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Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

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Michael Livingston is a historian, a professor of medieval literature and the author of the 2015 historical fantasy novel The Shards of Heaven.

Early life, education and career

Originally from Colorado, Livingston has a B.A. in history from Baylor University, an M.A. in medieval studies from Western Michigan University, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. He has been an associate professor of English at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina since 2006. In his academic life he wrote numerous articles on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, Beowulf, Chaucer, James Joyce and Robert Jordan.


Livingston has published multiple academic works. He said in 2015, "one of the key bits of advice I ever received as a young novelist-to-be was to try to cut my teeth on writing short stories ... starting with short stories was vital to the development of my career". Livingston's debut novel, The Shards of Heaven, was published by Tor Books in November 2015. It is the first installment in a planned trilogy.

Middle English translations

  • Livingston, Michael, ed. (2004). Siege of Jerusalem. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. ISBN 978-1-58044-090-5. 
  • Gower, John (2006). Livingston, Michael, ed. In Praise of Peace. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. ISBN 978-1-58044-097-4. 
  • Livingston, Michael, ed. (2011). Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. ISBN 978-1-58044-150-6. 


  • Livingston, Michael; Sutton, John William (2006). "Reinventing the Hero: Gardner's Grendel and the Shifting Face of Beowulf in Popular Culture". Studies in Popular Culture. 29 (1): 1–16. JSTOR 23418069. 
  • Livingston, Michael (2006). "Quantum physics: Dr Williamson and the master speed". Nature. 443 (370). doi:10.1038/443370a. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  • Livingston, Michael, ed. (2011). The Battle of Brunanburh: A Casebook. University of Exeter Press. ISBN 978-0-85989-863-8. 
  • Livingston, Michael; Bollard, John K., eds. (2013). Owain Glyndŵr: A Casebook. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 978-0-85989-884-3. 
  • Livingston, Michael; DeVries, Kelly, eds. (2015). The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook. United Kingdom: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 978-1-78138-264-6. 


  • Livingston, Michael (2005). "The Keeper Alone". L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future. Galaxy Press. 21 (novelette). ISBN 978-1-59212-217-2. 
  • Livingston, Michael (2005). "The Hand that Binds". Black Gate. 9 (short story). 
  • Livingston, Michael (2011). "Purging Cocytus". Black Gate. 15 (short story). 
  • Livingston, Michael (2015). "At the End of Babel". Tor.com (short story). 

Livingston's 2011 collection Angels Among Other Things, self-published via e-book, consisted of nine short stories, including "The Keeper Alone" and "At the End of Babel".


  • Livingston, Michael (2015). The Shards of Heaven. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-76538-031-9. 
  • Livingston, Michael (2016). The Gates of Hell. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-76538-033-3. 

Anthologies edited

  • Livingston, Michael; Schoen, Lawrence M., eds. (2007). Prime Codex. Paper Golem. ISBN 978-0-97953-490-4. 
  • Rambo, Cat (2009). Livingston, Michael; Schoen, Lawrence M., eds. Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight. Paper Golem. ISBN 978-0-97953-494-2. 

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