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Occupation  Author
Role  Author
Name  David Drake
Nationality  United States
Language  English

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Born  September 24, 1945 (age 70) (1945-09-24)
Alma mater  University of Iowa, Duke University School of Law
Genre  Science fiction, fantasy
Notable works  Hammer's Slammers, RCN Series
Education  Duke University, Duke University School of Law, University of Iowa
Awards  Phoenix Award, World Fantasy Special Award—Non-professional
Nominations  Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Locus Award for Best Short Story
Edited works  Sworn Allies, Total War, Space Dreadnoughts, Century of Horror: 1970-1979
Books  Hammer's Slammers, With the Lightnings, Lt Leary - Commanding, The Hammer, Northworld
Similar People  Eric Flint, S M Stirling, David Weber, Bill Fawcett, John Ringo

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David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.


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Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His studies at Duke University School of Law were interrupted for two years when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry (The Black Horse Regiment) in Vietnam and Cambodia. With Karl Edward Wagner and Jim Groce, he was one of the initiators of Carcosa, a small press company. He now lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.


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His best-known non-collaborative work is the Hammer's Slammers series of military science fiction. His newer Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series are space operas inspired by the Aubrey–Maturin novels. During 1997, Drake began his largest fantasy series, Lord of the Isles, using elements of Sumerian religion and medieval technology. During 2007, Drake finished the series with its ninth volume.

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In addition to his solo works, Drake has co-authored novels with authors such as Karl Edward Wagner, S.M. Stirling, and Eric Flint. Typically Drake provides plot outlines (5,000–15,000 words) and the co-author does "the real work of developing the outline into a novel". He does not "consider [his] involvement to be that of a real co-author." Drake also contributed to the Heroes in Hell series.

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Drake's plots often use his extensive knowledge of history, literature, and mythology. Starting with Northworld in 1990, he has generally explained the background of each book in an afterword or preface. Additionally, Drake's plots frequently involve a contest of political systems.

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As John Clute concluded in the entry on Drake in the 1993 edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, "Today there seems very little to stop [Drake] from writing exactly what he wishes to write."

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Some of Drake's works are available for free download in the Baen Free Library.


  • Mayfair Games produced the licensed Hammer's Slammers board game (1984) based on David Drake's novel Hammer's Slammers.
  • Mongoose Publishing adapted Drake's novel as the licensed setting Hammer's Slammers (2009) for the Traveller role-playing game.
  • References

    David Drake Wikipedia