Michael Swanwick


Michael Swanwick
Michael Swanwick

Swanwick in 2009
Born November 18, 1950 (1950-11-18)
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality American
Period 1980's-Present
Genres Science fiction, fantasy


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Michael Swanwick (born November 18, 1950) is an American science fiction author. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he began publishing in the early 1980s.[1]

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Biography

His published novels are In the Drift (an Ace Special, 1985), a look at the results of a more catastrophic Three Mile Island incident; Vacuum Flowers (1987), an adventurous tour of an inhabited Solar System, where the people of Earth have been subsumed by a cybernetic mass-mind; Stations of the Tide (1991), the story of a bureaucrat's pursuit of a magician on a world soon to be altered by its 50 year tide swell; The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993), a fantasy with elves in Armani suits and dragons as jet fighters; Jack Faust (1997), a retelling of the Faust legend with modern science and technology; Bones of the Earth (2002), a time-travel story involving dinosaurs; and The Dragons of Babel (2008), which is set in the same fantasy world as The Iron Dragon's Daughter.

His short fiction has been collected in Gravity's Angels (1991), Moon Dogs (2000), Tales of Old Earth (2000), Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures (2003), The Dog Said Bow-Wow (2007), and The Best of Michael Swanwick (2008). A novella, Griffin's Egg, was published in book form in 1991 and is also collected in Moon Dogs. He has collaborated with other authors on several short works, including Gardner Dozois ("Ancestral Voices", "City of God", "Snow Job") and William Gibson ("Dogfight").

Stations of the Tide won the Nebula for best novel in 1991, and several of his shorter works have won awards as well: the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for "The Edge of the World" in 1989, the World Fantasy Award for "Radio Waves" in 1996,[2] and Hugos for "The Very Pulse of the Machine" in 1999, "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur" in 2000, "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" in 2002, "Slow Life" in 2003, and "Legions in Time" in 2004.

Swanwick has written about the field as well. He published two long essays on the state of the science fiction (The User's Guide to the Postmoderns, 1986) and fantasy ("In the Tradition...", 1994), the former of which was controversial for its categorization of new SF writers into "cyberpunk" and "literary humanist" camps. Both essays were collected together in The Postmodern Archipelago 1997. A book-length interview with Gardner Dozois, Being Gardner Dozois, was published in 2001. He is a prolific contributor to the New York Review of Science Fiction. Swanwick wrote a monograph on James Branch Cabell, "What Can Be Saved From the Wreckage?" which was published in 2007, and a short literary biography of Hope Mirrlees, Hope-in-the-Mist, which was published in 2009.

At the Avram Davidson tribute, NYC, 2007

Selected bibliography

(a complete bibliography may be found at the author's website)

Novels

  • In the Drift (1984)
  • Vacuum Flowers (1987)
  • Stations of the Tide (1991), Nebula Award winner, 1991; Hugo and Campbell Awards nominee, 1992; Clarke Award nominee, 1993
  • The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993), Clarke, Locus Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards nominee, 1994
  • Jack Faust (1997), BSFA nominee, 1997; Hugo and Locus Fantasy Awards nominee, 1998
  • Bones of the Earth (2002), Nebula Award nominee, 2002; Hugo, Locus SF, and Campbell Awards nominee, 2003
  • The Dragons of Babel (2008), Locus Fantasy Award nominee, 2009
  • Dancing With Bears (published by Night Shade Books in May 2011). Continues the adventures of the far-future confidence tricksters, Darger and Surplus.

Collections

Selected short stories

Essays

  • "User's Guide to the Postmoderns", Asimov's, 1986
  • "The Postmodern Archipelago" (1997)

References

  1. ^ "Locus Online: Michael Swanwick interview excerpts". Locus Magazine. 2004-05-27. http://www.locusmag.com/2004/Issues/06Swanwick.html. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/awardslist.html/. Retrieved 04 Feb 2011. 
  3. ^ Willie Garcia, Webmaster. ""Legions In Time" by Michael Swanwick". Asimovs. http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0406/legionsintime.shtml. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 

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