Dean Ing

Dean Charles Ing (born 1931) is an American author, who usually writes in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres. His novel The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989) was a New York Times bestseller.[1] He is a former member of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy. He has authored more than 30 novels. He has also co-authored novels with his friends Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, and Leik Myrabo.

Ing is a United States Air Force veteran (where he served as a USAF interceptor crew chief), a former aerospace engineer, and a university professor who holds a doctorate in Communications Theory. He has been a techno-triller genre writer since 1977. Following the death of science fiction author Mack Reynolds in 1983, Ing was asked to finish several of Reynolds' uncompleted manuscripts.

Dean Ing
BornJune 17, 1931 (age 87)
Austin, Texas
EducationBachelor's, Fresno State University
Master's, San Jose State University
Doctorate, University of Oregon
OccupationNovelist and university professor


Ing was born on June 17, 1931, in Austin, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State University (1956), a master's degree from San Jose State University (1970), and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1974). Ing and his wife reside in Ashland, Oregon.


Much of Ing's fiction includes detailed, practical descriptions of techniques and methods which would be useful in an individual or group survival situation, including instructions for the manufacture of tools and other implements, the recovery of stuck vehicles, and avoidance of disease and injury.

Ing's short story "Devil You Don't Know" was both a Hugo Award nominee and Nebula Award nominee in 1979.[2]


Kirkus Reviews called his novel Butcher Bird "Credible and entertaining, especially for fans of the previous books, and a definite improvement over The Big Lifters (1988)."[3]

Kirkus Reviews also gave a positive review to Ing's novel The Nemesis Mission, stating: "The enormous cast can be confusing, and the setup takes extraordinarily long—but the tone is light, the gimmickry supports the fun, and the chase, when it comes, is a ripsnorter."[4]

Publishers Weekly had praise for his 1995 novel Spooker, stating: "Ing's earlier novels (Butcher Bird, etc.) imaginatively described the special world of experimental aircraft and weaponry. Here he enters new territory, both geographically (California's Central Valley from Bakersfield to Fresno, detailed with accurate local color) and thematically, proving that he is a master of ground-based spy novels as well as of high-in-the-sky techno-thrillers. The high-tech touches that do appear, including an intriguing ultra-light aircraft, are pure Ing, who seems to have relished creating the peculiar world of his two monstrous villains. Tinged with a sense that life is bittersweet, this is a welcome offering from an always entertaining author."[5]

Publishers Weekly also had positive remarks for his 2000 novel Loose Cannon: "Ing takes direct aim at the reader's sense of humor—connecting more often than not—in this lighthearted thriller about a Silicon Valley engineer forced into hiding after one of his inventions attracts the interest of the wrong people. ...The thriller as farce is only one of Ing's modes—he also writes sci-fi-inflected suspense novels and more serious techno-thrillers—but it is his best. The witty repartee and situational humor of his latest amusement are strained at times, but Ing continues to mine a profitable side vein in a field crowded with the claims of more conventional thriller writers."[6]


In addition to his fiction writing, Ing wrote nonfiction articles for the survivalist newsletter P.S. Letter, edited by Mel Tappan. Following in the footsteps of sci-fi novelist Pat Frank, Ing included a lengthy nonfiction appendix to his nuclear war survival novel Pulling Through. (Pat Frank authored both the nuclear war survival novel Alas, Babylon and the non-fiction book How to Survive the H Bomb and Why.)

Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Ing and eight of the other members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy.[7][8]

Five years before the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, in an interview for the July 29, 1996 issue of Medford Mail Tribune, Dean Ing made mention of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He said: "I predict more of the same," he said, "because we haven't learned anything and they have."[9]


Quantrill series

  1. Systemic Shock (1981)
  2. Single Combat (1983)
  3. Wild Country (1985)

Aerospace Systems series

  • The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989)
  • The Nemesis Mission (1991)
  • Butcher Bird (1993)

Larry Niven's Known Space series


  • Soft Targets (1979)
  • Anasazi (1980)
  • Pulling Through (1983)
  • Blood of Eagles (1986)
  • Firefight 2000 (1987) - see also Firefight Y2K, below
  • The Big Lifters (1988)
  • Chernobyl Syndrome (1988)
  • Silent Thunder (1991)
  • Spooker (1995)
  • Flying to Pieces (1998)
  • Skins of Dead Men (1998)
  • Firefight Y2K (2000)—updated version of Firefight 2000, with new intros to each story/article and some new/added content
  • Loose Cannon (2000)
  • The Rackham Files (2004)
  • Gyp Artist (2012)
  • It's Up to Charlie Hardin (Released by Baen Books in October 2015)


L-5 Community series with Mack Reynolds

  • The Lagrangists (1983)
  • Chaos in Lagrangia (1984)
  • Trojan Orbit (1985)

Other collaborations with Mack Reynolds

  • The Other Time (1984)
  • Home Sweet Home: 2010 A.D. (1984)
  • Eternity (1984)
  • Deathwish World (1986)

Nonfiction collaborations

See also


  1. ^ NYT Paperback Best Sellers: April 22, 1990
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  7. ^ Heinlein, Robert A (1986). The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. New England Library. ISBN 0-450-39315-1.
  8. ^ Heinlein’s Dedications Page Jane Davitt & Tim Morgan Accessed August 20 2008
  9. ^ Medford Mail Tribune, July 29, 1996, p. B-1

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Ashland, Oregon

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. The city's population was 20,078 at the 2010 census and was estimated to be 21,117 as of 2017.The city is the home of Southern Oregon University (SOU) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). These are important to Ashland's economy, which also depends on restaurants, galleries, and retail stores that cater to tourists. Lithia Park along Ashland Creek, historic buildings, and a paved intercity bike trail provide additional visitor attractions.

