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David Drake

David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is a successful author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the premier authors of the military science fiction subgenre. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein is a well-known example of military science fiction. ...


Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His studies at Duke University School of Law were interrupted for two years by the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. He now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... The University of Iowa, also commonly called Iowa or U of I, is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the banks of the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... The Duke University School of Law is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... (Redirected from 11th Armored Cavalry) Shoulder sleeve patch of the United States Army 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the Blackhorse Regiment. ... The Court House and Traffic Circle in Downtown Pittsboro. ...


His best-known non-collaborative work is the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction. His newer Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series, space operas inspired by the Aubrey–Maturin novels,[1] focus much more heavily on his characters and less on the military aspects. Hammers Slammers is the title of a 1979 collection of military science fiction short stories by author David Drake (and, by extension, of the fictional universe in which these and a number of Drakes other stories and novels are set). ... The RCN Series (also known as the Lt. ... Classic pulp space opera cover, with the usual cliché elements. ... The Aubrey–Maturin series, also known as the Aubreyad,[1] consists of a sequence of 20 completed and one unfinished historical novels by Patrick OBrian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ships surgeon Stephen...


In 1997 Drake began his largest fantasy series, Lord of the Isles, using elements of Sumerian religion and medieval era technology. As of 2006, the series has seven books published, with two more planned to finish. A series of books by author David Drake. ... Sumer (or Å umer) was the earliest known civilization of the ancient Near East, located in lower Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) from the time of the earliest records in the mid 4th millennium BC until the rise of Babylonia in the late 3rd millennium BC. The term Sumerian applies to all speakers...


In addition to his own works, he often provides a military perspective to many collaborative writing projects, such as his contributions to the Heroes in Hell series. His co-authors include Karl Edward Wagner, Janet Morris, S.M. Stirling, and Eric Flint. With Wagner and Jim Groce, he was one of the founders of Carcosa Press. Heroes in Hell is a series of shared world fantasy books by Janet Morris, C. J. Cherryh, and others set in a fictional afterlife. ... Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 – 13 October 1994) was an American writer, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. ... Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is a United States author. ... Stephen Michael Stirling is a Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ... Carcosa is a fictional city in the Ambrose Bierce short story An Inhabitant of Carcosa (1891). ...


Drake frequently works in collaboration with other authors by providing detailed plot outlines (5,000 to 15,000 words), after which they do "the real work of developing the outline into a novel". He doesn't "consider [his] involvement to be that of a real co-author".[2]


Drake's plots often draw heavily on his extensive knowledge of history, literature and mythology. Starting with Northworld in 1990,[3] he has generally explained the background to each book in an afterword or preface. Additionally, Drake's plots frequently center around a clash of political systems. Drake's heroes are usually right-leaning military personnel with individualistic, iconoclastic personalities. Bureaucrats, professors, politicians, religious fanatics and political leftists serve as enemies.


Some of Drake's works are available for free download in the Baen Free Library. The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of June 2005) 77 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. ...

Contents

Partial Bibliography

A complete bibliography, with Drake's comments, is available at http://david-drake.com/bibliography.html.


Anthologies edited

  • Armageddon (1986) - with Billie Sue Mosiman
  • A Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the Decade (1987) - with Martin H. Greenberg
  • Space Gladiators (1989)
  • A Separate Star: A Science Fiction Tribute to Rudyard Kipling (1989) - with Sandra Miesel
  • Heads to the Storm (1989) - with Sandra Miesel
  • Space Infantry (1989) - with Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Eternal City (1989)
  • Space Dreadnoughts (1990) - with Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh
  • Dogs of War (2001)
  • Foreign Legions (2001) - with Eric Flint and David Weber
  • The World Turned Upside Down (2005) - with James Baen and Eric Flint

Martin H. Greenberg (born 1941) is a prolific American speculative fiction anthologist, not to be confused with anthologist Martin Greenberg (born 1918). ... Sandra Miesel is a medievalist and journalist. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ...

Battlestation

With Bill Fawcett Quinn Fawcett is the penname of a pair of authors, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Bill Fawcett, who also write separately. ...

