History Creator / DavidDrake

28th Mar '18 9:38:07 PM costanton11
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* CreatorRecovery: David Drake is a good example: his fiction after ''Redliners'' is less harsh and more optimistic, with a little more faith in humanity. [[http://david-drake.com/2002/redliners/ Author's comments]].
11th Feb '18 2:42:07 PM StarSword
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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: ''Hammer's Slammers'', as well as the foreword he wrote for a ShortStory {{anthology}} in ''Literature/TheFourHorsemenUniverse'', ruminate on the nature of the professional soldier, noting there isn't a whole lot of difference between a soldier in a standing army and one who works for a private military company.
27th Oct '17 5:27:51 PM dlchen145
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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''.

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[[http://www.david-drake.com/ David Drake]] (born September 24, 1945) is the author of several sci-fi series, including ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' and ''Literature/HammersSlammers'', and has a major fantasy series, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles''.
5th Feb '17 1:01:17 PM StarSword
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* ''The Citizen Series'', with Creator/JohnLambshead. It's UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington [-InSpace-]


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* ''Literature/TheCitizenSeries''
31st Jan '17 11:48:15 AM Black_Diesel
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24th Dec '16 12:32:43 PM StarSword
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24th Dec '16 12:31:04 PM StarSword
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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.
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