Michael Z. Williamson

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Michael Z. Williamson
Williamson in December 2009.
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Birkenhead, England
Occupation Author, writer, bladesmith
Nationality American[1]
Genre Science fiction, military science fiction, military fiction, political thrillers

Michael Z. Williamson is a science fiction and military fiction author.[2] Born in Birkenhead, England, he and his family emigrated to Canada, then the United States in 1978. Williamson frequently utilizes the pen names "Mad Mike" and "Crazy Einar". He is retired from the United States Air Force.[3]


Williamson's first book, Freehold, was released in January 2004. It is notable in the science fiction genre for having a strong female protagonist. The novel is set in a future wherein the United Nations is a fascist empire.[4] Williamson's next novel, The Hero, was written with New York Times best-selling author John Ringo and takes place within the universe of Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. Both Freehold and The Hero were published by Baen Books. He also has many short stories published in various anthologies.

Williamson has written or published several other works: The Weapon, covering events concurrent to Freehold told from a different point of view; Better to Beg Forgiveness, a story set in the Freehold universe but before the Grainne War series and a follow-on book to that with the same characters: Do Unto Others; and Contact with Chaos set 20 years after the events of The Weapon.

Michael has also written the Target: Terror series, which thus far includes The Scope of Justice, Targets of Opportunity, and Confirmed Kill. These cover the story of two U.S. Army Rangers, engaged in black operations against terrorist groups threatening the United States.

He is also the Editor at Large of SurvivalBlog.com, a blog on disaster preparedness topics.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Gail had two children.[3] As of November 2016, they are now divorced.[6]


Williamson in July 2011, from a photo for a PSA by Oleg Volk.

Grainne War/Aftermath (Freehold Universe)[edit]

Ripple Creek (Freehold Universe)[edit]

Target: Terror series[edit]

Legacy of the Aldenata (with John Ringo)[edit]

Other work[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Michael Z. Williamson in July 2003


Year Film Role Notes
2008 First They Came for... Red Star Police No. 1 Short Film
2009 The Best Defense Himself TV
2011 When Aliens Attack Military Advisor—Armorer Film
2013 Starship II: Rendezvous with Ramses Production Crew—Armorer Film (Post-production)


  1. ^ Williamson, Michael Z. (2013). Tour of Duty. USA: Baen Books. pp. 9–10. ISBN 978-1-4767-3676-1. 
  2. ^ "Interview by Travis Clemmons". Buzznews.net Archived 9 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Williamson, Michael Z. "Michael Z. Williamson: Writer: Bio page". Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Wagner, T. M. (2004). "MICHAEL Z. WILLIAMSON". SF Reviews.net. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Our Domestic Correspondents and Editors" Archived 21 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. SurvivalBlog.com. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Williamson, Michael Z. (5 November 2016). "Advice About Other People's Divorces: Don't Get Involved". The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 

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