About MikeStone


I was born in Columbus Ohio, USA, in 1947. I graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology. I served in both the US Army and the Israeli Defense Forces. I've been writing poetry since I was a student at OSU. I've published five books of poetry, a book of essays, and four science fiction novels. I moved to Israel in 1978 and live in Raanana. I'm married and have three sons and eight precious grandchildren.

I write about my experiences and what I know. Then I like to put those things in a dramatical context, oftentimes a sci-fi context, using my imagination to extrapolate or interpolate from what is possible to what is not yet possible. I like to challenge myself (and, I suppose, my readers). I sometimes like to sprinkle in a little love, a bit of sadness, and a slight amount of uncertainty and panic.

Check out my blog at http://uncollectedworks.wordpress.com/.You can read my latest poetry, short stories, and essays, while they are works in progress.

Mike Stone
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Reading and writing poetry, short stories, and science fiction. Playing chess. I used to read chess books by the masters. I used to play music (clarinet and saxophone) and compose. I used to draw, paint, and sculpt. I speak, read, and write English and Hebrew fluently. I used to speak Spanish and German passably well. I also studied Russian and Arabic. I read a lot of astronomy, history, philosophy, and psychology.
Favorite Books:
All of Professor Yuval Noah Harari's books ("Sapiens", "Homo Deus", & "21 Lessons for the 21st Century"), Wendell Berry's "New Collected Poems", Arthur C. Clark's "Profiles of the Future", Lawrence Durrell's "The Alexandria Quartet", John Fowles' "Magus", Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything Is Illuminated", and others. I've lived a long life of reading.
Favorite Authors:
Yuval Noah Harari, Wedell Berry, Lawrence Durrell, John Fowles, Jonathan Safran Foer, William Faulkner, J.D. Salinger, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gary Snyder, Tom Clancy, Jared Diamond, Susan Sontag, Friedrich Nietzsche, Philip K. Dick, Nelson DeMille, Irvin Yalom, Eli Wiesel, Yves Bonnefoy, and others too many to remember.
Favorite Movies:
Blues Brothers, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, Elvira Madigan, The Piano, 2001 A Space Oddessy, The Wizard of Oz, Chicago, Carousel (Rogers and Hammerstein musical), A Beautiful Mind ...
Favourite TV Shows:
Lost, House, Criminal Minds (for the quotes)
Favorite Music:
J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven (odd-numbered symphonies), Aaron Copland, Dave Brubeck, Shostakovich, Arvo Pärt, Eric Satie, Verdi, Wagner, Charles Ives, Sibelius


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The Spirit of the Bayonet Fighter

  Back in 1961, I heard on the radio that Kennedy had sent 500 US Special Forces and military advisors to a place called Vietnam. I was just starting high school at the time. It was the first time I remember hearing about that country. We also had a war going on in the Korean peninsula. Things were pretty tense with the Cold War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries. Kennedy and...

Added 03 Dec 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 177 | 1 Comment

The Treasure Chest

Our “mamad” (a protected room in an apartment constructed with reinforced concrete to withstand anything but a direct impact from a conventional projectile) doubles as a TV room and contains bookshelves and a work niche. On the second shelf above the desk is a small chest reminiscent of a pirate’s treasure chest. It contains most of the coins I had in my pockets while traveling through...

Added 21 Nov 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 109 | 1 Comment

Little Boy Blue (Part 1)

A short story excerpted from “The Rats and the Saps” Chapter 1: Mother I guess I’m older’n them hills on this god-forsaken planet. I don’t reckon I know how old those hills are. Come to think of it, I don’t rightly know how old I am neither. No matter. I usta turn a man’s eye. Now I ain’t much to look at. No matter. I’ve had a hard life. I don’t need no man’s pity and I ain’t ashamed...

Added 02 Mar 2019 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 476 | 1 Comment

Little Boy Blue (Part 2)

Chapter 6: Welcome Wagon It was strange, Evanor thought, that nobody came to visit to see whether she needed anything, not even her best friend Dorka. Not that she needed anything in particular, really. The delivery had not been so bad. There hadn’t been any complications where she was concerned. Lem seemed perfectly healthy. He took his fill of milk at her breasts, God bless him. He...

Added 05 Mar 2019 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 616 | 2 Comments

The Session

by Mike Stone A short story taken from my third sci-fi novel, “ Whirlpool .” The old man shuffled down the long white hallway in his pale blue paper slippers. Underneath his thin blue institutional bathrobe, he wore the brown striped pajamas that were his hospital uniform. Had he tried to escape by shuffling out of the hospital, they would certainly have caught him because they moved...

Added 27 Feb 2019 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 531 | 2 Comments

The Two O'Clock

Professor Bartholomew Hartfeld sat in a tall leather-backed chair behind a dark mahogany desk. He looked irritably at the clock on the wall opposite his desk. His 2:00 pm was late. He flicked the button on the intercom. “Has my two o’clock called to say he’d be late?” Professor Hartfeld asked. “No, sir,” Marta answered. “Please let me know the moment he arrives,” the professor requested,...

