Michael Swanwick

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Michael Swanwick (born November 18, 1950) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.


In the Drift (1985)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass market paperback edition published by Ace Books (ISBN 0-441-35869-1)
  • If I have to play your stupid games, at least I don’t have to pretend to enjoy them.
    • Chapter 1, “Mummer Kiss” (p. 4)
  • Sam stood in the center of the church, listening for the presence of God. It was a hot place. The air was blue with floating radioisotopes. She glanced up at the clouds and they staggered by as if the walls were falling in on her. She looked away quickly. The air flowed around her, calm and peaceful and blue. But there was no divine presence.
    • Chapter 3, “Boneseeker” (pp. 99-100)
  • These hands were almost crippled digging coal so that rich men in Boston might grow even richer.
    • Chapter 4, “Mutagen Fair” (p. 130)
  • “What you propose to do today is to bring civilization to a lawless corner of the world. I know that you claim more modest ambitions. But when the protection of law is extended to the innocent and weak, that is civilization. Now I hold that in the natural state, there are only two kinds of people in the world—the men with guns, and the victims. And the one kind feeds off the other.”
    • Chapter 4, “Mutagen Fair” (p. 130)
  • I’m a politician. I agree with the majority of whoever I happen to be with at the moment.
    • Chapter 5, “Marrow Death” (p. 151)
  • People will believe in just about any kind of superstitious crap nowadays.
    • Chapter 5, “Marrow Death” (p. 152)
  • Your girlfriend is none too tightly wrapped, if you’ll forgive me for saying so. I don’t think she’s actually crazy, but—I been watching her a long time, and it is my considered opinion that she is none too clear on where the line between fantasy and reality should be drawn.
    • Chapter 5, “Marrow Death” (pp. 180-181)

Vacuum Flowers (1987)[edit]

All page numbers from the hardcover first edition published by Arbor House
  • The secret of a good scam is not to get greedy.
    • Chapter 4, “Londongrad” (p. 50)
  • “Machines!” Wyeth snorted. “Machines are the easiest things in the universe to outwit because they’re predictable—that’s their function, to be predictable, to do exactly what they’re designed for, time after time.
    • Chapter 4, “Londongrad” (p. 57)
  • I’ll have to throw it at him, Rebel thought. Swing it up, catch him under the jaw, break a few teeth. Then grab the knife and hold him for the security people. That was a good plan. It ranked right up there with suddenly learning how to teleport.
    • Chapter 5, “People's Sheraton” (pp. 74-75)
  • It was the kind of discovery that shatters old universes and opens up new ones in their place.
    • Chapter 11, “Cislunar” (p. 179)
  • We had ambition, and ascended into Hell.
    • Chapter 14, “Girlchild” (p. 224)

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