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American writer David Drake is best known for his military science fiction and fantasy novels. Drake was born in 1945 in Iowa. He earned degrees in history and classics, and was studying law when he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War.
After returning from Vietnam, Drake completed his law degree and became an Assistant Town Attorney. He left that post in 1981 to become a full time writer, fifteen years after his first story publication.
Drake’s first novel, The Dragon Lord, was published in 1979. The same year, he published a story collection, Hammer’s Slammers. He has now written over 60 books, primarily science fiction and fantasy.
Much of Drake’s writing is informed by his time in Vietnam. He has also said that Rudyard Kipling is an influence on his writing, and this is especially noticeable in many of his fantasy books. His books also reflect his interest in and knowledge of classics.
Between 1997 and 2007, Drake wrote and published his largest series, Lord of the Isles. The series is made up of six individual novels and a trilogy, dubbed Crown of the Isles. Though much of his work is in the fantasy genre, he is still best known for his military science fiction, and is considered one of the genre’s best authors.
In addition to his own books, Drake is known for the anthologies he has edited and his work as a co-author of other stories. He has helped other authors with plotting and has served as a military advisor on a number of books.