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Simon Hawke

Author of The Romulan Prize

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About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

Nicholas Yerkamov legally changed his name to Simon Hawke. He has also written under the pennames S.L. Hunter and J.D. Masters.

(ger) Nicholas Yerkamov änderte seinen Namen zu Simon Hawke. He has also written under the pennames S.L. Hunter and J.D. Masters.

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Works by Simon Hawke

The Romulan Prize (1993) 553 copies
Blaze of Glory (1995) 393 copies
The Patrian Transgression (1994) 332 copies
The Outcast (1993) 276 copies
The Ivanhoe Gambit (1984) 262 copies
The Wizard of 4th Street (1987) 257 copies
The Nomad (1994) 248 copies
The Wizard of Whitechapel (1988) 211 copies
The Pimpernel Plot (1984) 205 copies
The Broken Blade (1995) 197 copies
The Timekeeper Conspiracy (1984) 195 copies
The Wizard of Sunset Strip (1989) 182 copies
The Wizard of Rue Morgue (1990) 170 copies
The Samurai Wizard (1991) 162 copies
The Zenda Vendetta (1985) 162 copies
The Reluctant Sorcerer (1992) 161 copies
A Mystery of Errors (2000) — Author — 156 copies
The Khyber Connection (1986) — Author — 153 copies
The Wizard of Santa Fe (1991) 144 copies
The Nautilus Sanction (1985) 139 copies
The Dracula Caper (1988) 138 copies
The Argonaut Affair (1987) — Author — 135 copies
The Wizard of Camelot (1993) 129 copies
The Iron Throne (1995) 124 copies
The Inadequate Adept (1993) 123 copies
The Slaying of the Shrew (2001) — Author — 110 copies
The Ambivalent Magician (1996) 104 copies
Much Ado About Murder (2002) — Author — 102 copies
The Lilliput Legion (1989) 102 copies
The Hellfire Rebellion (1990) — Author — 98 copies
The Six-Gun Solution (1991) 90 copies
The Last Wizard (1997) 90 copies
The Cleopatra Crisis (1990) 90 copies
War of the Gods (1982) 89 copies
The Whims of Creation (1995) 75 copies
Psychodrome (1987) 70 copies
The Merchant of Vengeance (2003) — Author — 65 copies
Batman: To Stalk a Specter (1900) 53 copies
The Shapechanger Scenario (1988) 48 copies
War (1996) 40 copies
Epiphany (1982) 29 copies
Last Communion (1981) 29 copies
Predator 2 (1990) 28 copies
Friday The 13th (1987) 26 copies
Fall into Darkness (1982) 24 copies
Clique (1982) 21 copies
Jehad (1984) 20 copies
Steele (1989) 14 copies
Friday The 13th Part III (1988) 13 copies
Journey From Flesh (1981) 13 copies
Cold Steele (1989) 10 copies
Killer Steele (1990) 10 copies
Friday The 13th Part II (1988) 9 copies
Jagged Steele (1990) 8 copies
Renegade Steele (1990) 6 copies
Sons Of Glory #1 (1992) 6 copies
The Fall of a Gay King (2014) 4 copies
Target Steele (1990) 4 copies
Call to Battle (1993) 4 copies
Blackthorn (2014) 3 copies
The Shade Trilogy (2015) 2 copies
Timewars, Books 1-12 (1991) 1 copy

Associated Works

Perpetual Light (1982) — Contributor — 99 copies
Alternate Gettysburgs (2002) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7 (1981) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 12 (1986) — Contributor — 49 copies
Horrors (1866) — Contributor — 43 copies
Mob Magic (1998) — Contributor — 39 copies
Oceans of Space (2002) — Contributor — 35 copies
Chrysalis 9 (1981) — Contributor — 18 copies


Common Knowledge

Other names
Yerkamov, Nicholas Valentin (name at birth)
Yermakov, Nicholas V.
Yermakov, Nicholas
Yermakov, Nick
Hunter, S. L. (pen name)
Masters, J. D. (pen name)
New York, New York, USA
science fiction and fantasy writer
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Authors Guild
Awards and honors
Colorado Writer of the Year (1992)
Disambiguation notice
Nicholas Yerkamov legally changed his name to Simon Hawke. He has also written under the pennames S.L. Hunter and J.D. Masters.



