Michael Z. Williamson
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Michael Z. Williamson
Williamson in December 2009.
|Born||1967 (age 51–52)|
|Occupation||Author, writer, bladesmith|
|Genre||Science fiction, military science fiction, military fiction, political thrillers|
Michael Z. Williamson is a science fiction and military fiction author. 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.
Williamson's first book, Freehold, was released in January 2004. It tells the story of Kendra Pacelli, a young woman forced to flee from Earth after being accused of a crime she didn't commit. She flees to the planet Grainne and struggles to adapt to the new climate and culture of the ultra-libertarian planet, where the government administers the courts, the military, and literally nothing else. She eventually joins the Freehold military and soon finds herself defending her new home from her old one when the UN invades.
Both The Weapon and Angeleyes cover the conflict between Grainne and Earth but are told from a different point of view. Angeleyes is a spy-thriller set in the space stations and interstellar ships; the protagonist, Angie Kaneshiro, is recruited as a contractor to assist a team of SF Operatives as they wage clandestine war on the UN's ships in space. The Weapon begins before Freehold and explains just how tough (and more than a little crazy) the Freehold's special forces really are. Rogue continues Ken Chinran's story from The Weapon as he hunts down one of his own. Contact With Chaos advances the timeline several years and is the story of humankind's first encounter with a sentient alien species where humans are the space aliens initiating contact with a less technologically advanced race.
Williamson was both Editor and a Contributing Author for Forged In Blood, released in September 2017. This short-story anthology is one continuous story written by more than a dozen different authors, including Baen authors Larry Correia, Tom Kratman, Mike Massa, Christopher L. Smith, Jason Cordova and Kacey Ezell. The anthology charts several thousand years of history/future, following one particular sword and its' many bearers from Feudal Japan to Freehold and then centuries beyond.
Better to Beg Forgiveness is set in the Freehold universe but is a prequel series set well before the Grainne war. It tells the story of a team of professional bodyguards as they protect the President of an fractious planet against all manner of threats. There are two follow-on books, Do Unto Others and When Diplomacy Fails starring the same characters. The trio of books are collectively known as the Ripple Creek series.
Williamson's second novel, The Hero, was written with John Ringo and takes place within the universe of Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. 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.
Michael also owns and operates SharpPointyThings.com where he sells antique, commercially made, or hand-forged knives and swords.
Grainne War/Aftermath (Freehold Universe)
- Freehold (Baen Books, ISBN 0-7434-7179-2, January 2004)
- The Weapon (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4165-0894-5, August 2005)
- Rogue (Baen Books, ISBN 978-1-4391-3462-7, September 2011)
- Contact with Chaos (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4165-9154-0 (Hardback), April 2009; ISBN 1-4391-3373-5 (Paperback), July 2010)
- Angeleyes (Baen Books, ISBN 978-1-4767-8186-0, November 2016)
- Forged in Blood (Baen Books, ISBN 978-1481482707, September 2017) (anthology editor and contributing author)
Ripple Creek (Freehold Universe)
- Better to Beg Forgiveness... (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4165-5508-0 (Hardback), November 2007; ISBN 1-4165-9151-6 (Paperback), February 2009)
- Do Unto Others (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4391-3383-2 (HB) August 2010; ISBN 1-4391-3459-6 (PB), July 2011)
- When Diplomacy Fails... (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4516-3790-X (HB) August 2012)
Target: Terror series
- The Scope of Justice (Avon, ISBN 0-06-056524-1, July 2004)
- Targets of Opportunity (Avon, ISBN 0-06-056525-X, March 2005)
- Confirmed Kill (Avon, ISBN 0-06-056526-8, September 2005)
Legacy of the Aldenata (with John Ringo)
- Tour of Duty short story collection, editor (Baen Books, ISBN 1-4516-3905-8 August 2013)
- A Long Time until Now (beginning the Temporal Displacement series, Baen Books, February 2014)
- "Naught but Duty" (December 2005), short story in the anthology Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar ISBN 0-7564-0325-1, edited by Mercedes Lackey. DAW Books
- "The Humans Called It Duty" (March 2007), short story in the anthology Future Weapons of War ISBN 1-4165-2112-7, edited by Joe Haldeman and Martin H. Greenberg. Baen Books
- "The Sword Dancer" (December 2008), short story in the anthology Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar ISBN 0-7564-0528-9, edited by Mercedes Lackey
- "Wounded Bird" (December 2009), short story in the anthology Changing the World: All-New Tales of Valdemar ISBN 0-7564-0580-7, edited by Mercedes Lackey
- "The Price" (May 2010), short story in the anthology Citizens ISBN 1-4391-3347-6, edited by John Ringo and Brian Thomsen. Baen Books
- "The Groom's Price" (December 2010), Co-Written with Gail Sanders, short story in the anthology Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar ISBN 0-7564-0633-1, edited by Mercedes Lackey
- "Battle's Tide" (August 2011), short story in the anthology Exiled: Clan of the Claw ISBN 1-4391-3441-3, edited by Bill Fawcett. Baen Books
- "The Brute Force Approach" (August 2011), free short story published in Free Short Stories 2011 by Baen Books.
- "Heads You Lose" (August 2011), short story in the anthology Lawyers in Hell ISBN 1-937035-01-8, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
- "The Bride's Task" (December 2011), Co-written with Gail Sanders, short story in the anthology Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar ISBN 0-7564-0696-X, edited by Mercedes Lackey.
- "A Flower Grows in Whitechapel" (December 2012), Co-written with Gail Sanders, short story in the anthology Elemental Magic ISBN 0-7564-0787-7, edited by Mercedes Lackey
- "Soft Casualty" (February 2014), free short story published in Free Short Stories 2014 by Baen Books
- "Hate in the Darkness" (March 2018), short story in the anthology Star Destroyers ISBN 978-1-4814-8309-4, edited by Christopher Ruocchio and Tony Daniel. Baen Books
|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)|
- Williamson, Michael Z. (2013). Tour of Duty. USA: Baen Books. pp. 9–10. ISBN 978-1-4767-3676-1.
- "Interview by Travis Clemmons". Buzznews.net Archived 9 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Williamson, Michael Z. "Michael Z. Williamson: Writer: Bio page". Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- "Our Domestic Correspondents and Editors" Archived 21 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. SurvivalBlog.com. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
- 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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