David Walton

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David loves to read science fiction and lives near Philadelphia with his wife and eight children. His latest book, THREE LAWS LETHAL, is about self-driving cars and the AIs that drive them.

"Three Laws Lethal gives the reader exciting insights into the threats and the promises that are coming our way."
—Vernor Vinge

"Walton has brought hard sci-fi roaring back to life."
—The Wall Street Journal

“One of my favorite science fiction writers, Walton consistently delivers exciting thrillers packed with likeable characters and big ideas.”
—Craig DiLouie
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David Walton One of the coolest things about being a writer is all the people I've had the chance to meet. I've met authors who I read and loved when I was young, …moreOne of the coolest things about being a writer is all the people I've had the chance to meet. I've met authors who I read and loved when I was young, some of whom have even read my books now. I've met lots of other authors and artists and editors and publishers, all of whom are enthusiastic about books and what they can do. I've seen other people--artists, editors, translators, even screenwriters and directors--apply their skills to make my stories better or to bring them to a new audience. And I've met hundreds of fans, many of them in other countries, who have read and appreciated my work. It's been an incredible experience.(less)
David Walton Just keep writing. There's no magic formula, and everyone's experience is different, but all of us experience a lot of rejection along the way. I fill…moreJust keep writing. There's no magic formula, and everyone's experience is different, but all of us experience a lot of rejection along the way. I filled boxes with rejection letters before I sold my first short story for little more than pocket change. There's always somebody more successful than you, and jealousy is an easy trap. Enjoy each little success, and don't let the disappointments stop you.(less)
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WSJ Best of 2019!

I pleased to announce that the Wall Street Journal named Three Laws Lethal first in their Best Science Fiction of 2019!  The WSJ has always reviewed my books quite favorably, ever since Superposition, and it’s a real honor for my latest novel to be called out this way.

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