[[caption-width-right:350:David Weber with his wife Sharon.]]
->''"I'm a storyteller. I enjoy telling stories; it's as simple as that."''

David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is a best-selling author of Science fiction and Fantasy.

Known for showing his work in {{Infodump}}s, even when in reality SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay[[note]]though at least MagicAIsMagicA remains in force[[/note]]. Has a thing for Asian female protagonists. Due to injured hands, he dictates (into a computer) {{Door Stopper}}s of ever-increasing length. Is also a Naval Historian.

!!He has several major series including:
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', his most popular series, detailing the career of a starship commander. Earlier stories fall into RecycledInSpace ''Literature/HoratioHornblower''. SpaceIsAnOcean is a major trope of the series, with the FTL and ReactionlessDrive technology designed to produce some navalish battles. Thirteen mainline books, and two spin off series and counting. The historical analogies are never played completely straight, and the correspondences change as the series goes on. For example, the equivalent of Napoleon does not come to power, because the bad-guy's secret police win an EnemyCivilWar.
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'': Fantasy novel set in an original world created by David Weber for gaming purposes. Uses the 5 Races of Man with the equivalent Orcs as the 5th race. Notable as being set AfterTheEnd of a Magitek empire. Has 4 novels and a novella, with another novel and novella to tie up the current generation eventually. A 7 book series is coming out with book one being currently edited, and per WordOfGod its the work he's really wanted to do for years. There's more random WordOfGod as its his private TabletopGame.
* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' (or the ''Dahak'' series): The Moon is a PlanetSpaceship from a long dead human empire across hundreds of worlds. The moon has active countermeasures to appear perfectly harmless. Modern humans are the descendants of the loyal crew from the mutiny which stranded them. The rebels are the AncientConspiracy controlling our history.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfire}}'': Weber was one of the designers of the tabletop space combat game Starfire before he was an author. His first novel was essentially a compilation of some backstory for the game that that he and Steve White came up with over email. He has since co-authored three other books in the same universe.
* ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'': Set on a LostColony that was deliberately lost to hide it from the aliens who [[AfterTheEnd destroyed the rest of the human race]], and who seem to be able to detect any large-scale use of high technology. The plan was originally to rebuild humanity and develop a way to defeat the aliens while hiding from them, but the project is hijacked by individuals who brainwash the colonists and found [[PathOfInspiration a new religion]] with themselves as gods and designed to permanently lock the world in MedievalStasis. 800 years later the plan is starting to show cracks, and the original pro-technology faction's last-ditch effort wakes up: an android containing the personality of a young female military commander, and equipped with a very few useful gadgets...
* ''Literature/HellsGate'': War between two parallel Earths that have been exploring portals between parallel worlds. Until they meet all the worlds have been uninhabited. One side has magic, the other psychic talents. WordOfGod states a technological faction will be forthcoming.
* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': David Weber is one of the most prolific writers of Bolo stories since the death of the original author, Creator/KeithLaumer. Bolos are large sentient tanks with weapons in the Megatonne per second level of firing. Notable due to the large level of HumansAreBastards in the stories with the Bolos often being the most sympathetic characters.
* ''[[Literature/PrinceRoger The Empire of Man]]'': Co-written with Creator/JohnRingo. RoyalBrat Prince Roger, third in line to the throne of the Empire of Man, is targeted for assasination. It doesn't fail by much, and he's stranded- along with the Marine battalion responsible for keeping his sorry ass alive- on Marduk. Marduk being a DeathWorld with distressingly unfriendly natives, it gets worse from there. On the upside, Roger belatedly [[ComingOfAgeStory gets better]] in a big way.
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'': Co-written with Creator/EricFlint, the creator of the series. In the year 2000, a coal-mining town from West Virginia gets hurled across space and time to Germany in the 1630s, bringing half a millennium's worth of scientific knowledge and an iron-clad belief in the equality of all human beings to the church- and aristocrat-dominated 17th century.
* ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'': Genre-bending new series. Aliens invade the Earth, kill 3 billion, and fight the rest as pockets of resistance. The great leader of human forces rises...
* ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll''
* ''Literature/InFuryBorn''
!!Some tropes common to David Weber's works are:
%% Only add tropes here that are present in more than one of Weber's series.
* AbsoluteXenophobe: All over the place.
* AncientConspiracy: The Mesans (Honorverse), the Church of God Awaiting (Safehold), the Mutineers (Empire from the Ashes)
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary-level class 3, 4, and 5 happens in the backstories
** Large-scale assassination attempts (enough to classify as minor military actions) in the Empire from the Ashes, War Gods, and Safehold series.
* AuthorAppeal: It's quite a bit more subtle than the polygamy thing or the eternal youth thing in his books (plus the giant penis-shaped starships), but Creator/DavidWeber's thing for petite frequently-pregnant women is worthy of comment. While most of the pregnancies occur offscreen, Katherine Mayhew and Allison Harrington in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' have eight to eleven pregnancies and eight live births between the two of them. There's never any discussion of the difficulties this would have on a woman of small size, just comments about how beautiful/elegant they are and how impressive it is that they're into natural pregnancy (given that his wife appears to be significantly smaller than him, and they have three children, this may be a personal fondness)...
