David Dvorkin


David Dvorkin was born in 1943 in England. His family moved to South Africa after World War Two and then to the United States when David was a teenager. After attending college in Indiana, he worked in Houston at NASA on the Apollo program and then in Denver as an aerospace engineer, software developer, and technical writer. He and his wife, Leonore, have lived in Denver since 1971.

David has published a number of science fiction, horror, and mystery novels. He has also coauthored two science fiction novels with his son, Daniel. For details, as well as quite a bit of non-fiction reading material, please see David and Leonore’s Web site, http://www.dvorkin.com.

Where to buy in print


When We Landed on the Moon: A Memoir
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 14,030. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Aeronautics & Astronautics
I worked on Apollo missions at NASA in Houston for four years, during which time Apollo went from its first manned mission to its death throes. In a mere four years, the future had died. Fifty years later, I still can’t shake the sadness. This is the story of my part in Apollo.
Self−Publishing Tools, Tips, and Techniques
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,340. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Self-publishing has exploded in popularity in recent years. Since 2009, I have been self-publishing my books and my wife's books, and we've helped more than 30 clients to publish their own books—a total of about 80 books. This book distills what I've learned about the process. I hope it will enable you to self-publish your book at little or no cost and not fall prey to scams.
Once a Jew, Always a Jew?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,350. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Judaism
In the U.S.A., six million people call themselves Jews, but 22% of them say they have no religion. Many are atheists. In what sense are they Jews? I say, in no sense at all.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,200. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
They move among us and prey upon us. Some are invisible. Some look like us. Some are inside us. Jimmy Temple was heading home on a gray and colorless evening when he died. The razor flew from an alley and sliced into him. It was a ripple, a blur, like a heat haze or the thinnest imaginable sheet of cellophane passing over the mouth of the alley. Then it was slicing through skin, muscle, and bone.
Dust Net
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,610. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights, Nonfiction » Social Science » Global society studies
(5.00 from 1 review)
Walls have always given us privacy, safeguarding us from the eyes and ears of others. That’s about to change. Surveillance drones the size of insects will be superseded by surveillance devices the size of specks of dust floating in the breeze. They will watch us, but they will also let us communicate with each other in ways that no government or corporation will be able to intercept or block.
Children of the Undead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,300. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A social and political satire disguised as a comic novel about zombies and pickles. Or possibly the other way around.
The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,850. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Technical Writing
It's all here: My 2003 satirical essay on unemployment which got hundreds of responses, details of my 40-year work history, why it's probably not your fault if you're laid off, some unconventional advice on resume writing, and lots of encouragement for anyone who is currently job hunting.
The Arm and Flanagan
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Jimmy Flanagan returns from war with one arm missing, he's one of the lucky ones. First, because he returned alive. Second, because an experimental program allows him to be fitted with an advanced, high–tech artificial arm. Now he's free of the Army, he has a new arm that's better than the one he lost on the battlefield, and his girl has been waiting for him. He should be a happy man....
The Dead Hand of Mrs. Stifle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
In the long run, the important change brought about by e–books won’t be their availability, their price, their convenience, or the destruction of the publishing industry. E–books will cause a revolution in the very nature of published fiction. Fiction will change in unpredictable ways, and it will keep on changing. The excitement and vitality connected with this change will be enduring.
Earthmen And Other Aliens
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,390. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ghosts, vampires, zombies, not entirely sane scientists, witches, robots, and men on the moon. A collection of short stories -- fantasy, horror, science fiction, and more -- some previously published and some not, some serious and some whimsical. Suitable reading for all adult varieties of Earthmen and other aliens.
Time and the Soldier
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,550. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Thrown forward in time from 1945, three friends fight to find each other and go home. War, death, and love are the only constants. In the dangerous 21st Century, time changes them and they change time and history.
