David Drake

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David Drake
David drake.jpg
Born (1945-09-24) September 24, 1945 (age 69)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Iowa, Duke University School of Law
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Notable works Hammer's Slammers, RCN Series
Website
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]

  • 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 Jim Baen and Eric Flint

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

  • Battlestation (1992)
  • The Vanguard (1993)
  • Battlestations (2011)—omnibus compendium of Battlestation and The Vanguard

War and Honor[edit]

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

  • Blood and War (1993)

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.

  • 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)

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]

  • The Square Deal (1992), nominally set in Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars universe.

Collections[edit]

  • 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)
  • "Night & Demons" (2012) [5]

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:

  • The Forge (1991)
  • The Hammer (1992)
    • Warlord (2003)—Omnibus edition
    • Hope Reborn (Mar 2013)—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

World of Duisenberg:

  • The Heretic (April 2013, Baen Books)—written by Tony Daniel [6]
  • The Savior (September 2014)

Hammer's Slammers[edit]

Main article: Hammerverse
  • 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)—Omnibus edition; includes all the short stories.
  • The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2 (2006)—Omnibus edition; includes At Any Price, Counting the Cost, Rolling Hot, The Warrior
  • The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 3 (2007)—Omnibus edition; includes The Sharp End, Paying the Piper, The Darkness
  • The Tank Lords—Includes Under the Hammer, Rolling Hot, Night March, Code-Name Feirefitz & The Tank Lords.

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]

  • Northworld (1990)
  • Vengeance (1991)
  • Justice (1992)
    • Northworld Trilogy (1999)—Omnibus edition (read online)

RCN Series[edit]

Main article: RCN Series

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

1 With the Lightnings 1998 ISBN 0-671-57886-3 Baen Free Library (Author's note)
2 Lt. Leary, Commanding 2000 ISBN 0-671-57875-8 Baen Library
3 The Far Side of the Stars 2003   ISBN 0-7434-7158-X Baen Library
4 The Way to Glory 2005 ISBN 0-7434-9882-8 [1]
5 Some Golden Harbor 2006 ISBN 978-1-4165-2080-1 [2]
6 When the Tide Rises 2008 ISBN 978-1-4165-5527-8 [3]
7 In the Stormy Red Sky 2009 ISBN 978-1-4165-9159-7
8 What Distant Deeps 2010 ISBN 978-1-4391-3366-8
9 The Road of Danger 2012 ISBN 978-1-4516-3815-8
10 The Sea Without a Shore 2014 ISBN 978-1-4767-3639-6

Reaches[edit]

  1. Igniting the Reaches (1994)
  2. Through the Breach (1995)
  3. Fireships (1996)
  • The Reaches (2004)—Omnibus edition

Starhunters[edit]

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

Thieves' World[edit]

  • Dagger (1988)

The Tom Kelly Novels[edit]

  1. Skyripper (1983)
  2. Fortress (1987)
    • Loose Cannon (2011)—Omnibus edition

Venus series[edit]

  • Surface Action (1990)
  • The Jungle (1991)

World of Crystal Walls[edit]

