May 18, 1930|
|Died||June 29, 2007
Albuquerque, New Mexico
|Genre||Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction|
|Notable works||The Book of Swords series|
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.
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. 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.
It was while he was working for Motorola that Saberhagen started writing fiction seriously at the age of about 30. His first sale was to Galaxy Magazine, which published his short story "Volume PAA-PYX" in 1961. "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. He then quit and took up writing full-time. In 1975, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In his adult years Fred Saberhagen was a practicing Catholic; indications of his faith appear from time-to-time in his writing.
- "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.
- "New Mexico Author Dies". KOAT-TV. 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
Noted Albuquerque author Fred Saberhagen has died.
- Associated Press (2007-07-04). "Science fiction, fantasy writer dead at 77". Las Cruces Sun-News. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- "Fred Saberhagen (obituary)". The Independent. 6 September 2007.
- "Fred Saberhagen: Pushing Humanity's Envelope (interview)". Retrieved October 21, 2009.
- Michael Carlson (20 July 2007). "Obituary: Fred Saberhagen". The Guardian.
- Neal Wilgus."Saberhagen's New Dracula: The Vampire as Hero". In Darrell Schweitzer (ed), Discovering Modern Horror. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, 1985, pp. 92-98.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fred Saberhagen.|
- Official website
- Fantastic Fiction Author Page
- Fred Saberhagen at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- 1977 article by Saberhagen on the Berserker series in Algol magazine
- 1980 article by Saberhagen on the Berserker series from The Great Science Fiction Series, ed. Frederik Pohl, Martin H. Greenberg & Joseph Olander, Harper & Row 1980
- 1991 interview with Saberhagen in Starlog magazine
- 1997 interview with Saberhagen in Talebones magazine
- 2001 interview with Saberhagen at Crescent Blues
- 2004 interview with Saberhagen at Baen Books
- Obituary from the Albuquerque Tribune
- Fred Saberhagen's online fiction at Free Speculative Fiction Online; includes Brother Assassin and The Berserker Wars