Michael Z. Williamson
Writer

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Timeline
    Approximately 200 years from now:
  • Better to Beg Forgiveness...
  • Do Unto Others...
  • When Diplomacy Fails...
    Approximately 500 years from now
  • The Brute Force Approach
  • Freehold, The Weapon, The Humans Called It Duty, The Price
    15 years later
  • Rogue
    15 years later
  • Contact with Chaos

Novels and Short Stories

A Long Time Until Now



 
May 2015
from
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Eight Soldiers disappear from the battlefield into another time. Will their skills and scant materials allow them to survive?



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Freehold, Hardcover, Signed Limited Edition



 
May 2014
from
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Due to the publishing schedule, Freehold was originally released only in paperback. Over the years many of you have asked about a hardcover edition. There never was, until now.

Here it is, the 10th anniversary hardcover release of Freehold, in a signed special edition.





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Freehold

Second Edition


 
January 2014
from
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Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne. There, one may seek asylum and build a new life in a society that doesn't track its residents every move, which is just what Pacelli has done. But now things are about to go royally to hell. Because Earth's government has found out where she is, and they want her back. Or dead.

This all-new offering contains Michael Z. Williamson’s brilliant novel Freehold plus three new stories along with a complete new novella—each set within the legendary Freehold series universe. Contains these additional stories: "Humans Call It Duty," "The Price,” "Soft Casualty," and novella “The Brute Force Approach."





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A Peony Amongst Roses

 
December 2013
from
DAW Books


 

"A Peony Amongst Roses," written with Gail Sanders, for the Elemental Masters universe.

Mei-Hua Walsingham must fight her birth culture's sorcerers to protect her adopted home, even if that home is distrustful.





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Tour of Duty

Stories and Provocations


 
August 2013
from
Baen Books


 

It’s a tough universe out there. A hard-hitting collection of the best fiction of Michael Z. Williamson, creator of the popular Freehold military SF saga, along with a helping of truth-telling nonfiction by a guy who has been there and done that, both at home and abroad.

Duty in the face of danger on a planetary scale. Pride and competence in the face of idiotic clients who hate that that they need your services, and an enemy who wants to make your bad day even worse. These are stories of the warriors and civilians who get things done in extreme situations, whether it’s rescue from a ship broken in space and leaking air and radiation, hard choices by a brigade of mercenary swords in a world of blood and magic, or scramble and response by troops in the Sandbox doing what it takes to make it through another scorching, rocket-filled day.





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A Flower Grows in Whitechapel

Elemental Masters universe, Mercedes Lackey


 
December 2012
from
DAW Books


 

Written with my wife, Gail Sanders. A young orphan with a Talent for growing flowers is brought to the Harton School by elementals. When evil strikes nearby, might she hold the only power that can respond?

Due December 4, 2012.





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When Diplomacy Fails

(Freehold Universe)


 
August 2012
from
Baen Books


 

Alex Marlow and Ripple Creek Security's best personal security detail return to action. This time, they really don't like their principal, World Bureau of State Minister Joy Herman Highland–a highly-placed bureaucrat with aspirations to elected office. Even worse, Highland’s assistant wants to publicize every movement and action for her boss’s pending campaign, which is anathema to good security.

With a person of this status, it's not a case of someone wanting her dead. The only question is how many people want her dead, and what are they bringing to the fight?

The enemies are from without, within and all over. They have resources, funding and political cover. Ripple Creek needs to be cautious.

But the enemy also needs to worry. They’re going to be getting in each others' way in the process of carrying out their plans. And Ripple Creek has no qualms about explosions on galactic news. In fact, they enjoy it.





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The Price (Reprint)

Short story in The Mammoth Book of SF Wars


 
July 2012
from
Running Press


 
My story, "The Price" is reprinted in this anthology.



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A Hard Day at the Office

A short story in Rogues In Hell


 
July 2012
from
Perseid Publishing

 

In Hellfrica, a damned outdoorsman must lead clients on an eternity of hunts for Hellephants, Hellefinos and T rexes. Death will not release you.





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The Bride's Task

A short story in Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar


 
December 2011
from
DAW Books


 

Written with my wife, Gail Sanders. Keth' and Nerea, from The Groom's Price, must sort out their allegiances and diverging future, but can they remain betrothed?