I found this a very enjoyable "episode in book form," and that's about all there is to say. It's interesting to see them try to take on real issues of cultural difference--not embarrassing little ones, but issues related to core morality.
everystartrek | 1 other review | Feb 3, 2023 |
This was a refreshingly new take on the "generation ship" trope, which also adds in "ambimorphs" who appear to be an early version of the Founders that appear in DS9 (though less villainous). It features a notable Romulan antagonist whose characterization goes beyond the usual BS, and unusually clever strategic hijinks. A good read.
everystartrek | Jan 7, 2023 |
Some books have stories outside their own stories…personal stories. My wife got me a copy of this for my birthday some 19 years ago (along with an autographed copy of another Hawke book). I read a few pages, and then it sat on my nightstand for the next five years until we moved from Korea back to he states, and then in our library until it was lost with so many other books to soot and smoke damage from a fire in 2013. Hawke is one of a few authors as fall back on when I feel “reader’s block” creeping up on me, but this short series isn’t one of my “go to” books… mainly because I hadn’t gotten back to it after all these years. And now the error of that mystery has been corrected. It took more than half of the book before I got engaged, but I did and I did enjoy it.

Hawke says in his afterward that some might think him cheeky (paraphrased) for presuming to write about Shakespeare as a fictional character, but I agree with him that people take Shakespeare too seriously (again, paraphrasing). I don’t buy the analysis of so many… yes, so many who have based their academic careers on such analysis. I liked Hawke’s take on Shakespeare:
He knew that his medium was an ephemeral one and he regarded it accordingly. He wrote his works to be performed, not deconstructed in a college classroom or analyzed with pathological precision for every possible nuance and interpretation. He understood, without a doubt, that his was a collaborative medium, that actors would bring their own contributions to the table, that plays were a dynamic group effort of the entire company, not a showcase for an individual writer's talent and/or ego.
Students who are forced to sit through agonizing lectures by monotonous professors who drone on and on about iambic pentameter and heroic couplets never truly learn to appreciate the Bard, and more's the pity, because Shakespeare himself would have been aghast to learn that his words were putting young captive audiences to sleep. He wanted, more than anything, to make them laugh, or weep, or rage ... to make them feel, for that was why Elizabethan audiences went to the theatre.
IMO, Shakespeare is far better seen and heard than read.

Okay, probably not just my opinion.
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Razinha | 4 other reviews | Oct 28, 2021 |
[I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

When I read the description of this book, I was looking forward to it. A high fantasy story with intrigue, mystery, unrequited love, murderous plots, etc. -- sign me up! And while those elements are present here, I found them hard to follow and truly enjoy.

Here's why: everything is overshadowed by gratuitous sex scenes. There are over 30 chapters in this book and I think it averages about one scene per chapter. Furthermore, most of those scenes are the result of compulsion, traditions involving dubious levels of consent, or manipulation (one character openly admits to performing an act with the hope the recipient would be more agreeable to a request). And there isn't anything steamy or romantic about these scenes--they are entirely about 'getting off'. While the story elements that are interrupted by these scenes have promise, they get lost behind all of this.

I also had a hard time reconciling a few things about this society. The largest of these was the way in which characters of all levels of the social hierarchy seem to engage in gay sexual relations with reckless abandon but we suddenly learn it's highly illegal and punishable by death. And although it's punishable by death, a perfectly acceptable alternate sentence is forced gay prostitution--that seems contradictory and hardly something such a society would be likely to condone. Add to that the fact that no one seems to flinch at compelling people to engage in sexual acts using magic or at the suggestion that gang rape is a perfectly acceptable mechanism for dealing with people who are uncooperative, and this book finds its way into the realm of incredibly problematic.

I struggled for a bit on how to rate this story. While I find some of the content questionable and I feel like it was constructed in such a way that the story is secondary to these problematic elements, I do feel like the actual storyline has promise and could make for a great novel if the sex (and related content) was scaled back. So I'm giving this a hesitant two stars and a very skeptical benefit of the doubt.
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crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |



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