S.M. Stirling

S.M. Stirling Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born (1953) Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

Stirling's novels are generally conflict-driven and often describe military situations and militaristic cultures. In addition to his books' military, adventure and exploration focus, he often describes societies with cultural values significantly different from modern western views. One of his recurring topics is the influence of the culture on an individual's outlook and values, with a particular emphasis on the idea that most people and societies consider themselves (mostly) moral.

Stirling also has a fascination with technological development, and frequently turns to explorations of this within the context of many of his novels. The Draka (see below) for instance, chose and faced a different imperative in their conquest of Africa, and turned earlier to breech-loading firearms and steam power than the rest of the Western World. The stranded islanders of Nantucket must try to rebuild their technological base once the island is stranded in 1250 BC, while the dazed survivors of the 'Change' now face a world where electricity, firearms, and internal combustion no longer work.

Stirling also tends to write strong female characters who have prominent roles within the story.

In the past he has frequently collaborated with other authors, including David Drake, Jerry Pournelle, Anne McCaffrey and Raymond E. Feist.

Space Opera novels and short stories


Known Space

Federated Sentient Planets?

  • The City who Fought? (1993) (with Anne McCaffrey) (Part of The Ship Who Sang? series)
  • The Ship Avenged? (1997) (Part of The Ship Who Sang series)


  • A Whiff of Grapeshot? (1998) (short story in the anthology More Than Honor?

Babylon 5?

  • Betrayals? (book 6) (1996)

Other sites: Stirling homepage, Wikipedia,