  • Battlestation (1992)
  • The Vanguard (1993)

Fleet

With Bill Fawcett

  • The Fleet (1988)
  • Counterattack (1988)
  • Breakthrough (1989)
  • Sworn Allies (1990)
  • Total War (1990)
  • Crisis (1991)

War and Honor

With Gordon R. Dickson, Christopher Stasheff and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Gordon Dickson lecturing. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Chelsea Quinn Yarbo is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003). ...

  • Blood and War (1993)

ARC Riders

With Janet Morris Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is a United States author. ...

  • ARC Riders (1995)
  • The Fourth Rome (1996)

Belisarius series

Written by Eric Flint. David contributed to the outlines only, but is listed as a co-author from the publisher. The Belisarius Series is a collection of novels written by David Drake and Eric Flint and published by Baen Books. ...

  • An Oblique Approach (1998)
  • In the Heart of Darkness (1998)
  • Destiny's Shield (1999)
  • Fortune's Stroke (2000)
  • The Tide of Victory (2001)
  • The Dance of Time (2006)

Car Warriors

  • The Square Deal (1992)

Collections

  • Time Safari (1982)
  • From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • Lacey and His Friends (1986)
  • Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • Old Nathan (1991)
  • The Military Dimension (1991)
  • The Military Dimension Mark II (1995)
  • All the Way to the Gallows (1996)
  • The Warmasters (2002) - with Eric Flint and David Weber
  • Grimmer Than Hell (2003)
  • Mountain Magic (2004) - with Eric Flint, Henry Kuttner and Ryk E. Spoor
  • Other Times Than Peace (2006)

Henry Kuttner (April 7, 1915 - February 4, 1958) was a science fiction author born in Los Angeles, California. ... Ryk Erik Spoor (July 21, 1962 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American technical writer, USENET personality (under the pseudonym of Sea Wasp) and author of science fiction and fantasy novels. ...

Crisis of Empire

Thomas Thurston Thomas, also writing as Thomas T. Thomas and Thomas Wren, is a science fiction author. ... William Corey Dietz (born 1945) is an U.S. science fiction author who has written 28 novels in the genre, some of which have been translated into German, Russian and Japanese. ... The War Machine is a science fiction novel by Roger MacBride Allen and David Drake. ... Roger MacBride Allen (born September 26, 1957) is a US science fiction author. ...

The General series

Written by S.M. Stirling. David contributed to the outlines only, but is listed as a co-author from the publisher. World of Bellevue story-line ends at The Sword. The General (also known as the Raj Whitehall series after the lead character) is a set of military science fiction books written by S.M. Stirling from an outline by David Drake. ... Stephen Michael Stirling is a Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. ...

  • The Forge (1991)
  • The Hammer (1992)
    • Warlord (2003) - Omnibus edition
  • The Anvil (1993)
  • The Steel (1993)
  • The Sword (1995)
    • Conqueror (2003) - Omnibus edition

World of Visager:

  • The Chosen (1996)

World of Hafardine:

  • The Reformer (1999)
  • The Tyrant (2002) - written by Eric Flint

Hammer's Slammers

  • Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • Cross the Stars (1984)
  • At Any Price (1985)
  • Counting the Cost (1987)
  • Rolling Hot (1989)
  • The Warrior (1991)
  • The Sharp End (1993)
  • The Voyage (1993)
  • Paying the Piper (2002)
  • The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1 (2005) - Includes all the short stories.
  • The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2 (November 2006) - Omnibus edition; includes At Any Price, Counting the Cost, Rolling Hot, The Warrior
  • The Tank Lords - Includes Under the Hammer, Rolling Hot, Night March, Code-Name Feirefitz & The Tank Lords. Available for free download at Baen Free Library.

Hammers Slammers is the title of a 1979 collection of military science fiction short stories by author David Drake (and, by extension, of the fictional universe in which these and a number of Drakes other stories and novels are set). ...

