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Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires: A Saberhagen Retrospective by Fred Saberhagen
Cover Artist: David Mattingly
Review by Drew Bittner
Baen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439132692
Date: 09 June 2009 List Price $23.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

A master storyteller--whose works inspired Star Trek's "Doomsday Machine," as well as writers of mythological fantasy and first person vampire chronicles--Fred Saberhagen is perhaps the most influential writer who is not a household name.

Saberhagen authored fifty novels and sixty stories in his career; the new retrospective collection, assembled posthumously, celebrates the man's breadth of vision and creativity by exploring some of his earliest tales, as well as his three best known settings: the universe of the Berserkers, the world of the godly Swords, and the realm of Dracula, "an old friend of the family."

From official release/information:

Product Description: Best-selling author  Fred Saberhagen created three popular series: his Berserker stories and novels telling of the endless war of humans and their alien allies against the Berserkers, gigantic robot battleships programmed by an unknown extinct race to destory all life in the galaxy; his high fantasy Lost Swords series; and his Dracula series, the first novels to tell a story from the vampire's point of view. In a book that will be irresistible for the thousands of Saberhagen fans, all three series are represented here, as well as gems from his other series, including his first-published story and his last-written story, marking the endpoints of a remarkable writer's remarkable career that spanned more than four decades As Joan Spicci Saberhagen writes in her foreword, "Even Fred's most ardent fans will have a fresh look at his talents. Whatever the setting, Fred's stories provide fast moving action and a thought provoking theme.

(Source: Baen)

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