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Rogue

 
September 2011
from
Baen Books


 

Kenneth Chinran commanded the elite unit assigned to take out an entire planet in a terrible war. Millions died; billions more perished in the aftermath. One doesn't send a sociopath on such a mission. A sociopath might not stop. Chinran did stop – but in the process nearly lost his sanity and his soul.

But one of Chinran’s men was a sociopath going in. Now he’s a trained sociopath with the knowledge and firepower to take out entire tactical teams, evaporate through security cordons and change identity at will. Who do you send after a killer like that? There’s only one answer: the man who trained him. The man who made him.

Release date for the paperback edition is June 26th.





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The Brute Force Approach

Freehold Universe


 
August 2011
from
Baen Books


 
When an in-system ship has catastrophic failures under boost, how do you rescue the crew and passengers? This story is free.



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Heads You Lose

A short in Lawyers In Hell


 
August 2011
from
Kerlak Publishing


 

Imagine a military unit of lawyers including such notables as Sergeant Strom Thurmond, Captain Joseph McCarthy and General Stephen Vincent Benet (the grandfather of the poet), in hell.

The Coordinating Legal Airborne Platoon (The CLAP) must parachute into Ashcanistan and search the wastelands in and around Kabum for the most honest man in hell.





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Battle's Tide

A Novella in Exiled: Clan of the Claw, Book I


 
August 2011
from
Baen Books


 

If the dinosaur killer never impacted, and theropods and mammals co-evolved, what would a Bronze Age look like around the filling of the Mediterranean Basin? Alternate pre-history, with several great writers, and me too.





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The Groom's Price

Short Story in Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar


 
December 2010
from
DAW Books


 

Written with my wife, Gail Sanders, about a Shin'a'in mindspeaker who must decide where his future lies.





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Do Unto Others

 
August 2010
from
Baen Books


 

The Prescot family were miners. At one time, they were contracted to develop technology for a mineral rich but uninhabitable system. Gradually, all the investors shied away. Then the Prescots broke through with the technology needed to exploit entire planets, and incidentally develop domed playgrounds for the perversely rich, including indoor ski slopes and cable cars over megavolcanos, casinos and rides. This created the economic problem of being the richest people in the universe, having more money than most governments and effectively unlimited resources.

Money is a small blessing when enemies are quite willing to spend billions for the chance at trillions. Bryan Prescot and his daughter might as well have targets painted on their backs for the thugs, kidnappers and assassins their competitors would throw at them. Bodyguards were necessary—Highly trained bodyguards who could be bought once and be utterly loyal no matter the circumstances.

The altercation comes to a head inside the domes and mines of Govannon, with their enemy desperate to do anything to save their own lives, now that the gloves are off. Caron Prescot has only six bodyguards against an army, but she has two aces in the hole: The miners are on her side, and Elke, Ripple Creek’s psychotic demolition expert, has a nuke.

The problem with Elke having a nuke is that Elke WILL use it.





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The Price

A short story in "Citizens"


 
May 2010
from
Baen Books


 

Every author in "Citizens" is a veteran who has served in their nation's military.

My story, "The Price," is about a small ship's crew asked to take on a pivotal mission, and how they deal with the emotional impact.





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Wounded Bird

Short story in Changing the World - All New Tales of Valdemar


 
December 2009
from
DAW Books


 

Another story about Riga, the Sword Dancer, who must find a way to save someone without fighting.





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Contact with Chaos



 
April 2009
from
Baen Books


 

When an exploration ship from the Freehold discovered a planet with intelligent lifeforms-the first which humans had ever encountered-it should have been the most important event in history. And it might be-for all the wrong reasons.

Freehold corporations were eager to sell high-tech toys to the Ishkul, as the inhabitants called themselves, which had the potential to disrupt their society. Then there was the U.N., which controlled the planet Earth. Earth and Freehold were not on good terms, to put it mildly, and the U.N. immediately sent its own ship to make contact with the Ishkul. If the authoritarians from Earth started throwing their weight around, the Freehold might have to push back, causing anything from a diplomatic incident to outright war. And then another ship arrived, full of idealistic do-gooders determined to keep the Ishkul in their unspoiled state of nature . . .

