Category Archives: Book Series

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Road of Danger

AUTHOR’S NOTE I use both English and Metric weights and measures in the RCN series to suggest the range of diversity which I believe would exist in a galaxy-spanning civilization. I do not, however, expect either actual system to be … Continue reading

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Voyage Across the Stars

“Two incandescent novels of journey and battle across the stars set in David Drake’s best-selling Hammer’s Slammers universe together for the first time in one mega-volume.”  –Amazon Book Description. Baen’s combined volume due out January 3 2012 reprints Cross the Stars … Continue reading

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Another Method of Plotting

Written for the Tor/Forge July 2011 Newsletter Last year when Tor asked me for an essay to accompany the publication of The Legions of Fire, the first of my Books of the Elements fantasy series, I explained that riding a … Continue reading

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Into the Hinterlands

Baen Books has posted a Teacher’s Guide for Into the Hinterlands. Into the Hinterlands–the first book in The Citizen Series– is a space opera built around cultural situations very similar to those obtained during the youth of George Washington. John … Continue reading

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Out of the Waters

Out of the Waters is the second in the Books of the Elements fantasy series from Tor. AUTHOR’S NOTE Out of the Waters is set in a fictional city named Carce (pronounced CAR-see). Things occur in this novel and in … Continue reading

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Has there been any gaming interests in your books?

Yes, in several fashions. Mayfair Games brought out a Hammer’s Slammers board game back in the ’80s. Intracorps licensed electronic game rights to Hammer’s Slammers in the mid ’90s. They got seriously into development, but they were overextended and went … Continue reading

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What’s the connection between the novella A Grand Tour and the RCN series?

Dave Weber asked me for a novella for his first shared universe anthology set in the Honor Harrington universe (Worlds of Honor). I’d been thinking of doing a series of space operas based on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, so I … Continue reading

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What’s the relationship between Joachim Steuben of the Hammer series and Johann Vierziger?

Vierziger is named in a manner of speaking after the Mifune character in Sanjuro where he takes an obvious alias from the chrysanthemum trees growing in the garden. My intent was to do something that had no obvious natural explanation … Continue reading

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Are you going to write more Hammer stories?

I’ll probably do more, but I don’t have current plans.

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Hammer’s Slammers Wargaming Handbooks

Hammer’s Slammers Handbooks In 2010 Pireme Publishing launched the definitive guide to wargaming the characters and actions in David Drake’s Hammer’s Slammers books. Hammer’s Slammers – The Crucible contains: • A unique Slammers story introduction by David Drake • Character … Continue reading

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The Motorcycle Way to Complex Plotting

  Written for the Tor/Forge May 2010 Newsletter THE MOTORCYCLE WAY TO COMPLEX PLOTTING Writers use various tools in their work. One of my tools is my motorcycle. Well, plural: my motorcycles. Bikers learn quickly that if they expect to … Continue reading

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The Complete Hammer’s Slammers – Volume 3

This volume contains the last two Hammer Novels: The Sharp End (1993) and Paying the Piper (2002) as well as new artwork, and a new Slammers story, “The Darkness.” Volume 3 features an introduction by Barry Malzberg and includes Jim … Continue reading

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The Complete Hammer’s Slammers – Volume 2

This volume features the first four Hammer Novels: At Any Price (1985), Counting the Cost (1987), Rolling Hot (1989) and The Warrior (1991) as well as new artwork and new interstitial material. Volume 2 also features an Introduction by David … Continue reading

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Paying the Piper

I’ve always found it easier to use real settings and cultures than to invent my own. No matter how good a writer’s imagination, the six or seven millennia of available human history can do a better job of creating backgrounds. … Continue reading

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The Warrior

The Warrior. Hammer’s Slammers Series. 1991, Riverdale, NY: Baen. 275 p. 0671720589 (pb). $4.95 ——— with Counting the Cost (audiobook), Audible.com, 2011 includes two pieces: “The Warrior” also available in: ————– Caught in the Crossfire. 1998, Riverdale, NY: Baen ————– … Continue reading

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Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost. Hammer’s Slammers Series. 1987, Riverdale, NY: Baen. 267 p. 0671653555. $3.50. Also available in: ————– Caught in the Crossfire. 1998, Riverdale, NY: Baen. ————– The Complete Hammer’s Slammers, v.2. 2006, San Francisco, CA: Night Shade Books. ————– … Continue reading

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At Any Price

1985, Riverdale, NY: Baen. 0-671-55978-8 ——- with Rolling Hot (audiobook),  Audible.com, 2011 Contains three short pieces: “At Any Price” also available in: ————– The Butcher’s Bill. 1998, Riverdale, NY: Baen. ————– The Complete Hammer’s Slammers, v.2. 2006, San Francisco, CA: Night … Continue reading

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Cross the Stars

AFTERWORD: WHERE I GET MY IDEAS If you decide to write about far-famed Achilles, make him active, hot-tempered, inexorable, and fierce; let him deny that laws were made for him, let him think his sword rules all. –Horace, The Art … Continue reading

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The Books of the Elements

updated 30 April 2014 The Books of the Elements are a series of four fantasy novels set in a city and empire named Carce, which very similar to that of Rome in 30 ad. I wanted to create a setting … Continue reading

