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Drake currently lives in North Carolina.
13th Dec '16 2:05:32 PM Xtifr
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One of the current gods of Military SF, along with Jerry Pournelle, Creator/SMStirling, and Creator/DavidWeber -- in spite of not regularly 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 Jerry Pournelle, Creator/JerryPournelle, Creator/SMStirling, and Creator/DavidWeber -- in spite of not regularly 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.
27th Nov '16 8:33:21 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/{{Northworld}}''



* AFatherToHisMen: In the Northworld trilogy, Hansen blames himself for the deaths of anyone who fought on his side--because either they died following his orders, in which case he got them killed, or they died ''not'' following his orders, in which case he got them killed by not being able to make them see that what he ordered was the right thing to do.



* IfIWantedYouDead: A variant not involving death occurs in the ''Northworld'' trilogy. Main character Hansen comes to visit GadgeteerGenius Ritter, who's working on a project for him. Ritter isn't getting very far on the project, and he snappishly says something about Hansen checking up on him. Hansen, who's been given [[PhysicalGod godlike powers]], thinks, ''If I wanted to check on you--'' and demonstrates that his powers would let him spy on Ritter completely undetected.



* LensmanArmsRace: The Northworld trilogy includes a planet of "giants" (basically, people who are five feet tall and five feet wide, strong as can be, smarter than normal people) who live in isolated citadel-cities, and who are constantly at war with one another, building more powerful weapons, tanks, etc. The engineer, Ritter, is a super-genius who could win the war for his citadel yesterday, but he only designs slightly better weapons because if he did it wouldn't be fun any more.



* OneRiotOneRanger: ''Northworld'' trilogy. The Consensus sent a fleet to investigate the ''disappearance'' of the newly colonized planet Northworld. The fleet vanished too, so they sent another one, and then a third when the second was lost -- and of course, number three disappeared as well. And then they got serious -- and sent Nils Hansen, a police special operations officer. Subverted, because as of the end of the trilogy, ''he'' hasn't returned to the Consensus either. However, he ''has'' become a [[PhysicalGod god]].



* UltimateBlacksmith: The legendary smith Volund shows up in the Northworld trilogy. As with the myth, he's more a force of nature than a man, whose creative abilities border on godlike.
* YearInsideHourOutside: In David Drake's Northworld trilogy, protagonist Nils Hansen is sent to investigate a newly-discovered world where every previous expedition has mysteriously vanished (into Northworld, as he learns when he ends up there too). For Nils and the people back home, it's a been a few years since the first people crossed over; on the Northworld side, it's been roughly ten ''thousand'' years. Also, Northworld consists of nine interlinked universes, and time spent in one world has no relation to the passage of time in another: you could transfer out of one universe as a bullet flies toward you, spend years flitting about the other eight, and finally return to the first while the bullet is still in flight.
27th Nov '16 8:18:39 PM PaulA
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* BallroomBlitz: In ''Cluster Command'', the second book of the ''Crisis of Empire'' trilogy, protagonist General Merikur and his wife Beth find themselves in the middle of such a blitz at the welcome ball for the new system governor.
* BurnTheWitch: "The Dancer in the Flames" involves a witch who reaches through time while being executed in this way and contacts an officer in the Vietnam War via his pyromania. It ends badly for him.


