History Creator / DavidDrake

13th Mar '15 12:30:06 AM Nohbody
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forgot to fix that
** ''The Reformer'' and ''The Tyrant'' continued on yet another world in the same Universe with Raj existing as a computer simulation. This time it's the Roman Civil War(?). ''The Tyrant'' was co-written with Eric Flint in 2002 and seems to have ended the series. ** Except now ''The Heretic'' is out, co written with Tony Daniel. This one's Egypt.
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** ''The Reformer'' and ''The Tyrant'' continued on yet another world in the same Universe with Raj existing as a computer simulation. This time it's the Roman Civil War(?). ''The Tyrant'' was co-written with Eric Flint in 2002 and seems to have ended 2002. Later the series. ** Except now series was continued with ''The Heretic'' is out, co written Heretic'', co-written with Tony Daniel. This one's Egypt.
13th Mar '15 12:27:17 AM Nohbody
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* RecycledInSpace: Drake makes no bones about the fact that many of his writings are based on translating historical events and circumstances into futuristic stories, and in the afterwords of full novels will even discuss the source of the basic storyline for the novel in question.

* TakeThatCritics: ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was reviewed unfavorably early in his career by reviewer Charles Platt, who said that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ "such queasy voyeurism".]] In response, many of his works feature a reprehensible character named "Platt" who typically dies violently. About the best any "Platt" can hope for is to be stupid.
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* TakeThatCritics: ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was reviewed unfavorably early in his career by reviewer Charles Platt, who said that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ "such queasy voyeurism".]] In response, many of his Drake's works feature a reprehensible character named "Platt" who typically dies violently. About the best any "Platt" can hope for is to be stupid. * WalkingTechbane: Drake has discussed, in the forewords to the ''RCN'' books, that he has a terrible time with computers dying on him in the middle of writing his next work, for no discernible reason. He credits the tireless efforts of tech-savvy friends as the primary reason these computer failures haven't resulted in more than a minimal loss of material.
18th Nov '14 4:36:36 AM Patachou
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* ''The Reaches'': ''Igniting the Reaches'', ''Through the Breach'', and ''Fireships''. Set a thousand years after the collapse of an interstellar government, and based on the period when Spanish and British exploration and exploitation were colliding in the New World, with particular inspiration from the exploits of Sir Francis Drake (no relation). The planet Venus fills the role of Britain (ruled by [[TheVirginQueen Governor Halys]]), while Spain is played by the Canada-based government of North America.
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* ''The Reaches'': ''Igniting the Reaches'', ''Through the Breach'', and ''Fireships''. Set a thousand years after the collapse of an interstellar government, and based on the period when Spanish and British exploration and exploitation were colliding in the New World, with particular inspiration from the exploits of Sir Francis Drake (no relation). The planet Venus fills the role of Britain (ruled by [[TheVirginQueen [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Governor Halys]]), while Spain is played by the Canada-based government of North America.
15th Aug '14 10:08:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''The Dragon Lord'' - Gritty retelling of the story of KingArthur; Drake described the personality of his Arthur as a cross between Alexander the Great and AdolfHitler. This novel was originally intended as a pastiche novel of Robert E. Howard's historical adventure character Cormac Mac Art, but Drake re-wrote it when the pastiche was declined.
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* ''The Dragon Lord'' - Gritty retelling of the story of KingArthur; Drake described the personality of his Arthur as a cross between Alexander the Great and AdolfHitler.UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. This novel was originally intended as a pastiche novel of Robert E. Howard's historical adventure character Cormac Mac Art, but Drake re-wrote it when the pastiche was declined.
19th Jul '14 9:46:53 PM Nohbody
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missed that, done editing now
* ''All the Way to the Gallows'' - Gallows humor short stories. Includes ** ''Mom and the Kids'' with L. Niven. ** ''The Noble Savages'' - sci-fi sendup of special ops force operating under PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.
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* ''All the Way to the Gallows'' - Gallows humor GallowsHumor short stories. Includes ** ''Mom and the Kids'' Kids'', with L. Niven.Creator/LarryNiven. ** ''The Noble Savages'' - Savages'': a sci-fi sendup of special ops force operating under PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.
19th Jul '14 9:44:14 PM Nohbody
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formatting and other fixes
Drake is, as described in the book jacket for ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries The Dance of Time]]'' : \\
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Drake is, as described in the book jacket for ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries The Dance of Time]]'' : \\Time]]'':

Drake is, as described in "Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the book jacket for ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries The Dance University of Time]]'' : \\Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin."\\

"Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin."\\ \\

* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'': Heroic fantasy series. Ended in late 2008 with ''The Gods Return'', which was the last of the ''Crown of the Isles'' trilogy. You read that right. ** The last three books in the series are known as ''The Crown of the Isle'' series.
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'': Heroic fantasy series. Ended in late 2008 with ''The Gods Return'', which was the last of the ''Crown of the Isles'' trilogy. You read that right. ** right. The last three books in the series are known as ''The Crown of the Isle'' series.

* ''Patriots'': Sci-fi retelling of Ethan Allen's capture of the British Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolutionary War. ** From David Drake's website: "There were other interesting things about Allen. While unquestionably violent, neither he nor the violent men under his command killed anybody. That's really remarkable. Taking Allen as a model, I wrote a book in which nobody is killed (which a lot of people will find remarkable also)." ** In the book the Ethan Allen character was described as the type of person who could charge into machine gun fire and survive. This made him dangerous to be around, because the people around him would still get slaughtered.
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* ''Patriots'': Sci-fi retelling of Ethan Allen's capture of the British Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolutionary War. ** From David Drake's website: "There were other interesting things about Allen. While unquestionably violent, neither he nor the violent men under his command killed anybody. That's really remarkable. Taking Allen as a model, I wrote a book in which nobody is killed (which a lot of people will find remarkable also)." ** War. In the book the Ethan Allen character was described as the type of person who could charge into machine gun fire and survive. This made him dangerous to be around, because the people around him would still get slaughtered.