  • The Sea Hag (1988)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Denkirch" in Travellers by Night (1967), Balefires (2007)
  • "Lord of the Depths" in Dark Things (1971)
  • "Arclight" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (April 1973)
  • "Contact!" in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (October 1974), Body Armor: 2000 (1986)
  • "Under the Hammer" in Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1974), Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "The Butcher's Bill" in Galaxy Science Fiction (November 1974), Combat SF (1975), Hammer's Slammers (1979), Combat SF (1981), Hammer's Slammers (1987)
  • "Something Had to Be Done" in 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" in Galaxy Science Fiction (August 1975), There Will Be War (1983), Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "But Loyal to His Own" in Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1975), Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "Awakening" in Nameless Places (1975)
  • "Black Iron" in Nameless Places (1975), Vettius and His Friends (1989), Balefires (2007)
  • "Children of the Forest" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (November 1976), The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series V (1977), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Balefires (2007)
  • "Blood Debt" in The 4th Mayflower Book of Black Magic Stories (1976), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Firefight" in Frights (1976), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "The Hunting Ground" in Superhorror (1976), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Nation Without Walls" in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (July 1977)
  • "The Last Battalion" in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (September 1977)
  • "The Barrow Troll" in Savage Heroes (1977), Whispers (1977), The World Fantasy Awards Volume Two (1980), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Vettius and His Friends (1989), Balefires (2007)
  • "Dragons' Teeth" in Swords Against Darkness (1977), Dragon Tales (1982), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The Shortest Way" in First World Fantasy Awards (1977), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Vettius and His Friends (1989), Balefires (2007)
  • "Smokie Joe" in More Devil's Kisses (1977), Terrors (1982), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Balefires (2007)
  • "Nemesis Place" in Fantastic (April 1978), The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VII (1979), Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Best of Luck" in The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI (1978), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Caught in the Crossfire" in 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" in Destinies (January/February 1979), Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "The Predators" in Destinies (October/December 1979)
  • "Hangman" in Hammer's Slammers (1979), Supertanks (1987)
  • "The Red Leer" in Whispers II (1979), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Balefires (2007)
  • "Standing Down" in Hammer's Slammers (1979)
  • "Underground" in Destinies (February/March 1980)
  • "Men Like Us" in Omni (May 1980), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "The Automatic Rifleman" in Destinies (Fall 1980), From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
  • "Goddess" in Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980), Sanctuary (1982)
  • "Than Curse the Darkness" in New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1980), From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Balefires (2007)
  • "Time Safari" in Destinies (Spring 1981), Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "Travellers" in Destinies (Winter 1981)
  • "King Crocodile" in Whispers III (1981), Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The Dancer in the Flames" in From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Whispers IV (1983)
  • "Votary" in The Face of Chaos (1983)
  • "Out of Africa" in From the Heart of Darkness (1983), Horrorstory: Volume 4 (1990)
  • "Code-name Feirefitz" in Men of War (1984)
  • "From the Dark Waters" in Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy 5: Giants (1985), Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • The Guardroom in Afterwar (1985)
  • The Great Beer Shortage with Janet Morris in Far Frontiers Vol. VI (Fall 1986)
  • "The Tank Lords" in Far Frontiers Vol. VI (Fall 1986), Hammer's Slammers (1987), Call to Battle (1988)
  • "The Hand of Providence" in Heroes in Hell (1986)
  • "'Cause I Served My Time in Hell" in Rebels in Hell (1986)
  • "The Interrogation Team" in Warrior (1986), Caught in the Crossfire (1998)
  • "The Fool" in Whispers VI (July 1987)
  • "Bargain" in Masters in Hell (1987)
  • "Learning Curve" in Angels in Hell (1987)
  • "Liberty Port" in Alien Stars IV: Freelancers (1987)
  • "Springs Eternal" in Crusaders in Hell (1987)
  • "Wisdom" in Crusaders in Hell (1987)
  • "Rescue Mission" in The Fleet (1988)
  • "Safe to Sea" in Spacefighters (1988)
  • "When the Devil Drives" in The Fleet: Counterattack (1988)
  • "Dreams in Amber" in Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "The False Prophet" in Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Killer" with Karl Edward Wagner in Vettius and His Friends (1989)
  • "Exile" in Prophets in Hell (1989)
  • "Elfin Pipes of Northworld" in The New York Review of Science Fiction (December 1990)
  • "Looking Forward: Excerpt from Northworld: Justice" in Amazing Stories (March 1992)
  • "Looking Forward: Excerpt from The Sharp End" in Amazing Stories (October 1993)
  • "Boundary Layer" in Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "King Tyrant Lizard" in Tyrannosaur (1993)
  • "Cannibal Plants From Heck" in Alien Pregnant By Elvis (1994)
  • "Airborne All the Way!" in Magic, the Gathering: Tapestries (1995)
  • "To Bring the Light" in Locus (August 1996)
  • "The Waiting Bullet" in Locus (August 1996)
  • "A Grand Tour" in More than Honor (1998)
  • "The Immovable Object" in Caught in the Crossfire (1998)
  • "With the Sword He Must Be Slain" in Armageddon (1998)
  • "A Very Offensive Weapon" in All the Way to the Gallows (1995)
  • "The Tradesmen" in Grimmer Than Hell (2000)
  • "A Death in Peacetime" in The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1 (2005)
  • "Dragon, the Book"

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