Michael Talbot (September 29, 1953 – May 27, 1992) was an American author of several books highlighting parallels between ancient mysticism and quantum mechanics, and espousing a theoretical model of reality that suggests the physical universe is akin to a giant hologram. According to Talbot ESP, telepathy, and other paranormal phenomena are real and are a product of this holographic model of reality.
Talbot was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 29, 1953. He was originally a fiction/science fiction author. He also contributed articles to The Village Voice and other publications.
Talbot attempted to incorporate spirituality, religion and science to shed light on profound questions. His non-fiction books include Mysticism And The New Physics, Beyond The Quantum, and The Holographic Universe. Talbot often referenced Stanislav Grof, whose work on Holotropic Breathwork was also of obvious influence.
Although Talbot is not known to have made it much of a political issue, he was openly gay, living with a boyfriend, and has become a role model for gay intellectuals. In 1992, Talbot died of lymphocystic leukemia at age 38. With his disease occurring in the midst of the tragic AIDS crisis, Talbot is credited with the ironic comment that he suffered from "an unfashionable disease" since he did not suffer from AIDS but rather from a form of leukemia which also killed him at this young age.