David Drake

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David Drake
David drake.jpg
Born(1945-09-24) September 24, 1945 (age 68)
OccupationAuthor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Iowa, Duke University School of Law
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksHammer's Slammers, RCN Series
Website
http://david-drake.com/
 
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David Drake
David drake.jpg
Born(1945-09-24) September 24, 1945 (age 68)
OccupationAuthor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Iowa, Duke University School of Law
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksHammer's Slammers, RCN Series
Website
http://david-drake.com/

David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.

Biography[edit]

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 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry (The Black Horse Regiment) in Vietnam and Cambodia. With Karl Edward Wagner and Jim Groce, he was one of the initiators of Carcosa, a small press company. He now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Works[edit]

His best-known non-collaborative work is the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction. His newer Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series are space operas inspired by the Aubrey–Maturin novels. During 1997, Drake began his largest fantasy series, Lord of the Isles, using elements of Sumerian religion and medieval technology. During 2007, Drake finished the series with its ninth volume.

In addition to his solo works, Drake has co-authored novels with authors such as Karl Edward Wagner, S.M. Stirling, and Eric Flint. Typically Drake provides plot outlines (5,000–15,000 words) and the co-author does "the real work of developing the outline into a novel".[1] He doesn't "consider [his] involvement to be that of a real co-author."[1] Drake also contributed to the Heroes in Hell series.

Drake's plots often use his extensive knowledge of history, literature, and mythology. Starting with Northworld in 1990,[2] he has generally explained the background of each book in an afterword or preface. Additionally, Drake's plots frequently involve a contest of political systems.[citation needed]

As John Clute concluded in the entry on Drake in the 1993 edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, "Today there seems very little to stop [Drake] from writing exactly what he wishes to write."

Some of Drake's works are available for free download in the Baen Free Library.

Bibliography[edit]

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

Anthologies edited[edit]

Fleet/Battlestation[edit]

With Bill Fawcett

Fleet[edit]

With Bill Fawcett

  1. The Fleet (1988)
  2. Counterattack (1988)
  3. Breakthrough (1989)
  4. Sworn Allies (1990)
  5. Total War (1990)
  6. Crisis (1991)
Battlestation[edit]

With Bill Fawcett

War and Honor[edit]

With Gordon R. Dickson, Christopher Stasheff and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

ARC Riders[edit]

With Janet Morris

Belisarius series[edit]

Main article: Belisarius series

Written by Eric Flint. David contributed to the outlines only, but is listed as a co-author from the publisher.

The Books of the Elements[edit]

  1. The Legions of Fire (2010)[3]
  2. Out of the Waters (2011)[4]
  3. Monsters of the Earth (2013)

Car Warriors[edit]

Collections[edit]

Crisis of Empire[edit]

The General series[edit]

Main article: 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:

World of Visager:

World of Hafardine:

World of Duisenberg:

Hammer's Slammers[edit]

Main article: Hammerverse

Heroes in Hell[edit]

Honorverse[edit]

Main article: Honorverse

Lord of the Isles[edit]

  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)

Crown of the Isles[edit]

  1. The Fortress of Glass (2006)
  2. The Mirror of Worlds (2007)
  3. The Gods Return (2008)

Non-series novels[edit]

Northworld[edit]

RCN Series[edit]

Main article: RCN Series

The first three books in this series are available as ebooks via the Baen Free Library.

1With the Lightnings1998ISBN 0-671-57886-3Baen Free Library(Author's note)
2Lt. Leary, Commanding2000ISBN 0-671-57875-8Baen Library
3The Far Side of the Stars2003  ISBN 0-7434-7158-XBaen Library
4The Way to Glory2005ISBN 0-7434-9882-8[1]
5Some Golden Harbor2006ISBN 978-1-4165-2080-1[2]
6When the Tide Rises2008ISBN 978-1-4165-5527-8[3]
7In the Stormy Red Sky2009ISBN 978-1-4165-9159-7
8What Distant Deeps2010ISBN 978-1-4391-3366-8
9The Road of Danger2012ISBN 978-1-4516-3815-8
10The Sea Without a Shore2014ISBN 978-1-4767-3639-6

Reaches[edit]

  1. Igniting the Reaches (1994)
  2. Through the Breach (1995)
  3. Fireships (1996)

Starhunters[edit]

Thieves' World[edit]

The Tom Kelly Novels[edit]

  1. Skyripper (1983)
  2. Fortress (1987)

Venus series[edit]

World of Crystal Walls[edit]

Short stories[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]