David Weber

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David Weber
David and Sharon Weber at CONduit 17
David and Sharon Weber at CONduit 17
Born (1952-10-24) October 24, 1952 (age 61)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Novelist, short story author
Language English
Genres Science fiction (esp. military science fiction), fantasy, alternate history
Notable work(s) Honor Harrington series

www.davidweber.net

David Mark Weber (born October 24, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.

Writing career

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Weber began writing while in fifth grade.1 His first published novels grew out of his work as a war game designer for the Task Force game Starfire.2 Weber wrote short stories set in the Starfire universe for Task Force Games' Nexus magazine, and wrote the Starfire novel Insurrection (1990) with Stephen White after Nexus was cancelled; this book was the first in a tetralogy that continued through their last collaboration, The Shiva Option (2002), which made the New York Times bestseller list.3

His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to alternate history (1632 series with Eric Flint) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization.4

A lifetime military history buff, David Weber has carried his interest of history into his fiction. He is said to be interested in most periods of history, with a strong emphasis on the military and diplomatic aspects of it.5

He prefers to write about strong characters, developing a character's background story in advance in considerable detail because he wants that degree of comfort level with the character.1 He has said he writes primarily in the evenings and at night.5

Weber has said he makes an effort to accept as many invitations to science fiction conferences and conventions as he can because finds that the opportunities for direct feedback from readers which conventions offer is extremely useful to him. He makes a habit of Tuckerizing people from fandom, particularly in the Honor Harrington books (see e.g. Jordin Kare).5

In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.6

Personal life

Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina, with their three children and "a passel of dogs".2

In a video interview, he stated that he is a Methodist lay preacher, and that he tries to explore in his writing how religions (both real-life and fictional ones) can be forces for good on the one hand, and misused to defend evil causes on the other hand.7

Published works

The first-edition hardcover releases by Baen Books of War of Honor, Wind Rider's Oath, At All Costs, Hell Hath No Fury, Torch of Freedom, and Mission of Honor each contain a CD, holding electronic copies of all the David Weber books published by Baen up to that moment. The CD labels explicitly state that the contents are freely distributable. The CDs have been mirrored on various sites.89

Many of Weber's books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25–33% of the work).10

Honor Harrington series

  1. On Basilisk Station (April 1993) ISBN 0-671-57793-X
  2. The Honor of the Queen (June 1993) ISBN 0-671-57864-2
  3. The Short Victorious War (April 1994) ISBN 0-671-87596-5
  4. Field of Dishonor (October 1994) ISBN 0-671-57820-0
  5. Flag in Exile (September 1995) ISBN 0-671-31980-9
  6. Honor Among Enemies (February 1996) ISBN 0-671-87723-2
  7. In Enemy Hands (July 1997) ISBN 0-671-57770-0
  8. Echoes of Honor (October 1998) ISBN 0-671-57833-2
  9. Ashes of Victory (March 2000) ISBN 0-671-57854-5
  10. War of Honor (October 2002) ISBN 0-7434-3545-1
  11. At All Costs (November 2005) ISBN 1-4165-0911-9
  12. Mission of Honor (June 2010) ISBN 1-4391-3361-1
  13. A Rising Thunder (March 6, 2012) ISBN 1-4516-3806-6

Works related to the Honor Harrington series

Worlds of Honor anthologies
Novellas and short stories related to the Honor Harrington series. Edited by Weber.
Wages of Sin sub-series
Saganami sub-series
Young adult series
Weber's chronologically earliest Honorverse novels, they focus on Stephanie Harrington and the discovery of treecats.
Companion

Dahak series

War God series

Safehold series

Other novels

Collections

Collaborations

With Steve White
Starfire series (based on the Starfire games).
With John Ringo
Empire of Man series.
With Eric Flint
1632 series.
With Linda Evans
Multiverse series.
Multi-author collections
  • The Warmasters (2002) ISBN 0-7434-3534-6, includes David Weber's Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington together with Island by Eric Flint and Choosing sides by David Drake.

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