|Born||June 17, 1931|
|Education||Bachelor's, Fresno State University|
Master's, San Jose State University
Doctorate, University of Oregon
|Occupation||Novelist and university professor|
Dean Charles Ing (born 1931) is an American author, who usually writes in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres. His novel The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989) was a New York Times bestseller. He is a former member of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy. He has authored more than 30 novels. He has also co-authored novels with his friends Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, and Leik Myrabo.
Ing is a United States Air Force veteran (where he served as a USAF interceptor crew chief), a former aerospace engineer, and a university professor who holds a doctorate in Communications Theory. He has been a techno-triller genre writer since 1977. Following the death of science fiction author Mack Reynolds in 1983, Ing was asked to finish several of Reynolds' uncompleted manuscripts.
Ing was born on June 17, 1931, in Austin, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State University (1956), a master's degree from San Jose State University (1970), and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1974). Ing and his wife reside in Ashland, Oregon.
Much of Ing's fiction includes detailed, practical descriptions of techniques and methods which would be useful in an individual or group survival situation, including instructions for the manufacture of tools and other implements, the recovery of stuck vehicles, and avoidance of disease and injury.
Kirkus Reviews also gave a positive review to Ing's novel The Nemesis Mission, stating: "The enormous cast can be confusing, and the setup takes extraordinarily long—but the tone is light, the gimmickry supports the fun, and the chase, when it comes, is a ripsnorter."
Publishers Weekly had praise for his 1995 novel Spooker, stating: "Ing's earlier novels (Butcher Bird, etc.) imaginatively described the special world of experimental aircraft and weaponry. Here he enters new territory, both geographically (California's Central Valley from Bakersfield to Fresno, detailed with accurate local color) and thematically, proving that he is a master of ground-based spy novels as well as of high-in-the-sky techno-thrillers. The high-tech touches that do appear, including an intriguing ultra-light aircraft, are pure Ing, who seems to have relished creating the peculiar world of his two monstrous villains. Tinged with a sense that life is bittersweet, this is a welcome offering from an always entertaining author."
Publishers Weekly also had positive remarks for his 2000 novel Loose Cannon: "Ing takes direct aim at the reader's sense of humor—connecting more often than not—in this lighthearted thriller about a Silicon Valley engineer forced into hiding after one of his inventions attracts the interest of the wrong people. ...The thriller as farce is only one of Ing's modes—he also writes sci-fi-inflected suspense novels and more serious techno-thrillers—but it is his best. The witty repartee and situational humor of his latest amusement are strained at times, but Ing continues to mine a profitable side vein in a field crowded with the claims of more conventional thriller writers."
In addition to his fiction writing, Ing wrote nonfiction articles for the survivalist newsletter P.S. Letter, edited by Mel Tappan. Following in the footsteps of sci-fi novelist Pat Frank, Ing included a lengthy nonfiction appendix to his nuclear war survival novel Pulling Through. (Pat Frank authored both the nuclear war survival novel Alas, Babylon and the non-fiction book How to Survive the H Bomb and Why.)
Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Ing and eight of the other members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy.
Five years before the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, in an interview for the July 29, 1996 issue of Medford Mail Tribune, Dean Ing made mention of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He said: "I predict more of the same," he said, "because we haven't learned anything and they have."
- Systemic Shock (1981)
- Single Combat (1983)
- Wild Country (1985)
Aerospace Systems series
- The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989)
- The Nemesis Mission (1991)
- Butcher Bird (1993)
Larry Niven's Known Space series
- Soft Targets (1979)
- Anasazi (1980)
- Pulling Through (1983)
- Blood of Eagles (1986)
- Firefight 2000 (1987) - see also Firefight Y2K, below
- The Big Lifters (1988)
- Chernobyl Syndrome (1988)
- Silent Thunder (1991)
- Spooker (1995)
- Flying to Pieces (1998)
- Skins of Dead Men (1998)
- Firefight Y2K (2000)—updated version of Firefight 2000, with new intros to each story/article and some new/added content
- Loose Cannon (2000)
- The Rackham Files (2004)
- Gyp Artist (2012)
- It's Up to Charlie Hardin (Released by Baen Books in October 2015)
L-5 Community series with Mack Reynolds
- The Lagrangists (1983)
- Chaos in Lagrangia (1984)
- Trojan Orbit (1985)
Other collaborations with Mack Reynolds
- The Other Time (1984)
- Home Sweet Home: 2010 A.D. (1984)
- Eternity (1984)
- Deathwish World (1986)
- Mutual Assured Survival (1984) with Jerry Pournelle—non-fiction
- The Future of Flight (1985) with Leik Myrabo—non-fiction
- NYT Paperback Best Sellers: April 22, 1990
- Heinlein, Robert A (1986). The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. New England Library. ISBN 0-450-39315-1.
- Heinlein’s Dedications Page Jane Davitt & Tim Morgan Accessed August 20 2008
- Medford Mail Tribune, July 29, 1996, p. B-1