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Freer, Dave

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Working name of South African-born ichthyologist and author David Freer (circa 1958-    ), 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. [JC]

Dave Freer

born circa 1958



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]

individual titles

works as editor


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