Robert E. Vardeman

Robert E. Vardeman

Robert E. Vardeman is the author of more than 100 fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as almost 200 westerns under various pen names (Jackson Lowry, Karl Lassiter). He was honored with the Western Fictioneers' Life Achievement Award in 2017. F&SF titles include the six-book Cenotaph Road series along with the Demon Crown trilogy: SF series include Weapons of Chaos, Biowarriors, and Masters of Space all now available in ebook format. Standalone sf titles include Ancient Heavens and Darklight Pirates.

Fantasy work includes the novelization of Sony Playstation videogame God of War 1 (co-authored with Matthew Stover) and God of War 2. Fantasy series include all nine titles in the Swords of Raemllyn series co-authored with Geo W Proctor, the Jade Demons tetralogy, and the Accursed trilogy.

Fiction in a unique steampunk universe, Empires of Rust and Ruin, and the magazine Major Arcanium Gazette, show wide-ranging, rich details of a world that might (should!) have been. Weekly installments of the steampunk epic "Millard Fillmore, Master of Steam" are available for free at

Editorial work includes Career Guide to Your Job in Hell and the spectacular anthology, co-edited with Joan Spici Saberhagen, Golden Reflections. In addition to mentoring writing students at Arizona State University and working on the staff of, he also copy edits four annual fantasy football magazines, including the award winning Fantasy Sports Pro Forecast and Football Diehards.

His various titles have garnered award nominations for best novel from the Western Fictioneers, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and the NM-AZ Book Awards.

Vardeman is a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials engineering. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories in the Solid State Physics Research Department before becoming a full time writer. When he can, he enjoys the high-tech hobby of geocaching.

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