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Publication Order of Hammer's Slammers Books

Hammer's Slammers (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Any Price (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Counting the Cost (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rolling Hot (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warrior (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sharp End (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paying the Piper (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1 (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 3 (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hammerverse Books

The Forlorn Hope (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cross The Stars (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Voyage (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of ARC Riders Books

with Janet Morris

Publication Order of Belisarius Books

with Eric Flint
An Oblique Approach (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Heart of Darkness (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Destiny's Shield (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fortune's Stroke (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tide of Victory (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dance of Time (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Books of the Elements Books

The Legions of Fire (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Waters (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monsters of the Earth (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Air and Darkness (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Citizen Books

Into the Hinterlands (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Maelstrom (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Crisis of Empire Books

with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, William C. Dietz, Roger MacBride Allen
An Honorable Defense (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cluster Command (By: William C. Dietz) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War Machine (With: Roger MacBride Allen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crown of Empire (With: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Crown Of The Isles Books

The Fortress of Glass (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mirror of Worlds (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods Return (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Fleet Books

with Robert Sheckley, Bill Fawcett

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

with C.J. Cherryh
Explorers in Hell (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lt. Leary / RCN Books

With the Lightnings (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lt. Leary, Commanding (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Side of the Stars (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Way to Glory (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Golden Harbor (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Tide Rises (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Stormy Red Sky (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Distant Deeps (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road of Danger (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea Without a Shore (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death's Bright Day (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Though Hell Should Bar the Way (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Clear Away the Shadows (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lord of the Isles Books

Lord of the Isles (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of Demons (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Servant of the Dragon (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress of the Catacombs (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goddess of the Ice Realm (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master of the Cauldron (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Northworld Books

Publication Order of Raj Whitehall/The General Books

The Forge (With: S.M. Stirling) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hammer (With: S.M. Stirling) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Anvil (With: S.M. Stirling) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Steel (With: S.M. Stirling) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword (With: S.M. Stirling) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chosen (With: S.M. Stirling) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reformer (With: S.M. Stirling) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tyrant (With: Eric Flint) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heretic (With: Tony Daniel) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Savior (With: Tony Daniel) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Reaches Books

Igniting the Reaches (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Breach (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fireships (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Seas of Venus Books

Publication Order of Starhunters Books

Men Hunting Things (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Things Hunting Men (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bluebloods (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Time of Heroes Books

Publication Order of Tom Kelly Books

Publication Order of War and Honor Books

Publication Order of World Of Crystal Walls Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dragon Lord (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds of Prey (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer (With: Karl Edward Wagner) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Active Measures (With: Janet Morris) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers and Lovers (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bridgehead (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lacey and His Friends (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kill Ratio (With: Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dagger (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vettius and His Friends (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Target (With: Janet Morris) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Undesired Princess and the Enchanted Bunny (With: L. Sprague de Camp) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hunter Returns (With: Jim Kjelgaard) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Nathan (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starliner (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tyrannosaur (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enemy of My Enemy (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Redliners (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patriots (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Times Than Peace (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage Across the Stars (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dinosaurs & a Dirigible (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Time Safari (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Heart of Darkness (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Military Dimension (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Military Dimension Mark II (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Way to the Gallows (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grimmer Than Hell (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Balefires (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
NightDemons (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Window of Opportunity (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heroes in Hell Books

Heroes in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Gregory Benford,Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gates of Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kings in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crusaders in Hell (With: C.J. Cherryh,Gregory Benford,Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Michael Amstrong,Bill Kerby) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels in Hell (By: Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Helliad (By: Janet Morris,Chris Morris) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
War in Hell (By: Janet Morris) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prophets in Hell (With: C.J. Cherryh,George Alec Effinger,Robert Sheckley,Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Brad Miner,Bill Kerby,Richard Groller) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lawyers in Hell (By: Janet Morris,Chris Morris,Michael H. Hanson,Jason Cordova,Bruce Durham,Sarah Hulcy,Larry Atchley Jr.,John Manning,Richard Groller) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poets in Hell (By: Janet Morris,Nancy Asire,Chris Morris,Michael H. Hanson,Joe Bonadonna,pdmac,Bruce Durham,Larry Atchley Jr.,Richard Groller,Michael A. Armstrong,Tom Barczak,Matthew Kirshenblatt,Beth W. Patterson,Yelle Hughes,Bill Snider,Deborah Koren,Shebat Legion,Bill Barnhill,Jack William Finley) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Honorverse Books

