Ashland, Or., February 26, 2005

Dean Ing, Master of the Techno-Thriller, Speaks March 10th

Dean Ing, bestselling writer of thrillers, science fiction and fantasy will speak and sign at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group, Thursday March 10th 7pm at the Ashland Public Library.

This is a rare public appearance for Ing, who has been writing science fiction, fantasy, thrillers and
survivalist handbooks since the 1950s when he first published a short story in Astounding. After a 20 year hiatus, Ing returned to writing with a vengeance and published more than 50 bestselling novels, collaborations or anthologies. In addition to his own work, Ing’s collaborations with science fiction greats such as Larry Niven and Mack Reynolds have been legendary. To hear Ing talk is to hear the history of science fiction and fantasy, with names such as Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein and Jerry Pournelle scattered through the conversation.

Dean Ing has been a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula awards, the highest literary awards in science fiction. His mainstream thriller, The Ransom of Black Stealth One, was a New York Times bestseller. He has been featured by such magazines as Omni, Analog, Survive, Road & Track and others, as well as numerous “year’s best” anthologies. His best loved science fiction and fantasy works include Cathouse, The House of the Kzinti and Anasazi. Ing’s most frequently reissued thrillers include Spooker, Skins of Dead Men, Soft Targets and most recently, Loose Cannon. Reviewers often note that Ing’s readers, after a thrilling and fun-filled fictional ride may discover it was also a painless learning experience.

If Ing’s fiction is also a learning experience it is because his real life experience permeates his writing to create realistic and compelling narrative. Prior to becoming a novelist, Ing was a heavy-construction and oil-field worker, a United States Air force interceptor crew chief, a senior research engineer in the aerospace industry and a builder and driver of sports-racing cars. Along the way, Ing earned a doctorate in Communication Theory and taught at the university level.

Above all, Dean Ing is a master storyteller and you will be spell bound by his stories. Don’t miss him at the the March meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group. If you're lucky you may find out what the small red icon is on his covers.

The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly on second Thursdays, usually at the Ashland Public Library, hosting mystery writers and readers. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and Bloomsbury Books.

The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, hosted by Maryann Mason who interviews the visiting mystery writers. Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir airs Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Cable Channel 95 on AFN, Cable Channel 31 in Jackson County and Cable Channel 15 in Josephine County. Now airing is Ex-CIA Agent Jay Mullen, who in the 1970s, was on the ground and under cover in Uganda and the Sudan.

For more information about mystery in the Rogue Valley, contact Maureen Battistella at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website

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