Calendar Year 2018 Publications


    • “The Rise and Decline of Civic Militarism in the West” Paper Presented at MOWW November 2018
    • “The Kasham Turkey Shoot” Modern War Magazine Nov- Dec 2018
    • “The Day Sparta Fell: 371BC Battle of Leuctra” Military History Magazine Nov. 2018
    • “Bob Denard: Warrior King and Pirate of the Republic” Modern War Magazine Sep – Oct 2018
    • “Hawaiian Unification: The Campaigns of Kamehameha the Great”, Strategy and Tactics Magazine, Sep- Oct 2018.
    • “Operation: Armageddon: Ireland’s Plans to Invade Ulster” Modern War Magazine, Jul – Aug 2018
    • “Cynoscephalae: Legion versus Phalanx 197 BC” Strategy and Tactics Jul-Aug 2018
    • “The Hunt for Bin Laden” Modern War Magazine, May-Jun 2018
    • “Afghanistan ’11-Game Review” Modern War Magazine Jan-Feb 2018
    • Non-Fiction
  • “World Ships in Science and Science Fiction” New Myths Magazine Sep, 2018
  • “Generation Ships: The Science and Fiction of Interstellar Travel” Electric Athenaeum Apr. 2018


Original Fiction

  • “Bedwyr and Caliburn after Camlann” Fantasy Short Stories Anthology: Book One, August 2018
  • “Passing the Hammer” Aurora Wolf, July 2018
  • “Mantyger’ Mother” Aurora Wolf, March 2018
  • “Steel Samurai” Beyond Steampunk February 2018
  • “Partners in Life” Mind Candy, February 2018

Reprinted Fiction

  • “Hoplite: Jouth November 2018
  • “Kindness of his Enemy” FFP Podcast June 2018
  • “WASPS”, Odd Tales of Wonder, April 2018

Great Review of Hoplite at Tangent.

Patrick S. Baker‘s “Hoplite” is an example of military science fiction at it’s finest. A war veteran, his insider knowledge and experience shines through in the depth and realism of the battle sequences and the technical and military lexicon. Often it is the little details that can make or break a scene, and Baker breaks none. The story is narrated by the ship’s AI, Hoplite, an Assault Carrier that has entered a system and found the human settlements destroyed by an unknown enemy. “Hoplite” questions the ideas and notions around bravery, making the readers ask themselves who decides what bravery is, and how does one recognize it?

Sex and the Single Android up now at New Myths

In 2013, a survey of one thousand Americans indicated that 9% of them would have sex with a robot. A similar survey in 2014 of Britons reported that 17% would have sex with a robot. The same British survey reported that almost half of people thought the idea of robot sex was “creepy.” Of course, when we talk about human-robot sex, we are really talking about sex with an android–a robot in the likeness of a human.

Book Review: The Attack on Troy by Rodney Castleden

The Attack on Troy by Rodney Castleden endeavors to give a “true” account of the Trojan War. Some 3500 years ago, Agamemnon, high king of Mycenae and Hegamon of the Greeks lead the combined might of the Greek city-states in a war against the city of Troy which was near the Bosporus in Anatolia (modern day Turkey). This conflict gave rise to two of the first and greatest works in Western literature; The Iliad and The Odyssey. In this work, Castleden reviews and reconsiders all the available evidence to ascertain the historical truth of the Trojan War.

Castleden does not shy away from departing from The Iliad when its account of the conflict is evidently unlikely. But even then, Castleden still explains how the fantastical elements in Homer match with the facts. For example, the open actions of the Olympian gods cannot be more than fiction, however, without a doubt the warriors on both sides of the conflict prayed to those gods, and even thought that the gods were on their side, or against them, and acted according to that belief.

Further, Castleden explains that the Trojan Horse as it is described in The Iliad is nothing more than a bit of poetic license on the part of Homer. However, there still is a seed of truth in the story; that is to say, that large siege engines, particularly siege towers were in use throughout the Near East and Mediterranean world at this time. These siege towers were basically mobile platforms that would be wheeled into place against the besieged city’s walls and a ramp lowered to disgorge soldiers to attack the walls. With the ramps lowered these towers resembled a horse’s head. Thus a possible true explanation of the Trojan Horse.

Castlesden investigates even the minor details, such as where the Mycenaeans and their allies, actually landed, beached their ships and built their camp. Castlesden’s examination of the literature is through. He also uses the current available archeological evidence to create a plausible history of the war. Further he examines the battle tactics and the equipment used by both sides.

The book is well written. The prose is clear and jargon-less. Castleden sensibly proposes two likely explanations how well the Iliad matches with history: a minimalist view, which sees the smallest possible connection between the fact of the war and the fiction of Homer. He also gives the maximalist outlook, which is that Homer was basically writing history when he composed The Iliad.

Overall, the book is accessible to any and all readers that are interested in the subject of the Trojan War and ancient history.