News & Announcements

Machineries of Empire trilogy acquired by Solaris Books

My hexarchate books, now called the Machineries of Empire, have been acquired by Solaris Books [The Bookseller]. The first volume, Ninefox Gambit, was published in June 2016. The second volume, Raven Stratagem, came out on June 13, 2017. The third volume is called Revenant Gun, forthcoming in June 2018.

Also, by request, a hexarchate faction cheat sheet. Has been updated with a link to the write-ups I did on the factions for Solaris as well as the faction emblem art that Solaris made. You might also want to try the faction sorting quiz for fun!

Other stories in the world of the hexarchate, which can be read as stand-alones:


I now have a page up on Patreon. For those who haven’t heard of this before, it’s crowdfunding, but on a monthly basis for continuing support, rather than one-offs like most Kickstarters. In my case, I’m raising additional money for writing and other creative projects (music, art).

You can support at any level from $1 on up, and the site will charge you monthly. There are a few backer awards at various levels of support, and I’m definitely open to hearing suggestions for other awards (you can reach me by email at

If you’d like to help out, please take a look, and thank you!

Latest short story

“The Starship and the Temple Cat”

Properly, the cat’s name was Seventy-Eighth Temple Cat of the High Bells, along with a number of ceremonial titles that needn’t concern us. But the people who had called her that no longer lived in the station’s ruins. Every day as she made her rounds in what had been the boundaries of the temple, she saw and smelled the artifacts they had left behind, from bloodstains to scorch marks, from decaying books to singed spacesuits, and yowled her grief.