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Publication Order of Iron Dragon's Daughter Books

The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragons of Babel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Iron Dragon's Mother (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Darger and Surplus Books

Dancing with Bears (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chasing the Phoenix (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mongolian Wizard Books

The Mongolian Wizard (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire Gown (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Day of the Kraken (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Dreams (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night of the Salamander (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pyramid of Krakow (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Phantom in the Maze (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Spook House (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Prometheus (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

In the Drift (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vacuum Flowers (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stations of the Tide (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Faust (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones of the Earth (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Man Who Met Picasso (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dogfight (in Omni) (With: William Gibson) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Edge of the World (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Griffin's Egg (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Changeling\'s Tale (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Out (in Asimov's) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Radio Waves (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead (in Starlight 1) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Very Pulse of the Machine (in The Best of...) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Minds (in The Best of...) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Radiant Doors (in The Best of...) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancient Engines (in Asimov's) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scherzo with Tyrannosaur (in Asimov's) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
'Hello,' Said the Stick (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slow Life (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legions in Time (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord Weary’s Empire (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Small Room in Koboldtown (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zeppelin City (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dala Horse (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Annie Without Crow (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Star-Bear (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Gravity's Angels (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Old Earth (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Geography of Unknown Lands (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moon Dogs (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Michael Swanwick's Field Guide to Mesozoic Megafauna (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Periodic Table of Science Fiction (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog Said Bow-Wow (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Michael Swanwick (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not So Much, Said the Cat (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Postmodern Archipelago (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Being Gardner Dozois (With: Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hope-in-the-Mist (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of William Gibson Short Stories/Novellas

with William Gibson
Dogfight (in Omni) (With: William Gibson) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winter Market (By: William Gibson) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Universe Books

Universe 1 (By: Terry Carr) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 2 (By: Terry Carr) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 3 (By: Terry Carr) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 4 (By: Terry Carr) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 5 (By: Terry Carr) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 6 (By: John Shirley,Terry Carr) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 7 (By: Terry Carr) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 8 (By: Terry Carr) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 9 (By: John Shirley,Terry Carr) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 10 (By: Terry Carr) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 11 (With: Kim Stanley Robinson,William Gibson,Carter Scholz,Michael Bishop,Ian Watson,Nancy Kress,Carol Emshwiller,Josephine Saxton,Terry Carr) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 12 (By: Terry Carr) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 13 (By: Kim Stanley Robinson,Lucius Shepard,Michael Bishop,Ian Watson,Terry Carr,Bruce Sterling,Leanne Frahm,Bill Bickel) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 14 (By: Terry Carr) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 15 (By: Terry Carr) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 16 (By: Terry Carr) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universe 17 (By: Terry Carr) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of The Witch Who Came In From The Cold Books

The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: Season One (With: Ian Tregillis,Max Gladstone,Lindsay Smith,Cassandra Rose Clarke) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch Who Came In From The Cold: The Complete Season 2 (By: Ian Tregillis,Fran Wilde,Max Gladstone,Lindsay Smith,Cassandra Rose Clarke) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Year's Best Fantasy Books

Year's Best Fantasy (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 5 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 6 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 7 (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 8 (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Universe 11(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magicats!(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixth Omni Book of Science Fiction(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terry's Universe: Science fiction's finest writers join in honoring the memory of Terry Carr(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Omni Book of Science Fiction(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 1989(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Third Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Fantasy Stories of the Year, 1989(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slow Dancing Through Time(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Earth(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Omni Visions Two(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, November 1994(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1995(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing Me Softly(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Tenth Annual Collection(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starlight 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modern Classics of Fantasy(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, May 1998(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good New Stuff(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, February 1999(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 4(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1999(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Explorers(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, April 2000(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 5(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 35 (2001)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Supermen(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2002(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book Of Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 15(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 8(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
I premi Hugo 2002(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hard SF Renaissance(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: 21 Annual Edition(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fiction Factory(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 11(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futures Past(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of the Best, Vol 2(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rewired(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, February 2008(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 14(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, December 2010(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unfit for Eden: A Postscripts Anthology 26/27(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some of the Best from, 2011 edition(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timeless Time Travel Tales(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 16(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some of the Best from, 2012 edition(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steampunk Specs(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows of the New Sun(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Traveler's Almanac(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rogues(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Nine(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Far Voyager: A Postcripts Anthology 32/33(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 7(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Tiptree(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarkesworld: Year Eight(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asimov's Science Fiction, September-October 2017(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Time Machine Volume 2(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Frontier(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2018(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 107, April 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 38, May 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil's Ways(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2020 Look at Space Opera Book(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, Death and Robots: The Official Anthology: Volume One(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 58, September 2022(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 61, March 2023(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarkesworld Issue 205(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Robot and AI Stories: Fourth Annual Collection(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Michael Swanwick

Starting out in the early eighties, American author Michael Swanwick has been making a name for himself for a long time now. Beginning as a short-story writer he is well known for producing science-fiction novels that really transport the reader to far off distant lands. Asking some of the bigger questions on life and human nature, he is definitely a writer who excels in his particular literary genre. Making a distinctive niche for himself, he sets himself apart with his idiosyncratic style that really resonates with the reader, despite the otherworldly settings of the stories themselves. It is the characters that make his stories too, allowing them to breathe life into the worlds that he creates, giving them a grounded and realistic tone.

