Howard Tayler is the creator, writer, and illustrator of Schlock Mercenary, the online comic space opera. His witty dialog, epic plots, and exploitation of all those little things the science-fiction genre has to offer  have earned him praise, a Hugo nomination, and a full-time living.

Analog magazine called his work “Inventive and Humorous.”  Eric Burns of The Websnark noted that “Tayler has written a tightly plotted, measured and controlled storyline, which has pulled off a remarkable trick: it’s a hard SF comedy.” New York Times best-selling author John Ringo, a big fan of Schlock Mercenary, said that “Howard’s inventiveness seems limitless.” Howard has published five Schlock Mercenary collections to date, the latest of which is titled The Scrapyard of Insufferable Arrogance. This and other Schlock Mercenary titles can be purchased at and through