Our 'elevator pitch' for our five-book space opera: Exordium is a cross between Star Wars and Dangerous Liaisons with a touch of the Three Stooges.

New cover art by Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein


On August 13, 1977 Dave Trowbridge and I sat down at his cool little carved table, with wine and other substances to inspire us, candles to write by, and began the Exordium saga. What a long, strange trip it's been!

We talk about the process of writing and rewriting at John Scalzi's Big Idea. Once the five books are rewritten, we're going on with the series. We have the first one, a prequel called Tides of Men halfway done.

If you'd like to see the Exordium Webpage (which goes into the game designed by Christopher Weuve and Arius Kaufman) click here.

For anyone interested in the collaboration and creation process, here are snippets of e-mail.

Notes on the Panarchy

The Colleges.

For a glimpse of the first images we came up with, back in 1977, check out Dave's Page.