David R. Palmer

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David R. Palmer (born 1941) is an American science fiction author. He is married and lives in Florida,[1] where he works as a court reporter. His works have been nominated three times for Hugo Awards.


Palmer was born at Chicago[2] and studied at Highland Park High School.[3]

His first novel, Emergence, won the Compton Crook Award in 1985.[4] 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[5] 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,[6] 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1990 edition of Emergence that any future writing would depend upon his finances.[7] Palmer has another completed but unpublished novel, Schrödinger's Frisbee, which is not related to either of his first two novels.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.[8] The author has on Facebook stated (19 Dec 2014) that cover illustrations are in production and following that Wormhole Press will move into hardcover and e-book publication.



  • Emergence (1984)
  • Threshold (1985)

Short fiction[edit]

  • "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. 


  1. ^ "Internet Book List :: Author Information: David R. Palmer". Iblist.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  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. ^ "Compton Crook Award Winners". Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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) 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. 
  8. ^ "April 2008 Amazon.com comment on Emergence by David R. Palmer". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

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