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Newsletter #99

DRAKE’S NEWSLETTER 99: September 5, 2017 Dear People, I’ve almost roughed out the plot of the next novel. It will need to be polished and greatly expanded before I begin writing. The current working title is Storm and Courage, and … Continue reading

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What are you working on now?

What are you working on now? I’ve almost roughed out the plot of the next novel. It will need to be polished and greatly expanded before I begin writing. The current working title is Storm and Courage, and it’s still … Continue reading

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Newsletter #98

NEWSLETTER #98: July 5, 2017 Dear People, I’m just back from Libertycon, so this newsletter is a hair late. The biggest news since #97 is that the novel I’ve been working on–THOUGH HELL SHOULD BAR THE WAY–has been edited into … Continue reading

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Baen Free Radio Hour: Starliner

BFRH 2017 06 23: David Drake discusses Starliner, his science fiction novel that’s now reissued in trade paperback with an excellent new cover by Dominic Harmon. Drake talks about the genesis of the book, discusses the characters and plot, and … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary Trip to the Catskills

My wife Jo and I went to the Catskills for our 50th anniversary. I’m much taken by art of the Hudson River School. This was a chance to explore the settings that provided not only subjects for painters but the … Continue reading

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Though Hell Should Bar the Way

A new  adventure with Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy from the viewpoint of a new member of the team, due out from Baen April 2018. Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when … Continue reading

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Amores II:20

Amores II:20 You don’t need to watch your wife, fool. That just plays into my hands and makes me want her the more. Whatever is permitted becomes unattractive. What isn’t permitted burns even hotter. Love becomes cold if another permits … Continue reading

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Newsletter #97

DRAKE’S NEWSLETTER 97: May 9, 2017 Dear People, I’ve finished the rough draft of THOUGH HELL SHOULD BAR THE WAY. The process didn’t kill me, but it sure ate my life for the past few months. Part of this is … Continue reading

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The Spark

A new stand-alone novel to be released by Baen November 2017. In the time of the Ancients the universe was united, but even what still survives is shattered into enclaves–some tiny, some ruined, some wild. Into the gaps between settlements, … Continue reading

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Trading Card!

Walter Day has created a David Drake trading card for his collection at http://thewalterdaycollection.com/collection/gallery/category/science-fiction    

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Starliner

2017 update: Baen is bringing out my 1992 Starliner as a trade paperback with a new cover by Dominic Harman. This was a book I wrote for myself–it was one of my frequent attempts to get noticed as something besides … Continue reading

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Dave: Before and After Greece

Dave, upon arrival in Venice for the trip to Greece, May 21, 2016: And a happy, but worn out Dave, ready for the flight home, June 4, 2016: See his trip report at http://david-drake.com/greece-2016/

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Newsletter #96

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 96: March 1, 2017 Dear People, Well, the big news is that I seem to have gotten up to normal production in my writing. Though Hell Should Bar the Way is above 70K in draft and is proceeding … Continue reading

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Newsletter #95

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 95: January 5, 2017 Dear People, I seem to be starting the new year with a notable lack of enthusiasm. This is my fault, not that of the world. There’s certainly enough bad with the world, but there … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings 2016

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Newsletter #94

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 94: November, 2016 Dear People, Usually my big news is what’s happening with my current work. This time the big news is what happened to my most recent work, the novel I completed for Tor. It will instead … Continue reading

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Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is one of America’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture and is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States. The Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 after 22 years of construction. From the nearly … Continue reading

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Topiary Garden, Columbus OH

The Topiary Garden is a living recreation of Georges Seurat’s famous post-Impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte.

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Baen Free Radio Hour: Patriots

BFRH 2016 10 07: David Drake on the new young adult edition of Patriots; and David Drake’s The Sea Without a Shore Part 19 David Drake discusses the young adult edition of his science fiction novel Patriots. And more from … Continue reading

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Newsletter #93.5

Newsletter #93.5 October 3, 2016 Dear People, All is well, but there won’t be a real newsletter till next month. The main reason for the delay is that my webmaster Karen, who does the work of getting it out, is … Continue reading

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Photos of Dave

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Baen Free Radio Hour: Redliners 20th Anniversary Edition

BFRH 2016 08 26: David Drake on Redliners 20th Anniversary Edition; and David Drake’s The Sea Without a Shore Part 13 David Drake discusses Redliners 20th Anniversary Edition. Redliners is considered by most to be a military science fiction classic … Continue reading

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Newsletter #93

NEWSLETTER 93: August 4, 2016 Dear People, I’m not exactly back to normal from our trip to Greece, but I’m getting there. Still no trip report, but that will come. I did do the absolute top priority, though: finish Reconquest, … Continue reading