Heroes in Hell

  • Explorers in Hell (1989) - with Janet Morris

Honor Harrington

  • Changer of Worlds (2001) - with Eric Flint

Map of the Honorverse. ...

Lord of the Isles

  1. Lord of the Isles (1997)
  2. Queen of Demons (1998)
  3. Servant of the Dragon (1999)
  4. Mistress of the Catacombs (2001)
  5. Goddess of the Ice Realm (2003)
  6. Master of the Cauldron (2004)
  7. The Fortress of Glass (2006)

A series of books by author David Drake. ...

Northworld

  • Northworld (1990)
  • Vengeance (1991)
  • Justice (1992)
    • Northworld Trilogy (1999) - Omnibus edition

Northworld is a 1990 militaristic science fiction novel by David Drake set in a time when the Consensus rules everything except for Northworld, the missing planet. ...

Venus series

  • Surface Action (1990)
  • The Jungle (1991)
    • Seas of Venus (2000) - Omnibus edition

Non-series Novels

  • The Dragon Lord (1979)
  • Skyripper (1983)
  • The Forlorn Hope (1984)
  • Birds of Prey (1984)
  • Killer (1985) - with Karl Edward Wagner
  • Active Measures (1985) - with Janet Morris
  • Strangers and Lovers (1985)
  • Ranks of Bronze (1986)
  • Fortress (1986)
  • Bridgehead (1986)
  • Kill Ratio (1987) - with Janet Morris
  • Target (1989) - with Janet Morris
  • The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny (1990) - with L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Hunter Returns (1991) - based on Jim Kjelgaard's Fire-Hunter, for his estate
  • Starliner (1992)
  • Tyrannosaur (1994)
  • Enemy of My Enemy (1995) - with Ben Ohlander
  • Redliners (1996)
  • Patriots (1996)

For other meanings of the term, see Birds of Prey (disambiguation). ... Lyon Sprague de Camp, (November 27, 1907 – November 6, 2000) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... James Arthur Kjelgaard (December 6, 1910 – July 12, 1959) is an American author of young adult literature. ...

Reaches

  • Igniting the Reaches (1994)
  • Through the Breach (1995)
  • Fireships (1996)
    • The Reaches (2004) - Omnibus edition

Starhunters

  • Men Hunting Things (1988)
  • Things Hunting Men (1988)
  • Bluebloods (1990)

Thieves' World

  • Dagger (1988)

RCN Series

  • With the Lightnings (1998) - Author's note
  • Lt. Leary, Commanding (2000)
  • The Far Side of The Stars (2003)
  • The Way to Glory (2005)
  • Some Golden Harbor (2006)
  • When the Tide Rises (2008)

The RCN Series (also known as the Lt. ...

World of Crystal Walls

  • The Sea Hag (1988)

