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Don Sakers is a science fiction writer and fan living in Maryland, who has written several novels and edited a short story collection. In 2009 he succeeded Thomas Easton as book reviewer for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. Sakers is probably best known in the science fiction community as a frequent guest speaker at science fiction conventions. Openly gay,[1] he shares a home with his spouse, costumer Thomas Atkinson.[2] Their house in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Meerkat Meade,[3] was featured in Weird Maryland.[4][5] His self-described "day job" is with the Anne Arundel County public library, where he has worked for 40 years.[6]

When asked about the reaction to the diversity elements in his SF, Sakers said:

By and large, it seems to me that most SF fans are fairly comfortable with diversity. Part of this, I feel, comes from the common experience of being thought "weird" by the general populace.... Another reason that fans seem comfortable with diversity stems from the nature of Science Fiction itself. SF is often concerned with "the other" -- the alien being, the time traveler, the citizen of a totally different society. After you've wrapped your mind around the concept of falling in love with a silicon-based insectoid creature whose society is based on ritual cannibalism, a friendly chat with the black lesbian sitting next to you is easy to handle.

— Don Sakers, see [7]


Writing career and SF fandomEdit

Sakers is the author of sf novels Dance for the Ivory Madonna (2002) and companion titles The Leaves of October (1988), A Voice in Every Wind (2003), Weaving the Web of Days (2004), and A Rose From Old Terra (2007); and dark fantasy novel Curse of the Zwilling (2003).[8] He is also author of the short story "The Cold Solution" (Analog, 1991) and other short fiction. Sakers was editor of Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station Three (1990), an anthology of stories based on Leslie Fish's song of the same name; the SF Book of Days (2004);[9] and the Gaylaxicon 2006 Sampler.[10]

Gay Young Adult NovelsEdit

Sakers is also the author of two gay young adult novels: Act Well Your Part (1986) and Lucky in Love (1988).

Dance for the Ivory MadonnaEdit

Dance for the Ivory Madonna is formally about when

it's 2042, and the U.S. has split into three nations; special interest groups have their own House in Congress; artificial intelligence has kicked humans out of cyberspace; and the African continent, a hotbed of technological advancement, is united under a contract government called Umoja. Making his way through this brave new world is a young African-American operative of a secret organization whose task is to avenge his father's murder and save humankind.

— Publishers Weekly review, cited at [11]

The author says it is really about:

a lot of things: friendship, toleration, a celebration of the creative spirit, a paean to unconventionality. It's about what's wrong with today's world, what's right with today's world, and what hope there is for the future. It's about how our technology affects us, and about the decisions we can make regarding those effects.

— Don Sakers, see [12]

Dance for the Ivory Madonna was a Spectrum Award finalist.[13]

Science fiction conventionsEdit

Sakers was guest of honor at the 1995 Gaylaxicon,[14][15] and is a frequent guest speaker at other Gaylaxicons,[16] Albacon, Arisia, and Boskone.[17]

Melissa Scott called him "a left wing Heinlein."[18]

A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has written numerous obituaries for their web site, including that of Lisa A. Barnett.[19] Sakers is an active blogger.[20]



Scattered Worlds MosaicEdit

  1. Dance for the Ivory Madonna,
  2. Weaving the Web of Days,
  3. The Eighth Succession,
  4. Children of the Eighth Day,
  5. All Roads Lead to Terra, (ebook only)
  6. A Voice in Every Wind, consisting of two short stories,
  7. A Rose From Old Terra, and
  8. The Leaves of October, which started as a short story in August 1983's Analog, and was expanded as a novel in 1988.
Short fiction
  • "The Geas Ingenerate" in Galactic Creatures edited by Elektra Hammond.

