Fred Saberhagen

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Not to be confused with Bret Saberhagen.
Fred Saberhagen
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Born (1930-05-18)May 18, 1930
Chicago, Illinois
Died June 29, 2007(2007-06-29) (aged 77)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1964–2005
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction
Notable works

The Berserker series

The Book of Swords series
Website
www.berserker.com

Fred Thomas Saberhagen (May 18, 1930 – June 29, 2007[1][2]) was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction short stories and S.F. novels.

Saberhagen also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the famous Dracula is the main protagonist, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[3]

Biography[edit]

Saberhagen was born in and grew up in the area of Chicago, Illinois. Saberhagen served as an enlisted man in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War while he was in his early twenties.[4] Back in civilian life, Saberhagen worked as an electronics technician for the Motorola Corporation from 1958 to 1962, when he was around 30 years old.[4]

It was while he was working for Motorola that Saberhagen started writing fiction seriously at the age of about 30.[5] His first sale was to Galaxy Magazine, which published his short story "Volume PAA-PYX" in 1961.[6] "Fortress Ship", his first "Berserker" short shory, was published in 1963. Then, in 1964, Saberhagen saw the publication of his first novel, The Golden People.

From 1967 to 1973, he worked as an editor for the Chemistry articles in the Encyclopædia Britannica as well as writing its article on science fiction.[4] He then quit and took up writing full-time. In 1975, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He married fellow writer Joan Spicci in 1968. They had two sons and a daughter. On June 29, 2007, Saberhagen died of prostate cancer in Albuquerque.[6]

In his adult years Fred Saberhagen was a practicing Catholic; indications of his faith appear from time-to-time in his writing.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Locus Online". 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-07-02. SF and fantasy writer Fred Saberhagen, born 1930, died June 29, 2007, at the age of 77. 
  2. ^ "New Mexico Author Dies". KOAT-TV. 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-07-03. Noted Albuquerque author Fred Saberhagen has died. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-04). "Science fiction, fantasy writer dead at 77". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "Fred Saberhagen (obituary)". The Independent. 6 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Fred Saberhagen: Pushing Humanity's Envelope (interview)". Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Michael Carlson (20 July 2007). "Obituary: Fred Saberhagen". The Guardian. 

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