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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: ''Killer'', set in the Roman Empire, says: "That the strange Egyptian was wealthy enough to occupy an entire suite of rooms by himself did not excite half as much curiosity as did the scandal that N'Sumu lived there without a single slave to serve him."
* DramaticNecklaceRemoval: ''The Forlorn Hope'' takes place during a civil war in which one side is controlled by a particularly intolerant breed of Protestants. This is demonstrated when a "chaplain" threatens the life of a foreign neutral for the "crime" of being Roman Catholic; he pulls the foreigner's crucifix necklace until the chain breaks, drops the crucifix on the floor and steps on it, and says, "On Cecach we no longer worship a dead god, Captain. We worship the One Who is Risen. This will be your only warning."
* AFatherToHisMen: In the Northworld trilogy, Hansen blames himself for the deaths of anyone who fought on his side--because either they died following his orders, in which case he got them killed, or they died ''not'' following his orders, in which case he got them killed by not being able to make them see that what he ordered was the right thing to do.
* HeManWomanHater: Jed Lacey, the detective hero from ''Lacey and His Friends'', is a convicted rapist whose punishment included such severe aversion therapy that he finds it difficult to talk to or even remain in the same room as a woman, let alone touch them. Then they made him a police officer, since it's a CrapsackWorld.
* HumansAreWarriors: ''Target'' features an alien diplomat from a pacifist civilization who arrives on a Lunar Base fleeing more violent aliens. After the humans defeat several of the alien soldiers, the pacifist alien decides to present humans as "their" warriors in order to negotiate a peace treaty.
* HungryJungle: "The Jungle", set on a terraformed Venus which has become a DeathWorld.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: In ''Starliner'', ships travel through what's officially called "sponge space". Sponge space took a toll on the mind--it seems mostly a case of sensory deprivation--at least of those maintaining the drive systems out on the ship's hull. Informally, it's referred to as "the Cold", and Cold Crews get a bit warped from spending so much time out there. They're also hard to discipline: what can their officers do to punish them that's worse than their normal working environment?


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* LensmanArmsRace: The Northworld trilogy includes a planet of "giants" (basically, people who are five feet tall and five feet wide, strong as can be, smarter than normal people) who live in isolated citadel-cities, and who are constantly at war with one another, building more powerful weapons, tanks, etc. The engineer, Ritter, is a super-genius who could win the war for his citadel yesterday, but he only designs slightly better weapons because if he did it wouldn't be fun any more.
* ManEatingPlant: The vampire honeysuckle in "The Jungle".
* TheMunchausen: In ''Starliner'', Richard Wade sponges off a group of passengers, alleging that he always forgets to carry enough cash to pay for drinks and such. His tall tales are so entertaining, though, that his listeners end up feeling it was worth it. [[spoiler:A subversion: the reader sees evidence that at least some of Wade's accounts are true ... and at the end, he arranges for the people he borrowed from to spend several days in the best suites of their destination planet's best hotel, so the part about him actually being wealthy and influential appears to be true as well]].
* NuclearNasty: In "Men Like Us", a post-apocalyptic wanderer tells the people of a town that most of the stories about mutants were exaggerated. Babies with extra limbs or heads existed even before the bombs and even if there are more born now the wasteland has not been kind to them. Sure, there were dog-sized rats but they've mostly been wiped out. And Changelings? Men made immortal by the blasts despite being skeletonized in some cases? Don't be ridiculous. [[spoiler:Later they attempt to behead him, and his neck knits back together as they're pulling out the axe. And then his more conspicuous friends show up]].


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* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: ''Time Safari''. Human beings travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs, and of course most of these trips go back to the Late Cretaceous because everybody wants to bag a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. What does in the dinosaurs is not the obvious, but a captive ''Tyrannosaurus'' that was re-released into the Cretaceous wild. Seems it was carrying a bird infection that it picked up while it was in the 20th century...


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** The ''Reaches'' novels are Hakluyt's Voyages crossed with the adventures of Sir Francis Drake during the wars with Spain. It's 16th century exploration & piracy IN SPACE.


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* SpeakOfTheDevil: In the fantasy novel ''The Sea Hag'', the hero is able to defeat the villain by tricking him into naming Serdic, his [[OldMaster old (dead) master]], who then promptly appears and drags the villain away to a NightmareFuel fate, [[ChekhovsGun since he had promised the hero earlier this would happen the next time he was named]].


