We have already posted our Memoriam for David Sherman, but with the support and assistance of his family, we have put together this brief obituary. Apologies for the delay in posting, as we needed to confirm some of the details.
David Sherman, aged 78, passed away quietly in the company of his friends and loved ones on November 16, 2022, in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, due to prolonged health complications. He was born on February 27, 1944, in Niles, Ohio. He joined the Marine Corps out of high school and served in Vietnam. From April 1966 to September 1966, he was a squad leader with Combined Action Platoon and received numerous medals and citations. After leaving active service, David moved to Philadelphia where he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, becoming, for a brief time, an award-winning sculptor.
In 1983, David began his writing career with the novel Knives in the Night, published by Ivy Books, a division of Ballantine Books. He would go on to write over thirty novels, including the best-selling Starfist and Starfist: Force Recon series and the Star Wars novel Jedi Trial with co-author Dan Cragg, and his solo series, DemonTech. His short fiction appeared in Weird Trails, the award-winning Defending the Future series, and the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies. Much of his fiction drew on his combat experience. For years, David was a fixture at many east coast science fiction conventions, including Philcon and Balticon.
His books have been translated into Czech, Polish, German, and Japanese.
In his later years, he found it difficult to continue to write about war, focusing instead on weird western and steampunk short fiction, but with the help of author Keith R.A. DeCandido he did complete his original novel series The 18th Race trilogy (Issue In Doubt, In All Directions, and To Hell and Regroup). In a nod to those who served, every character mentioned in the series was named after a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Vest of the Pecos, a collection of his steampunk short stories, will be published posthumously by eSpec Books, under their Paper Phoenix Press imprint.
David is survived by his siblings, Bev Taylor, Robert Towles, Mary Carano, and their respective families. He leaves behind many friends and fans to give tribute to his memory.