David R. Palmer

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David R. Palmer
Born1941 (age 82–83)[1]
Northern Chicago suburbs[1]
OccupationScience fiction novelist
GenreScience Fiction
Years active1981–present
Notable awards1985 Compton Crook Award

David R. Palmer (born 1941) is an American science fiction author. His works have been nominated three times for Hugo Awards.


Palmer was born at Chicago[2] and studied at Highland Park High School.[3] He is married and lives in Florida,[4] where he had worked as a court reporter.

Writing career[edit]

Palmer's first novel, Emergence, won the Compton Crook Award in 1985.[5] 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 Analog's 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[6] 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",[2] to be called Spēcial Education,[7] which was eventually published in 2019 by Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press. He stated in the afterword to the 1990 edition of Emergence that any future writing would depend upon his finances.[8]

Palmer has another completed but unpublished novel, Schrödinger's Frisbee, which is not related to either of his first two novels. After sitting on his desk for almost 13 years,[9] this book was finally released by Ring of Fire Press in 2021.

Wormhole Press had been indicated as a possible publisher for the new novels and for a reprinting of both Emergence and Threshold.[10] The author had stated on Facebook (19 Dec 2014) that cover illustrations were in production and following that Wormhole Press will move into hardcover and e-book publication.

After his works being out of print and hard to find for over a decade, Palmer later made arrangements with Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press in 2018 to have his works reprinted starting with the reissue of Emergence in June 2018.[1]


Emergence series[edit]

  • Emergence (1984), 978-1948818063 (2018 reprint)
  • Tracking, (2008), published as single volume, 978-1948818391 (2019 reprint)
    • "Tracking - part 1". Analog. 128 (7&8). July–August 2008.
    • "Tracking - part 2". Analog. 128 (9): 90–133. September 2008.
    • "Tracking - part 3". Analog. 128 (10): 86–133. October 2008.

To Halt Armageddon series[edit]

Other novels[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "David R. Palmer". Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press. Archived from the original on 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  2. ^ a b Palmer, David R. (1985). "About the Author". Threshold. Bantam Spectra. ISBN 0-553-24878-2.
  3. ^ Michael Addison. "Highland Park High School Class Of 1959, Highland Park, IL". Hphs1959.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  4. ^ "Internet Book List :: Author Information: David R. Palmer". Iblist.com. Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  5. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. Threshold (Book I of the To Halt Armageddon trilogy)
  7. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. I'm almost five years overdue on Book II, Spēcial Education
  8. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3.
  9. ^ Palmer, David R. (April 4, 2008). "David R. Palmer Message Board". AllReaders.com. p. 3. Hi, people. I hope the webmaster's rules permit this. First, thanks for your enduring loyalty. It's been 25 years since my last book... Thirdly, I just finished "Schrödinger's Frisbee," an unrelated SF novel about a boy and his dog, his girlfriend -- and alien abduction... Thanks again for your enthusiasm and patience -- and for the kind thoughts embodied in the occasional, somewhat premature eulogies I've read here and on other websites. Very truly, David R. Palmer.
  10. ^ "April 2008 Amazon.com comment on Emergence by David R. Palmer". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-10-21. [dead link]


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