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Wake, David

Entry updated 17 July 2023. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1962-    ) UK playwright, author and editor. While at university in the early 1980s he, along with fellow-student Rob Meades, defined and named the Drabble – a 100-word Flash Fiction story format. One hundred drabbles, many donated by sf authors including Isaac Asimov and Terry Pratchett, were collected as The Drabble Project (anth 1988) edited as David B Wake with Meades, and published as a charity fundraiser. Two further volumes followed [see Checklist below]. As a novelist Wake started with the grim fairy tale The Other Christmas Carol (2010) and the wryly humorous I, Phone (2013) before embarking on two series, the steampunk The Derring-Do Club and the dystopian crime thriller Thinkersphere. Both series continue, as does his work as a usually non-genre playwright. [RR]

David Brian Wake

born 22 December 1962



The Derring-Do Club


  • Hashtag (Birmingham, England: Watledge Books, 2014) [Thinkersphere: pb/Sean Strong]
  • Atcode (Birmingham, England: Watledge Books, 2019) [Thinkersphere: pb/Sean Strong]
  • Plus Sign (Birmingham, England: Watledge Books, 2020) [Thinkersphere: pb/Sean Strong]

individual titles


works as editor



  • The Drabble Project (Harold Wood, Essex: Beccon Publications, 1988) as David B Wake, with Rob Meades [anth: Drabble: hb/Roger Robinson]
  • Drabble II: Double Century (Harold Wood, Essex: Beccon Publications, 1990) as David B Wake, with Rob Meades [anth: Drabble: hb/Sylvia Starshine]
  • Drabble Who (Harold Wood, Essex: Beccon Publications, 1993) as David B Wake, with David Howe [anth: Doctor Who: Drabble: hb/Paul Vyse]

individual titles as editor

  • New Street Stories (Birmingham, England: New Street Authors, 2018) with Andy Conway [anth: pb/Simon Moody]


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