The whole thing was turning into a cross between a Marx Brothers farce and a Kafkaesque nightmare, with a potential for Greek tragedy. Contact with a more advance civilization might pose a danger to the Ishkul, but it definitely was becoming more dangerous to the human factions, and the situation was a powder keg just waiting for a spark to cause a very deadly explosion, especially as the Ishkul are not quite as primitive as they might appear...





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The Sword Dancer

A Short Story in the Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar Collection


 
December 2008
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A short story about a young woman who must be a scout and a warrior before she's done being a child. Set in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar.





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Better to Beg Forgiveness

Cover art by Kurt Miller


 
November 2007
from
Baen Books


 

Celadon. A pest-hole of a planet infested with pirates, terrorists, and soul-sucking bureaucrats determined to maintain the bloody status quo. But after an inside job nearly eliminates reformist President Bishwanath, it’s time for the elite mercs of Ripple Creek Security to toss out the restrictive rulebook forced on them by Earth’s state department, reach for the Composition G, and show the locals how the big boys make war. Short answer: they blow things up. They blow them up in detail.

Now available from the Baen Free Library here.





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The Humans Called It Duty

A short story in Future Weapons of War.


 
March 2007
from
Baen Books


 

What happens when you kill a military working animal's handler, and the animal is a specially bred leopard? Vengeance.





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Naught But Duty

A short story in Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar.


 
December 2005
from
DAW Books


 

A short story about a mercenary who despises his employer and can't break his oath, set in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar universe.





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Confirmed Kill

Third book in the Target: Terror series.


 
September 2005
from
Avon

 

Army Rangers Kyle Monroe and Wade Curtis are the best at what they do: eliminating their nations' enemies from a distance with one well-placed bullet to the head. When Intelligence catches wind of a terrorist plot unfolding in the jungles of Indonesia, Monroe and Curtis are the snipers assigned to take the killers out. Failure is not an option, since al Qaeda-linked fanatics plan to blow an oil-rich province sky high, taking hundreds of innocents lives, many of them American.

But the military brass is saddling their operatives with unnecessary and potentially lethal baggage-an overweight, under trained colonel whose ineptitude could prove disastrous. And when their mission goes all to hell, two crack snipers are suddenly transformed into targets caught out in the open...facing an army of terrorists murders pouring out of the trees and with nowhere to run.





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The Weapon

 
August 2005
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Set in the Freehold universe, told from the point of view of Captain Chinran, who led the covert attack on Earth.





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Targets of Opportunity

Second book in the Target Terror series.


 
March 2005
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Avon

 

"Targets of Opportunity" is the sequel to The Scope of Justice. It is set in Romania, with Kyle and Wade stalking a terror cell that is smuggling explosives across the Black Sea into Europe.





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The Scope of Justice

Book One in the Target Terror series.


 
July 2004
from
Avon

 

You can order from me for the same price and I'll autograph and personalize your copy for free. For details, email me.





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The Hero

with John Ringo
#8 Locus Bestseller


 
June 2004
from
Baen Books


 

Set in the Legacy of the Aldenata Universe (Posleen Universe)

The alien artifact is worth billions, and could affect the destiny of the galaxy. One human is crippled. One is a sociopath. The alien Darhel is unable to kill. Who will decide the fate of the future?





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Freehold

#3 Locus Bestseller


 
January 2004
from
Baen Books


 

Cover artwork by David B. Mattingly.

FREEHOLD was my first novel. It's not my best written; I've improved a lot in a decade. But, it struck a chord with a lot of people, and still sells quite well. A young soldier is framed for embezzlement and must flee a monolithic tyranny for a laissez-faire frontier.

"Freehold" is now available online or as a free download through Baen's Free Library. Help yourself, and decide if you like my stuff enough to pay for it.

The signed, limited edition hardcover is available for pre-order, and is due out on May 6th. Click the cover picture to view the Amazon page for ordering.





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TV, Film & Other

First They Came For

Video


I provided a large variety of military gear and weapons and technical advice for this powerful short feature, as well as appearing as one of the jack booted thugs (Red Star Police). My daughter also appears in two scenes.







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The Best Defense

TV
The Best Defense Blog


I was a guest on 5 episodes of The Best Defense, discussing disaster preparedness--food, water, communication and economics.





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