of over one hundred published works, Michael Michaud was a U.S.
Foreign Service officer for 32 years before turning full time
to writing. During his diplomatic career, he served as
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science and Technology,
Director of the State Department’s Office of Advanced Technology,
Minister-Counselor for Environment, Science, and Technology at
the American Embassy in Tokyo, and as Counselor for Environment,
Science, and Technology at the American Embassy in Paris. His
earlier overseas assignments were Consul-General in Belfast,
Information Officer in Bombay, Political and later Economic Officer
in Tehran, and Vice-Consul in Dacca. In Washington, he
served as country officer for Iran, Australia and Papua New Guinea,
and the United Kingdom. He also worked in the Bureaus of
Political-Military Affairs, Intelligence and Research, and Personnel.
led the successful negotiation of a new science and technology
agreement between the United States and Poland, and of a new
transportation science and technology agreement between the U.S.
and the Soviet Union. He played a major role in the negotiation
of a new space cooperation agreement between the U.S. and the
Soviet Union. He was one of the initiators of U.S.-Soviet
anti-satellite arms control negotiations and served on the U.S.
delegation. He represented the Department of State many
times in interagency space policy forums and testified before
Congressional committees four times on space-related issues.
is a member of many professional organizations, including the
International Academy of Astronautics, the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society,
and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He
has spoken before meetings of all these organizations, as well
as at the annual meetings of the International Astronautical
Federation. Michaud also is a member of the World History Association and a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
is the author of two research-driven books. His most recent,
published in 2007 by the scientific publisher Springer, is a
detailed study of the centuries-long debates about the probability
and consequences of coming into contact with an extraterrestrial
civilization. He previously published a study of the American
pro-space movement. His publication record also includes
more than eighty articles and papers and short pieces of fiction.