David Walton

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David is the internationally bestselling author of THE GENIUS PLAGUE, winner of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best Novel. He loves to read SF and lives near Philadelphia with his wife and seven children.

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

David's next novel, THREE LAWS LETHAL, is about self-driving cars and the AIs that drive them. It will be published in February 2019.

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

"Flat-out superb."
-- Paul Levinson

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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…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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I was on a panel at Philcon this weekend called “The Robot Other,” which asked why we are so attracted to stories written about sympathetic AI characters, especially those written from the AI’s perspective. A question from someone in the audience prompted what I thought was the best insight from the conversation: In our cultural dialogue, we are moving more and more toward the consensus that hu...

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“The truth is, everyone is confused by quantum physics.”
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“I guess if you’re smart enough, you can do and say what you like and people just call you eccentric. It’s like being old.”
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“He should call it Oronzi’s Law: Any sufficiently-advanced intelligence will be indistinguishable from insanity.”
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