Added 08 Aug 2019 | Category Musings | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 488 | 3 Comments

Who Weeps for Cadmus? (Part 1)

Chapter 1: Voyage Cadmus preferred flying this old fashioned solar sail ship, to one of the more modern hyper-drive ships, from his native moon’s orbit to Draco.763.3a, the only habitable moon orbiting Draco.763.3. He was well aware he could have made the trip in a couple of hours instead of the two hundred and seventy days, give or take, that this trip would take him, but he didn’t...

Added 14 Mar 2019 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 702 | 1 Comment

Who Weeps for Cadmus? (Part 2 - final part)

Chapter 7: A Walk in the Park The flashing arrows turned left, as expected, and when Cadmus and Lonesome turned the corner and saw the door of the hyper-vator flashing exactly where he expected it to be, he didn’t know whether to be amused or irritated. “They must think we’re half-blind fools or clueless children with these flashing arrows and doors,” he thought. He tapped “0” on the...

Added 15 Mar 2019 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 705 | 1 Comment

Recommended Read A Walk in the Desert

"A Walk in the Desert" (c) Mike Stone October 8, 2014   Tuvi Ornat put the old concert ticket he'd been using as a bookmark between the two pages he had been reading and laid the dog-eared paperback gently on the table beside his chair. He stood up and stretched his arms. "I'm going for a walk," Tuvi called upstairs but there was no response. He scribbled a short note and slid a...

Added 22 Feb 2019 | Category Drama | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 764 | 9 Comments

Investigations of a Kafkaesque Nature

I’m running through a lush field of yellow grass blades after a black cat under a blue sky. The cat jinks this way and that but I’m gaining on him. I’ve never run so fast in my life. It’s like I’m flying over the grasses and through the bushes. It’s like I’m synchronized with all motion and I’m lying still inside the motion while the universe is doing the running and the cat and I are one...

Added 08 Mar 2019 | Category Musings | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 588 | 2 Comments

eBooks Published

An Extraordinary Friendship: Selected Poetry from the Middle Years (2000 - 2016)
An Extraordinary Friendship: Selected Poetry from the Middle Years (2000 - 2016)

“An Extraordinary Friendship” is a project encompassing the poetry, short stories, essays, letters, and music compositions of two very different but somehow kindred souls, David Rathbun and Mike Stone, who chanced to meet at a junior high school in Columbus Ohio and became the best of friends for...

Why Is Unit 142857 Sad?: or The Tin Man's Heart
Why Is Unit 142857 Sad?: or The Tin Man's Heart

This is the first book in The Rational Series. The story is about a robot who achieved consciousness at 3:34 pm and fell in love by 4:00 pm with Ellen, a brilliant and beautiful woman from the team that had programmed the robot. The story spans eons and worlds as the Tin Man tries to work out...

The Rats and the Saps
The Rats and the Saps

This is the second book in The Rational Series. The local robot colony had received reports over the QEB that another human species had appeared near the colony in Draco, of all places. Both human species lived on Draco.763.3b, but in different sectors of the planet. The robots reported that there...


Bemused is Mike Stone's third book of poetry, covering the years from 2016 to 2017. The title means "perplexed" but Mike intended a more literal meaning: "in thrall to the Muse". Mike has been in the Muse's thrall for most of his seventy years. This collection shows his maturity as a writer and his...

Out of Time (Rational Series) (Volume 4)
Out of Time (Rational Series) (Volume 4)

"Out of Time" is the fourth science fiction novel in the Rational Series. It takes off sometime after the end of "The Rats and the Saps" where Sapiens are at peace with Rationals and vacationing on each others' worlds. Tourism is complicated by the fact that Sapiens come from a 3-dimensional world...

The Uncollected Essays, Conjectures, and Whatnot of Mike Stone
The Uncollected Essays, Conjectures, and Whatnot of Mike Stone

The Uncollected Essays, Conjectures, and Whatnot of Mike Stone is compiled from his blog UncollectedWorks, covering the years from 2011 to 2016. Mike writes on philosophy, writing, religion, war, space and time, and politics, no holds barred, all fair (or unfair) game. For those of you who have...

Yet another Book of Poetry and Stories
Yet another Book of Poetry and Stories

Not so much a book of poetry and short stories as a book of visitations lovingly recorded for those who need to see...

Whirlpool (Rational Series)
Whirlpool (Rational Series)

Whirlpool is the third novel in the Rational Series. The first was about a robot civilization that rose from a single robot that had attained consciousness after being created by a team of human programmers and how love clashed with rationality. The second was about a new species of rational...

The Uncollected Works of Mike Stone
The Uncollected Works of Mike Stone

The Uncollected Works of Mike Stone is an uncollection of poetry and prose from university years prior to being drafted into the US Army, active duty in Europe, and return to normalcy. Then events took a turn into another dimension altogether. The uncollection includes moral dilemmas for the modern...

The Rational Series: The Complete Set: Why Is Unit 142857 Sad?, The Rats and the Saps, Whirlpool, & Out of Time
The Rational Series: The Complete Set: Why Is Unit 142857 Sad?, The Rats and the Saps, Whirlpool, & Out of Time

The complete set of novels from The Rational Series, including "Why Is Unit 142957 Sad? (or The Tin Man's Heart), "The Rats and the Saps", "Whirlpool", and Öut of Time". The first novel is about a love affair between a robot and the beautiful programmer who created it, in an epic spanning millions...

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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
27 Mar 2020 00:20
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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