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* YearInsideHourOutside: In David Drake's Northworld trilogy, protagonist Nils Hansen is sent to investigate a newly-discovered world where every previous expedition has mysteriously vanished (into Northworld, as he learns when he ends up there too). For Nils and the people back home, it's a been a few years since the first people crossed over; on the Northworld side, it's been roughly ten ''thousand'' years. Also, Northworld consists of nine interlinked universes, and time spent in one world has no relation to the passage of time in another: you could transfer out of one universe as a bullet flies toward you, spend years flitting about the other eight, and finally return to the first while the bullet is still in flight.
25th Nov '16 1:53:48 AM PaulA
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In "A Very Offensive Weapon", a take-off of heroic fantasy, the hired retainers are GenreSavvy and know there's no chance of surviving the heroic quest they're on. So they strive to die heroically, regaling each other with tales of legendary deaths.
-->''"Say, did you notice the way the Old Man threw his arms and legs wide as he fell forward? He was making sure that he'd be smashed ''absolutely'' flat. Now, that's craftsmanship if I ever saw it."''
* DeathWorld:
** In ''Seas of Venus'', the plants and animals of Venus are all varying degrees of dangerous ranging from "inclement" to "you just got killed so thoroughly, your parents are retroactively dead."
** ''The Jungle'' has an attack by [[ManEatingPlant vampire honeysuckle]], and a scene where men die in their sleep because fast-growing plants grew ''into their bodies''.
* IfIWantedYouDead: A variant not involving death occurs in the ''Northworld'' trilogy. Main character Hansen comes to visit GadgeteerGenius Ritter, who's working on a project for him. Ritter isn't getting very far on the project, and he snappishly says something about Hansen checking up on him. Hansen, who's been given [[PhysicalGod godlike powers]], thinks, ''If I wanted to check on you--'' and demonstrates that his powers would let him spy on Ritter completely undetected.


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* OneRiotOneRanger: ''Northworld'' trilogy. The Consensus sent a fleet to investigate the ''disappearance'' of the newly colonized planet Northworld. The fleet vanished too, so they sent another one, and then a third when the second was lost -- and of course, number three disappeared as well. And then they got serious -- and sent Nils Hansen, a police special operations officer. Subverted, because as of the end of the trilogy, ''he'' hasn't returned to the Consensus either. However, he ''has'' become a [[PhysicalGod god]].


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** ''Into the Hinterlands'' is essentially a retelling of George Washington's early career in space.
* SandInMyEyes: In ''Patriots'', the Woodsrunners go to punish a magistrate appointed by their enemies. When the Woodsrunners start a fire, meaning to burn the fellow's home and all his possessions, he insists that the tears on his face are from the smoke. After a minute or two, their leader puts out the fire, giving the magistrate a reprieve, and explains later that "There ain't so many brave men that I want to chase one off Greenwood unless I have to."
* SecretPolice: The ''Crisis of Empire'' series has the Kona Tatsu, whose authority includes rearranging a marriage -- as in, "You're now divorced so we can have your wife make a political marriage to someone else" -- to support their agenda. Also a ''partial'' subversion/aversion, in that the KT are not, as a whole, as horribly bad as they ''pretend'' to be. They're certainly ruthless and sometimes sociopathic, but they are one of the few forces keeping civilization intact, and they know it, and some of their people try to behave decently when they can keep it from being obvious to their victims.


