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David Drake

David Drake


LibertyCon 15 Author Guest of Honor (2001)

I graduated from the U of I with a double major in history and Latin, then married Joanne (Jo) and started Duke Law School. Everything was going fine until the Army drafted me in 1969, changing my immediate career path to a choice between interrogator or grunt. I chose interrogator and was assigned to the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse, thus spending much of 1970 riding armored vehicles through jungles instead of slogging on foot. During my service I learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away. I returned to Duke in 1971, completed my law degree, and became Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney while trying to put my life back together through fiction that made sense of what I'd seen and done in the Army. (It still doesn't make any sense.) My writing career took off. Since 1981 I have been a fulltime SF and fantasy writer. Depending on how you count, somewhere between 65 and a couple hundred books by me have come out from major publishers. I would rather be a moderately successful lawyer with a less interesting background. Jo and I are still married. We have one son (Jonathan) and one grandson (Tristan). We live in the nice house we built in the middle of Chatham County, NC. Dave Drake

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring David Drake

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 10:00PM Reading: David Drake
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Urban Fantasy: Druids in the 'Hood Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Urban Fantasy themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Slideshow and Prize Patrol
Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!) Fans of the Black Tide Rising universe won't want to miss a special announcement about this series!
Sat 02:00PM C.H.U.D. Lives
Eric S. Brown moderates this panel on the glorious resurrection in the form of an anthology of the bad B movie horror classic C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) .
Sat 05:00PM Masters of Military Science Fiction
Chris Kennedy moderates this discussion on the essential elements necessary to create good hard military science fiction.
Sun 10:00AM Autograph Session (Brown, Drake, Fults, Wandrey)
Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)
Dealer's Room
(60 min)