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Collection Overview

Title: Fred Saberhagen Papers, 1960-2013


Primary Creator: Saberhagen, Fred (1930-2007)

Extent: 42.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series I is Novels, Series II is Short Stories, Series III consists of Correspondence, Series IV is Miscellaneous, Series V contains Entertainment Adapted from Novels, and Series VI is Media.

Date Acquired: 12/00/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Berserker, Saberhagen, Fred, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Forms of Material: fantasy, science fiction

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Fred Saberhagen Papers consists of printed (paper-based) and handwritten edited manuscripts (mostly of his novels), a small amount of short stories, correspondence associated with those materials, and some miscellaneous materials.  The collection is divided into series based upon format. Series I consists of novels, Series II includes short stories, Series III contains correspondence, Series IV is miscellaneous, Series V is Entertainment Media Adapted from Novels, and Series VI is Media. Each Series is broken down into book series by date of publication.  For example, Series I: Novels starts with his Berserker series (which was his first series) and each of the books in this series are placed in order by date of publication.

The order of his written materials is as follows: Berserker series, Empire of the East series, Vlad Tepes series, Mask of the Sun series, Book of the Swords series, Book of the Lost Swords series, Books of the Gods series, Standalone novels, Omnibus, Collections, Book series Saberhagen contributed to, Anthologies he edited, Anthologies containing his stories, and ending with short stories.

An Addendum was added on 8-28-2014 that added material to Series I, II, III, and IV and created Series V and VI. Another Addendum was added on 8-28-2015 that added material to Series I.

Collection Historical Note

Fred Saberhagen was a Science Fiction and Fantasy author known for his short stories, science fiction novels, and his Berserker series.  He was born on May 18, 1930 and he passed away on June 29, 2007.  In his lifetime he wrote seventy plus short stories and more than seventy of his novels were published.  He grew up in Chicago, but later moved to New Mexico.  His fantasy readers know him for his Lost Swords series and another popular series was the Dracula series in which the story is told from the vampire’s point of view.  He also created the Books of the Gods which were retellings of myths from different cultures.  He co-authored two novels with Roger Zelazny and one with James V Hart.  In his early years he served in the U.S. airforce, worked as an electronics technician for Motorola, and wrote/edited pieces for the Encyclopedia Britannica.  He began writing seriously around the age of 30 and his 1st sale was to Galaxy magazine that put his short story “volume PAA-PYX’ into its 1961 publication.  In 1964 he had his 1st novel published, ‘the Golden People’.  He leaves behind his wife, Joan, two sons, and a daughter.   For more information on Saberhagen and his works, please see his website: www.berserker.com

Subject/Index Terms

Saberhagen, Fred
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additions by Joan Saberhagen: 01/20/2012, 03/02/2012, 03/16/2012, 05/14/2012, 07/02/2012, 08/23/2012, 05/02/2013, 11/2013, 10/7/2015, 11/05/2015, 01/20/2017, 12/14/2018

Access Restrictions: Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Use Restrictions: Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Acquisition Source: Joan Saberhagen

Acquisition Method: Mailed to RBSC by Joan Saberhagen, Fred's wife.

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.berserker.com.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Novels],
[Series II: Short Stories],
[Series III: Correspondence],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous],
[Series V: Entertainment Media Adapted From Novels],
[Series VI: Media],

Series IV: Miscellaneous
Box 1
Folder 1: Veils of Azlorac [quotation about Fred's book by Terry Carr], no date
Folder 2: Specimens [review of 'Specimens' in Yandro fanzaine #237] page 11, no date
Folder 3: Octagon [newspaper clipping|possible reference material for novel], 8/21/1978
Folder 4: Octagon [Informational Systems Newsletter|vol 1 no 1|possible reference material for novel], 2/1979
Folder 5: Octagon [3031 Processor Complex Guide|possible reference material for novel], no date
Folder 6: Octagon [Sandia Laboratories: Solar Center Receiver Systems Brochure|possible reference material for novel], no date
Folder 7: Octagon [newspaper clipping|possible reference material for novel], no date
Folder 8: The Frankenstein Papers [summary of novel in publisher's weekly], 1/3/1986
Folder 9: A Coldness in the Blood [receipt for copies], 8/20/2001
Folder 10: The Veils of Azlorac [Chicago Tribune paper|article many have been reference material for novel], 3/4/1973
Folder 11: Collage photo card from Saberhagen's memorial, 6/29/2007
Folder 12: Photo of Saberhagen from memorial|black and white, 6/29/2007
Folder 13: ALGOL: The Magazine About Science Fiction, vol. 14, no.2, issue 28; Spring 1977, Spring 1977
Folder 14: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Directory, 2006
Folder 15: Handwritten cards of publishers for Men and Mars, 1970
Folder 16: Magazine [September 1982 Issue of Softline Magazine], 9/1982
Folder 17: Catalogs [Computer Program Catalogs], 1986-1987
Folder 18: Berserker Works Ltd. [the history of Berserker Works, Ltd.], 7/20/2013
Folder 19: Readercon [Readercon 24 souvenir book], 7/2013
Folder 20: Catalog [Simon and Schuster Electronic Publishing Group catalog), no date
Folder 21: Advertisment [Southwest Solaradobe school ad], no date
Folder 22: Magazine Ad [Diversi-Copy Advertisement], no date
Folder 23: Newspaper [copy of newspaper clipping of a writing job advertisement], no date
Folder 24: Fred's Notes Comparison of Beserkers & Alien vs. Predators for Lawsuit [Dark Horse Lawsuit], no date
Addendum 3:: Folders 24-28 is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 25: Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict Correspondence with Notes, 1998-1999
Folder 26: Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict Episode #3 "Decesion" Script and Episode #9 "Ressurection" Script with Notes, 1997-1999
Folder 27: Mask of the Sun [Index Cards with notes], no date
Folder 28: Swords Books, no date
Box 2
Addendum 3: Box 2 is an addendum to Series III: Correspondence
Folder 1: Notepads Containing Story Ideas and Addresses, no date
Folder 2: Fred's Logs of Writing Projects and Buisness Correspondence, 1964-1998
Folder 3: Fred Saberhagen's Resume, 1973
Folder 4: Science Fiction Conventions Fred Saberhagen attended [Various documents], 1985-1999
Box 3
Addendum 3: Box 3 is an addendum to Series IV: Miscellaneous
Folder 1: Science Fiction Conventions Fred Saberhagen attended [Various documents], 2000-2012
Folder 2: SFWA Bulletins and Handbook, 1965-1967,1990
Folder 3: Softline Article by Fred Saberhagen, 1983
Folder 4: Various Articles, 1985-1996
Folder 5: Picture of San Semeon Vacation, 1998

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