In August 2007, Michael was in China for the Science Fiction World Conference in Chengdu, China; while there, he also attended the Beijing Book Festival.
Michael's novel Bones of the Earth won the Hugo Award for "Best Novel" in 2003, and was nominated for the 2002 Nebula Award in the same category.
Michael's novel Jack Faust won the Hugo Award in 1998 for "Best Novel".
Michael's short story Griffin's Egg won the Hugo Award in 1992 for "Best Novella" and was nominated for the Nebula Award in the same category.
Michael's novel Stations of the Tide won the Nebula Award in 1991 and the Hugo Award in 1992 for "Best Novel".
Michael Swanwick lists J.R.R. Tolkien, Samuel R. Delany, and Gene Wolfe as three important influences on his work.
Michael Swanwick's short story, The Feast of St. Janis was nominated for a Nebula Award in the category of "Best Novelette" in 1980.
Michael Swanwick doles out "advice" to wannabe writers, under the persona of "Unca Mike"; in this character, his advice is intended to steer new and aspiring writers in the wrong direction so that he has less competition.
In April, 2006, Michael appeared as the Guest of Honor at Sferakon in Zagreb, Croatia.
In December, 2005, Michael appeared at Philcon in Philadelphia, PA. According to him, he never misses this convention, since it's held in his hometown.
In October, 2005, Michael spoke to the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society about Dinosaurs, one of the many topics that he writes about.
Michael appeared as a guest at Capclave, the annual covention in Colesville, Maryland, in October 2005.
Michael appeared as Guest of Honor at Context18, held in Columbus, Ohio in October, 2005.
Michael was a guest at Eurocon, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Glasgow, Scotland, from August 4th to 8th, 2005.
Michael's farewell essay to fellow science fiction author Octavia Butler, following her death in February 2006, was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Op-Ed page.
Unca Mike: My advice is designed to cut new talent off at the knees and thus keep down the number of writers I have to compete against. Multiply your adjectives! Insult the editor!
(regarding his appearance at Sferakon in Croatia)
Michael Swanwick: This has got to be the coolest thing I'll be doing in 2006.
Michael Swanwick: I'm not nearly as surly as my publicity photo makes me look.