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Martin Caidin
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    (September 14, 1927-March 24, 1997)
    Born in New York, New York
    American author, aviator, and adventurer
    Wrote approximately eighty books and over 1,000 magazine articles, primarily science fiction and on nonfictional aviation subjects
    Books included; 'Aquarius Mission', 'Exit Earth', 'The Mendelov Conspiracy', 'Encounter Three', 'The Cape', and 'The God Machine'
    Author of the science fiction novel 'Cyborg' which was the basis of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman TV series
    Wrote many books on WWII aircraft including; 'Thunderbolt!', 'Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38', 'Zero,' plus two more on the American B-17 bomber and one on the German Bf-109 fighter plane
    Hosted the TV show, 'Face to Face'
    Former USAF and commercial airline pilot
    Although far more prolific and skilled as an aviation technical/historical writer, he is mostly known as a science fiction writer.
    His science fiction novel, 'Prison Ship,' has been labeled as racist.
    He wrote two Indiana Jones novels.
    He wrote 'Ghosts of the Air: True Stories of Aerial Hauntings.'
    He taught a course in 'Progressive Journalism' (whatever that is) at the University of Florida.
    Other than 'Cyborg,' the movie version of his novel 'Marooned' and the story 'Exo-Man,' none of his work has ever been filmed.
    He wrote three not particularly interesting books about his restoration of a German Junker bomber.
    He never won an award for his science fiction writing.
    His science fiction featured reasonable and believable technological scientific advances.
    'Samurai!,' a biography of Japanese WWII fighter pilot Saburo Sakai, was the finest biographical examination of anyone who fought for Japan during WWII.
    He twice received the Aviation/Space Writers Association award for best writer.
    In 1961, he was a pilot in the last formation flight of B-17 bombers across the Atlantic, an adventure which included nearly being jailed in Portugal after a barroom fight with KGB agents and almost crashing into a submarine(!) all of which was covered in his 'Everything But the Flak.'
    He established a foundation to help get young people interested in aviation and technological subjects.
    By the time of his death, he was probably the greatest living expert on WWII aircraft and is certainly the greatest writer on the subject of all-time.
    As a radio announcer, he broadcast almost all of NASA's launches during the sixties.

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