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Palmer, David

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1941-    ) US author whose first story, the impressive "Emergence" in Analog for January 1981, was expanded as Emergence (fixup 1984), a Young Adult tale which attracted some notice for its depiction of a Post-Holocaust America suffering the consequences of a nuclear World War Three, and for its juvenile heroine, who represents a superior form of Homo sapiens (see Superman) and whose transcribed voice dominates the tale; some found her obnoxiously reminiscent of the narrator of Robert A Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (December 1965-April 1966 If; 1966). The novel won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award. Palmer's taste for protagonists whose special gifts legitimize their behaviour also helped shape his second novel, Threshold (1985), in which the Galaxy is saved; it was the beginning of a planned trilogy, which has not appeared. [JC]

see also: Psi Powers.

David Reay Palmer

born Chicago, Illinois: March 1941


  • Emergence (New York: Bantam Books, 1984) [fixup: pb/Jim Burns]
  • Threshold (New York: Bantam Books, 1985) [fixup: pb/E T Steadman]
  • Tracking (no place given: Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press, 2019) [fixup: stories first published in Analog 2008: pb/Sherry L Palmer]


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