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Hammer’s Slammers

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mongoose Role Playing Game

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

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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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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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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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