David R. Palmer Message Board
Kagmi posts a bold assertion on 2/28/2005 5:02:49 PM
Well, I e-mailed a man of the same name whose career record closely matched that I'd inferred for Palmer in my 20 year old copy of Emergence, and I've yet to hear a reply which makes me think either I got the wrong 'David R. Palmer' (there seem to be quite a few) or the address was no longer functioning.
stile posts on 2/28/2005 4:55:22 PM
Hopefully, when Mr. palmer retires, in two or three years. He will start writing again. If not, maybe he can post his incomplete notes or ideas. I am getting tired of making up my own enddings. Please write again!
Joy F. posts a gentle reminder on 2/22/2005 4:22:16 PM
Well, good luck contacting him. Last I read, he was still working as a court reporter in Florida. I was told that he simply isn't writing anymore (or if he is, he hasn't submitted anything to a publisher recently).
Not to disparage your experience in the publishing industry, but I'd like to point out that *science fiction* publishers are indeed quite keen on science fiction. Also, by "his distinctive style" I assume you mean the shorthand journalling style used in much of Emergence. I don't believe this is unique and it certainly isn't enough to put off a publisher. I do freelance work for one sf publisher that I am certain would love to publish another Palmer book. But the way I understand it, he simply isn't offering anything.
Kagmi posts on 2/22/2005 2:10:24 PM
I, like the rest of you am currently rabidly searching for more writing by David R. Palmer. He had, after all, the perfect setup for a sequel at the end of Emergence, and what I suspect has happened is this:
I've had some experience inside the publishing world lately, and have found that editors, agents, and publishers alike aren't very keen on science fiction (I can't imagine why). Especially his distinctive style might make them leery of investing in his books. My guess is that perhaps he started working on the sequels and could not find a willing publisher, so has had to abandon the books for financial reasons. I haven't the faintest inkling whether this true, but it is my guess and I'm going to attempt to contact him.
starexplorer posts a solution on 2/17/2005 10:23:36 PM
My understanding, which is thirdhand, and which I offer here as an interpretation of what I actually learned thirdhand, is that the guy would like to write some more books but has to keep working for a while before he has enough money to retire, at which time he thinks he'd like to write some more books. I sure hope he lives long enough!
stile posts on 2/17/2005 7:07:06 PM
will david r palmer ever complete his series, book 2 special education and book 3 stolen thunder. Has he just got twenty years of writers block or has his writing abilites died?
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