Simon Hawke

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Simon Hawke (born September 30, 1951) is an award-winning[1] American author of mainly science fiction and fantasy novels. He was born Nicholas Valentin Yermakov, but began writing as Simon Hawke in 1984 and later changed his legal name to Hawke. He has also written near future adventure novels under the penname "J. D. Masters" and a series of humorous mystery novels.


Simon Hawke's (then Nicholas Yermakov's) early books were published in 1981-1984. Except for two Battlestar Galactica novelizations, they were ambitiously conceived, gravitated to the philosophical end of science fiction's spectrum and had limited commercial success. Since re-launching his career as "Simon Hawke" in 1984, he has produced a large volume of lighter, more commercially viable fiction. Almost all of his books published after 1984 have been either part of a series and/or tie-in novels and novelizations.

His first major work as Simon Hawke was the Timewars series, which recounts the adventures of an organization tasked with protecting history from being changed by time travellers. In the world of the series, many people and events we consider fictional are historical, and vice versa; the action of each book in the series weaves in and out of the events of a famous work of literature. For example, in the first book in the series time travellers contesting the fate of Richard I of England become caught up in Walter Scott's Ivanhoe.

Among his more recent works is a series of humorous murder mysteries in which a young William Shakespeare and a fictional friend, Symington "Tuck" Smythe, figure out "who done it".


Boomerang (as Nicholas Yermakov)[edit]

  • Last Communion (1981)
  • Epiphany (1982)
  • Jehad (1984)


  • The Ivanhoe Gambit (1984)
  • The Timekeeper Conspiracy (1984)
  • The Pimpernel Plot (1984)
  • The Zenda Vendetta (1985)
  • The Nautilus Sanction (1985)
  • The Khyber Connection (1986)
  • The Argonaut Affair (1987)
  • The Dracula Caper (1988)
  • The Lilliput Legion (1989)
  • The Hellfire Rebellion (1990)
  • The Cleopatra Crisis (1990)
  • The Six-Gun Solution (1991)


  • Psychodrome (1987)
  • Psychodrome 2: The Shapechanger Scenario (1988)

Wizard of 4th Street[edit]

  • The Wizard of 4th Street (1987)
  • The Wizard of Whitechapel (1988)
  • The Wizard of Sunset Strip (1989)
  • The Wizard of Rue Morgue (1990)
  • The Samurai Wizard (1991)
  • The Wizard of Santa Fe (1991)
  • The Wizard of Camelot (1993)
  • The Wizard of Lovecraft's Cafe (1993)
  • The 9 Lives of Catseye Gomez (1991 [spinoff, a 28 page short story published by Roadkill Press]
  • The Nine Lives of Catseye Gomez (1992) [spinoff novel, expansion of the previous title]
  • The Last Wizard (1997)

Donovan Steele[edit]

  • Steele (June 1989) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Cold Steele (October 1989) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Killer Steele (January 1990) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Jagged Steele (May 1990) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Renegade Steele (September 1990) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Target Steele (November 1990) [as J. D. Masters]
  • Fugitive Steele (May 1991) [as S. L. Hunter]
  • Molten Steele (October 1991) [as S. L. Hunter]

The Reluctant Sorcerer[edit]

  • The Reluctant Sorcerer (1992)[2]
  • The Inadequate Adept (1993)
  • The Ambivalent Magician (1997)

Battlestar Galactica (novelizations, as Nicholas Yermakov)[edit]

  • Battlestar Galactica #6: The Living Legend (1982) (with Glen Larson)
  • Battlestar Galactica #7: War of the Gods (1982) (with Glen Larson)

Predator (novelization)[edit]

  • Predator 2 (1990)

Batman (novelization)[edit]

  • To Stalk a Specter (1991)

Star Trek[edit]

  • Star Trek #69: The Patrian Transgression (1994)

Star Trek The Next Generation[edit]

  • Star Trek, the Next Generation #26: The Romulan Prize (1993)
  • Star Trek, the Next Generation #34: Blaze of Glory (1995)

Friday the Thirteenth (novelizations)[edit]

  • Friday the 13th, Part I (1987)
  • Friday the 13th, Part II (1988)
  • Friday the 13th, Part III (1988)
  • Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) (this was Hawke's first novelization of the series, after which he retroactively novelized Parts 1, 2 and 3. It seemed he would do the entire series, but stopped after the Part 3 book came out. Of note, Hawke's "Friday the 13th, Part 3" adaptation is actually the second made of that movie. Michael Avallone previously authored an adaptation, "Friday the 13th, Part 3, 3-D" in 1982.)

Birthright (TSR's shared world)[edit]

  • The Iron Throne (1995)[3]
  • War (1996)[3]

Dark Sun (TSR's shared world)[edit]

Tribe of One[edit]

Chronicles of Athas[edit]

  • The Broken Blade (1995)[3]

Shakespeare & Smythe mysteries[edit]

  • A Mystery of Errors (2000)[5]
  • The Slaying of the Shrew (2001)[6]
  • Much Ado About Murder (2002)[7]
  • The Merchant of Vengeance (2003)[8]

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Journey from Flesh (1981) (as Nicholas Yermakov)
  • Clique (1982) (as Nicholas Yermakov)
  • Fall Into Darkness (1982) (as Nicholas Yermakov)
  • Sons of Glory: Call to Battle (1993)[9]
  • The Whims of Creation (1995)


  1. ^ (Colorado Writer of the Year, 1992) Stephanie, Taylor (2007). "Hawke, Simon 1951–". Contemporary Authors New Revision Series 154. Gale. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e f Brown, Charles N.; Contento, William G. (January 2, 2010). "1984-1998: Books, Listed by Author, Part 9". The Locus Index to Science Fiction. Lotus Publications. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
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