BiographyPeter David calls himself a "Writer of Stuff." His fans know him as PAD, the initials of his full name: Peter Allen David. He sometimes uses plays on words derived from his nickname acronym (i. e. NotePAD or PADawans, the latter being a clever term for his fans, similar to Trekkers).
He was born on September 23rd, 1956 in Maryland to Gunther and Dalia David, though he grew up mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has a sister named Ronni Beth and a brother named Wally. Pursuing his father's career, Peter finished his studies at New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.
He started writing at age fifteen in what he would later refer to as his "fanzine days." He was interested in science fiction, especially Star Trek, and wrote for several fanzines before editing the amateur publication Second Age. As he became more involved in fandom, he scripted parody plays for conventions.
In 1978 he married Myra Kasman, whom he'd met at a Star Trek convention. They have three children: Shana (22), Guinevere ("Gwen", 18) and Ariel (12). After his divorce from Myra Peter became romantically involved with Kathleen O'Shea, a puppet maker from whom he'd bought custom-made puppets. She later became an assistant editor at Del Rey, though she has since left the publisher. She and Peter married in May, 2001. In December, 2002 the happy couple celebrated the birth of daughter Caroline. The family lives in New York.
Peter David's professional writing career started while he worked as Assistant Direct Sales Manager to Carol Kalish at Marvel Comics. Responsible for optimizing sale to comic shops, he also began pitching story ideas to editorial acquaintances. At first there was reluctance among the editorial staff to buying stories from a salesman but Peter's talent was undeniable.
He made his breakthrough on the series "Spectacular Spider-Man," where he attracted attention and critical acclaim with the four-parter "The Death of Jean DeWolff." Readers didn't expect a popular supporting character to die so violently at the story's very beginning. Nor did they predict the surprising revelation of the killer, Sin-Eater's, identity when Spider-Man finally uncovered it.
Peter David's affection for constant change and the psychological examination of his characters is prominent in his much-praised 12-year run on "The Incredible Hulk." He redefined a stale, repetitive character, giving the Hulk new popularity, and only left the series when Marvel executives insisted on the return of the savage, non-intelligent Hulk, a version Peter had no interest in writing.
Comic fans also know him as author of series such as "Aquaman", "Supergirl", "Soulsearchers & Company", "Young Justice", "Spy-Boy" and many others, including the new series "Fallen Angel" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".
He writes a weekly column called "But I Digress" for the Comics Buyers Guide. Outside comics Peter David is best known for his Star Trek novels, which are often full of humor. Many of them have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. "Imzadi" remains one of the bestselling and most popular Star Trek novels. Peter's skill and success as a Star Trek author earned him the chance to co-create his own little corner of the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: New Frontier, in 1997. Since then he's written 17 novels, two short stories and a comic book one-shot based on New Frontier.
His fantasy novels "Sir Apropos of Nothing" and "Knight Life" have been very successful. There have been published sequels for both novels.
Peter David's work for movies and TV has been less successful thus far. He wrote the scripts for "Trancers IV: Jack of Swords" and "Trancers V: Sudden Death", which were filmed by "X-Files" director David Nutter, and for the sci-fi/western "Oblivion" (which won the Gold Award at the 1994 Houston International Film Festival for the Best Theatrical Feature Film in the category Fantasy/Horror). There was a sequel called "Backlash: Oblivion II". These movies have a cult status but Peter had no international success with them.
For TV he worked on "Babylon 5", scripting the 2nd-season episodes "Soul Mates" and "There All the Honor Lies" - the latter which introduced the John Sheridan bear, and an episode of the spinoff "Crusade". He also wrote novelizations to the B5 TV-movies "In The Beginning" and "Thirdspace", and collaborated with B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski on the comic books "In Valen's Name" part 2 and 3.
Peter's collaboration with "Babylon 5" and "Lost in Space" actor Bill Mumy in several projects resulted in the Nickelodeon TV series "Space Cases". The juvenile series, which only lasted two seasons totalling 26 episodes, was nominated for the Cable Ace Award. Peter describes the series as a combination of "Star Trek" and "Lost in Space".
In 2001/02 Peter worked for Chaos! Comics on the four-part miniseries "The Haunted" and a one-shot follow-up with illustrator Nat Jones. Though Peter enjoyed the experience, the publisher's bankruptcy prevented further work with the characters.
Peter David's career had endured and thrived for almost two decades and he's worked in almost every media - TV, film, novels, short stories and comics - gathering a lot of fans in each of them. Awards he has won include the Haxtur Award 1996 (Spain) for Best Comic Script, OZCon 1995 award (Australia) as Favorite International Writer, the Comics Buyers Guide 1995 Fan Award as Favorite Writer, the Wizard Fan Award 1993, the Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Series (Starfleet Academy) 1994, the UK Comic Art Award 1993, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award 1993. Recently his work was again nominated in two categories for the Eisners. In the 1999 SFX Readers Award he was the sixth most popular author in the field, with four of his books finishing in the top ten in their category.
Or to paraphrase the author himself: "Peter David writes a lot of stuff."