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David R. Palmer (b 1941 in Chicago), Highland Park High School (Class of 1959), is a science fiction author who has been nominated three times for Hugo Awards. He is married and lives in Florida, where he works as a court reporter.
His first novel, Emergence (ISBN 0-553-25519-3), won the Compton Crook Award in 1985. It arose from a novella by the same title featured in the January 1981, issue of Analog. This was followed by the February 1983, Analog publication of the Seeking novella, which ultimately became part two of the novel. Thereafter the Emergence novella appeared in an anthology called Children of the Future. Both novellas also won reader's choice awards from Analog. Both were nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in their respective years, and the novel for Best Novel in 1985.
A sequel to Emergence, Tracking, was serialized in three parts, beginning in the July/August 2008 issue of Analog. Tracking was continued in the September issue and concluded in the October issue of the magazine.
His second novel, Threshold (ISBN 0-553-24878-2), was published as the first book in the To Halt Armageddon trilogy in 1985. The "About the Author" section of Threshold states that David is "currently working on the sequel to Threshold, also to be published by Bantam", to be called Spēcial Education, although it has not been published to date. He stated in the afterword to the 1990 edition of Emergence that any future writing would depend upon his finances. Palmer has another completed but unpublished novel, Schrödinger's Frisbee, which is not related to either of his first two novels.
Wormhole Press has been indicated as a possible publisher for the new novels and for a reprinting of both Emergence and Threshold.
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