Review columnsEdit

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (1&2): 180–183. January–February 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-11-06.
  • Johnson, Les & Jack McDevitt, eds. (2012). Going interstellar. Riverdale, NY: Baen.
  • Reynolds, Alastair (2012). Blue remembered Earth. New York: Ace.
  • Resnick, Mike (2012). Win some, lose some : the Hugo award winning (and nominated) short science fiction and fantasy of Mike Resnick. Deerfield, Illinois: ISFiC Press.
  • Foster, Alan Dean. The sum of her parts. Del Rey.
  • Wysocki Jr., Edward M. The great Heinlein mystery. CreateSpace.
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (6): 105–108. June 2013. Archived from the original on 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  • Howard, Chris. Rootless. Scholastic.
  • Lord, Karen. The best of all possible worlds. Del Rey.
  • Sawyer, Robert J. Red Planet blues. Viking.
  • Bova, Ben. Farside. Tor.
  • Ackley-McPhail, Danielle. A legacy of stars. DTF Publications.
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (9): 104–107. September 2013.
  • Hough, Jason M. The Darwin Elevator. Del Rey.
  • Sargent, Pamela. Dream of Venus and other science fiction stories. Wildside. Bound tête-bêche with Dann, Jack & George Zebrowski. Decimated : ten science fiction stories. Wildside.
  • Proskauer, Steve. Gaia's web. Gaia Press.
  • Silverberg, Robert & Damien Broderick. Beyond the doors of death. Arc Manor.
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (10): 105–108. October 2013. Archived from the original on 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  • Asaro, Catherine. Nebula Awards showcase 2013. Pyr.
  • Willis, Connie. The best of Connie Willis : award-winning stories. Del Rey.
  • Mooney, J. E.; Fawcett, Bill (eds.). Shadows of the New Sun. Tor.
  • Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. Snipers. WMG Publishing.
  • Modesitt Jr., L. E. The one-eyed man. Tor.
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (11): 104–107. November 2013.
  • Weber, David. House of steel : the Honorverse companion. With BuNine. Baen.
  • Weber, David; et al. Beginnings. Baen.
  • Gannon, Charles E. Fire with fire. Baen.
  • Novik, Naomi. Blood of tyrants. Del Rey.
  • Hoyt, Sarah A. A few good men. Baen.
  • Niven, Larry. Man-Kzin wars XIII. Baen.
  • Van Vogt, A. E. Transgalactic. Baen.
  • Byrne, S. J. Prometheus II. Armchair Fiction.
2013 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (12): 105–108. December 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13.
  • Dial, Judith K.; Thomas Easton (eds.). Impossible futures. Pink Narcissus Press.
  • Lee, Sharon & Steve Miller. A Liaden universe constellation : volume 1. Baen.
  • Correia, Larry. Monster Hunter Legion. Baen.
  • Heinlein, Robert A. The star beast. Baen.
  • Dozois, Gardner (ed.). The year’s best science fiction : thirtieth annual collection. St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • Benford, James; Gregory Benford (eds.). Starship century. Microwave Sciences.
  • Morgan, George D. Rocket girl. Prometheus Books.
  • Newitz, Annalee. Scatter, adapt, and remember : how humans will survive a mass extinction. Doubleday.
2014 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (1–2): 180–183. January–February 2014.
  • Bova, Ben. Mars, Inc. : the Billionaire's Club. Baen.
  • Moriarty, Chris. Ghost spin. [Catherine Li; 3]. Del Rey.
  • Flynn, Michael. On the razor's edge. Tor.
  • Gunn, James. Transcendental. Tor.
  • Sellers, Michael D. John Carter and the gods of Hollywood. Universal Media.
2014 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (4): 104–107. April 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07.
  • Martin, George R. R. & Gardner Dozois (eds.). Old Mars. Bantam.
  • Resnick, Mike & Robert T. Garcia (eds.). Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Baen.
  • McPhail, Mike (ed.). Dogs of war. DTF Publications.
  • Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. Skirmishes. WMG Publishing.
  • Hough, Jason M. The plague forge. Del Rey.
2014 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (5): 104–107. May 2014.
  • Schmidt, Bryan Thomas (ed.). Raygun chronicles : space opera for a new age. Every Day.
  • Schmidt, Bryan Thomas (ed.). Beyond the sun. Fairwood.
  • Weber, David & Jane Lindskold. Treecat wars. Baen.
  • Genta, Giancarlo. The hunter. Springer.
  • Kanas, Nick. The new Martians. Springer.
  • Schulze-Makuch, Dirk. Alien encounter. Springer.
  • Webster, Bud. Past masters and other bookish natterings. Merry Blacksmith.
2014 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (6): 105–108. June 2014.
  • Leckie, Ann. Ancillary justice. Orbit.
  • Andreatis, Andrea (ed.). The other half of the sky. Candlemark & Gleam.
  • Koyangi, Jacqueline. Ascension : a Tangled Axon novel. Masque.
  • Barrat, James. Our final invention : artificial intelligence and the end of the human era. Thomas Dunne.
2014 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (9): 104–107. September 2014.
  • Friedman, C. S. Dreamwalker. DAW.
  • Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Deborah J. Ross. The children of kings. DAW.
  • Hogarth, M. C. A. Earthrise. CreateSpace.
  • McCoy, Elizabeth. Queen of Roses. Amazon.
  • Slater, Robert L. All is silence. Rocket Tears.
  • Adler, Charles L. Wizards, aliens, and starships : physics and math in fantasy and science fiction. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
2015 "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 135 (1&2): 180–183. January–February 2015.
  • Egan, Greg. The arrows of time. Night Shade.
  • Reichart, Mickey Zucker. I, robot : to obey. Roc.
  • Rajaniemi, Hannu. The causal angel. Tor.
  • Gould, Steven. Exo. Tor.
  • King, T. Jackson. The memory singer. Fantastic Books.


  1. ^ SFRevu Interview. Accessed January 23, 2008. "For the record, I am gay, of Caucasian ancestry, and fall into the category of "obese" rather than Ivory-Madonna-range 'fat.' I do have good friends who are black, as well as others who are fat."
  2. ^
  3. ^ Meerkat Meade Blog by Don Sakers. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  4. ^ Matt Lake, Mark Moran, and Mark Sceurman, Weird Maryland, p. 137, 138 (2006 Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.), ISBN 978-1-4027-3906-4, found at Weird Maryland at Google Books. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ Reader's advice page about The Star Toys Museum. Accessed June 23, 2008.
  6. ^ Don Saker bio at
  7. ^ SFRevu Interview. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Review of Curse of the Zwilling. Accessed January 23, 2008. Archived May 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ SF site review of SF Book of Days. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  10. ^ Powell's Books review of Gaylaxicon 2006 Sampler. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  11. ^ Foxacre web site. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  12. ^ SFRev Interview
  13. ^ "2003 Best Novel Finalists". Spectrums Awards. April 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  14. ^ Gaylaxian Guest of Honor Speech. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  15. ^ Gaylaxicon 1995 Badges
  16. ^ Gaylaxicon panel list Archived December 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  17. ^ Boskone 2007 program Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  18. ^ SFRevu Interview. Accessed January 23, 2008.
  19. ^ Sakers, Don (2006-05-04). "Lisa A. Barnett". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  20. ^ Profile at Accessed January 23, 2008.

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