David Drake

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David Drake is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. Born in Iowa in 1945, he earned a degree in history and classics. He was studying law when he was drafted into the Army. After serving in the Vietnam War, he returned to Duke University to complete his law degree.

Drake became left his post as an Assistant Town Attorney to devote himself to writing. Heís been a full-time writer since 1981. His first story publication came in 1966, and his first two books were both published in 1979. These two books were a novel, The Dragon Lord, and a story collection, Hammerís Slammers. The latter was the start of a 10-book series of military science fiction stories.

With over 60 published books, Drake is a prolific writer of both military science fiction and fantasy. He regularly publishes works in both genres, and is considered among the best military science fiction authors. Drake has also co-authored and edited many books, including eleven anthologies and dozens of novels.

Drake has said he is highly influenced by his time in Vietnam, the writing of Rudyard Kipling, and the ancient Greek and Roman societies. All of these show up regularly in his fiction, most notably in Cross the Stars, The Voyage, and The Forlorn Hope, which each include retellings of pieces of classical writing.

Despite being best known for his military science fiction, Drake points out that most of his writing is outside this subgenre. He continues to write a variety of science fiction and fantasy fiction.

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