Michael Swanwick, recently described by The Wall Street Journal as “The finest world-builder since Tolkien,” gave a reading followed by Q&A in the Stern Room on October 15. He also gave a small talk on worldbuilding in fantasy before the reading.
Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation. He has received a Hugo Award for fiction in an unprecedented five out of six years and his work has been honored with the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards and nominations for the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
His stories have appeared in Omni, Penthouse, Amazing, Asimov’s, High Times, New Dimensions, Starlight, Universe, Full Spectrum, Triquarterly, and elsewhere. Many have been reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies, and translated for Japanese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Czech, and French publications.
Swanwick’s books include In The Drift, an Ace Special; Vacuum Flowers; Griffin’s Egg; the Nebula Award-winning Stations Of The Tide; The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book; Jack Faust; Bones Of The Earth; The Dragons Of Babel; Dancing With Bears; and Chasing The Phoenix. His short fiction has been collected in Gravity’s Angels, A Geography Of Imaginary Lands, Moon Dogs, Tales Of Old Earth, and The Dog Said Bow-Wow. His flash fiction was collected in Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures. A new collection, The Best Of Michael Swanwick, was recently published by Subterranean Press. His most recent published novel is The Iron Dragon’s Mother, completing a trilogy begun twenty-five years before with The Iron Dragon’s Daughter.