On Basilisk Station (By: David Weber) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honor of the Queen (By: David Weber) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Victorious War (By: David Weber) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Dishonor (By: David Weber) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flag in Exile (By: David Weber) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor Among Enemies (By: David Weber) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Enemy Hands (By: David Weber) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Beautiful Friendship" (By: David Weber) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Whiff of Grapeshot" (By: S.M. Stirling) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Grand Tour" (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Echoes of Honor (By: David Weber) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Stray" (By: Linda Evans) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"What Price Dreams?" (By: David Weber) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Hard Way Home" (By: David Weber) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Queen's Gambit" (By: Jane Lindskold) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Deck Load Strike" (By: Roland J. Green) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ashes of Victory (By: David Weber) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Changer of Worlds" (By: David Weber) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" (By: David Weber) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"From the Highlands" (By: Eric Flint) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Nightfall" (By: David Weber) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
War of Honor (By: David Weber) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Promised Land" (By: Jane Lindskold) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"With One Stone" (By: Timothy Zahn) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Ship Named Francis" (By: John Ringo,Victor Mitchell) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Let's Go to Prague" (By: John Ringo) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Fanatic" (By: Eric Flint) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Service of the Sword" (By: David Weber) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crown of Slaves (By: David Weber,Eric Flint) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of Saganami (By: David Weber) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
At All Costs (By: David Weber) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storm from the Shadows (By: David Weber) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torch of Freedom (By: David Weber,Eric Flint) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission of Honor (By: David Weber) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Ruthless" (By: Jane Lindskold) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Let's Dance" (By: David Weber) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
"An Act of War" (By: Timothy Zahn) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Beautiful Friendship (By: David Weber) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rising Thunder (By: David Weber) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire Season (By: Jane Lindskold) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Freedom (By: David Weber) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"I Will Build a House of Steel" (By: David Weber) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"By the Book" (By: Charles E. Gannon) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Beauty and the Beast" (By: David Weber) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Best Laid Plans" (By: David Weber) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Obligated Service" (By: Joelle Presby) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Call to Arms" (By: Timothy Zahn) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treecat Wars (By: Jane Lindskold) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cauldron of Ghosts (By: David Weber,Eric Flint) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Duty (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Arms (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Victory (By: David Weber) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Our Sacred Honor" (By: David Weber) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Vengeance (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Fall (By: David Weber) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncompromising Honor (By: David Weber) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Recruiting Exercise" (By: David Weber) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
To End in Fire (By: David Weber,Eric Flint) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Insurrection (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Books in parentheses are short stories found in collections or anthologies.

Chronological Order of Honorverse Books

"By the Book" (By: Charles E. Gannon)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Beautiful Friendship" (By: David Weber)(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Beautiful Friendship (By: David Weber)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Stray" (By: Linda Evans)(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire Season (By: Jane Lindskold)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treecat Wars (By: Jane Lindskold)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Duty (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Arms (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Call to Arms" (By: Timothy Zahn)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Vengeance (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
"What Price Dreams?" (By: David Weber)(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Beauty and the Beast" (By: David Weber)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"I Will Build a House of Steel" (By: David Weber)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Our Sacred Honor" (By: David Weber)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Best Laid Plans" (By: David Weber)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Recruiting Exercise" (By: David Weber)(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" (By: David Weber)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Queen's Gambit" (By: Jane Lindskold)(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Hard Way Home" (By: David Weber)(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Promised Land" (By: Jane Lindskold)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Ruthless" (By: Jane Lindskold)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Let's Dance" (By: David Weber)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Basilisk Station (By: David Weber)(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
"With One Stone" (By: Timothy Zahn)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honor of the Queen (By: David Weber)(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Victorious War (By: David Weber)(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Field of Dishonor (By: David Weber)(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Grand Tour"(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Deck Load Strike" (By: Roland J. Green)(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flag in Exile (By: David Weber)(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Ship Named Francis" (By: John Ringo,Victor Mitchell)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor Among Enemies (By: David Weber)(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Changer of Worlds" (By: David Weber)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"A Whiff of Grapeshot" (By: S.M. Stirling)(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Enemy Hands (By: David Weber)(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Echoes of Honor (By: David Weber)(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Let's Go to Prague" (By: John Ringo)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ashes of Victory (By: David Weber)(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
"An Act of War" (By: Timothy Zahn)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
"From the Highlands" (By: Eric Flint)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Nightfall" (By: David Weber)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Fanatic" (By: Eric Flint)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Service of the Sword" (By: David Weber)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
War of Honor (By: David Weber)(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crown of Slaves (By: David Weber,Eric Flint)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torch of Freedom (By: David Weber,Eric Flint)(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of Saganami (By: David Weber)(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
At All Costs (By: David Weber)(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storm from the Shadows (By: David Weber)(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission of Honor (By: David Weber)(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
"Obligated Service" (By: Joelle Presby)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Rising Thunder (By: David Weber)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Freedom (By: David Weber)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cauldron of Ghosts (By: David Weber,Eric Flint)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Victory (By: David Weber)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncompromising Honor (By: David Weber)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Call to Insurrection (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Thomas Pope)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
To End in Fire (By: David Weber,Eric Flint)(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Fall (By: David Weber)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Barrow Troll (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Car Warriors Books

