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|Born||David Mark Weber
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, War God series|
David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He has written several science-fiction and fantasy books series, the best known of which is the Honor Harrington science-fiction series. His first novel, which he worked on with Steve White, sold in 1989 to Baen books. Baen remains Weber's major publisher.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 24, 1952, 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.
Weber's first published novels grew out of his work as a wargame 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.
Weber was influenced by C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian, Keith Laumer, H. Beam Piper, Robert A. Heinlein, Roger Zelazny, Christopher Anvil and Anne McCaffrey He has in turn influenced such writers as Steve White, John Ringo, Eric Flint and Walter Jon Williams.
Weber's 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.
Weber prefers to write about strong characters. He develops a character's background story in advance in considerable detail because he wants to achieve that degree of comfort level with the character. Weber has said he writes primarily in the evenings and at night.
Weber says he makes an effort to accept as many invitations to science fiction conferences and conventions as he can, because he finds the direct feedback from readers that he gets at conventions 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, Weber said 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.
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- Anvil, Christopher (April 2003). "Introduction by David Weber". The Interstellar Patrol. Edited by Eric Flint, Cover art by Mark Hennessey-Barratt. Riverdale, NY: Baen Publishing Enterprises. p. 3. ISBN 0-7434-3600-8.
- John Joseph Adams (May 7, 2007). "David Weber takes readers on a tour Off Armageddon Reef and discusses writing, religion and responsibility". SCI FI Weekly. SciFi.com. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- "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.
- An Interview with David Weber, Part 4 (YouTube Video). Blackfive TV. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Blackfive video interview with David Weber". Baen.
- Suciu, Liviu. "Interview with David Weber (Interviewed by Liviu Suciu)". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer (2007). The Space Opera Renaissance. Macmillan, p.145
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