David Lee Summers

Biography

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers. He is the editor of Tales of the Talisman Magazine and the anthologies Space Pirates and Space Horrors. He is also the author of six novels including The Solar Sea and Vampires of the Scarlet Order. His latest novel, Dragon's Fall, is being released in five parts from Sinful Moments Press. His wild west/steampunk collection Owl Dance will be available from Flying Pen Press by the end of 2011. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Bad-Ass Faeires 3: In All Their Glory, The Vampire's Crypt, Aoife's Kiss, The Fifth Di..., The Martian Wave, and Six-Guns Straight From Hell. In addition to his work in the written word, David works at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My "day" job is operating the 4-meter and 3.5-meter telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona. Basically, I work from sunset to sunrise every other week helping astronomers get the best data they can when they're awarded research time at our facilities. When I'm not doing that, I like traveling around the Southwest. I'm just back from a trip to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Last summer, I visited Tombstone, Arizona. My other hobby is cooking. I'm especially fond of Mexican and Cajun/Creole dishes.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing as long as I can remember. I was probably about eight years old when I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a writer. They rolled their eyes and suggested that I should think about other career options. The next time I approached them, I told them I wanted to be an astronomer. That resulted in another eye-roll. I first attempted to become disciplined about writing in high school and college friends remember me writing in breaks between classes or whenever I had a little free time. I got serious about publishing my writing in 1993 when I wrote my first novel, "The Pirates of Sufiro." Along the way, I also pursued my dream of becoming an astronomer, and I have worked at a number of observatories around the southwestern United States.
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Books

Blood Sampler
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014 by Sam's Dot Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Two of the finest minds in the genres have amalgamated their resources and imaginations to come up with some of the gothiest and goofiest vampire flash fiction this side of Bucharest. David Lee Summers, of Tales of the Talisman and Heirs of the New Earth fame, and Lee Clark Zumpe, mild-mannered reporter for a daily metro-Floridian newspaper, take you on a journey through tales that fit everywhere
Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 3
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Explore P'Eng-Lai, the legendary home of the immortals. Travel to an exotic future inhabited by the bee and wolf tribes. Join a quest for a druid's master -- just be careful, the master has been dabbling in forbidden magic! Climb rugged mountains in search of dragon eggs and power. These and other tales of the imagination await in this issue of Tales of the Talisman.
A Kepler's Dozen: Thirteen Stories About Distant Worlds That Really Exist
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,530. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Kepler's Dozen presents thirteen action-packed, mysterious, and humorous stories all based on real planets discovered by the NASA Kepler mission. Edited by and contributing stories are David Lee Summers, editor of Tales of the Talisman Magazine, and Steve B. Howell, project scientist for the Kepler mission.
Revolution of Air and Rust
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,180. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
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It's 1915 and the American Expeditionary Force has invaded Northern Mexico. Pancho Villa leads his revolutionary army in a desperate raid against the American force only to be outflanked. Just as American airships prepare to deliver the death blow, Pancho Villa is transported to a parallel Earth where he finds an unexpected ally and the technology that might turn defeat into victory.
The Slayers
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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A young man named Rado signs aboard a mighty dirigible called the Slayer to hunt dragons, but soon learns that the captain will not rest until he kills the mighty gold dragon. First published in 2001, "The Slayers" is a fun, clever retelling of Moby Dick in a fantasy world with dragons.

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