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* TrappedInThePast: In ''To Bring the Light'', a woman gets sent back to the founding of Rome and must use her future knowledge to help found it -- with the twist on the trope that the future she's from is the 5th century AD.
* UltimateBlacksmith: The legendary smith Volund shows up in the Northworld trilogy. As with the myth, he's more a force of nature than a man, whose creative abilities border on godlike.
25th Nov '16 12:58:41 AM PaulA
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* The ''RCN'' series is loosely based off the 18th century British navy, complete with spaceships that travel through hyperspace using sails. However, the sails are handled fairly realistically: stripping a ship's sails with a plasma cannon is a quick and easy way to keep it from escaping into hyperspace, the sails need to be furled and stowed before entering an atmosphere, and when deployed, interfere with the ship's realspace maneuvering and combat.
** Also known as
*** the ''Republic of Cinnabar'' series
*** the Leary/Mundy (after the main characters) series
*** the ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'' (after the title of the second book) series.
** Author's note from ''The Way to Glory'', third book in the series: "The general political background of the RCN series is that of Europe in the mid-eighteenth century, with admixtures of late-Republican Rome. (There's a surprising degree of congruence between British and Roman society in those periods.)"
** In the same way that Honor Harrington is Hornblower/Nelson InSpace, the RCN books are Patrick O'Brian InSpace, with Daniel O'Leary in the role of Jack Aubrey and Adele Mundy as Stephen Maturin (only with her being the ship's comms officer rather than its surgeon). And a right deadly comms officer she is, too.
* ''The Lord of the Isles'': 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.
* ''Hammer's Slammers'' - short stories about futuristic mercenaries under Colonel Alois Hammer. The toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [=SS=] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], with fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.
** Several collections of short stories, ''Hammer's Slammers'', ''At Any Price'', ''The Warrior'', ''The Tank Lords'', ''The Butcher's Bill''
** ''Paying the Piper'' - The Macedonians against the Aetolian League InSpace! Okay, on a planetary surface. (Happy now?)
** ''The Sharp End'' - Rewrite of Creator/DashiellHammett's ''Literature/RedHarvest'' on a CrapsackWorld in the Slammerverse, except that one of Colonel Hammer's contract teams serves as the collective hero.
** ''Rolling Hot'' - The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War retold in the Slammerverse.
** ''Counting the Cost'' - The suppression of the Nika ('Victory') riots in Constantinople under the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 532.
** ''Cross the Stars'': a retelling of the Odyssey InSpace with former Slammer Major Donald 'Mad Dog' Slade as the Odysseus character. Colonel Hammer plays Zeus off-screen.
** ''The Voyage'': Re-write of the Jason and the Argonauts myth in the Slammerverse. The Jason character is female. The nephew of 'Mad Dog' Slade from ''Cross the Stars'' is the viewpoint character. Colonel Hammer again is cast as Zeus, but with only a brief message as an appearance.
* ''The General'' series with S. M. Stirling. A retelling of the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius in a sci-fi setting on a world after the fall of civilization. (Not to be confused with the Belisarius Series, described below.) The world, Bellevue, has rebuilt itself to approximately 1900 technology. Aka the ''Raj Whitehall'' series, and the ''Raj Whitehall and Center'' series. After the fifth book (''The Sword'' in 1995) the stories shifted to other worlds.
** ''The Chosen'' - World War 1.5 on another world. Crammed with references to real-world military events. "The Chosen" themselves are expies of Stirling's own ''Draka.''
** ''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. Later the series was continued with ''The Heretic'', co-written with Tony Daniel. This one's Egypt.

