Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires: A Saberhagen Retrospective

by Fred Saberhagen
Release date: May 28, 2009
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories

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.”


  • Introduction by Joan Spicci Saberhagen
  • A Drop of Something Special in the Blood
  • Berserker, the Introduction
  • Blind Man's Blade
  • Box Number Fifty
  • Martha
  • Planeteer
  • Stone Place
  • The Bad Machines
  • The Dracula Tape (excerpt)
  • The Long Way Home
  • To Mark the Year on Azlaroc
  • Volume PAA-PYX
  • White Bull
updated 2010-09-27

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