In far too many fantasy stories only the main characters are people. Palace guards, in particular, come off badly; nobody seems to think twice about slitting the throats of a few guardsmen. I don't care what the job pays, you'd never get me to be a palace guard in some of these universes. If I wanted to commit suicide I could find more entertaining ways.
—Lawrence Watt-Evans, The Laws of Fantasy
A primarily Speculative Fiction writer who also works in comic books, and has dabbled in a few other genres. He's most famous for the Ethshar series, and for a tendency towards Deconstruction and Rationalist Fiction. As yet, this page has tropes for only a few of his works--add more if you know more.
His peculiar name was due to a recommendation by a publisher. Lawrence Evans seemed too ordinary, so they recommended a hyphen between his middle and last name to make it more interesting.
Split Heirs, co-written with Esther Friesner, is a hilarious deconstruction of Prince and Pauper tropes, with THREE royal babies, one female and two male - the two boys get Moses in the Bulrushes'd, and the girl is brought up as a prince.
He has also written an engaging critical review of the works of Terry Pratchett.