The Chronicles of Davids-eARC

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STORIES FROM THE FIRST NAME IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY! Fifteen stories spanning the SF/F genres—all by a David. Includes stories by David Drake, David Weber, Gregory Benford & David Brin, D.J. Butler—and more!

Science Fiction and Fantasy with Maximum Dave

The history of science fiction and fantasy is littered with stories by Davids of distinction. Now, for the first time, an anthology by people named David, for everyone.

Read along as editor David Afsharirad guides you through the strange, wondrous imaginations of the great Davids of the field, past and present. Fifteen tales by David Weber, David Drake, Gregory Benford & David Brin, David B. Coe, D.J. Butler, Avram Davidson, David H. Keller, and many more.

Herein you will find: a Depression-era magic man who comes face-to-face with an ancient evil. A once-promising filmmaker whose fate depends on a movie-producing AI. A shape-shifting detective on the trail of a pack of werewolves. A sentient tank who must confront one of its own. And a diner regular who gets more than he bargained for when he orders the soup du jour.

Featuring David-inspired cover art by celebrated artist David Mattingly, The Chronicles of Davids delivers maximum Dave!

Remember: with a name like David, it has to be good!

David Weber
David Drake
D.J. Butler
Gregory Benford & David Brin
David B. Coe
Barry N. Malzberg
Dave Freer
Avram Davidson
D.L. Young
David Boop
Hank Davis
Dave Bara
David H. Keller
David Carrico
David Hardy

Cover Art by David Mattingly

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Look for the final version on September 3, 2019

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4814-8426-8

Copyright © 2019 David Afsharirad

“Introduction: What’s in a Name?” copyright 2019 by David Afsharirad; “The Savage” copyright 2019 by David Drake; “I Could’ve Done Better” copyright 2019 by Gregory Benford & David Brin; “The Seven Nipples of Molly Kitchens” copyright 2019 by D.J. Butler; “DeMille and Me” copyright 2019 by D.L. Young; “A Servant of the Protector” copyright 2019 by David Hardy; “Long Nights Moon” copyright 2019 by David B. Coe; “Creation Unforgivable” copyright 2019 by David H. Keller; “As It Began” copyright 2019 by Dave Bara; “Full Chicken Richness” copyright 2019 by Avram Davidson; “Four Days” copyright 2019 by David Carrico; “The Tyranny of Distance” copyright 2019 by Dave Freer; “Lyman Gilmore Jr.’s Impossible Dream” copyright 2019 by David Boop; “Too Many Gods” copyright 2019 by Hank Davis; “The Traitor” copyright 2019 by David Weber; “An Epilogue: The House of David” copyright 2019 by Barry N. Malzberg

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