Ashland, originally called "Ashland Mills", was named after Ashland County, Ohio, the original home of founder Abel Helman, and secondarily for Ashland, Kentucky, where other founders had family connections. Ashland has a mayor-council government assisted by citizen committees. Historically, its liberal politics have differed, often sharply, with much of the rest of southwest Oregon.

Briar Patch

Briar Patch or Brier Patch may refer to:

The common name for a thicket formed by any of a number of unrelated thorny plants

Br'er Rabbit's patch for hiding as told in the Uncle Remus stories

Briar Patch (Star Trek), a region of space in the fictional Star Trek universe

Briar Patch (film), a 2003 film starring Dominique Swain

Briar Patch (novel), a 1989 short novel by Dean Ing, in the Man-Kzin Wars series

"Briarpatch" (song), a 2004 song on the album To tha X-Treme by Devin the Dude

The Briar Patch (book), a 1973 book by Murray Kempton about the trial of the Panther 21, winner of the 1974 National Book Award for Contemporary Affairs

Briarpatch, a Canadian alternative news magazine

Briarpatch, a 2011 novel by Tim Pratt

Briarpatch, a 1984 novel by Ross Thomas (author)

Briarpatch, an upcoming TV series on USA Network based on the 1984 novel by Ross Thomas (author)

Butcherbird (disambiguation)

Butcherbirds are magpie-like birds native to Australasia.

Butcherbird may also refer to:

Butcherbird, a common name for species of shrikes that are known for their "larder" habit of impaling captured prey on thorns, which the unrelated Australian birds share

Focke-Wulf Fw 190, a German fighter aircraft of World War II nicknamed "Butcher-bird"

Butcher Bird, a 1993 novel by Dean Ing

Butcher Bird, a 2007 novel by Richard Kadrey

Butcherbird (album) the 20th studio album by Australian John Williamson (singer)


Cathouse may refer to:


Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy

The Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy was a group of prominent US citizens concerned with the space policy of the United States of America. It is no longer active.

Devil You Don't Know

"Devil You Don't Know" is a 1978 science fiction short story by Dean Ing. It was first published in Analog Science Fiction.

Ing (surname)

Ing is a medieval English surname, of Norse-Viking origins, possibly from the name of the Norse god Yngvi or from someone living near an ing, a meadow. It can also be a romanisation of the East Asian surname Ng.

Larry Niven

Laurence van Cott Niven (; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource.

Larry Niven bibliography

This is a complete bibliography by American science fiction author Larry Niven.

Leik Myrabo

Leik Myrabo is an aerospace engineering professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who retired from there in 2011. He made the first demonstrations of the use of ground-based lasers to propel objects, lifting them hundreds of feet. His goal is to use ground-based lasers to propel objects into orbit; possibly reducing orbit-flight costs by large factors.

List of nuclear holocaust fiction

This list of nuclear holocaust fiction lists the many works of speculative fiction that attempt to describe a world during or after a massive nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, or crash of civilization due to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse.

Loose cannon

Loose cannon or loose cannons may refer to:

Originally, a loose cannon was a hazard on the decks of a battleship. This is the literal meaning; most usage of "loose cannon" is a figurative comparison to this.

Mack Reynolds

Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds (November 11, 1917 – January 30, 1983) was an American science fiction writer. His pen names included Dallas Ross, Mark Mallory, Clark Collins, Dallas Rose, Guy McCord, Maxine Reynolds, Bob Belmont, and Todd Harding. His work focused on socioeconomic speculation, usually expressed in thought-provoking explorations of utopian societies from a radical, sometime satiric perspective. He was a popular author from the 1950s to the 1970s, especially with readers of science fiction and fantasy magazines.Reynolds was the first author to write an original novel based upon the 1966-1969 NBC television series Star Trek. The book, Mission to Horatius (1968), was aimed at young readers.

Man-Kzin Wars

The Man-Kzin Wars is a series of military science fiction short story collections (and is the name of the first collection), as well as the eponymous conflicts between mankind and the Kzinti that they detail. They are set in Larry Niven's Known Space universe; however, Niven himself has only written a small number of the stories.

All of the cover art for the books in the series are drawn by Stephen Hickman.

Mel Tappan

Mel Tappan (1933 – 1980, born Melrose H. Tappan III) was the editor of the newsletter Personal Survival ("P.S.") Letter and the books Survival Guns and Tappan on Survival. Tappan was an influential leader of the Survivalist movement who advocated relocation to survival retreats in lightly populated regions.

Nancy Tappan

Nancy Tappan was the co-editor of the newsletter Personal Survival ("P.S.") Letter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is now the editor of The New Pioneer magazine. Born Nancy Mack, she is the widow of Mel Tappan.


Survivalism is a primarily American movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who actively prepare for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalism also encompasses preparation for personal emergencies, such as job loss or being stranded in the wild or under adverse weather conditions. The emphasis is on self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, and gaining survival knowledge and skills. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures such as survival retreats or underground shelters that may help them survive a catastrophe.

Use of the term survivalist dates from 1976.

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