Other Times Than Peace David Drake




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Other Times Than Peace

David Drake




This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2006 by David Drake
"Introduction: A Range of Treatments" copyright © 2006 by David Drake; "Lambs to the Slaughter" was first published in
Foreign Legions edited by David Drake, copyright © 2001; "Men Like Us" was first published in Omni magazine copyright © 1980; "The Day of Glory" copyright © 2006; "The Interrogation Team" copyright © 1978; "A Death in Peacetime" copyright © 2006 by David Drake; "Dreams in Amber" was first published in Whispers V edited by Stuart David Schiff copyright © 1985; "Safe to Sea" was first published in Space Fighters edited by Joe Haldeman, Charles G. Waugh and Martin Harry Greenberg copyright © 1988; "The Murder of Halley's Comet" by David Drake and Larry Niven was first published in The Fleet: Breakthrough edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett copyright © 1989; "The Hunting Ground" was first published in Superhorror edited by Ramsey Campbell copyright © 1976; "The False Prophet" was first published in Vettius and His Friends copyright © 1989; "A Grand Tour" is a different version of a story that appeared in More than Honor edited by David Weber, originally copyright © 1998; this version copyright © 2006 by David Drake.

A Baen Books Original

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ISBN 10: 1-4165-2076-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-2076-4

Cover art by Kurt Miller

First printing, August 2006

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Introduction: A Range of Treatments



I started out writing horror stories. To be precise, I started out by writing a pastiche of August Derleth pastiches of H.P. Lovecraft horror stories. (It was very bad. The only collection I can imagine reprinting it in is a retrospective where I can point to it and say, "See how much better I've gotten?" Which, believe me, will be damning my later work with faint praise.)

From horror I moved to heroic fantasy (sword and sorcery, if you prefer), to mainstream SF, to space opera, to military SF (I distinguish between those two subgenres), and even to humor. I've also written quite a lot of fantasy—the Isles series of Tolkienesque fantasies for Tor of course, but quite a lot before I started that series as well.

There aren't any fantasies in this collection, but I've included samples from the other named subgenres. I read widely across the spectrum of SF/fantasy, and I don't see much difference between writing one type and another. The stories I like are about characters—about people—and that's a constant in all genres.

These stories include one of my earliest as well as the two most recent (as of this writing). Some are self-standing, some were written for series of my own, and several were written for shared universes. There are light stories and some of the grimmest things I've ever written. (Yes, I know what I'm saying.) Some are carefully researched historicals, some take place in the far future, and one was set in the place and time where I wrote it.

What the stories have in common is that they're all about war. Some of the protagonists are fighting for the survival of the human species; some are fighting for national political ends; and many are simply fighting because it's their job. The reasons don't really matter to the people at the sharp end.

And above all, these are stories about people.

Dave Drake
david-drake.com



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