* ''Killer'': Franchise/{{Alien}} like aliens come up against retired veteran of the Roman Gladiatorial games. Veteran trained killer vs natural born killers. Think ''Predator vs Aliens'' without the sci-fi equipment.
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* ''Killer'': Franchise/{{Alien}} like ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''-like aliens come up against retired veteran of the Roman Gladiatorial games. Veteran trained killer vs natural born killers. Think ''Predator vs Aliens'' without the sci-fi equipment.

[[http://www.david-drake.com/bibliography.html Full Bibliography]] at David Drake's website. Not quite up to date at the time of this writing (Mar, 2009).
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[[http://www.david-drake.com/bibliography.html Full Bibliography]] at David Drake's website. Not quite up to date at the time of this writing (Mar, 2009). website.

Click on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/relatedsearch.php?term=Main/DavidDrake Related to...]] at the top of the page for articles linking to this page. Currently (2009-03-13) there are 42. Most of them are tropes with examples from David Drake's works. The ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' and ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series have their own articles with trope examples. Again, click on their '''Related to...''' links to find tropes with examples from those series.

* Occasionally drops {{Shout Out}}s to modern culture into his work. A punning one was in ''The Sharp End'' when a ship from the Marvelan Confederacy was known as the ''[[ComicBook/SilverSurfer Argent Server]]''.

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* ShoutOut: Occasionally drops {{Shout Out}}s Shout Outs to modern culture into his work. A punning one was in ''The Sharp End'' when a ship from the Marvelan Confederacy was known as the ''[[ComicBook/SilverSurfer Argent Server]]''.
19th Jul '14 9:38:43 PM Nohbody
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those other quotes were a bit excessive, setting aside the formatting faux pas. Also, crosswicking Take That Critics.
One of the current gods of Military SF, along with [[Literature/CoDominium Jerry Pournelle]], Creator/SMStirling, and Creator/DavidWeber -- in spite of not writing any military SF anymore. (Unless you count Naval SpaceOpera.) Known for his explicit and graphic depictions of the effects of warfare on both human bodies and human societies.
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One of the current gods of Military SF, along with [[Literature/CoDominium Jerry Pournelle]], Pournelle, Creator/SMStirling, and Creator/DavidWeber -- in spite of not writing any military SF anymore. (Unless you count Naval SpaceOpera.) Known for his explicit and graphic depictions of the effects of warfare on both human bodies and human societies.

* From the book jacket for ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries The Dance of Time]]'' : \\
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* From Drake is, as described in the book jacket for ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries The Dance of Time]]'' : \\

* From [[http://www.david-drake.com/north.html Notes on Northworld]] on David Drake's website: "I made what I thought was a pointless change from my normal procedure by adding a short afterword to ''Northworld''.... Lo and behold, all the reviews of ''Northworld'' noted the intricate play of Norse myth in the novel. Well, yes; I'd precised the ''[[Literature/PoeticEdda Elder Edda]]'', the ''Literature/ProseEdda'', and the ''[[Literature/VolsungaSaga Volsungensaga]]'' before I even started to plot. But I always work that way: I'd outlined all of Procopius' works save for ''The Buildings'' before I started plotting my first novel, ''The Dragon Lord.'' The only difference with ''Northworld'' was that I told the reviewers what I'd done; and, being told, they were able to see what I in my innocence had thought was obvious. Live and learn. I frequently write explanatory essays now." Anecdote on book covers from [[http://www.david-drake.com/north.html Notes on Northworld]] at David Drake's website: * "While I was writing Northworld, Beth called to ask what the book was about because they needed to put a cover on it. I sent her a scene of people dueling in powered personal armor. Beth called back in a week. "We had a cover conference on your book," she said. "We're going to put a tank on the cover. Is there a tank in the book?" I told her that there would be, now that I'd been told about the cover. And there is."
19th Jul '14 9:36:03 PM Nohbody
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* TakeThatCritics: ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' was reviewed unfavorably early in his career by reviewer Charles Platt, who said that if Drake had ever seen war he wouldn't have written [[http://david-drake.com/2010/platt/ "such queasy voyeurism".]] In response, many of his works feature a reprehensible character named "Platt" who typically dies violently. About the best any "Platt" can hope for is to be stupid.
30th Oct '13 6:24:10 AM kjnoren
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* ''{{Redliners}}'': Science fiction story of a burnt out elite unit assigned to guard involuntary colonists on a DeathWorld. In a weird way, it mixes a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with horror by taking WarIsHell to its logical conclusion--what do you do with, and how can you help, the ShellShockedVeteran, when the war is over?
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* ''{{Redliners}}'': ''Literature/{{Redliners}}'': Science fiction story of a burnt out elite unit assigned to guard involuntary colonists on a DeathWorld. In a weird way, it mixes a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with horror by taking WarIsHell to its logical conclusion--what do you do with, and how can you help, the ShellShockedVeteran, when the war is over?
22nd Jul '13 3:25:55 PM Morgenthaler
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Vandalism clean-up.
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