Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt is currently in his third season as Co-Executive Producer/Writer for Z NATION — the SyFy Channel's highest-rated scripted series.  His prior credits in SF/fantasy television include THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE OUTER LIMITS, THE DEAD ZONE. His column about SF/fantasy TV, The Cassutt Files, ran on Scifi.com for nine years.  He teaches TV writing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Cassutt is also a novelist (the HEAVENS SHADOW trilogy) and short story writer (ASIMOV'S and others). In his third persona, he writes and lectures about human spaceflight, most recently on camera in Discovery Science's SECRET SPACE ESCAPES.


SELECTED TELEVISION:  Z NATION (SyFy, 2013 to present), THE DEAD ZONE (2003-05), SEVEN DAYS (1998-99), STRANGELUCK (1995-96), THE OUTER LIMITS (1994-95), EERIE INDIANA (1991-92), MAX HEADROOM (1987), THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1985-86). Plus adaptations of works by Arthur C. Clarke, Tom Godwin, John Varley, Clifford D. Simak and others.

NOVELS: With David Goyer, HEAVEN'S FALL (2013), HEAVEN'S WAR (2012), HEAVEN'S SHADOW (Ace 2011).  TANGO MIDNIGHT (2003), RED MOON (2001), MISSING MAN (1998). DRAGON SEASON (1991), THE STAR COUNTRY (1986).

ANTHOLOGY: Edited with Andrew M. Greeley SACRED VISIONS (1991)

SHORT FICTION in ASIMOV'S SF, MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, OMNI, George R. R  Martin's WILD CARDS series; also reprinted in several "best of" collections.

NON-FICTION: Six books dealing with human spaceflight, including ASTRONAUT MAKER, forthcoming from Chicago Review Press in 2017.  Articles in AIR & SPACE/SMITHSONIAN.  On-camer appearances in Discovery Science SECRET SPACE ESCAPES (2015) and many others.

Awards and Memberships

Member, Writers Guild of America West (1982 to present)

Member, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (1974 to present)

Related Experience

Adjunct professor in TV/screenwriting, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 2007 to present

Workshops at University of Oregon (2009-2012)

Public speaker at SF and space-related conventions; interviewed on camera by Discovery Science and History Channel, among others

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