Tour of Duty (2013) is a Speculative Fiction and mainstream collection of shorter works. It contains an introduction, fifteen stories and eleven provocations. Note: Gail Sanders is married to the author, but Brad Linaweaver is just a friend.
- "How I Got This Job" is an introduction by the author. It contains biographical data and a bit of info on his attitude. Obviously duty is very important to him.
- "The Humans Call It Duty" (Future Weapons, 2007) relates the thoughts and actions on a leopard who has lost his best friend.
- "Time in the Freehold Universe" is a note about divisions of time within these stories.
- "The Brute Force Approach" (Baen.com, 2011) is a Freehold tale. It details reactions of ship crews to an accident in space.
- "The Price" (Citizen, 2010) is a Freehold tale. It describes the efforts of three persons who receive orders that will probably result in their deaths.
- "Desert Blues" (2013) recounts a moment of peace within a war.
- "One Night in Baghdad" (2006) is a marching song.
- "Port Call" (2003) is a requiem for golden age authors.
- "Naught But Duty" (Crossroads, 2005) is a Valdemar tale. It discloses the actions of a mercenary captain with a brutal client.
- "The Sword Dancer" (Moving Targets, 2008) is a Valdemar tale. It concerns a highly trained young female who is both a warrior and a merchant.
- "Wounded Bird" (Changing thr World, 2009) is a Valdemar tale. It takes the warrior merchant to a culture that neglects and abuses women.
- "The Groom's Price" (Finding the Way, 2010) with Gail Sanders is a Valdemar tale. It brings a young man reluctantly to the Collegium.
- "The Bride's Task" (Under the Vale, 2011) with Gail Sanders is a Valdemar tale. It brings the young man's betrothed to the Collegium.
- "Heads You Lose" (Lawyers in Hell, 2011) is a Hells tale. It drops a platoon of lawyers into the combat zone.
- "A Hard Day at the Office" (Rogues in Hell, 2012) is a Hells tale. It takes the hero on hunts in the jungles and plains of Hellfrica.
- "Misfits" (first publication?) with Gail Sanders is the cover story. It concerns an actor who performs in virtual reality for the benefit of aspiring authors.
- "April Fool" (Locus, 2006) with Brad Linaweaver announces a new Heinlein story.
- "Crazy Einar" (Pennsic Independent, 1999-2005) is an extract from the advice column of a mad viking.
- "So You Are Going To Be Raided By Vikings" (first publication?) is an advisory article for the hosts of Scandinavian visitors.
- "Random Maunderings About the Celtic Peoples" (first publication?) addresses Gaelic spelling, bagpipes and other related topics.
- "The Manly Way To Cook Meat" (ManlyExcellence.com, 2007) defines the proper way to prepare meat.
- "The Ten Manliest Firearms" (ManlyExcellence.com, 2007) lists the top ten firearms for manly men.
- "Ten More Manly Firearms" (ManlyExcellence.com, 2008) adds ten more guns.
- "The Mosin Nagent" (ManlyExcellence.com, 2009) declares this rifle as the most manly of weapons.
- "On Reparations Generally, For the Descendents of People Long Departed" (2013) mocks the whole issue of money settlements for historical wrongs.
- "My True Encounters with the Indianapolis Police Department" (2013) denounces police and correctional procedures in two instances.
- "Inappropriate Cocktails" (2013) gives recipes for politically incorrect drinks.
These tales and provocations cover a wide range of topics within SF, Fantasy and life in general. Obviously the author has a vivid imagination and has learned how to pour it into his works. His wife is an ardent fan of fantasy and contributes much to his works.
Williamson is also an artisan of blades and other SCA paraphernalia. He might be willing to produce something special for anyone who asks properly and pays promptly. Contact him at michaelwilliamson.com.
Note: Copyright dates without sources are probably from the author's website. Stories not listed on the copyright page are classified as "first publication".
Highly recommended for Williamson fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of military fiction, liberated women, and a tiny bit of romance. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin