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Lists of Dave’s Books and Short Fiction: *Novels & Collected Stories – Chronological list *Novels & Collected Stories – Alphabetical List *Books for which Dave wrote the outlines *Books/Anthologies edited by David Drake *Dave’s short fiction: Chronological by first publication date … Continue reading

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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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Novels & Collected Stories – Alphabetical List

Dave’s novels and anthologies (first editions)  in alphabetical order: ACTIVE MEASURES (with Janet Morris) (Baen/1985) AIR AND DARKNESS  The Books of the Elements (Tor/2015) Dave’s comments ALL THE WAY TO THE GALLOWS (Baen/1996) Dave’s Comments ARC RIDERS (with Janet Morris) (Warner/1995) … Continue reading

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Novel Plot Outlines

Updated February 2014 Dave wrote detailed plot outlines (5,000-15,000 words) plots for other writers to develop into novels. As Dave says, “They did the real work of developing the outline into a novel. I don’t consider my involvement to be … Continue reading

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Books Edited by Dave

Armageddon. D. Drake, B. S. Mosiman and M. H. Greenberg, eds. 1998,  Baen. Battlestation Book One. D. Drake and B. Fawcett, eds. Battlestation Series. 1992, Ace. ——— reprinted in Battlestations. D. Drake and B. Fawcett, eds. 2011, Prime Books. Battlestation: … Continue reading

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Short Fiction – Chronological List

Denkirch, Travellers by Night (anth), 1967 Lord of the Depths, Dark Things (anth), 1971 Arclight, F&SF, April, 1973 The Song of the Bone, Whispers (mag), December, 1973 The Shortest Way, Whispers (mag), March, 1974 Killer (with Karl Edward Wagner), Midnight … Continue reading

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Short Fiction – Alphabetical List

“Airborne All the Way!” Tapestries: An Anthology, K. Ice, ed. 1995, New York NY: HarperPrism. ——— All the Way to the Gallows. 1996, Riverdale, NY: Baen ——— This is My Funniest 2: Leading Science Fiction Writers Present Their Funniest Stories … Continue reading

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Essays

Essays and Miscellaneous Writings updated March 2015 “Accidentally and By the Back Door” The New York Review of Science Fiction, 2004. 17:3(195): p. 17-18. ——— The Complete Hammer’s Slammers v.1. 2006, San Francisco CA: Night Shade Books. ——— The Complete … Continue reading

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All the Way to the Gallows

This is a collection of my humorous SF and fantasy. To my delight it sold very well. There’s really a lot of humor in my other fiction, but it tends to get lost in the other things that are going … Continue reading

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Balefires

Contents of Balefires: A Land of Romance Arclight Awakening Best of Luck Black Iron Blood Debt Children of the Forest The Master of Demons Denkirch Firefight Lord of the Depths Men Like Us

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Birds of Prey

BIRDS OF PREY was the first novel I tried to write. It was a very long time before I succeeded, but I think in this case the wait was worth it. While I was still in law school I got … Continue reading

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Bridgehead

BRIDGEHEAD was my first attempt to write what I think of as mainstream SF: a novel about a scientific experiment without any tanks or legions or swordsmen or spies. The genesis of the plot was a friend telling me about … Continue reading

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Codex

Though this was published (by the Sidecar Preservation Society) in both hardcover and saddle-stapled editions, it’s actually a short story which I drafted in 1967 but didn’t bother to type into submission form. (My webmaster typed it for this edition, … Continue reading

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Dagger

DAGGER was an important book for me in various odd ways. In the Fall of 1979 I ran into Bob Asprin when we were both boarding an airplane to return from a convention (probably World Fantasy Con in Providence, 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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The Dragon Lord

THE DRAGON LORD was my first novel. There was a heroic fantasy boom in the latter ’70s. andy offutt (as he then styled himself) had a contract with Zebra Books to write novels about the Robert E. Howard character Cormac … Continue reading

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The Forlorn Hope

THE FORLORN HOPE started in 1980 with a phone call from Susan Allison, who had just taken over as SF editor of Ace Books after Jim Baen left. Ace hired her away from Pocket Books, but earlier she’d been Jim’s … Continue reading

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Fortress

FORTRESS is the only solo book I’ve written when I didn’t want to write it. When Jim Baen left Tor Books to found his own publishing house, Baen Books, I intended to continue working for both men. (They’re both friends … Continue reading

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From the Heart of Darkness

My original title for this collection was BALEFIRES. Jim Baen asked me to change it late in the process because a big-budget book of that title was due out shortly. I may use the title on the planned Fedogan & … Continue reading

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Grimmer Than Hell

COMING HOME BY THE LONG WAY A few years ago I collected my humorous stories in All the Way to the Gallows.” In my introduction I admitted that I wasn’t best known for writing humor. This is what I’m best … Continue reading

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The Hunter Returns

The Hunter Returns. With J. Kjelgaard 1991, Riverdale, NY: Baen. Reprint with new Introduction, 2015, Riverdale, NY: Baen  SLAUGHTERING EARLY HUMANS FOR FUN AND (A SLIGHT) PROFIT This essay describes how and why I wrote my parts of THE HUNTER … Continue reading

