David and Sharon Weber at CONduit 17
October 24, 1952 |
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation||Novelist, short story author|
|Genre||Science fiction (esp. military science fiction), fantasy, alternate history|
|Notable works||Honor Harrington series, Safehold series|
David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He wrote several sci-fi and fantasy books series, the best known of which is the Honor Harrington series of sci-fi books. His first novel, which he worked on with Steve White, sold in 1989 to Baen books, which has since remained his major publisher.
- 1 Writing career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Published works
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Weber began writing while in fifth grade. Some of Weber's first jobs within the writing/advertising world began after high school when he worked as copywriter, typesetter, proofreader, and paste-up artist. He later earned an undergraduate degree and M.A. in History.
His first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire. Weber wrote short stories set in the Starfire universe for Task Force Games' Nexus magazine, and he wrote the Starfire novel Insurrection (1990) with Stephen White after Nexus was cancelled; this book was the first in a tetralogy that continued through their last collaboration, The Shiva Option (2002), which made The New York Times Best Seller List.
His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to alternate history (1632 series with Eric Flint) and military science fiction with in-depth characterization.
A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest of history into his fiction. He is said to be interested in most periods of history, with a strong emphasis on the military and diplomatic aspects of it.
He prefers to write about strong characters, developing a character's background story in advance in considerable detail, because he wants that degree of comfort level with the character. He has said he writes primarily in the evenings and at night.
Weber has said he makes an effort to accept as many invitations to science fiction conferences and conventions as he can, because he finds the opportunities for direct feedback from readers which conventions offer is extremely useful. He makes a habit of Tuckerizing people from fandom, particularly in the Honor Harrington books (see, e.g., Jordin Kare).
In a video interview (available on YouTube), he stated that he is a United Methodist lay preacher, and that he tries to explore in his writing how religions (both real-life and fictional) can be forces for good on the one hand, and misused to defend evil causes on the other.
The first-edition hardcover releases by Baen Books of War of Honor, Wind Rider's Oath, At All Costs, Hell Hath No Fury, Torch of Freedom, and Mission of Honor each contain a CD, holding electronic copies of all the David Weber books published by Baen up to that moment. The CD labels explicitly state that the contents are freely distributable. The CDs have been mirrored on various sites.
Many of Weber's books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25–33% of the work).
Honor Harrington series
This series follows Honor Harrington a young officer in the Manticoran space navy as she works her way up through the ranks. Throughout the series she encounters the many set-backs and road blocks that any underdog may face but with her extraordinary wits and determination she never lets anything get in her way of serving her queen and country to the fullest.
- On Basilisk Station (April 1993) ISBN 0-671-57793-X
- The Honor of the Queen (June 1993) ISBN 0-671-57864-2
- The Short Victorious War (April 1994) ISBN 0-671-87596-5
- Field of Dishonor (October 1994) ISBN 0-671-57820-0
- Flag in Exile (September 1995) ISBN 0-671-31980-9
- Honor Among Enemies (February 1996) ISBN 0-671-87723-2
- In Enemy Hands (July 1997) ISBN 0-671-57770-0
- Echoes of Honor (October 1998) ISBN 0-671-57833-2
- Ashes of Victory (March 2000) ISBN 0-671-57854-5
- War of Honor (October 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3545-1
- At All Costs (November 2005) ISBN 1-4165-0911-9
- Mission of Honor (June 2010) ISBN 1-4391-3361-1
- A Rising Thunder (March 6, 2012) ISBN 1-4516-3806-6
- Worlds of Honor anthologies
- Novellas and short stories related to the Honor Harrington series. Edited by Weber.
- More Than Honor (January 1998) ISBN 0-671-87857-3
- Worlds of Honor (February 1999) ISBN 0-671-57855-3
- Changer of Worlds (March 2001) ISBN 0-671-31975-2
- The Service of the Sword (April 2003) ISBN 0-7434-3599-0
- In Fire Forged (February 2011) ISBN 1-4391-3414-6
- Beginnings (July 2, 2013) ISBN 1-4516-3903-1
- Wages of Sin sub-series
- Crown of Slaves with Eric Flint (September 2003) ISBN 0-7434-7148-2
- Torch of Freedom with Eric Flint (November 2009) ISBN 1-4391-3305-0 
- Cauldron of Ghosts with Eric Flint (April 8, 2014) ISBN 1-4767-3633-2
- Saganami sub-series
- The Shadow of Saganami (October 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8852-0
- Storm from the Shadows (March 2009) ISBN 1-4165-9147-8
- Shadow of Freedom (March 5, 2013) ISBN 1-4516-3869-8 (improperly listed on amazon as book 14 of the parent series)
- Young adult series
- They focus on Stephanie Harrington and the discovery of treecats.
- A Beautiful Friendship (October 2011) ISBN 978-1-4516-3747-2
- Fire Season (October 2012) with Jane Lindskold, ISBN 978-1-4516-3840-0
- Treecat Wars with Jane Lindskold (October 1, 2013) ISBN 978-1-4516-3933-9
- House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion (May 2013) ISBN 9781451638752—Includes the new novella I Will Build a House of Steel by David Weber.