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Amores II:19

Amores II:19 You direct your song to angry Achilles, Macer, and don arms in your opening verse with the leaders combined at Troy. For my own part, I slip into the ignoble shadows of Venus; delicate Cupid shatters my intentions … Continue reading

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3 Drakes 2016

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Newsletter #92

NEWSLETTER #92: June 8, 2016 Dear People, This is a trifle late and will probably be short, for the same reason in both cases: my wife and I just got back from two weeks in Greece. That’s the big news … Continue reading

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Danish Interview

A Dane named Martin Juergensen asked to reprint on his website my 1975 report on the first World Fantasy Con, and then asked me some follow-up questions on it. This was unexpected, but it was fun to revisit that time. … Continue reading

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Baen Free Radio Hour : Interview and Audio of The Sea Without A Shore

Baen Free Radio Hour Name: BFRH 2016 06 03: David Drake on Death’s Bright Day; and David Drake’s The Sea Without a Shore Part 1 Description: David Drake discusses Death’s Bright Day, the latest entry in his RCN science fiction … Continue reading

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Newsletter #91

Drake Newsletter #91: 6 April, 2016 Dear People, You know, one of the things I’ve told myself for the past few years on New Year’s Eve is, “Well, nobody close to me died this year.” Then this January David Hartwell, … Continue reading

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Amores II:18

Amores II:18 If any of you think it’s disgraceful that a man be the slave of a woman, then you can just call me a disgrace. I’m willing to be dishonored so long as Venus, who holds Paphos and wave-washed … Continue reading

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Newsletter #90

NEWSLETTER #90: February 3, 2016 Dear People, I guess my big news is that I’ve completed the plot for the new Tor series (which is space opera in the same fashion that Northworld is space opera). (No, it isn’t anything … Continue reading

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A Ka-Bar Kukri

Dave, with his Christmas gift from Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf.

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Book Series

Hammer’s Slammers The Hammer’s Slammers series of Military SF stories and novels focus on a mercenary armored regiment in the 30th century. I based the fiction on my experience in 1970 with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Viet-Nam and … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings 2015

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Newsletter #89

NEWSLETTER #89 December 1, 2015 Dear People, Lots of news this time around. Most important to me is that I’ve started plotting the next novel, a completely different space opera for Tor. It’s early days yet, but the business is … Continue reading

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WFC 2015

From the 2015 World Fantasy Con, Saratoga Springs NY

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Death’s Bright Day

This is the Steve Hickman cover painting for DEATH’S BRIGHT DAY, the 11th RCN space opera. I’ve really liked the feel of Steve’s work for this series, and I particularly like this one. I’m very fortunate in my cover art. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #88

NEWSLETTER 88: October 1, 2015 Dear People, First, this is late (we’re starting a new two-month schedule with it) because of timing rather than anything really bad. I went to England at the end of August, and my webmaster Karen … Continue reading

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England 2015

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Map of the Isles

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Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses form an epic poem out of scores of mythological stories. These are welded into a savage attack on unbridled power like that which the Emperor Augustus was accumulating at the time Ovid wrote. The individual stories are the … Continue reading

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Amores

The Amores are three volumes of lyric poems, focused primarily on the poet’s relationship with his mistress Corinna.

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Newsletter #87

Newsletter 87: July 7, 2015 Dear People, I continue to chunk forward on DEATH’S BRIGHT DAY, the next RCN space opera. I’m at over 80K as I write this. I’ll have more to say about this at the end of … Continue reading

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Father’s Day, 2015

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Newsletter #86

NEWSLETTER 86: May 5, 2015 Dear People, Death’s Bright Day, the next RCN space opera, is chunking along. I’m at 37.4K this morning (but am taking a break to write this newsletter). I trimmed the plot before I started; now … Continue reading

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Air and Darkness

Air and Darkness is the fourth and final book in the Books of the Elements Series. It will be available November 2015 from Tor. The setting of this novel and of the series, The Books of the Elements, is the … Continue reading

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Onward Drake!

 Onward, Drake! Baen Books published a tribute book in conjunction with World Fantasy Con in November 2015, where Dave, who turned 70 that year, was a Special Guest. There are stories and essays from John Lambshead, Cecelia Holland, Barry Malzberg, … Continue reading

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3 Drakes 2015

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A Martial Poem

When Tony Daniel, Baen editor, requested Dave to read a martial poem for the Baen Free Radio Hour podcast, Dave took it literally and recorded a poem by Marcus Valerius Martialis. He read the original Latin poem (Book 4 #18) … Continue reading

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Newsletter #85

NEWSLETTER 85: March 6, 2015 Dear People, I have a complete plot for the next RCN space opera. Furthermore, I have a title: Into Death’s Bright Day. I’m going to give the plot another pass to smooth things out so … Continue reading

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