David R. Palmer

David R. Palmer

David R. Palmer (b 1941 in Chicago[1]), Highland Park High School (Class of 1959) [1], is a science fiction author who has been nominated three times for Hugo Awards. He is married and lives in Florida [2], where he works as a court reporter.


Published works

His first novel, Emergence (ISBN 0-553-25519-3), won the Compton Crook Award in 1985. It arose from a novella by the same title featured in the January, 1981, issue of Analog. This was followed by the February, 1983, Analog publication of the Seeking novella, which ultimately became part two of the novel. Thereafter the Emergence novella appeared in an anthology called Children of the Future. Both novellas also won reader's choice awards from Analog. Both were nominated for the Hugo award for best novella in their respective years, and the novel for best novel in 1985.

A sequel to Emergence, Tracking, was serialized in three parts, beginning in the July/August 2008 issue of Analog. Tracking was continued in the September issue and concluded in the October issue of the magazine.

His second novel, Threshold (ISBN 0-553-24878-2), was published as the first book in the To Halt Armageddon trilogy[2] in 1985. The "About the Author" section of Threshold states that David is "currently working on the sequel to Threshold, also to be published by Bantam",[1] to be called Spēcial Education,[3] although it has not been published to date. He stated in the afterword to the 1990 edition of Emergence that any future writing would depend upon his finances.[4] Palmer has another completed but unpublished novel, Schrödinger's Frisbee, which is not related to either of his first two novels.

Wormhole Press was at one point indicated as a possible publisher for the new novels and for a reprinting of both Emergence and Threshold[5], but as of October 2010 the company appears to be defunct; even in early 2011, the website hadn't been updated in years, and no response came to inquiries. As of May 2011, the site has been replaced by one of the 'filler pages' indicating that someone has bought up the wormholepress.com URL.



  • Emergence (1984)
  • Threshold (1985)

Short fiction

  • "Tracking - part 1". Analog 128 (7&8). July/August 2008. 
  • "Tracking - part 2". Analog 128 (9): 90–133. September 2008. 
  • "Tracking - part 3". Analog 128 (10): 86–133. October 2008. 


Jay Kay Kline's "Biolog" for David R. Palmer appeared in the February 1983 Analog Science Fiction and Fact with the novella "Seeking", p 61.

Locus Online's list of awards and nominations

  1. ^ a b Palmer, David R. (1985). "About the Author". Threshold. Bantam Spectra. ISBN 0-553-24878-2. 
  2. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. "Threshold (Book I of the To Halt Armageddon trilogy)" 
  3. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. "I'm almost five years overdue on Book II, Spēcial Education" 
  4. ^ Palmer, David R. (November 1990) [1984]. Emergence (Signature Special ed.). Bantam Spectra. p. 297. ISBN 0-553-25519-3. 
  5. ^ "April 2008 Amazon.com comment on Emergence by David R. Palmer"

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