January 28th, 2014

I’m pleased to announce that my fifth novel is out: TRANSFORMERS: RETRIBUTION, written with co-author Mark S. Williams, in which we tell the story of how the Transformers confront an ancient enemy from their distant past (i.e., the 1980s). No spoilers of course, but here’s a hint on who they are….

More than meets the eye: Transformers novels

June 25th, 2012

I’m pleased to announce that my writing partner/brother-in-arms Mark Williams and I have signed a deal with Random House to write two Transformers novels for Hasbro. We couldn’t be more psyched to contribute to this world-class franchise; publication dates TBD, but will update as I have details.


June 18th, 2012

io9 has published my essay on Prometheus. Comments closed here; go chat about it there!

New novel now out!

March 6th, 2012

I’m pleased to announce to all and sundry that Night Shade has released THE PILLARS OF HERCULES, which you can acquire right now, or go to a bricks-and-mortar store and demand a copy!

Plus I now have a gnarly new website, called, appropriately enough,, so check it out…

(The astute among you will note that the book is out under the name David Constantine, which is my brand new pseudonym.  But in truth, my cats have yet to notice the difference…)


New novel: THE PILLARS OF HERCULES…steampunk in the ancient world!

February 15th, 2012

The rumors are true. I have a fourth novel about to hit bookshelves, under my fantasy/steampunk nom de plume, David Constantine. Slated for release on March 6th by Night Shade Books, THE PILLARS OF HERCULES is steampunk set in the age of Alexander the Great, and features Persian princesses, Gaulish barbarians, Greek mercenaries, as well as a wild and crazy journey to find the magick artifacts lost beneath the waves at Atlantis.  Plus Alexander himself is a major character, along with all the Macedonian generals you know and love:  Ptolemy, Hephaestion, Eumenes, Craterus, and other assorted bad-asses.

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has published an excerpt from the book here, and the book also has a website at

So stay tuned.

New short story in the STAR WARS INSIDER: available now!

February 1st, 2012

My partner-in-crime Mark S. Williams and I have a new story in the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine: MAZE RUN features Han, Chewie, and the Millennium Falcon as they navigate perilously near to a rather large black hole while battling the Imperial department of dirty tricks.

Those among you who have studied my career closely will also note this is actually my FIRST published short story, and I couldn’t be happier to have it be a Star Wars one.

Defining the Sexapocalypse

January 31st, 2012

Yes, that’s the burning question….and my answer and those of others are on io9. I should note none of the responses are as awesome as the Hieronymous Bosch painting.

Black Wednesday

January 18th, 2012

It seems a little ironic that the laws allowing the government to indefinitely detain human beings drew less protest than SOPA has. Then again, the line has to be drawn somewhere. As I wrote a few years back in my essay on the Future of War, the national security state is keenly aware that domination of the web is critical. Indeed, this past July, the Defense Department declared that the Internet to be an “operational domain of war”, and what’s going on right now is war by another name. For now, I think (and hope) that the wave of protests that constitute Black Wednesday will stem the encroachment; then again, if they can’t shut down your website, they can always arrest you and throw away the key.

Keep in mind, too, that this is merely the first round. The bills and executive orders that will be the successors of SOPA will be framed and justified by a national security imperative: i.e., telling the American public they need to give away their freedoms because companies need to make more money (e.g., SOPA) is one thing, but telling them they need to give it up for security…. hell, that works every time. Especially if the inevitable cyber-terrorist attacks that will be used to justify it came in the midst of food riots, looting, and economic chaos… shit, you won’t even notice that your screens have gone dark then.

Benjamin Tate’s latest release

January 4th, 2012

So much to talk about…last night’s GOP primary…my cats’ latest scheme to undermine me….the teetering state of the world economy…but for now I’d simply like to introduce you to a colleague of mine, Benjamin Tate, whose latest book is now OUT.  LEAVES OF FLAME is awesome stuff, and well worth your time.

And yes, Benjamin Tate is a pseudonym, and no it’s not me.


January 2nd, 2012

The rumors as to my kidnapping at the hands of fanged space rabbits are unfounded. I have returned. But things are not as they were. To wit: I’m now living in Los Angeles, and I have a new novel coming out this spring. Which I will tell you all about in due course!

But enough about me, I know that what you really care about is seeing a photo of my new kitten. His name is Catticus Finch, and though his older “brothers” Ajax and Captain Zoom find him somewhat annoying at times (because he only has two speeds, Asleep and Insanely Hyper), they have accepted that this is now a three-beast household. My sister tells me this essentially makes me a crazy cat guy, to which I plead GUILTY AS FUCK.

And btw, happy new year!