David Harten Watson is the author of the Magicians Gold series, including Magic Teacher's Son (a 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Winner (Honorable Mention in category Young Adult), 2016 First Horizon Award Finalist, 2016 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List, and 2015 IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist) and its sequel, Fortress of Gold. He is the editor and publisher of the upcoming anthology Terraforming Earth for Aliens: A Cli-Fi Anthology of Global Warming Fiction, which features original cli-fi stories from authors on at least four different continents all over the world (see www.cli-fi.org). He also wrote the science fiction novelette Millennium Bomber: A Story of Digital Revenge.
David is a member of the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers (USABOT), the LDS (Mormon) Church, The Saber Legion (TSL), and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. He has worked in a dizzying array of jobs including U.S. Army Armor officer at Fort Knox (experience that came in handy for his second novel, Fortress of Gold), camp counselor, teacher, tax preparer, car salesman, portrait photographer, track photographer, solar energy entrepreneur, and computer programmer.
Raised in snowy Buffalo, New York, David graduated from Calasanctius School, which closed shortly after his graduation, although he swears it wasn’t his fault. Then, due to what he assumes was an error by admissions staff, he was admitted to Princeton, where the Army paid his tuition in exchange for years of his life. He informed the Army of his motion sickness, so naturally they made him a tanker, the worst position for anyone with that condition. He volunteered to go overseas where the Army needed tankers, so instead they stationed him at Fort Knox. But the last laugh was on the Army, because David turned out to be as bad a tanker as you’d expect anyone with motion sickness to be, although he’d tried to warn them. After the Army realized their blunder and honorably discharged him, David returned to Buffalo to earn degrees from Canisius College and Buffalo State.
David lives with his wife (a native of Ecuador, not Eldor), their two sons, and two cats in New Jersey, where in his day job he's an IT Specialist. He’s the Organizer of the Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Meetup (which he founded in 2008) and the Woodbridge Star Wars Lightsabers Jedi Knight and Sith Meetup (which he founded in 2019). In his free time, David enjoys lightsaber dueling, kayaking, and acting (he had a major role in the feature-length, no-budget horror movie Coordinates, filmed in New Jersey). David is a proud member of the Resistance, but unlike Eldor’s Groundhogs cell, he uses the pen rather than the sword or magic.
Literary Awards include:
2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner (HM in category YA)
2016 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List
2016 New Horizon Award Finalist
2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist
2019 Reader's Favorite 5-star review
Other awards include:
U.S. Coast Guard Unit Commendation ribbon
U.S. Army Service Ribbon