GURPS Autoduel: Roleplaying in the world of Car Wars (By: Aaron Allston,Scott Haring) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Square Deal (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Jeopardy (By: Aaron Allston,Herrmann) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back from Hell (By: Aaron Allston) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

Rebels In Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gates of Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masters in Hell (With: C.J. Cherryh) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kings in Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh,Janet Morris) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legions of Hell (By: C.J. Cherryh) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Books

with Joe R. Lansdale, Sharon Lee, Brendan DuBois, David Weber, Steve Miller, David Brin, Sarah Pinsker, David Afsharirad
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015 (With: Joe R. Lansdale,Brendan DuBois,David Weber,David Brin,Seth Dickinson,Brian Dolton,Sarah Pinsker,Brad R. Torgersen,Hank Davis,David Afsharirad,Claudine Griggs,Andrea M. Pawley,Eric Leif Davin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Worlds of Honor Books

More Than Honor (With: S.M. Stirling,David Weber) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds of Honor (By: David Weber,Jane Lindskold,Linda Evans,Roland J. Green) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Changer of Worlds (By: David Weber,Eric Flint) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Service of the Sword (By: John Ringo,David Weber,Jane Lindskold,Eric Flint,Timothy Zahn,Victor Mitchell) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Fire Forged (By: David Weber,Jane Lindskold,Timothy Zahn,Andy Presby) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beginnings (By: David Weber,Timothy Zahn,Charles E. Gannon,Joelle Presby) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Price Victory? (By: David Weber) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ranks of Bronze Books

Ranks of Bronze (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Legions (With: S.M. Stirling,David Weber,Mark L. Van Name,Eric Flint) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Excalibur Alternative (By: David Weber) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Legions is a novella collection.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Nameless Places(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series IV(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rivals Of Dracula(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whispers(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series V(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chrysalis Volume 2(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XII(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Free Lancers(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Separate Star: A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Stars War(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cats in Space... and Other Places(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battlestations(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor of the Regiment(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanguard(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tapestries(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warmasters(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain Magic(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Jim Baen's Universe(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Is My Funniest 2(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Cthulhu(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fleet(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows of the New Sun(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baen Big Book of Monsters(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worst Contact(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF Volume 3(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Pioneers(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give Me LibertyCon(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird World War III(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bullet Points 2(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood, Sweat, and Steel: Tales of Future Combat and Mechanized Warfare(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

David Drake is one of the major bestseller authors in the American Military Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. Since 1979, he authored and co-authored more than a hundred books, and published many more anthologies and short stories. He worked in collaboration with many writers such as Eric Flint, Karl Edward Wagner and S.M. Stirling.

