The Future is Unwritten

For years I ranted about the lack of development or progress in Math, Science, Technology and Space Exploration in America. I found that to be a useless approach– it didn’t bear out any results. Had it been someone else, I would have admonished them to “do something about it.


What can one person do?  The answer:  influence a future generation to dare to dream about a tomorrow.


How can one person of limited worldly influence have any impact on a future generation?  The solution is not to accept the limitation and instead increase one’s sphere of worldly influence.  There are obvious means to achieve that wider audience:  enter politics, become famous, give lectures and/ or start teaching.  I’m unfortunately not in a position to utilize any of those means.  But there is another path…
For almost 150 years, science fiction writers (Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Roddenberry, Verne, Wells, etc.) have heavily influenced science and research. They told stories that captured and expanded the imaginations of children and young adults, introducing them to new, radical concepts such as the Three Laws of Robotics; distopian societies; every day life aboard spacefaring vessels; time travel; and the exploration of planets outside our solar system and the beings that inhabited them. These children wanted to know more, wanted to know how, and grew up to be Scientists and Explorers.

In response to the challenge: do something about it!,

I have tasked myself with creating such a novel.

This page is dedicated to the self-challenge of Writing in the Scafverse, including recording the progress on the self study course that I have constructed, and a home for the short stories and novels that will be forthcoming.


The Future is (Un)Finished.


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I intend to write at least one full length novel (90K-150K words), a handful of short stories (5K-7.5K words), and many works of flash fiction (a complete story in one thousand or fewer words.) (500-1000 words).

Luchorpan Novel


Capt Oliver Lost His Drive


Multiverse, Short


Rare Earth Metal: Steampunk vs Wizard, Short


The Tunguska Event, Short


Captain Oliver’s Ship is Found, Crashed, Short


(Un)Lucky, Flash

Image Credits:
Space Diver
Crashed Spaceship
Space Diving
Jump From Space
Full of Stars
Space Scape Sailboats
Bryce Spacescape
Steampunk Wizard
Tunguska Event
Eucalyptus Trees


  • Story Writing, Top-Down Overview (204 hours; 7 books);
  • Writing Structure (322 hours; 15 books);
  • Thematic to Plot (283 hours; 7 books)
  • Language, Spelling and Grammar (74 hours; 4 books).
  • Plus: iTunes U (49 hours; 14 courses).
  • Plus: Podcasts (349 hours; 5 Podcasts).
  • TOTAL: 343 of 1280 hours completed. (27%)



  • Semester I & II: Story Writing, Top-Down Overview; Writing Structure; and Language, Spelling and Grammar  (Core/ Prerequisite Coursework)
  • Semester III:  Creative Writing/ Short Story Workshop (Writing, Revision & Editing; Intro to Publishing)
  • Semester IV:  Thematic to Plot (Advanced Research Coursework)
  • Semester V:  Creative Writing– Fiction Novel (Advanced Fiction Writing/ Study of craft and revision, with the goal of producing a long work of sophisticated fiction)



Self Study Course

Beginnings, Middles & Ends
Characters and Viewpoint
Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology
The Digital Photography Book: The Step-By-Step Secrets for How to Make Your Photos Look Like the Pros
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense
The Elements of Style
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences
Mediapedia: Creative Tools and Techniques for Camera, Computer, and Beyond
Our Final Hour: A Scientist's warning - How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in This Century — On Earth and Beyond
Revision & Self-Editing: Techniques for transforming your first draft into a finished novel
Scene and Structure
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Techniques of the Selling Writer
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English

Mike’s favorite books »


Writing Course Spreadsheet (expand with this link)


New Writing Blog! (

Hey All! Just wanted to let you know that I now have a writing blog!         Check it out! (and follow me on Twitter: @MJ_Scafati)

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Flash Fiction: (Un)Lucky

Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity; a complete story in one thousand or fewer words. Below is my first work of Flash Fiction called “(Un)Lucky.”  A woman named Caroline who considers herself unlucky goes for a … Check it out…

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Progress Report, July 16th

It’s been 3 busy months since my first update, Progress Report, April 16th and 4 months since A Novel Change in the Scafverse. A lot of big changes have happened in those months: Crystal is Silicon Valley’s Newest Venture Capitalist! and We Found a Place to … Check it out…

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Progress Report, April 16th

It’s been a little over a month (43 days) since I posted A Novel Change in the Scafverse.  Here is my first progress report. Novel: Update: Iterate plot almost daily (incorporating new ideas and techniques from self-study program).  Have written … Check it out…

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The Aftermath of CAPTAIN OLIVER

Upon publishing the second draft of the short story CAPTAIN OLIVER HAS LOST HIS DRIVE here on the Scafverse, I immediately succumbed to a 40 hour bout (and counting– I’m sitting up for the first time and writing this) with … Check it out…

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Short story: Captain Oliver Lost His Drive

Thank you for reading this short story from Another Scafverse Production, an installment in A Novel Change in the Scafverse. This is the second draft of CAPTAIN OLIVER LOST HIS DRIVE, the 8,000 word short story that narrates the tale of an incident aboard … Check it out…

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Astounding Libration of the Moon

Normally I don’t just post random items from the internet, but I was absolutely amazed by this video. The moon is one of those things that we’re all familiar with, heck we see it most nights– but never like this. … Check it out…

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A Novel Change in the Scafverse

The Scafverse is taking on a new artistic challenge: writing a full-length Science Fiction novel! *               *               *               *          … Check it out…

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