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Amores II:17

Sulmo, a third portion of the Paelignian countryside, holds a piece of my heart. It’s a small region but fed by sweet waters. Even when the sun draws near in summer and cracks the Earth, and fierce Sirius, Icarus’ dog, … Continue reading

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Dave with crocodile

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Newsletter #82

Newsletter 82: September 2, 2014 Dear People, I finished! I finished Air and Darkness! Free at last! Well, it certainly felt like that. This one was slower going than most. I continued to get daily wordage, but it wasn’t as … Continue reading

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On the Land

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Newsletter #81

NEWSLETTER 81: July 11, 2014 Dear People, All is well, but I don’t have much to say. This is a placeholder just to assure people that I haven’t died or given up writing or been kidnapped by white slavers. I … Continue reading

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LibertyCon 27 2014

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Into the Maelstrom

Into the Maelstrom is the second of The Citizen Trilogy which John Lambshead is writing from my outlines using the life of George Washington as a model. The cover is by Dave Seeley. I’m quite pleased with the book and … Continue reading

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Newsletter #80

NEWSLETTER 80: May 2, 2014 Dear People, Air and Darkness, the last of the four Books of the Elements fantasies for Tor, proceeds. As usual, it isn’t rocketing along, but I’m making steady progress. And grumping a lot because I’m … Continue reading

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Submersible

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Falls of the Ohio

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Newsletter #79

NEWSLETTER 79: March 4, 2014 Dear People, I’m beavering away at Air and Darkness, the final Book of the Elements for Tor. I’m in the middle of chapter four. Things are falling into place bit by bit, as they do. … Continue reading

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The General Series (Raj Whitehall)

Various writers–Steve Stirling, Eric Flint, and Tony Daniel–developed the novels from Dave’s outlines. The General series began with The Forge in 1991 and has now reached ten volumes. Using the life of the Byzantine general Belisarius as my matrix, I … Continue reading

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Newsletter #78

NEWSLETTER # 78: January 13, 2014 Dear People, I have a rough plot for Air and Darkness! And I’m about halfway through polishing and expanding it, though there’s a lot of work to go before I start writing… but writing … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings 2013

Happy Holidays From Bucolic Chatham County From Dave

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Suzuki DL650A

My new bike, a Suzuki V-Strom 650 (DL650A). It replaces the Bandit 1200 which I simply wasn’t running hard enough to keep the engine happy. The DL650 has fuel injection and ABS, both of which are very good. The seat … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Monsters of the Earth

Written for Upcoming4.Me [online magazine] Posted 30 October 2013. The Books of the Elements combine Roman culture with regional myths, but I don’t mean regional religions. I’m building on African backgrounds and folktales in Monsters of the Earth, but there … Continue reading

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Newsletter #77

NEWSLETTER #77: November 3, 2013 Dear People, Two months ago I said I had a direction on the plot for Air and Darkness, the final novel in the Books of the Elements fantasy series for Tor. The plotting has proceeded, … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses III: 138-252 – Actaeon

Your grandson, Cadmus, was the first cause of grief for your household, though many others followed. The antlers of another species grew from his forehead and they, his own hunting dogs, were glutted with the blood of their master. But … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs & a Dirigible

This is a compilation of my five time-travel novelettes, published by Baen, September 2014. The four Henry Vickers dinosaur-hunting stories have never been published together (which is odd now that I think about it). The dirigible comes from Travellers, a … Continue reading

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Halloween Spider

The Natural World of the Drake Residence As a kid I was very frightened by spiders and insects, and even as an adult I don’t like them very much. For that reason I make a point of not smashing them … Continue reading

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Genetic pose

I have always had a suspicion that Lamarck was correct: that the giraffe wished so hard that he had a longer neck which could reach higher leaves on the acacia tree that his descendents were born with incrementally longer necks. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #76

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 76: September 1, 2013 Dear People, MONSTERS OF THE EARTH, the third of my Books of the Elements, is out from Tor. The Donato cover painting and the production treatment are just as good as they have been … Continue reading

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Amores II:16

Little ring, cincture of the finger of a pretty girl who cares for nothing save for the love of the giver, may you go as a worthy gift. May she receive you with joy and immediately slip you over her … Continue reading

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Writing Advice

Josh Sowin gathered writing advice from 14 writers on his blog. This is Dave’s advice. See http://betweenletters.quora.com/14-Writers-Handwrite-Their-Writing-Advice-on-Their-Hands

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Novels & Collected Stories – Chronological List