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The Jungle

THE JUNGLE grew out of the series of Tor dos-a-dos double novels which I discuss in my comments on Surface Action. You can check the background there, so I won’t repeat myself. Tor had terminated that series, but my plan … Continue reading

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Killer

KILLER holds a lot of memories for me, most of them bad. Sometimes things work out that way. August Derleth died in 1971. His small press, Arkham House, was the only market to which I’d sold fiction. F&SF published some … Continue reading

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Lacey and His Friends

I’ve had a lot of good book covers. I’ve never had a cover better than Steve Hickman’s for this volume. The three Lacey stories are harsher than anything else I’ve written. It’s probably not a coincidence that I wrote them … Continue reading

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Loose Cannon

In 2011, Baen Books reprinted the paired Tom Kelly thrillers (SKYRIPPER and FORTRESS) as an omnitrade under the combined title LOOSE CANNON .  The mass market paperback is due out August 2012. Tom Doherty really liked Tom Kelly; I didn’t, … Continue reading

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The Military Dimension and MARK II

I’ve written quite a lot of military SF. This collection (and its expanded reissue Mark II) weren’t intended to collect all of it (that would take a very big book, even for the short fiction) but rather to show the … Continue reading

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Night & Demons

Cover art: Alan Pollack My earliest published fiction was fantasy and horror. I stopped writing horror in about 1980 as I started to get my head up from Viet Nam. The horror boom of the ’80s that followed the success … Continue reading

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Northworld, Vengeance, and Justice

I wrote NORTHWORLD because Beth Fleisher, a wonderful editor, told me as I rose after we’d had breakfast at a convention that if I ever wanted to do something for a larger house than Baen Books, she at Ace would … Continue reading

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Old Nathan

OLD NATHAN is a book I wrote for myself. There’ve been books that didn’t do as well as I’d hoped (The Sea Hag is a striking example), but I think Old Nathan is the only one I wrote in 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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Other Times Than Peace

Contents: Lambs to the Slaughter Men Like Us The Day of Glory The Interrogation Team A Death in Peacetime Dreams in Amber Safe to Sea The Murder of Halley’s Comet The Hunting Ground The False Prophet A Grand Tour Other … Continue reading

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Patriots

The new edition of Patriots, packaged as a YA trade paperback, is out (September 2016) from Baen. It has a new Tom Kidd cover with an airship (both Tom and I like airships). PATRIOTS was the idea of Tor’s publisher, … Continue reading

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Ranks of Bronze

RANKS OF BRONZE arose from two bits of knowledge I ran into while I was an undergraduate. I don’t know which came first, but I wouldn’t have written the story–and the later novel–without both occurring. I read all of Horace … Continue reading

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The Reaches: Igniting the Reaches, Through the Breach & Fireships

INTRODUCTION: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY I’m a very organized writer–insanely organized, one might say, and we’ll get back to that in a moment. I take extensive notes before I start plotting, and I do very detailed plots (usually in … Continue reading

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Redliners

A 20th anniversary edition of REDLINERS is out from Baen July 2016 with a new introduction. Redliners is possibly the best thing I’ve written. It’s certainly the most important thing, both to me personally and to the audience I particularly … Continue reading

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The Sea Hag

THE SEA HAG was one of my attempts to write a commercially successful book that was different from anything I’d done before. The closest analog to my plan was The Dying Earth series by Jack Vance: a world in which … Continue reading

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Skyripper

SKYRIPPER was a more important book for me than I’d realized until this moment. In 1981 I was driving a bus for the Town of Chapel Hill, having decided that being a lawyer was killing me–and quitting the law business. … Continue reading

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The Square Deal

THE SQUARE DEAL started when a friend noticed that many publishers had books based on games but that Tor did not. She sold Tom Doherty, Tor’s publisher, on the idea of books set in the Car Wars universe of Steve … Continue reading

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Starliner

STARLINER is a book I wrote for myself. It isn’t exactly that Jim Baen didn’t want it, but he sure didn’t want it as much as he wanted another Hammer volume from me. I’m best known–at least I was before … Continue reading

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Team Yankee

In 1987 Team Yankee, a novel by Harold Coyle set in the world of Sir John Hackett’s The Third World War of 1985, became successful in hardcover. Berkley Books bought the paperback rights and teamed with First Comics to bring … 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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Surface Action

SURFACE ACTION came about because Marty Greenberg was packaging a series of dos-a-dos short novels for Tor Books, pairing a classic with new work by a contemporary author. He suggested that I write a sequel to Clash By Night, written … Continue reading

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Time Safari and Tyrannosaur

Contents of TIME SAFARI Calibration Run Time Safari Boundary Layer Afterword: The Sixty-Five Million Years Afterword In 1993 Tom Doherty got the notion of reissuing this volume with a new story containing elements which he specified to replace Calibration Run, … Continue reading

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Vettius and His Friends

I started writing with heroic fantasies either explicitly set during the classical past or closely modeled on that past. Black Iron was the fourth story I sold and the first that I consider to be really publishable. These aren’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Window of Opportunity

In 1983, Jim Baen heard Newt Gingrich, then a junior congressman from Georgia, speak at Balticon. Jim was so impressed that he signed Newt up to do a book setting forth his vision for the future in a series of … Continue reading

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