Dave Wolverton (1957-2022) – Locus Online
Writer Dave Wolverton, 64, who also wrote as David Farland, died Jan. 14, 2022, in St. George UT after sustaining a serious head injury from a fall down the stairs the day before.
He was best known for his Runelords series, written under the name David Farland: The sum of all men (1998; published in the United States as The Rune Lords), brotherhood of the wolf (1999), Wizard (2000), The lair of bones (2003), Son of the Oak (2006), world linker (2007), The Wyrmling Horde (2008), and linked to chaos (2009). A final volume A tale of taleswould have been in preparation.
As Wolverton he began publishing SF with “The Sky Is an Open Highway” (1985). “After a Lean Winter” (1986) was a Nebula Awards finalist. He won the Writers of the Future competition for “On My Way to Paradise” (1986), later developed as a first novel On the way to paradise (1989), Philip K. Dick Award finalist. He followed this with the Anee series, Snake Catcher (1991) and hero’s path (1993). He reworked the series as spirit walker (2014), Snake Catcher (2014), and Way of the crushed heart (2014) as Farland. Farland’s other titles include The Golden Queen (1994) and sequels beyond the door (1995) and Lords of the Seventh Swarm (1997), more historical company of angels (2009) and YA thriller Nightingale (2012). From the end of the 90s, he mainly wrote fantasy like Farland and many star wars links (among other media-related works) like Wolverton.
Wolverton has been deeply involved in the Writers of the Future competition, since taking over some of AJ Budrys’ duties in 1991. He co-edited Writers of the Future Volume VIII (1992) with Budrys, and edited the following volumes, up to number 37. He also wrote A very strange trip (1999), a collaboration with L. Ron Hubbard based on the late author’s notes.
John David Wolverton was born on May 15, 1957 in Springfield OR. He taught creative writing at Brigham Young University, where he led writing workshops. He has also written for games and worked in the film industry. He is survived by his wife and son.
For more, see his entry in the science fiction encyclopedia.