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Dean Benjamin McLaughlin, Jr. (born 1931) is an American science fiction writer. He was the son of astronomer Dean B. McLaughlin.

His best-known work is "Hawk Among the Sparrows" (1968), which was nominated for both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Novella. It concerns a late-20th century fighter plane which travels through time, and tries to contend with World War I aircraft.

Other works include Dawn (1980), a novel inspired by Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall".

He has a novella, "Tenbrook of Mars," in the July/August 2008 issue of Analog.