David Farland (Wolverton) (1957 – 2022) wrote short stories as a child and dreamt of becoming a writer. He not only became that writer he dreamt of, he helped hundreds more to realize their dreams as well.
Dave went to Brigham Young University to study writing. While there, he became ill and feverish and started having fantastic dreams. In one such dream, two futuristic mercenaries took shelter in the skull of some giant beast and talked while waiting out a storm. He wrote that dream into the short story “On My Way to Paradise,” which won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and started a very successful career as an author. He expanded that short story into a novel of the same name, which spent several months on the Locus bestseller list and won a Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award. He wrote several other bestselling SF novels under Dave Wolverton, including Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia.
In fantasy, writing as David Farland, he was best known for his New York Times bestselling Runelords fantasy series and his YA series Of Mice and Magic. He novelized the unproduced L. Ron Hubbard film script as the New York Times bestseller, A Very Strange Trip, for which he earned the Guinness World Record for the “largest single-author book signing.”
Dave returned to BYU as a writing professor for several years but eventually returned to full-time writing.
He became a Writers of the Future Contest judge in 1991 and served as an instructor at the annual workshop. He later took the Coordinating Judge position and the Editor hat for the Writers of the Future annual anthology. He taught writing workshops, helped guide thousands of emerging writers, and considered it his greatest joy to help others.
One only needs to look at Dave’s vast roster of names discovered and nurtured. It is no wonder his keen eye for talent was dubbed Writer Whisperer.
Dave was an extraordinary individual, a kind soul, and a friend to everyone here at Writers of the Future. He was always there to lend a helping hand. Dave will be greatly missed. But it is good to know that due to his excellent work and dedication to creating the future, science fiction and fantasy will continue to be in good hands.