Michael Swanwick was a Guest of Honor at Readercon 13. His novel, In the Drift (Locus first novel finalist, Ace, 1985), was a fix-up incorporating 1981 SF Chronicle winner and Nebula finalist novelette "Mummer Kiss" (he was a Campbell new writer finalist for that year) and 1984 Nebula finalist novella "Marrow Death." It was followed by Vacuum Flowers (Arbor, 1987); Nebula and SF Chronicle winner, New York Times Notable Book, and Hugo, Campbell Memorial, and Arthur C. Clarke finalist Stations of the Tide (Morrow, 1991), selected by Damien Broderick and Paul Di Filippo for Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010; Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and SF Chronicle novella finalist Griffin's Egg (Legend/St. Martin's, 1991); World Fantasy, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus finalist The Iron Dragon's Daughter (Millenium/AvoNova, 1993) incorporating 1992 Nebula novella finalist "Cold Iron," and, set in the same world, Locus finalist The Dragons of Babel (Tor, 2008); Hugo, Locus, British SF, and Sidewise finalist Jack Faust, (Avon, 1997); Hugo, Nebula, Campbell Memorial, and Locus finalist Bones of the Earth (Eos/HarperTorch, 2002), expanded from the 1999 Hugo winner and Nebula and Locus short story finalist "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur"; and Campbell Memorial finalist Dancing with Bears (NightShade, 2011), a Darger and Surplus novel (see below).
Swanwick's three primary short fiction collections have averaged just over ten acclaimed stories each. Locus finalist Gravity's Angels (Arkham/North Atlantic, 1991) includes 1980 Nebula novelette finalists "Ginungagap" and "The Feast of Saint Janis," 1982 World Fantasy short fiction finalist "The Man Who Met Picasso," 1984 Nebula novelette finalist "Trojan Horse," 1988 Asimov's Reader's Poll winner "A Midwinter's Tale," 1989 Sturgeon winner and Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus short story finalist "The Edge of the World," and "Mummer Kiss," as well as "Covenant of Souls" and "The Dragon Line" in the 4th and 6th The Year's Best Science Fiction (Dozois, ed.).
Locus winner Tales of Old Earth (North Atlantic, 2000) includes 1992 Locus short story finalist "In Concert," 1994 World Fantasy and Locus short story finalist "The Changeling's Tale," 1995 World Fantasy novella winner and Sturgeon finalist "Radio Waves," 1995 Hugo short story finalist "Walking Out," 1996 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus short story finalist "The Dead," 1998 Hugo short story winner "The Very Pulse of the Machine," 1998 Hugo short story and Sturgeon finalist "Wild Minds," 1998 Hugo and Nebula short story and Sturgeon finalist and Asimov's Reader Poll winner "Radiant Doors," 1999 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus short story finalist and Asimov's Reader Poll winner "Ancient Engines," and 2000 World Fantasy short fiction finalist "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O," as well as "The Wisdom of Old Earth" from the 15th Dozois The Year's Best and "Mother Grasshopper" from The Very Best of F&SF: 60th Anniversary Anthology (Van Gelder, ed.).
Locus finalist The Dog Said Bow-Wow (Tachyon, 2007) includes 2002 Hugo short story finalist "'Hello,' Said the Stick," 2002 Hugo winner and Locus finalist short story "Slow Life," 2003 Hugo novelette winner "Legions in Time," 2005 Locus short story finalist "Triceraptops Summer," 2006 Locus short story finalist "Tin Marsh," 2007 Locus winner and Hugo finalist short story "A Small Room in Koboldtown," as well as "The Skysailor's Tale" in the 25th Dozois The Year's Best and "Urdumheim" in the 2nd The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Strahan, ed.), plus three Darger and Surplus stories: the 2001 Hugo winner and Nebula and Locus short story and Sturgeon finalist title story, 2002 Hugo and Locus short story finalist "The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport," and "Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play" in Year's Best SF 11 (Hartwell and Cramer, eds.).
