Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) was an American SF writer. His works include the science fiction Berserker
series, in which the galaxy is threatened by near-unstoppable self-replicating war machines; the fantasy Ardneh series (including the Empire of the East trilogy and the Books of Swords
); and a series of vampire novels beginning with The Dracula Tape
, in which the world's most infamous vampire sets the record straight about the events of Dracula
Works by Fred Saberhagen with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Fred Saberhagen include examples of:
- The All-Concealing I: Early chapters of The Holmes-Dracula File obscure the identity of the central character, calling him 'the old man' instead. Not until the fifth chapter does the novel switch from third to first person, revealing that 'the old man' is not only a vampire, Dracula himself, but the narrator as well.
- Novelization: Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, by Fred Saberhagen.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Perspective Flip: The Frankenstein Papers.
- Population Control: A Twenty Minutes into the Future book where stripperific clothing and casual sex are societal norms but couples are limited to two offspring, with severe penalties for violations.
- Public Domain Character: Very many in the vampire series, including the obvious (Dracula), and the not-so-obvious (Sherlock Holmes). In fact his Dracula and Holmes series crossed over, twice, with alternating narrators in the respective styles.
- Recursive Adaptation: His novelization of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: The Holmes-Dracula File features the famous rodent Noodle Incident of the Sherlock Holmes series, the Giant Rat of Sumatra.