Short Stories

  • "Denkirch"
Travellers by Night (1967)
  • "Lord of the Depths"
Dark Things (1971)
  • "Arclight"
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (April 1973)
  • "Contact!"
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (October 1974)
Body Armor: 2000 (1986)
  • "Under the Hammer"
Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1974)
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "The Butcher's Bill"
Galaxy Science Fiction (November 1974)
Combat SF (1975)
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
Combat SF (1981)
Hammer's Slammers (1987)
  • "Something Had to Be Done"
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (February 1975)
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series IV (1976)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories (1995)
  • "Ranks of Bronze"
Galaxy Science Fiction (August 1975)
There Will Be War (1983)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "But Loyal to His Own"
Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1975)
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "Awakening"
Nameless Places (1975)
  • "Black Iron"
Nameless Places (1975)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Children of the Forest"
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (November 1976)
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series V (1977)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Blood Debt"
The 4th Mayflower Book of Black Magic Stories (1976)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Firefight"
Frights (1976)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "The Hunting Ground"
Superhorror (1976)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Nation Without Walls"
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (July 1977)
  • "The Last Battalion"
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (September 1977)
  • "The Barrow Troll"
Savage Heroes (1977)
Whispers (1977)
The World Fantasy Awards Volume Two (1980)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Dragons' Teeth"
Swords Against Darkness (1977)
Dragon Tales (1982)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The Shortest Way"
First World Fantasy Awards (1977)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Smokie Joe"
More Devil's Kisses (1977)
Terrors (1982)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Nemesis Place"
Fantastic (April 1978)
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VII (1979)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Best of Luck"
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI (1978)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Caught in the Crossfire"
Chrysalis 2 (1978)
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
Caught in the Crossfire (1998)
  • "The Mantichore"
Swords Against Darkness III (1978)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Cultural Conflict"
Destinies (January/February 1979)
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "The Predators"
Destinies (October/December 1979)
  • "Hangman"
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
Supertanks (1987)
  • "The Red Leer"
Whispers II (1979)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Standing Down"
Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "Underground"
Destinies (February/March 1980)
  • "Men Like Us"
Omni (May 1980)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "The Automatic Rifleman"
Destinies (Fall 1980)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Goddess"
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980)
Sanctuary (1982)
  • "Than Curse the Darkness"
New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980)
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Time Safari"
Destinies (Spring 1981)
Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "Travellers"
Destinies (Winter 1981)
  • "King Crocodile"
Whispers III (1981)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The Dancer in the Flames"
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
Whispers IV (1983)
  • "Votary"
The Face of Chaos (1983)
  • "Out of Africa"
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
Horrorstory: Volume 4 (1990)
  • "Code-name Feirefitz"
Men of War (1984)
  • "From the Dark Waters"
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy 5: Giants (1985)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • The Guardroom
Afterwar (1985)
  • The Great Beer Shortage with Janet Morris
Far Frontiers Vol. VI (Fall 1986)
  • "The Tank Lords"
Far Frontiers Vol. VI (Fall 1986)
Hammer's Slammers (1987)
Call to Battle (1988)
  • "'Cause I Served My Time in Hell"
Rebels in Hell (1986)
  • "The Hand of Providence"
Heroes in Hell (1986)
  • "The Interrogation Team"
Warrior (1986)
Caught in the Crossfire (1998)
  • "The Fool"
Whispers VI (July 1987)
  • "Bargain"
Masters in Hell (1987)
  • "Learning Curve"
Angels in Hell (1987)
  • "Liberty Port"
Alien Stars IV: Freelancers (1987)
  • "Springs Eternal"
Crusaders in Hell (1987)
  • "Wisdom"
Crusaders in Hell (1987)
  • "Rescue Mission"
The Fleet (1988)
  • "Safe to Sea"
Spacefighters (1988)
  • "When the Devil Drives"
The Fleet: Counterattack (1988)
  • "Dreams in Amber"
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The False Prophet"
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Exile"
Prophets in Hell (1989)
  • "Elfin Pipes of Northworld"
The New York Review of Science Fiction (December 1990)
  • "Looking Forward: Excerpt from Northworld: Justice"
Amazing Stories (March 1992)
  • "Looking Forward: Excerpt from The Sharp End"
Amazing Stories (October 1993)
  • "Boundary Layer"
Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "King Tyrant Lizard"
Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "Cannibal Plants From Heck"
Alien Pregnant By Elvis (1994)
  • "Airborne All the Way!"
Magic, the Gathering: Tapestries (1995)
  • "To Bring the Light"
Locus (August 1996)
  • "The Waiting Bullet"
Locus (August 1996)
  • "A Grand Tour"
More than Honor (1998)
  • "The Immovable Object"
Caught in the Crossfire (1998)
  • "With the Sword He Must Be Slain"
Armageddon (1998)
  • "A Very Offensive Weapon"
All the Way to the Gallows (1995)
  • "The Tradesmen"
Grimmer Than Hell (2000)
  • "A Death in Peacetime"
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1 (2005)
  • "Dragon, the Book"

A Cthulhu Mythos anthology is a type of short story collection that contains stories written in or related to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction launched by H. P. Lovecraft. ... Karl Edward Wagner (4 December 1945 – 13 October 1994) was an American writer, editor and publisher of horror, science fiction, and heroic fantasy, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and originally trained as a psychiatrist. ...

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