Locus finalist The Best of Michael Swanwick (Subrerranean, 2008) combines nineteen of the aforementioned (plus "North of Diddy-Wah-Diddy" from Tales of Old Earth) with Griffin's Egg and 2008 Hugo short story and Sturgeon finalist "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled." 1997 World Fantasy finalist A Geography of Unknown Lands (Tiger Eyes, 1997), now contains only one unique story ("The Wireless Folly"). Moon Dogs (Ann A. Broomhead and Timothy P. Szczesuil, eds., NESFA, 2000) combines the 2000 Hugo and Locus short story finalist title story, Griffin's Egg, and both essays from The Postmodern Archipelago (see below) with other otherwise uncollected stories and essays.
Swanwick's uncollected short fiction includes another fifteen acclaimed stories. "The Gods of Mars," with Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann (in Dozois' Slow Dancing Through Time), was a 1985 Nebula short story finalist; "Dogfight," with William Gibson (in his Burning Chrome), a 1985 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and SF Chronicle novelette finalist; "Coyote at the End of History," in Year's Best SF 9 (Hartwell and Cramer, eds.), a 2003 Asimov's Reader Poll short story winner; "Lord Weary's Empire," in Best Short Novels 2007 (Strahan, ed.), a 2006 Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus novella finalist; and "Liberterian Russia," in the 28th Dozois Year's Best, a 2010 Asimov's Reader Poll winner. "Touring," with Dozois, is in the 10th the Year's Best Horror Stories (Wagner, ed.), "Walden Three" in Best Science Fiction of the Year 11 (Carr, ed.), "Golden Apples of the Sun," with Dozois and Jack Dann, in The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11 (Saha, ed.), "King Dragon" and "The Dala Horse" in the 21st and 29th Dozois Year's Best, "The Word that Sings the Scythe" in Fantasy: The Best of 2004 (Strahan and Haber, eds.), "The Scarecrow's Boy," "Steadfast Castle," and "For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again" in Year's Best SF 14, 16 and 17 (Hartwell and Cramer, eds.) and "Zeppelin City," with Eileen Gunn, in the 4th The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Strahan, ed.).
Other uncollected fiction is in Light Years and Dark (Bishop, ed.), Another Round at the Spaceport Bar (Schweitzer and Scithers, eds.), Life Without a Net (Anders, ed.), Last Drink Bird Head (VanderMeer and VanderMeer, eds.), Stories (Gaiman and Sarontonio, eds.), Eclipse Four (Strahan, ed.), Unfit for Eden (Crowther and Gevers, eds.), Asimov's, The New York Review of Science Fiction, F&SF, Flurb, Weird Tales, Realms of Fantasy, Amazing, Aboriginal SF, Omni, and his chapbook The Brain Baron (Dragonstairs, 2011).
Swanwick is also the author of three short-short story series in chapbooks. Puck Aleshire's Abecedary (Dragon, 2000) appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction from 1997 to 1999; Michael Swanwick's Field Guide to the Mesozoic Megafauna (Tachyon, 2003) combines 2002 British SF short fiction finalist "Five British Dinosaurs" with originals; and The Periodic Table of Science Fiction (PS, 2005) has a story for each of the 118 elements and includes "Cecil Rhodes in Hell" in Year's Best Fantasy 3 and "Under's Game" in Year's Best SF 7 (Hartwell and Cramer, eds.). Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures (Tachyon, 2003) is a brief collection of other short-shorts and essays, including another abecedary and the "Writing in My Sleep" series from NYRSF in 1991. He has also written eleven or more unique short-shorts sealed in bottles, as gifts to charity auctions and friends ("unique" meaning that all paper and electronic copies have been destroyed); the owner can either read the story or possess the object, but cannot do both.
Swanwick's non-fiction books are The Postmodern Archipelago (Tachyon, 1997), Locus winner and Hugo related book finalist Being Gardner Dozois: An Interview (Old Earth, 2001), What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage?: James Branch Cabell in the Twenty-First Century (Temporary Culture, 2007), and Hugo related book finalist Hope-in-the-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees (Temporary Culture, 2009). Essays and reviews have appeared in NYRSF, Locus, and elsewhere. A monthly column appears in Science Fiction World, published in Chengdu, China.
Swanwick lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter, and is currently working on two novels.