Dave’s novels and collections in chronological order by first publication date: HAMMER’S SLAMMERS Hammer Series (Ace/1979) Dave’s comments THE DRAGON LORD (Putnams/1979) Dave’s comments TIME SAFARI (Tor/1982) Dave’s comments FROM THE HEART OF DARKNESS (Tor/1983) Dave’s comments SKYRIPPER (Tor/1983) Dave’s … Continue reading

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Newsletter #75

NEWSLETTER 75: July 8, 2013 Dear People, I’m exhausted. In the past two months I’ve finished the rough of The Sea Without a Shore, the next RCN space opera, at 123,020 words; and I’ve spent two weeks in Italy. (I’ll … Continue reading

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The Sea Without a Shore

The Sea Without a Shore involves Daniel Leary and Adele Mundy as private citizens on a mining colony which is in rebellion against its homeworld. Their missions are to help unofficial interests on Cinnabar–but since on the one hand those … Continue reading

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Dave’s Greetings from Italy

Greetings from Italy!

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Newsletter #74

NEWSLETTER 74: April 15, 2013 Dear People, This is a trifle early, but Jo (my wife) and I are going off to Italy at the end of the month for two weeks with a couple we’ve known for about 40 … Continue reading

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Transgalactic

Transgalactic is a collection of works by A E van Vogt. Eric Flint negotiated with the van Vogt estate, and I wrote the short introduction and chatted with Eric about the contents. It contains the original versions of what as … Continue reading

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The Heretic – Signing

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Newsletter #73

NEWSLETTER 73: March 5, 2013 Dear People, I am chunking ahead on the next RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera, THE SEA WITHOUT A SHORE. More accurately, for the past couple days I’ve been slogging through mental mud on the novel, but … Continue reading

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‘Birds of Prey’ March

Kipling, and particularly Kipling’s verse, has been important to me ever since I encountered it when I started to read. (There was a copy of The Jungle Book on the folks’ shelves, along with the first three Hornblower novels and … Continue reading

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Wood pile

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Circle City Bookstore

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Manly Wade Wellman, Reporter

In many respects, Manly was as much of a journalist as he was a fiction writer. He was close to his (two years older) brother Paul for all of their mutual lives. When Manly got out of college in the … Continue reading

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Newsletter #72

NEWSLETTER 72: January 6, 2013 Dear People, The big news from my viewpoint is that I’ve completed a plot outline for the next RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera. My working title is The Sea Without a Shore, from The Barrel Organ … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses VIII:616-724 – Baucis and Philemon

Everyone fell silent in horror to hear Pirithous deny the physical existence of the gods. Lelex, a man of age and maturity, replied before others could, saying, “The power of heaven is immense and boundless: whatever the gods wish, happens. … Continue reading

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Monsters of the Earth

Monsters of the Earth, the third of the Books of the Elements, will be out in September 2013 from Tor. AUTHOR’S NOTE I intend individual volumes in The Books of the Elements to be self-standing, (though I also hope that … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings 2012

Happy Holidays From Bucolic Chatham County From Dave

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Amores II:15

What use is it that girls are deaf to the call of Mars and that they don’t wish to pick up shields and follow the brutal columns, if without war they choose weapons to wound themselves and throw their fate … Continue reading

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Newsletter #71

NEWSLETTER 71: November 6, 2012 Dear People, I fully intended when I wrote the immediately previous newsletter (70) to simply relax for a month. Believe me, I needed it. But my main form of relaxation is to read stuff, and … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Con 2012

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Pumpkins!

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A Hard Look Back

Written for Bull Spec: a magazine of speculative fiction, September 2012 ON A PANEL AT The Escapist Expo in September [2012], my friend Mark asked for a show of hands from people who hadn’t been born in 1966 when I … Continue reading

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Newsletter #70

NEWSLETTER 70: September 18, 2012 Dear People, I finished the novel! The title is now MONSTERS OF THE EARTH. I changed the title at the last moment from Demons from the Earth because I realized that though there were demons, … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses XII:210-535 – The Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths

Pirithous, the son of reckless Ixion, wed Hippodamia. He placed the wild cloud-born Centaurs at dining tables lined up in a bower of trees. The chief men of Thessaly were present and I, Nestor, was there with my folk also. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #69

NEWSLETTER 69: July 16, 2012 Dear People, This is late, not because anything awful has happened, but because I’ve been dropping stitches. Lots of stitches. The big news in this period is that we’ve gotten a Certificate of Occupancy for … Continue reading

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Look Homeward, Angel

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DSC 50, Huntsville – June 15-17, 2012

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