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!"


July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).