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Dave Freer is a South African Fisheries Scientist turned sf/fantasy author, who has settled on Flinders Island, Australia.
Freer writes from a wide experience of being in trouble in small boats, rough water and rickety cliffs. With that and aquatic invertebrates to provide bizarre biology, and South African socio-politics to provide an alien landscape, and an appalling sense of humour, he is well fitted to write humorous, action-filled sf, which is why more than half his work is alternate-history/fantasy. There is a kind of perverse logic about the man. He is married to Barbara, who combines her extreme brilliance with a tolerance of a mildly crazed husband (who can cook but whose head is in alternate worlds half the time) and terrific proof-reading skills.
Dave has 14 novels in print (either as author or co-author) and the 15th due out in April, and 16 and seventeen due out later 2012. Freer's books and stories are known for an arrant disrespect of established wisdom and mockery of shibboleths, sacred cows and untouchable tall poppies. They're also funny sometimes, even after the spelling has been corrected.