Science fiction and comic book writer Peter David ended his 2012 in a tragic fashion, suffering a stroke while on vacation with his family in Florida. In Peter’s own words, “I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg.” That’s a terrifying prospect for anyone, but I’m glad to hear the incident wasn’t fatal. Now Peter faces a long, uphill battle of physical therapy to recover, and it didn’t take long for fans to start asking how they can help him and his family. Rather than accepting donations, Peter instead suggests anyone wishing to pitch in simply buy some of his books.
Peter David’s work has popped up all over the place during his career, having written for shows such as Babylon 5 and Young Justice, as well as co-creating (with B5’s Bill Mumy) the short-lived sci-fi kids show Space Cases for Nickelodeon back in the mid ‘90s. David has worked extensively in the comic book world for several decades, and his work on The Incredible Hulk earned him an Eisner Award in 1992. Trek fans will recognize his name from numerous novels set in that universe over the years, including the popular Star Trek: New Frontier series.
In a post last week on Peter’s official blog, his wife, Kathleen, responded to fan requests by asking those interested to buy copies of Peter’s books via Amazon, Barnes and Noble’s website, or Crazy 8 Press, as those outlets provide the writer with the biggest cut of the purchase price. Thankfully Peter has insurance, but as anyone who’s been through a major medical crisis knows, there’s a whoooole lot that won’t pay for and it all adds up quickly.
You can check out synopses and links for some of Peter’s books below, and we here at GFR wish him a swift recovery.
Pulling Up Stakes 1
Pulling Up Stakes 2 (Brand new)
Sick of vampire books? Movies? TV shows? Yeah. So are we. Sick of the entire unlife of vampires? Yeah. So is Vince Hammond. Unfortunately, Vince is in it up to his (wait for it) neck. Because Vince is a young vampire hunter who lives with his vampire hunter mother in an entire community of vampire hunters, who in turn are part of a cult of vampire hunters going back all the way to the French Revolution, which many believe to be an uprising of the poor against the rich but was actually a massive purging of vampires from the French nobility (hence the guillotine).
The Camelot Papers
A powerful ruler who’s considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative adviser who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he’s not what he appears to be. George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama? Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad. Whatever you think of the state of today’s politics, The Camelot Papers shows you just how little matters have changed in the past thousand years or so. The Camelot Papers presents a fresh perspective on Arthurian legend by using modern day sensibility and combining it with a classic tale to bring a new insight into iconic characters.
Darkness of the Light (book 1 of the Hidden Earth saga)
Height of the Depths (book 2 of the Hidden Earth saga
These are science fiction mixed with mythological creatures and the fate of the Universe hangs in the balance. Big epic sweeping books with those great characters that Peter is famous for writing.