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David Drake


(David Allen Drake)
USA flag (1945 - 2023)

The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave described war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wished he had a less interesting background.
 

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
 
Series
Hammer's Slammers
   1. Hammer's Slammers (1979)
   2. At Any Price (1985)
   3. Counting the Cost (1987)
   4. Rolling Hot (1989)
   5. The Warrior (1991)
   6. The Sharp End (1993)
   7. Cross the Stars (1984)
   8. The Voyage (1994)
   10. Paying the Piper (2002)
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Tom Kelly
   1. Skyripper (1983)
   2. Fortress (1987)
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Northworld
   1. Northworld (1990)
   2. Vengeance (1991)
   3. Justice (1992)
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Seas of Venus
   1. Surface Action (1990)
   2. The Jungle (1991)
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General (Raj Whitehall)
   1. The Forge (1991) (with S M Stirling)
   2. The Hammer (1992) (with S M Stirling)
   3. The Anvil (1993) (with S M Stirling)
   4. The Steel (1993) (with S M Stirling)
   5. The Sword (1995) (with S M Stirling)
   6. The Chosen (1996) (with S M Stirling)
   7. The Reformer (1999) (with S M Stirling)
   8. The Tyrant (2002) (with Eric Flint)
   9. The Heretic (2013) (with Tony Daniel)
   10. The Savior (2014) (with Tony Daniel)
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Reaches
   1. Igniting the Reaches (1994)
   2. Through the Breach (1995)
   3. Fireships (1996)
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ARC Riders (with Janet Morris)
   1. ARC Riders (1995)
   2. The Fourth Rome (1996)
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Lord of the Isles
   1. Lord of the Isles (1997)
   2. Queen of Demons (1998)
   3. Servant of the Dragon (1999)
   4. Mistress of the Catacombs (2001)
   5. Goddess of the Ice Realm (2003)
   6. Master of the Cauldron (2004)
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Belisarius (with Eric Flint)
   1. An Oblique Approach (1998)
   2. In the Heart of Darkness (1998)
   3. Destiny's Shield (1999)
   4. Fortune's Stroke (2000)
   5. The Tide of Victory (2001)
   6. The Dance of Time (2006)
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Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN)
   1. With the Lightnings (1998)
   2. Lt. Leary, Commanding (2000)
   3. The Far Side of The Stars (2003)
   4. The Way to Glory (2005)
   5. Some Golden Harbor (2006)
   6. When the Tide Rises (2008)
   7. In the Stormy Red Sky (2009)
   8. What Distant Deeps (2010)
   9. The Road of Danger (2012)
   10. The Sea Without a Shore (2014)
   11. Death's Bright Day (2016)
   12. Though Hell Should Bar the Way (2018)
   13. To Clear Away the Shadows (2019)
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Belisarius Omnibus (with Eric Flint)
   1. Thunder at Dawn (2008)
   2. Storm at Noontide (2009)
   3. The Flames of Sunset (2009)
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Books of the Elements
   1. The Legions of Fire (2010)
   2. Out of the Waters (2011)
   3. Monsters of the Earth (2013)
   4. Air and Darkness (2015)
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Citizen (with John Lambshead)
   1. Into the Hinterlands (2011)
   2. Into the Maelstrom (2015)
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Time of Heroes
   1. The Spark (2017)
   2. The Storm (2019)
   3. The Serpent (2021)
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Novels
   The Dragon Lord (1979)
   Birds of Prey (1984)
   The Forlorn Hope (1984)
   Active Measures (1985) (with Janet Morris)
   Strangers and Lovers (1985)
   Killer (1985) (with Karl Edward Wagner)
   Bridgehead (1986)
   Lacey and His Friends (1986)
   Kill Ratio (1987) (with Janet Morris)
   The Sea Hag (1988)
   Vettius and His Friends (1989)
   Target (1989) (with Janet Morris)
   The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny (1990) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   The Hunter Returns (1991) (with Jim Kjelgaard)
   Old Nathan (1991)
   Starliner (1992)
   Tyrannosaur (1994)
   Enemy of My Enemy (1995) (with Ben Ohlander)
   Redliners (1996)
   All the Way to the Gallows (1996)
   Patriots (1996)
   Other Times Than Peace (2006)
   Dinosaurs & A Dirigible (2014)
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Collections
   Time Safari (1982)
   From the Heart of Darkness (1983)
   The Military Dimension (1991)
   The Military Dimension Mark II (1995)
   The Warmasters (2002) (with Eric Flint and David Weber)
   Grimmer Than Hell (2003)
   Mountain Magic (2004) (with others)
   Balefires (2007)
   Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories (2011) (with others)
   Night & Demons (2012)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Up From Hell (2016)
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Anthologies edited
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Anthology series
Starhunters
   1. Men Hunting Things (1988)
   2. Things Hunting Men (1988)
   3. Bluebloods (1990)
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Fleet (with Bill Fawcett)
   1. The Fleet (1988)
   2. Counterattack (1988)
   3. Breakthrough (1989)
   4. Sworn Allies (1990)
   5. Total War (1990)
   6. Crisis (1991)
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Battlestation (with Bill Fawcett)
   1. Battlestation (1992)
   2. Vanguard (1993)
   Battlestations (2011)
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Series contributed to
Ranks of Bronze
   1. Ranks of Bronze (1986)
   2. Foreign Legions (2001) (with Eric Flint and David Weber)
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Heroes in Hell
   8. Masters in Hell (1987) (with others)
   12. Explorers in Hell (1989) (with Janet Morris)
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Harriers
   2. Blood and War (1993) (with others)
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Non fiction show
 
Omnibus editions show
 
David Drake recommends
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Lord of a Shattered Land (2023)
(Chronicles of Hanuvar, book 1)
Howard Andrew Jones
"This wonderful work put me in mind of the stories I read when I was editing Baen's Robert E. Howard library."
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Second Chance Angel (2020)
(Last Stop Station, book 1)
Griffin Barber and Kacey Ezell
"In Second Chance Angel, a pair of badly damaged combat veterans team up to find the kidnapped woman who is crucial to both of them. One vet was an enlisted grunt. The other was an officer's artificial intelligence. Vivid action and intelligent backgrounds as the team unravels a criminal conspiracy that goes well above their pay grades."
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Crusade (2019)
(Exile , book 3)
Glynn Stewart
"A detailed and very intelligent exploration of the realities of society."

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Books containing stories by David Drake
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Blood, Sweat, and Steel (2023)
Tales of Future Combat and Mechanized Warfare
edited by
Mark Greene
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Sense of Wonder (2023)
A Century of Science Fiction
edited by
Leigh Ronald Grossman

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Award nominations
1998 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Lord of the Isles
1976 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : The Barrow Troll


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