David R. Palmer

Chicago, Illinois, The United States

David R. Palmer is a science fiction author who has been nominated three times for Hugo Awards. He is married and lives in Florida, where he works as a court reporter.

Average rating: 4.12 · 2,177 ratings · 211 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors

4.15 avg rating — 1,843 ratings — published 1984 — 7 editions
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3.89 avg rating — 200 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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Tracking (Emergence, #2)

4.16 avg rating — 109 ratings — published 2008 — 4 editions
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Special Education: TO HALT ...

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George Washington's Militar...

3.81 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 2012 — 9 editions
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Analog's Children Of The Fu...

3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1982 — 2 editions
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Alef - Science fiction maga...

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Analog Science Fiction and ...

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1981
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Analog 7 (Analog, #7)

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1983
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“We'll beat you yet, you cold-blooded, censored son of a bowdlerized, unprintably expurgated deletion!”
David R. Palmer, Emergence


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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
2012, 3.9 stars, 304 pages
$7.80 Kindle, cheap print, may be at library

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"Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not-you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it's the last time you'll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you'd stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

“Laybourne’s debut ably turns what could have been yet another post apocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)

When Dean raced out the door to catch the school bus, he didn’t realize it would be the last time he’d ever see his mom. After a freak hailstorm sends the bus crashing into a superstore, Dean and a group of students of all ages are left to fend for themselves.
They soon realize the hailstorm and the crash are the least of their worries. After seeing a series of environmental and chemical disasters ravage the outside world, they realize they’re trapped inside the store.
Unable to communicate with the ones they love, the group attempts to cobble together a new existence. As they struggle to survive, Dean and the others must decide which risk is greater: leaving… or staying.

Monument 14 is a post-apocalyptic YA novel that transcends age barriers. If you like heart-stopping suspense, realistic characters, and new takes on survival novels, then you’ll love the first book in Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 series."
  11 votes, 31.4%

Zone One by Colson Whitehead
2011, 4.17 stars, 259 pages
$11.99 Kindle, cheap print, may be at library

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"In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead.

Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world.

And then things start to go wrong.

Both spine chilling and playfully cerebral, Zone One bril­liantly subverts the genre’s conventions and deconstructs the zombie myth for the twenty-first century."
  9 votes, 25.7%

Equations of Life by Simon Morden
2011, 3.85 stars, 400 pages
$7.99 Kindle, cheap used paperback, may be at library

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"Samuil Petrovitch is a survivor.

He survived the nuclear fallout in St. Petersburg and hid in the London Metrozone – the last city in England. He’s lived this long because he’s a man of rules and logic.

For example, getting involved = a bad idea.

But when he stumbles into a kidnapping in progress, he acts without even thinking. Before he can stop himself, he’s saved the daughter of the most dangerous man in London.

And clearly saving the girl = getting involved.

Now, the equation of Petrovitch’s life is looking increasingly complex.

Russian mobsters + Yakuza + something called the New Machine Jihad = one dead Petrovitch.

But Petrovitch has a plan – he always has a plan – he’s just not sure it’s a good one."
  5 votes, 14.3%

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
2018, 3.63 stars, 336 pages
$9.99 Kindle, paperbacks around $6 used, should be at library

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"After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection."
  5 votes, 14.3%

Emergence by David R. Palmer
1984, 4.17 stars, 291 pages
$5.99 Kindle, cheap print, probably not at library (?)

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"Candidia Maria Smith-Foster, an eleven-year-old girl, is unaware that she's a Homo post hominem, mankind's next evolutionary step.

With international relations rapidly deteriorating, Candy's father, publicly a small-town pathologist but secretly a government biowarfare expert, is called to Washington. Candy remains at home.

The following day a worldwide attack, featuring a bionuclear plague, wipes out virtually all of humanity (i.e., Homo sapiens). With her pet bird Terry, she survives the attack in the shelter beneath their house. Emerging three months later, she learns of her genetic heritage and sets off to search for others of her kind."
  5 votes, 14.3%


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