David R. Palmer

Emergence, Palmer’s first novel, was on the final ballots of the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick awards, and won the Balticon’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel in 1985. Parts I and II appeared in the January, 1981, and February, 1983, issues of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and were his first and second sales. Both made the Hugo and Nebula final ballets, and both won Analog’s AnLab readers’ voting awards by the largest margins ever up until those dates. Threshold was his second novel.

Then he was blocked for twenty-five years.

In about 2000, however, he sold a movie option on Emergence. Then, since a screenplay clearly would be needed, he by golly emerged from writers’ block and wrote one.

Since then, in addition, he’s completed Spēcial Education, the sequel to Threshold; Schrödinger’s Frisbee, an unrelated novel about a boy and his dog, his girlfriend, alien abduction, and the fate of Earth. Tracking, the sequel to Emergence, serialized in Analog magazine during 2008, received an enthusiastic reception.

For the nonfiction aisle, he’s assembled a collection of writing tips, ranging from how to select a “narrative voice,” precision word selection, punctuation, and how to avoid constructing awkward sentences. This modest tome goes by the unmitigatedly sarcastic title of Rahtin’ Storyz Reel Gud Lahk a Arther Shud, (or) How to Avoid Looking Unnecessarily Subliterate in Print . . .

As of this writing, he has two other stories in progress.


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