Time For Sherlock Holmes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,620. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sherlock Holmes meets H G Wells, discovers the secret of immortality, hunts Professor Moriarty across time and space, and manipulates the destiny of mankind, all with the unflinching support of the stalwart Dr. Watson, who is coping with finding and losing the love of his life. "Doyle to Wells to Dvorkin - nice triple play!" – New York Times Book Review "A lot of fun." – The Arizona Republic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,370. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » General
When brutal killings suddenly increase, the mayor blames wild dogs, ignoring sightings of mutated bears, small in size, intelligent, immensely strong, that have come down from the mountains and hunt in packs. Deaths mount until the final bloody confrontation between man and beast. "Lots of gore, a nicely controlled pace." - Kirkus Reviews "Believably frightening." -Rocky Mountain News
Prisoner of the Blood II: Unquenchable
Series: Prisoner of the Blood, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,040. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Transformed into a human being, Richard Venneman risks agonizing death in his quest to become a vampire again. But he can't control the chain of events he started or the beings - humans, vampires, and others - whose lives he has changed. Seeking to transcend their natures, they are all drawn to the experimental machine Venneman needs and fears, with catastrophic results.
Prisoner of the Blood I: Insatiable
Series: Prisoner of the Blood, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,730. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Seduced and killed by a beautiful woman, Richard Venneman wakes as a vampire. Loathing what he has become, horrified by his own irresistible need for human blood, he seeks salvation via self-destruction. He tries to incinerate himself in the experimental fusion reactor where he worked when he was alive. But instead, the machine's energy beam transforms him into something even worse than a vampire.
The Cavaradossi Killings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,960. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Fleeing the mob he worked for in Chicago, Tom Hamilton returns to his Colorado hometown. When a singer is murdered during a local opera performance, Tom tries his hand at finding the killer. But this draws him back into the passions and hatreds of earlier years and puts his own life in danger. "Fast-paced and exciting...wonderful writing style" - Charlotte Austin Review. 3 stars - Romantic Times.
Dawn Crescent
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,260. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In 1991, at the beginning of Desert Storm, the defeat of American forces at the battle of Khafji is the signal for a broad and bloodily successful anti-Western uprising. In this alternate history, America faces endless war in the Middle East, a resurgent Soviet Union, and growing tyranny at home. "Engaging characters and fast-paced writing make Dawn Crescent a real pleasure!" - Harry Turtledove.
Central Heat
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,770. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When aliens remove the sun, life survives in military bunkers under the earth and in lunar bases. Underground America devolves into a religious-military dictatorship. Jonathan Holroyd escapes to the surface and finds a new world warmed by an artificial sun, and only slightly more freedom than in the dying world he left behind. He rises to a position of power. But now the aliens are coming back.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,630. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Decades after defeating the Allies in World War Two, Nazi Germany rules Europe and dominates the world. But there’s rot at the core of the Reich, and an American agent is assigned to help the Germans root it out. "Smart, fast, and mean" - Kirkus. "Involving." - Booklist. "Masterful." - Asimov's. "A well-told tale of crime and conscience." - Indianapolis News
Damon the Caiman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Damon is a lucky caiman. He's happy in his comfortable swamp, and his best friend is a human boy, Joey. But when the swamp is threatened with destruction, Joey and Damon must deal with the world outside the swamp and teach the grownups how important the swamp and Damon both are. A story in rhyming verse for children ages 6-10. Illustrated by Glenda Felbush.
Business Secrets from the Stars
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,040. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A cowardly simian in the White House, dopey ex-presidents, scary televangelists, assassinations, cute little monkeys, sinister old men with long, sharp teeth, and in the middle of it all, Malcolm Erskine, who thought he had such a clever idea and who also thought he could safely ignore the politics of Bush-era America. "A broad and bitter political satire. I was laughing out loud." - Denver Post
Pit Planet
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,510. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Trapped in the underground tunnels of Colliery, James Benton struggles to find his way back to the surface and the life he knew before. "A headlong trip over, under, and through worlds of greed, sex, politics, intrigue, and adventure, of miners and mindpickers, cavesnakes and triple-crossers. An absorbing mix of hard science and action sf, with the unmistakable Dvorkin touch." - Connie Willis

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