The Journal: Dave Farland (David Wolverton)

In today’s Journal

* David Wolverton
* Of Interest

David Wolverton

I’m still here, and there are some good things in “Of Interest.” But my main reason for posting today is to pass along some sad news.

John David Wolverton, better known as Dave Farland or David Wolverton, suffered a massive heart attack yesterday and passed away last night. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans the world over. Dave’s departure is a huge loss to fiction and to the world in general.

He, Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch were longtime friends. Dean posted a great pic at

Dave was only 64 years old. That’s six extremely short decades. Enjoy every moment of your life, my friends.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Worldbuilding and the Whims of History” at Great food for thought if you want your stories to feel real.

See “Writing Challenge Update” at Includes a link to another Kickstarter.

See “Naming Your Baby” at Some thoughts that might help with titles.

See “Whose Story Are You Telling?” at

See “Curvature of space-time measured using ‘atomic fountain'” at

See “9 things we learned about aliens in 2021” at SF story ideas.

See “The 2022 Writers’ Police Academy Website is LIVE!” at

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.