Stuff I've Published

  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Incorrectly Attributed to me

    Nonfiction Publications


  • Network Flow Analysis, 2010
  • Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition, 2009
  • Absolute FreeBSD, 2007
  • PGP and GPG, 2006
  • Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2004
  • Absolute OpenBSD: UNIX for the Practical Paranoid, 2003
  • Absolute BSD: The Ultimate Guide to FreeBSD, 2002

    Various books have been translated into Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portugese, and Russian. (I considered presenting a matrix of books and languages here, but that would involve digging into my big box of translations and nobody cares that much.)



  • ;login:, vol 30 no. 5, FreeBSD 5 SMPng.

    O'Reilly Network

    I had a column with the O'Reilly Network called Big Scary Daemons for several years. (The name is an acronym for BSD.) It's part of their BSD DevCenter, and ran from 2000-2005.

    Nov 2000: Configuring Shared Libraries (no longer available online)

    Sys Admin articles

    No longer available online

  • Maintaining Patch Levels with Open-source BSDs
  • Linux under FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD for the SVR4/Linux administrator
  • FreeBSD Firewall Tools & Techniques
  • FreeBSD's Sysctl Interface

    This article originally appeared on, but they've cleaned out a bunch of their older stuff. Since I can't think of anything more indignant that a damp ferret, I'm reposting it here.

  • Crazed Ferrets in a Berkeley Shower

  • Customizing the FreeBSD Kernel for the Linux Administrator

    no longer available online

    No longer available online

  • The State of the Daemon
  • review of Multiview Catalyst

    Fiction Publications

    My short fiction has appeared in the following anthologies:

  • Women who Run with the Werewolves
  • Horror Library, vol. 2

    My short story "Wednesday's Seagulls" is supposed to appear on soon. I'll put an exact link when this happens.

    I also used to write pen-and-paper RPGs. These predate the popularization of the Internet.

  • The Gatecrasher RPG, 2nd edition, 1996.
  • Believe it or Else!, the Gatecrasher 1st edition supplement, 1993. It even got an online review, and by some miracle that review is still available

    The rights for a 3rd edition were sold to Domibia, which later merged with Seraphim Guard. No 3rd edition was ever produced. I believe that Seraphim Guard no longer intends to produce a 3rd edition. I appreciate that I still have Gatecrasher fans out there -- I had great fun with it myself -- but life goes on.

    Writing I haven't done

    Every so often, I get a piece of email asking me if I am the Michael Lucas who wrote such-and-such. What follows is a list of books I have not written, even though my name appears on the cover. Everything I publish after 2002 gives my name as "Michael W. Lucas", to help avoid confusion.

  • Satan's Government
  • Aspects of Conrad's Literary Language
  • Understanding Business : Environments
  • The Western Alliance After Inf: Redefining U.S. Policy Toward Europe and the Soviet Union
  • Attachments for Prosthetic Dentistry: Introduction and Application
  • Handbook of the Acoustic Characteristics of Turbomachinery Cavities

    The prosthetic dentistry thing sounds pretty cool, though.

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