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Creator / Fred Saberhagen

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Fred Thomas Saberhagen (May 18, 1930 June 29, 2007) was an American Science Fiction and Fantasy writer. His works include the 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.
  • Fight Dracula: Sherlock Holmes takes on Dracula in The Holmes-Dracula File. Although this turns out to be thanks to mistaken identity, and they team up against the real villain in the end.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: After the Fact has the main character taught to use his natural talent for this in a plan to secretly rescue Abraham Lincoln from his assassination. It comes in handy that, any time things go wrong, he can reset to a few minutes back and try again.
  • Magical Homeless Person: In Dominion, the wino known as Feathers has been a skid row bum for over a millennium, due to a curse placed on him by a certain Nimue. In the present-day part of the book, the curse is wearing off, just as Nimue's plot is about to come to fruition.
  • Mythology Gag: In Octagon, a stand-alone novel about a play-by-post strategy game, the company that runs the game is called Berserkers Incorporated.
  • Novelization: Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, by Fred Saberhagen.