Happy birthday to the incredible Michael Swanwick

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One of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy short story writers of his generation, Michael Swanwick won an extraordinary five Hugo Awards in six years (1999-2000 and 2002-2004). His stories also garnered World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, Asimov’s Readers’ Awards, Locus, and SF Chronicle awards. Swanwick‘s acclaimed novels include In The Drift (1985), Vacuum Flowers (1987), Jack Faust (1997), Bones of the Earth (2002), The Dragons of Babel (2008), Dancing with Bears (2011), Chasing the Phoenix (2015), The Iron Dragon’s Mother (2019), and City Under the Stars (2020 with Gardner Dozois). Swanwick’s Stations Of The Tide (1991) won the prestigious Nebula award for best novel.

The many collections of Swanwick’s numerous acclaimed short tales include GRAVITY’S ANGELS (1991), TALES OF OLD EARTH (2000), CIGAR-BOX FAUST AND OTHER MINATURES (2003), MICHAEL SWANWICK’S FIELD GUIDE TO THE MESOZOIC MEGAFAUNA (2004), THE DOG SAID BOW-WOW (2007), The Best of Michael Swanwick (2008), Solstice Fire (2013), Season’s Greetings (2014), NOT SO MUCH SAID THE CAT (2016), The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus (2020), and The Best of Michael Swanwick: Volume Two (2023). OmniPenthouseAmazingAsimov’s Science FictionNew Dimensions, and Full Spectrum number among the many venues with Swanwick’s short fiction. He contributed to the serialized The Witch Who Came in from the Cold (2017).

A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Science Fiction, he previously published the controversial essays on the state of the science fiction and fantasy fields: “The User’s Guide to the Postmoderns” (1986) and “In the Tradition…” (1994). Both essays were collected in THE POSTMODERN ARCHIPELAGO (1997). Other non-fiction includes Being Gardner Dozois: An Interview by Michael Swanwick (2001), What Can Be Saved from the Wreckage?: James Branch Cabell in the Twenty-First Century (2007), Hope-in-the-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees (2009), October Leaves (2010), Hunting the Phoenix (2015), Being Gardner Dozois (2018 with Gardner Dozois) and ‘She Saved Us From World War Three’: Gardner Dozois Remembers James Tiptree, Jr. (2020).

All of us at Tachyon wish the extraordinary and amazing Micheal a spectacular birthday.