was born on September 24, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1967 I graduated
from the University of Iowa with a BA in History (with honors) and Latin;
married my wife Jo (one son, Jonathan, born 1973); and entered Duke Law
School. I was drafted out of law school and served in the army 1969-71,
spending most of 1970 as an interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment, the Blackhorse, in Vietnam and Cambodia.
returned, finished law school, and spent eight years as Assistant Town
Attorney of Chapel Hill, NC. In 1980 I resigned and drove a city bus part-time
for a year while I did more writing. Since 1981 I've been a fulltime freelance
sold my first story (a really bad Lovecraftian pastiche) to August Derleth
of Arkham House in 1966 while I was an undergraduate. I continued to sell
stories in law school, the army, and while working as an attorney. In
1979 my first book, the military SF collection Hammer's Slammers,
and my first novel, The Dragon Lord (a swords and sorcery piece)
David Drake (You can find out more at his website listed below.)
known for his science fiction classic, Hammer's
Slammers - the meanest, toughest bunch of mercenaries who ever
killed for a dollar, or wrecked a world for pay - Drake is a veteran of
the only independent armored regiment assigned to Vietnam. He lives in
Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
More info: http://david-drake.com/
Last Revised: November 2005.