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* The ''RCN'' series is loosely based off the 18th century British navy, complete with spaceships that travel through hyperspace using sails. However, the sails are handled fairly realistically: stripping a ship's sails with a plasma cannon is a quick and easy way to keep it from escaping into hyperspace, the sails need to be furled and stowed before entering an atmosphere, and when deployed, interfere with the ship's realspace maneuvering and combat.
** Also known as
*** the ''Republic of Cinnabar'' series
*** the Leary/Mundy (after the main characters) series
*** the ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'' (after the title of the second book) series.
** Author's note from ''The Way to Glory'', third book in the series: "The general political background of the RCN series is that of Europe in the mid-eighteenth century, with admixtures of late-Republican Rome. (There's a surprising degree of congruence between British and Roman society in those periods.)"
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combat. In the same way that Honor Harrington is Hornblower/Nelson InSpace, the RCN books are Patrick O'Brian InSpace, with Daniel O'Leary in the role of Jack Aubrey and Adele Mundy as Stephen Maturin (only with her being the ship's comms officer rather than its surgeon). And a right deadly comms officer she is, too.
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* ''The Lord of the Isles'': 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.
* ''Hammer's Slammers'' - short stories about futuristic mercenaries under Colonel Alois Hammer. The toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly Partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [=SS=] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], with fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.
** Several collections of short stories, ''Hammer's Slammers'', ''At Any Price'', ''The Warrior'', ''The Tank Lords'', ''The Butcher's Bill''
** ''Paying the Piper'' - The Macedonians against the Aetolian League InSpace! Okay, on a planetary surface. (Happy now?)
** ''The Sharp End'' - Rewrite of Creator/DashiellHammett's ''Literature/RedHarvest'' on a CrapsackWorld in the Slammerverse, except that one of Colonel Hammer's contract teams serves as the collective hero.
** ''Rolling Hot'' - The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War retold in the Slammerverse.
** ''Counting the Cost'' - The suppression of the Nika ('Victory') riots in Constantinople under the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 532.
** ''Cross the Stars'': a retelling of the Odyssey InSpace with former Slammer Major Donald 'Mad Dog' Slade as the Odysseus character. Colonel Hammer plays Zeus off-screen.
** ''The Voyage'': Re-write of the Jason and the Argonauts myth in the Slammerverse. The Jason character is female. The nephew of 'Mad Dog' Slade from ''Cross the Stars'' is the viewpoint character. Colonel Hammer again is cast as Zeus, but with only a brief message as an appearance.
* ''The General'' series with S. M. Stirling. A retelling of the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius in a sci-fi setting on a world after the fall of civilization. (Not to be confused with the Belisarius Series, described below.) The world, Bellevue, has rebuilt itself to approximately 1900 technology. Aka the ''Raj Whitehall'' series, and the ''Raj Whitehall and Center'' series. After the fifth book (''The Sword'' in 1995) the stories shifted to other worlds.\n** ''The Chosen'' - World War 1.5 on another world. Crammed with references to real-world military events. "The Chosen" themselves are expies of Stirling's own ''Draka.''\n** ''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. Later the series was continued with ''The Heretic'', co-written with Tony Daniel. This one's Egypt.



* ''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'': 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 It takes 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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25th Nov '16 12:44:56 AM PaulA
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[[http://www.david-drake.com/ David Drake]] is the author of several sci-fi series, including ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' and ''Literature/HammersSlammers'', and has a major fantasy series, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles''.



[[http://www.david-drake.com/ David Drake]] is the author of several sci-fi series, and has a major fantasy series, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' which finished in late 2008 with ''The Gods Return''. Has numerous other works.
* ''Literature/{{RCN}}''
* ''Literature/TheGeneral'', with S.M. Stirling
* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' with Eric Flint
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles''
* ''Literature/HammersSlammers''
* ''Northworld''
* ''The Reaches''



* The ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' series is loosely based off the 18th century British navy, complete with spaceships that travel through hyperspace using sails. However, the sails are handled fairly realistically: stripping a ship's sails with a plasma cannon is a quick and easy way to keep it from escaping into hyperspace, the sails need to be furled and stowed before entering an atmosphere, and when deployed, interfere with the ship's realspace maneuvering and combat.

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* The ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' ''RCN'' series is loosely based off the 18th century British navy, complete with spaceships that travel through hyperspace using sails. However, the sails are handled fairly realistically: stripping a ship's sails with a plasma cannon is a quick and easy way to keep it from escaping into hyperspace, the sails need to be furled and stowed before entering an atmosphere, and when deployed, interfere with the ship's realspace maneuvering and combat.



* ''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.
* ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' - short stories about futuristic mercenaries under Colonel Alois Hammer. The toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [=SS=] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], with fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'': ''The Lord of the Isles'': 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/HammersSlammers'' ''Hammer's Slammers'' - short stories about futuristic mercenaries under Colonel Alois Hammer. The toughest mercs who ever killed for a dollar. According to WordOfGod, partly based on the French Foreign Legion in the 1950s, when that service had a large proportion of former [=SS=] in its ranks, but also loosely based on the Vietnam-Era [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_ACR 11th Armored Cavalry regiment]], with fusion-powered hovercraft "panzers" replacing tanks and smaller combat cars replacing M113 cavalry vehicles.



* ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series with S. M. Stirling. (This is ''not'' his ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. See the next entry.) A retelling of the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius in a sci-fi setting on a world after the fall of civilization. The world, Bellevue, has rebuilt itself to approximately 1900 technology. Aka the ''Raj Whitehall'' series, and the ''Raj Whitehall and Center'' series. After the fifth book (''The Sword'' in 1995) the stories shifted to other worlds.

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* ''Literature/TheGeneral'' ''The General'' series with S. M. Stirling. (This is ''not'' his ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. See the next entry.) A retelling of the life of the Byzantine General Belisarius in a sci-fi setting on a world after the fall of civilization. (Not to be confused with the Belisarius Series, described below.) The world, Bellevue, has rebuilt itself to approximately 1900 technology. Aka the ''Raj Whitehall'' series, and the ''Raj Whitehall and Center'' series. After the fifth book (''The Sword'' in 1995) the stories shifted to other worlds.



* The ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' with Eric Flint. The life of the Byzantine General Belisarius as an alternate history, where the two great powers from the far future have each sent an emissary to alter the past in Belisarius' lifetime.

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* The ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' ''Belisarius Series'' with Eric Flint. The life of the Byzantine General Belisarius as an alternate history, where the two great powers from the far future have each sent an emissary to alter the past in Belisarius' lifetime.



* ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'': The campaigns of an ancient Roman Legion captured by aliens who survive as a mercenary army used on low-tech planets.

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* ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'': ''Ranks of Bronze'': The campaigns of an ancient Roman Legion captured by aliens who survive as a mercenary army used on low-tech planets.



* ''TheBooksOfTheElements'': Ancient Rome [[RecycledInSpace With Magic]]!
* ''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?

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* ''TheBooksOfTheElements'': ''The Books of the Elements'': Ancient Rome [[RecycledInSpace With Magic]]!
* ''Literature/{{Redliners}}'': ''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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!His !!Works by David Drake (solo or in collaboration) with their own pages:

* ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''
* ''Literature/TheGeneral''
* ''Literature/HammersSlammers''
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles''
* ''Literature/RanksOfBronze''
* ''Literature/{{RCN}}''
* ''Literature/{{Redliners}}''

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* 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.
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* TheQuietOne: Tovera, Adele Mundy's aide. Subverted in that she's a tiny female. So self-effacing she's ignored by police responding to murderous violence at a society garden party in ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'', despite the fact that she's holding a sub-machine gun. Deadlier than her mistress, the BadassBookworm. ''Much'' deadlier.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Adele Mundy from ''Literature/{{RCN}}'', Joachim Steuben from ''Literature/HammersSlammers'', Hussein ben Mehdi from ''The Forlorn Hope'', Stephen Gregg from ''The Reaches''.... And that's not counting how, in ''The General'' and its follow-ons, Center can augment someone's marksmanship to levels that leave hardened soldiers staring in awe.

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* TheQuietOne: Tovera, Adele Mundy's aide. Subverted in that she's a tiny female. So self-effacing she's ignored by police responding to murderous violence at a society garden party in ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'', despite the fact that she's holding a sub-machine gun. Deadlier than her mistress, the BadassBookworm. ''Much'' deadlier.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Adele Mundy from ''Literature/{{RCN}}'', Joachim Steuben from ''Literature/HammersSlammers'',
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Hussein ben Mehdi from ''The Forlorn Hope'', Hope''.
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Stephen Gregg from ''The Reaches''.... And that's not counting how, in ''The General'' and its follow-ons, Center can augment someone's marksmanship to levels that leave hardened soldiers staring in awe. Reaches''.



* ShoutOut: Occasionally drops 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]]''.
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