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RCN Series

WITH THE LIGHTNINGS (Baen/1998) LT LEARY, COMMANDING (Baen/2000) THE FAR SIDE OF THE STARS (Baen/2003) THE WAY TO GLORY (Baen/2005) SOME GOLDEN HARBOR (Baen/2006) WHEN THE TIDE RISES (Baen/2008) IN THE STORMY RED SKY (Baen/2009) WHAT DISTANT DEEPS (Baen/2010) THE … Continue reading

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Hammer’s Slammers Series

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 Cambodia. HAMMER’S … Continue reading

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What Distant Deeps

I’ll start out with what in my days as a lawyer we would call boilerplate: I use both English and Metric weights and measures in the RCN series to suggest the range of diversity which I believe would exist in … Continue reading

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The Legions of Fire

The Legions of Fire is the first of a quartet of fantasies in The Books of the Elements series from Tor. First and foremost, The Legions of Fire is a novel about a fictional city named Carce (pronounced CAR-see) and … Continue reading

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Belisarius Series

Eric Flint wrote these books from Dave’s plot outlines: An Oblique Approach. 1998,  Baen. In the Heart of Darkness.  1998, Baen. Destiny’s Shield.  1999, Baen. Fortune’s Stroke.  2000, Baen. The Tide of Victory. . 2001, Baen. The Dance of Time.  2006, Baen. 

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Mongoose Role Playing Game

Available from Mongoose Publishing (June 2009) as part of their Traveller Series of games.

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In the Stormy Red Sky

I learned with the first book of the RCN series, With the Lightnings, that I have to explain that I use English and Metric weights and measures as a convenience to readers, not because I think the same systems will … Continue reading

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Five Firebases

Dave’s original introduction to the Hammer’s Slammers Role-Playing game rules for Mongoose. The version as printed drops the title and was edited for length. FIVE FIREBASES I was very pleased when I got the materials for the Hammer’s Slammers role-playing … Continue reading

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When the Tide Rises

The genesis of my RCN novels was Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful Aubrey/Maturin series, set during and after the Napoleonic Wars. It therefore won’t surprise many of you to find a number of plot points common to O’Brian’s last novels and When … Continue reading

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Drake’s Hammer

Miniature wargamer Mike Buonagurio created a blower command tank named Drake’s Hammer, using the head from one of the rare Drake figures from Ground Zero Games attached to a Slammers tank commander body.

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Some Golden Harbor

I’ve based the setting of Some Golden Harbor on political and military events taking place during the early 5th century BC in Southern Italy (Aricia, Cumae, and the Etruscan federation). All right, that’s a little obscure even for me, but … Continue reading

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The Complete Hammer’s Slammers – Volume 1

This volume features all of the Hammer’s Slammer short fiction, as well as all of the interstitial material from the original Slammers collection, new artwork and new interstitial material. Volume 1 also features an introduction by Gene Wolfe and an original Slammers story, … Continue reading

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The Sharp End

THE SHARP END is a book many people tell me is one of their favorites; they’re generally surprised to learn I don’t have a high opinion of it myself. I’ve given various reasons for my ill feelings, all of them … Continue reading

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The Way to Glory

The general political background of the RCN series is that of Europe in the mid-18th century, with admixtures of late-Republican Rome. (There’s a surprising degree of congruence between British and Roman society in those periods.) Major plot elements in The … Continue reading

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Hammer’s Slammers Gaming, England 2004

Pictures from Salute in 2004, a wargames show held by the South London Warlords. Accompanies England Travel Narrative

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The Far Side of the Stars

One of the problems when you’re writing of either the past or the future is ‘How much should I translate?’ I don’t mean simply language: there’s a whole complex of things that people within any society take for granted but … Continue reading

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Lt. Leary Commanding

I’m using English and Metric weights and measures throughout Lt. Leary Commanding, as I did in With the Lightnings.  I wouldn’t bother mentioning this, but the decision seems to concern some people.  I’m doing it for the same reason that … Continue reading

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The Voyage

THE VOYAGE is space opera based on the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes, with embellishments from other classical writers who touched on legends of Jason and the Argonauts. It’s a sequel of sorts to Cross the Stars–a minor character from … Continue reading

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Rolling Hot

ROLLING HOT–the title is from military aviation, meaning the aircraft is moving to the attack with ordnance ready to fire–is based very loosely on Tet of ’68. That’s an event I’m glad to have missed, but a number of the … Continue reading

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Hammer’s Slammers (1979)

HAMMER’S SLAMMERS is a short story collection, not a novel, and my first book. It made it possible for me to become a full-time writer, though I didn’t realize it at the time. I’d sold a story as an undergraduate, … Continue reading

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The Tank Lords

Contents of THE TANK LORDS Under the Hammer Rolling Hot Night March Code-Name Feirefitz The Tank Lords Appendix Afterword: We Happy Few –Dave Drake The Tank Lords. Hammer’s Slammers Series. 1997, Riverdale, NY: Baen. 391 p. 0671877941 (pb). $6.99.

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With the Lightnings

The question I’m most often asked about WITH THE LIGHTNINGS is, ‘Who the hell is Cassian’? Cassian is a mistake; or rather, a series of mistakes. I used ‘Leary Daniels’ as the name of the hero of my untitled novel … Continue reading

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