Winning awards for his work over the years as well, this New York based author is also known for infusing his stories with an element of fantasy too. Imbuing his stories with a sense of the mystical almost, he always makes sure to make them entertaining, whilst putting forwards a set of strong ideas as well. Creating a number of series and franchises too, he manages to keep his stories going over time, something which he will continue to do for many years to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born and raised in Schenectady, New York, in the United States, Michael Swanwick was born on the 18th of November, 1950. Over time he would turn to writing short-stories, as literature had been hardwired into him from an early age, as he would continue to hone his craft. This would carry on for quite some time to follow, as he would focus on science-fiction, a genre which he would gradually establish his name with throughout the intervening years. Getting his work published in various different publications, his profile would quickly rise in stature, as he would come to be respected by both his peers and contemporaries alike. Currently living in Philadelphia with Marianne Porter and Sean, their son, he continues to regularly write to this very day.

Writing Career

Publishing his first short story titled ‘Ginungagap’ in 1980, he would see it feature in the ‘TriQuarterly’, which he would follow that same year with the story ‘The Feast of St. Janis’. This would feature in ‘New Dimensions 11’, and soon he was well on his way to making a name for himself as a fully fledged author of literary fiction. Both of these short stories went on to become awards nominees, as they were nominated for the ‘Nebula Award for Best Short Story’ in 1981 the following year. He would soon go on to publish ‘In the Drift’ in 1985, which would use the real-world event of the Three Mile Island catastrophe to help inspire it. Using this as the basis of his commentary, he has gone on to create work of similar nature ever since, producing a lot of fiction, as well as many non-fiction essays too.

The Dragons of Babel

First released through the ‘Tor Books’ publishing label, this would originally come out in 2008 on the 8th of January. Providing a sequel of sorts to ‘The Dragon’s Daughter’, it is set in the same world, whilst also being its own unique story. This allows readers to read it at their own pace, not needing to follow the series overall to understand what’s going on, as it’s set within an industrialized world, as opposed to the first.

Working as a follow-up to the massively influential fantasy novel ‘The Iron Dragon’s Daughter’, this definitely has a lot of ground to cover. Set in the same world and universe, it manages to make its own mark as a novel and story, allowing it to have its own self-contained narrative in the process. With Michael Swanwick returning to the world of the novel with which he made a large name for himself, he works well the honor the original too. Creating strong and lasting characters that really stay with the reader long after they’ve finished the story, it definitely manages to leave quite the lasting impact.

Pulling into a village, a war-dragon from Babel makes his home there, set within the post-industrialized world of Faerie. This sees him declaring himself as king, whilst he goes on to make Will his lieutenant, whilst at night he will crawl into this fey’s mind in order to learn what it is that his subjects think. After being forced from his village, Will must travel with female soldier centaurs, whilst witnessing giants clashing, all whilst acquiring a surrogate daughter named Esme. Meeting Nat Whilk, a confidence trickster, in the Tower of Babel, a sprawling city, he then becomes a hero to the homeless and dispossessed. Will he find what it is that he is looking for? How will he deal with his love for the high-elven woman as he rises through the political ranks? What will become of the dragons of Babel?

Not So Much, Said The Cat

This time released through the ‘Tachyon Publications’ publishing outlet, this would first come out in 2016 on the 9th of August. Not being a part of any series, it would act as a follow-up of sorts to Swanwick’s earlier collection of short-stories titled ‘The Dog Said Bow-Wow’. Keeping a thematic set of ideas running constantly throughout, Swanwick says all that he wants to say with these stories, being strong as they are.

As a writer of short-stories, Michael Swanwick is unsurpassed, with this being the medium with which he made his name. In this collection he does what he does best, creating succinct and to-the-point stories that say exactly what he wants to say. Allowing the reader to really invest themselves in the action, he gives them brief glimpses into other far off exciting universes to explore. Painting a vivid portrait of these landscapes too, he definitely works at allowing them to come off of the page as well.

Transporting the reader across all of time and space, these short-stories really do have everything in this enthralling collection. With a galactic sense of scope and scale, they allow the reader to truly understand the full breadth and scale of Swanwick’s imagination. Hurtling all across the globe and throughout the galaxy, the stories are otherworldly in their nature and setting, whilst simultaneously being grounded in very human realities. As magical horses protect the innocent, trolls seek repentance, teenagers aim to take on the devil with only their savvy, and time-travelers party, everything is laid out here. Looking to the distant future, as well as the distant past, this collection really is one that stands the test of time in ‘Not So Much, Said The Cat’.

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