David Weber



Reading to power imaginary voyages across the universe.



David Weber, the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington novels, has reinvigorated the great tradition of spacefaring science fiction with his Horatio Hornblower-inspired tales of battle and politics portrayed at a galactic scale. His latest book, Off Armageddon Reef, launches a new series of epic adventures. He shared with us three novels that shaped him both as a reader and a writer.


Books by David Weber





David and the Phoenix

By Edward Ormondroyd


"The very first book I ever read entirely to myself, at the venerable age of six years. It's a young adult book that isn't written down to its audience, that any adult prose stylist can learn from, and that teaches kids that the universe is full of wonder."





The Influence of Sea Power
Upon History: 1660-1783

By Alfred Thayer Mahan


"I've always loved history, especially naval history, and this book—encountered at the vulnerable age of 14—had a tremendous effect on me. Some parts of Mahan's analysis have been strongly criticized since his original publication in 1918, but he remains one of the world's leading (and most lucid) writers on the subject and value of seapower."




By Anne McCaffery


"A hard pick over H. Beam Piper or Robert Heinlein (or, especially, Roger Zelazney's This Immortal), but the book which may have had the greatest influence on me in terms of world building. Anne gave us all the gift of the world of Pern, and it was a real world, a comprehensive world, that in many ways still sets the bar (for me, at least) when it comes to creating literary universes. Besides, it also gave us Lessa of Pern!"


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."