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Name:  Fred Saberhagen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Science Fiction

Born: 1930 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Saberhagen was born in and grew up in the area of Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

When in his 20's Fred served in the Armed Forces in Korea. After serving he worked as an electronics technician for the Motorola Corporation from 1958 to 1962.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 Encyclopedia 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, where he died in 2007 from prostate cancer.

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