Hammer's Slammers

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Hammer's Slammers
First edition
Author David Drake
Cover artist Paul Alexander
Country United States
Language English
Series Hammerverse
Genre Military science fiction
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 273 pp (Paperback edition)
ISBN 0-441-31593-3
OCLC 38856076
Preceded by None (first in the series)
Followed by Cross the Stars

Hammer's Slammers is a 1979 collection of military science fiction short stories by author David Drake. It follows the career of a future mercenary tank regiment called Hammer's Slammers, after their leader, Colonel Alois Hammer. This collection, and other novels and stories in the same setting, are collectively called the Hammer stories, and the setting is called the Slammers universe or the Hammerverse.

Drake based the Hammer's Slammers on his service with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970,[1] however Drake also borrows plots from historical or mythological sources for many of the Hammer's Slammers stories as with his other work. For example, he retells the story of Jason and the Argonauts in The Voyage, and part of the Odyssey in Cross the Stars. Other stories borrow from pulp-era fiction (The Sharp End is based on Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest).


  1. ^ "Hammer's Slammers". david-drake.com. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 

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