptic novel Texocalypse Now as part of the Apocalypse Weird world.
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If you are not familiar with Michael’s work, definitely start with the Pennsylvania Omnibus! Amish-Scifi! Unless, of course, you are a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan, then start with Osage Two Diamonds. The first part of Pennsylvania is always free when you sign up for Michael’s email newsletter.
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