Michael Swanwick


Michael Swanwick Trivia


  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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.