- The Manticore Ascendant series
- Mutineers' Moon (October 1991) ISBN 0-671-72085-6
- The Armageddon Inheritance (October 1994) ISBN 0-671-72197-6
- Heirs of Empire (February 1996) ISBN 0-671-87707-0
- An omnibus re-issue of all three books, titled Empire from the Ashes, was released hardcover in March 2003 (ISBN 0-7434-3593-1) and in trade paperback in February 2006 (ISBN 1-4165-0933-X).
War God series
- Oath of Swords (February 1995) ISBN 0-671-87642-2
- The War God's Own (May 1998) ISBN 0-671-87873-5
- Wind Rider's Oath (May 2004) ISBN 0-7434-8821-0
- Sword Brother, a novella published in the January 2007 edition of Oath of Swords, ISBN 1-4165-2086-4
- War Maid's Choice (July 2012) ISBN 978-1-4516-3835-6 (HB)
- The Sword of the South (August 4, 2015)
The Safehold series
- Off Armageddon Reef (January 2007) ISBN 978-0-7653-1500-7
- By Schism Rent Asunder (July 2008) ISBN 978-0-7653-1501-4
- By Heresies Distressed (June 2009) ISBN 978-0-7653-1503-8
- A Mighty Fortress (April 2010) ISBN 978-0-7653-1505-2
- How Firm a Foundation (September 2011) ISBN 978-0-7653-2154-1
- Midst Toil and Tribulation (September 2012) ISBN 978-0-7653-2155-8
- Like a Mighty Army (February 18, 2014) ISBN 9780765321565
- Hell's Foundations Quiver (September 8, 2015)
- Path of the Fury (December 1992) ISBN 0-671-72147-X. This is a story of Alicia DeVries, a retired female marine commando, the fading Fury Tisiphone, and an AI running an advanced warship centuries in the future, who team up to hunt down space pirates.
- In Fury Born (April 2006) ISBN 1-4165-2054-6 is an expanded re-issue of Path of the Fury that includes a prequel story on the protagonist. This can be considered as an omnibus of two books, with the prequel the first book, and Path of the Fury the second book.
- The Apocalypse Troll (January 1999) ISBN 0-671-57845-6. This is the story of a retired naval officer who witnesses an intense air battle from his yacht and rescues the downed pilot who turns out to be from the future. She was shot down by an interstellar enemy that she chased through time and space on their way to "Terran" to eliminate humans before they can win the war they are fighting in the future.
- The Excalibur Alternative (January 2002) ISBN 0-671-31860-8, expands Sir George and the Dragon, a short story which appeared in the anthology Foreign Legions edited by David Drake (2001) ISBN 0-671-31990-6
- Out of the Dark (September 2010) ISBN 978-0-7653-2412-2 is an extended version of the 78-page story of the same name in the anthology Warriors (2010), edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, ISBN 978-0-7653-2048-3.
- Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories (September 2008) ISBN 978-1-59606-177-4
- Bolo series
- Bolo! (January 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9872-0. Stories of Bolo tanks with artificial intelligence.
- Old Soldiers (January 2007) ISBN 1-4165-0898-8, a Bolo tank story
- Insurrection (November 1990) ISBN 0-671-72024-4
- Crusade (March 1992) ISBN 0-671-72111-9
- In Death Ground (May 1997) ISBN 0-671-87779-8
- The Shiva Option (February 2002) ISBN 0-671-31848-9
- Omnibus collections:
- March Upcountry (May 2001) ISBN 0-671-31985-X
- March to the Sea (November 2002) ISBN 0-671-31826-8
- March to the Stars (January 2003) ISBN 0-7434-3562-1
- We Few (April 2005) ISBN 0-7434-9881-X
- Omnibus collections:
- 1633 (July 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3542-7
- 1634: The Baltic War (May 2007) ISBN 1-4165-2102-X
- In the Navy, a short story in the anthology Ring of Fire edited by Eric Flint (2004) ISBN 0-7434-7175-X, set in the world of the 1632 series
- Multiverse series.
- With Linda Evans:
- With Joelle Presby:
- Multi-author collections
- The Warmasters (2002) ISBN 0-7434-3534-6, includes David Weber's Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington together with Island by Eric Flint and Choosing sides by David Drake.
- Wilson, Alyse. "Interview". WildViolet.net.
- "Mission of Honor by David Weber". Baen Books.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- "Convergence". Convergence-Con. 2009.
- Stephen Hunt (2002). "In Honor I gained them". SF Crowsnest.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection". Ulib.niu.edu.
- "Blackfive video interview with David Weber". Baen.
- BaenCD at The Fifth Imperium
- Text of all of the Baen CD-ROM labels
- Torch of Freedom
- "Interview with David Weber". Baen Books. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "FAQs". Jane Lindskold. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
- "House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
- http://www.davidweber.net/posts/390-6th-safehold-book-title.html DavidWeber.net, news archive, January 9, 2012
- "Like A Mighty Army". MacMillan Tor. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- Working on the next Safehold book, Hell's Foundations Quiver. Halfway there...lots more to cover. #amwriting, 9 April 2014
- DavidWeber.net Progress report, David Weber (runsforcelery), 20 August 2014
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