David Drake

David Drake


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

CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM No S**T There I Was Just Minding My Own Business ....
John Ringo moderates this "war story" discussion with writers who are veterans and law enforcement professionals.
Sat 12:00PM Hollywood Science Fiction Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches

Hollywood Science Fiction themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!

Sat 05:00PM Masters of Military Science Fiction

David Weber moderates this discussion on the essential elements necessary to create good hard military science fiction.

Sat 09:00PM Reading: David Drake
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of his works
CC: Meeting Room 7
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM Autograph Session (Drake, Les Johnson, Lewis, Shoemaker)

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 (M: Plaza A/B/C Ballroom)
(60 min)
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