** He also seems to have an odd need for HoldYourHippogriffs expressions, replacing perfectly serviceable cliches with their IN SPACE equivalents for no good reason. This is exclusive to Weber's work on the series; on the novels written or co-written by others, no "hippogriffs" are usually in sight.
** So far almost every star nation[[note]]Erewhon is an exception[[/note]] in the Honorverse firmly supports and uses the death penalty where it comes up, while more specifically, the method of execution is ''hanging''. No character or government, not even from the [[StrawmanPolitical quarters]] you'd expect, is shown to question or oppose it.
** His support of laissez-faire capitalism vs. socialism is also ''quite'' obvious.
** In both the Honorverse and Safehold series, baseball has spread to the stars and pages of prose are dedicated to the sport.
* AuthorCatchphrase: Some examples that crop up in several of his series, though often in variations:
** "Let's be about it" is mainly used in Literature/HonorHarrington, but also crops up in Literature/TheWarGods and {{Literature/Safehold}}
** "One tries" in Literature/{{Safehold}}, but also in Literature/InFuryBorn and Literature/HonorHarrington.
** "...With contemptuous ease..."
** "...Never-to-be-sufficiently-damned..." crops up quite a bit.
** People never hold their hand (or hands) "palm up". It's ''always'' "palm uppermost".
** "...Such as it was, and what there was of it...", with variations of tense and singular/plural, appears in over half his books.
** Anything that's really difficult or grueling has a tendency to be a "copperplated bitch". Even in Safehold, though at first only Merlin used it. After Charis actually started sheathing their ships in copper (and people who saw Merlin frequently started using the phrase) it has cropped up once or twice from people who aren't in the "inner circle".
** "Unmitigated bastard" (or unmitigated similar-epithet) also crops up fairly regularly.
%%** When someone messes up badly, they've "screwed the pooch" or "screwed up by the numbers".
%%** Maybe I can, and maybe I can't (or variations thereof with the form conditional adverb - pronoun - verb, conditional adverb - pronoun - negated verb)
%%** Sometime, phrases are capitalized when normal rules of grammar wouldn't have done so. For example, people have a tendency to note that an impish person is Up To Something. Or, occasionally, Up To No Good.
%%*** Also occasionally, a character will note that Something Was Up.
%%*** And something has been SeriousBusiness at least once.
%%*** "[doing something dangerous/unwise] would have come under the heading of a Really Bad Idea."
%%** "For [group], those who had chosen to make themselves enemies came in two categories: those who had been properly dealt with, and those who were still alive."
* AuthorFilibuster: The plot of his books will be periodically interspersed by {{InfoDump}}s explaining how the in-universe technology, society, magic, or otherwise works.
* BondCreature: It's common for protagonists to have telepathic sidekicks, with Nimitz, Walsharno, and Tisiphone being clear examples. Owl is a technological example.
* CharacterFilibuster: Characters often go into (usually wholly mental) digressions on the evils of socialism, education policies which seek to "validate" students rather than actually teach, and many other topics, depending on the plot.
* TheGoodKing: To the extent that one can make judgments about an author's politics from his works, Weber is a not-so-closeted monarchist, describing people as biased against monarchy and toward republics in his works, no matter how [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny tyrannical]] or [[HereditaryRepublic in name only]] that republic is. That said, it's important to note that he's a ''constitutional'' monarchist - all of his protagonist royals preside over or strive for some form of representative government. They have real but limited powers, or wield their theoretically absolute power in an enlightened, limited way.
* HappilyMarried: Weber likes to put his characters through many, many types of hell -- but this does not usually include an unhappy marriage. {{Perfectly Arranged Marriage}}s are all over the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, and in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', those characters who do settle down with someone long-term tend to be very happy.[[note]]Except when one half of the happy pairing is unceremoniously killed off mid-plot, [[Literature/HonorHarrington not that we're bitter or anything]].[[/note]] Even the BigBad of a series (see: [[spoiler:Albrecht Detweiler]]) can be happily married, in this case with [[spoiler:his wife Evelina]]. Exceptions occur, of course, but they are far more rare than a happy pairing.
* InfoDump: Frequently used, particularly in the Honorverse, though bonus points occur in ''On Basilisk Station'', his first book in that series, where a battle is interrupted midway for a long, multi-page explanation of how the space ships work.
* MoleInCharge: Giancola (Honorverse), Kahlvyn Ahrmahk (Safehold), Lawrence Jefferson (Empire from the Ashes), The Voice of Lillinara (War Gods), Subrahmanyan Treadwell (Fury)
* OmnicidalManiac: The Gbaba (Safehold), the Achuultani (Empire from the Ashes), the Troll and the Rish (The Apocalypse Troll)
* ReactionlessDrive: Impeller drives in the Honorverse, pulled-along-by-a-black hole in ''In Fury Born''.
* SemperFi: Marines serve as the primary ground combat force in all his books, except ''In Fury Born'', which has the Cadre, which are marines but more awesome.
* SpaceAmish: Or at least wannabe SpaceAmish. The planets of Grayson, Pardal, and Safehold.
* TechnicallyASmile: Often in the Honor Harrington books and sometimes in the Safehold books.
%% Presence in the Honorverse books are not sufficient to be included here
%%* WriterOnBoard: Certain policies are very clearly favored across the board in the Honorverse, namely laissez-faire economics, capital punishment, meritocracy, benevolent constitutional monarchy, [[EternalSexualFreedom sexual liberation]], etc.