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Freer, Dave

Entry updated 10 July 2023. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of South African-born ichthyologist and author David Freer (1959-    ), in Australia from 2010, much of whose work has been collaborations with Eric Flint, though The Forlorn (1999), his first novel, is a solo singleton set on a colony planet where humans and Aliens vie for access to a lost Matter Transmission technology. Series with Eric Flint include the Rats, Bats and Vats and Pyramid sequences, both humorous sf; the Heirs of Alexandria sequence is with Eric Flint and Mercedes Lackey [see Checklist for all titles]. The Cuttlefish sequence comprising Cuttlefish (2012) and The Steam Mole (2012), which is set in an Alternate History Steampunk world where the British Empire remains dominant through the twentieth century, carries its protagonists from Underground depths beneath London to the southern hemisphere, crossing the great waters in a steam-powered submarine, then foraging via underground "steam mole" through an Australia almost inhabitable in the glare of daylight; world-transforming Inventions are in the offing. The series is expected to continue.

Cloud-Castles (2022), a coming-of-age adventure whose protagonist travels and wheeler-deals through a succession of habitats floating over a Gas Giant world, won a Prometheus Award as best Libertarian SF novel. [JC]

Dave Freer

born Durban, South Africa: 28 August 1959



Rats, Bats and Vats


Heirs of Alexandria

Witches of Karres

Dragon's Ring


  • Cuttlefish (Amherst, New York: Prometheus/Pyr, 2012) [Cuttlefish: hb/Paul Young]
  • The Steam Mole (Amherst, New York: Prometheus/Pyr, 2012) [Cuttlefish: hb/Paul Young]

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