A Short Bio

David Drake was born on September 24, 1945, to a middle class family in Iowa. David was an avid lover of the written word from a very young age. When he was only two years old, way before he learned to read, he fell in love with a poem from The Big Golden Book of Poetry, “The Chickens”. He liked it so much, that he insisted that his parents read it to him every night even though he knew it perfectly by heart. When David was ten years old, he read his first science fiction novel – The Angry Planet by John Keir Cross – which astounded him both in its ingenuity and its seriousness. Even though it was intended for children, the book dealt with sensitive subjects like war and death.In 1967, David graduated the University of Iowa, majoring in History and Latin, and moved to North Carolina to enter Duke University Law School. However, David’s studies were interrupted in 1969, his second year, when he was drafted to the US military and sent to fight in the Vietnam War.Drake cites his service in the Vietnam War as “The greatest single influence on my life”, and then goes on to add “I wish that weren’t true, but it is.” He actually spent most of his time in Cambodia, as he finished his military training just in time for the invasion of Cambodia in 1970. If not for the war, David says, he wouldn’t have written so many stories about soldiers, battles and the military. As a result, his stories often hold a very cruel mirror to life, describing in great details all the atrocities done by human beings in order to win a war. During the war, he saw a lot of death and pain caused to soldiers and civilians. Some of his books deal specifically with these tender subjects.He lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with his wife Jo, whom he met at a young age when studying at the University of Iowa. Together they have one son, Jonathan, born in 1973. David was one the initiators of a small press company called Carcosa, along with fellow writer Karl Edward Wagner.
David Drake’s Best Known Novels and Series

Redliners (1996)

David Drake’s novel Redliners tells the story of the Strike Force Company C41, with their commander Major Arthur Farrell. The company has seen a lot of war, and each of its members deals with their own painful memories. They are no longer fit for battle, but nor do they fit to lead their civilian lives again. When their last mission goes wrong, it becomes their responsibility to protect civilian lives and risk their own like they never dreamed before.David says about Redliners “…What came out in Redliners broke twenty-five years of, well, something…” Refering to his own experience of fighting against a larger than life enemy in Vietnam and Cambodia. He says many people with PSTD (Posttraumatic stress disorder, sadly common among war veterans) have read the book and said it helped them a lot to deal with the pain. Dealing with these touchy subjects is why Redliners is one of Drake’s best and most disturbing novels, some would even go as far as to considers it Drake’s masterpiece. David himself says that in Redliners he was “writing over his head” and that the process of creating the novel had helped him to deal with a lot of stress and trauma he had since the war.

Hammer’s Slammers

The “Hammer’s Slammers” series is one of David Drake’s best known works. First book of the series was published in 1979, with the same name as the entire series, and is a collection of short stories following the missions of a mercenary armored tank regiment in a fictional war in the 30th century, and their captain Colonel Alois Hammer. David says the series is very much influenced from his own experiences as an interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Vietnam War. The series contain purely Science Fiction themes like advanced technology and weaponry.

The series contains 10 books, the last one published in 2002, and four anthologies. It has been adapted to many board games and role playing games, and has enjoyed a very loyal fan base over the decades since its first book.

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles is a series of fantasy novels David began in 1997 with the first book – Lord of the Isles. The series tell of an archipelago known in the books as The Isles, and its inhabitant, specifically four young children from a small village in one of the isles. The books deal with one of the children, Garric or-Reise, and his claim to rule the entire archipelago. In the series world you can find many fantastical elements like magic and parallel realities. The series is 9 books long, but is usually divided into two parts – The first six books are called together Lord of the Isles, and the final trilogy is called Crown of the Isles.Garric or-Reise is just a young boy from a tiny town by the seaport. His destiny is changed forever once he saves the life of a mystical sorceress from the ancient past called Tenoctris. Through the first book, he finds out he is the heir to the last great king who ruled over the entire archipelago a thousand years ago, and sets forth on a journey to discover who he really is and reclaim his throne.Sharina is Garric’s sister. She too, on the first book of the series, finds out that she is not just a simple town girl, when a galley lands on the shores of the town with an envoy seeking for the lost heiress for an ancient dukedom, and finding Sharina to be that heiress. Like her brother Garric, she also embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny.

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One Response to “David Drake”

  1. Ned Barnett: 8 months ago

    I found this fascinating in its scope. I can’t wait to read (or re-read) books in their order of appearance. I have the three collections of Hammer’s Slammers, and I love the series of books about a more-lucky-than-good starship captain and his odd sidekick, a withdrawn librarian who can make computers dance the samba while fighting off a hoard of enemies. And the crew of the good ship Cecille – the “sissies” are wonderful characters in themselves. I really love those, and was excited to see that the series has grown dramatically since I last read one – can’t wait to read them all. Plus, I want to read all the other David Drake books. Thanks for this list.

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