G. D. Falksen (foreword) is an author, lecturer and public speaker. He also studies history, is a consultant for Disney and blogs for Tor.com and ComicMix.com. Dubbed 'the unofficial face of Steampunk' by Paper magazine, he is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture. He is the author of The Hellfire Chronicles series and the Ouroboros Cycle series and his work has appeared in Steampunk Tales, Steampunk Magazine, The Chap and several anthologies. He has appeared as a guest at various events and Comic Cons, and been featured in The New York Times, on MTV and io9.com. He is also the lead writer for Hatboy Studios, Inc., creators of the steampunk-themed video game AIR.