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Martin Caidin (September 14, 1927–March 24, 1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation.

Caidin wrote more than 50 books, including Samurai!, Black Thursday, Thunderbolt!, Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38, Zero!, The Ragged, Rugged Warriors, A Torch to the Enemy and many other works of military history. He wrote more than 1,000 magazine articles. Caidin established his own company to promote aeronautical subjects for a young audience and began writing fiction in 1957.

Caidin's 1964 novel Marooned, tells the story of an American astronaut who is stranded in space and NASA's attempt to rescue him. The novel was the basis for the movie Marooned made in 1969. The movie starred Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, and Gene Hackman.

He twice won the Aviation/Space Writers Association award as the outstanding author in the field of aviation. Among his other honors, he was made an honorary member of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute demonstration team; flew for several months with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron; and set the world record for the number of people deployed for a wing-walk — nineteen — on one wing of an airplane on November 14, 1981.

Caidin had many aviation adventures. He was one of the people involved in the rescue and resurrection of the Junkers Ju 52 No. 5489 that would become famous on the Warbird circuit as Iron Annie. He was one of the pilots that flew what will likely be the last-ever formation flight of B-17s across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to England (via Canada, the Azores and Portugal) in 1961, a trip that involved a near-miss with a submarine, a brawl with KGB agents, and just barely missing ending up in jail in Portugal, an epic trip he chronicled in his book Everything But the Flak. He wrote what has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as the standard aircraft manual for the Messerschmitt Bf-108. He flew as a pilot in the movie The War Lover. He was also one of a very few pilots ever to take a Ju-52 off in less than 400 feet.

Caidin's style of fiction focused on acceptable projections of technical innovations with political and social repercussions. In this respect, his work has some echo in the writing of Michael Crichton. One recurring theme is that of the cyborg — the melding of man and machine, epitomized in the use of replacement body parts called bionics. Caidin references bionics in his 1968 novel The God Machine, but most famously based his novel Cyborg (1972) on the concept. Cyborg became Caidin's most famous work when it was adapted for a top-rated television film in 1973 and formed the basis of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off, The Bionic Woman. Caidin himself wrote three sequels to Cyborg —Operation Nuke, High Crystal and Cyborg IV — that differed considerably from the television series version. Years later, Caidin would revisit bionics in a tongue-in-cheek manner for his novel A Life in the Future (a reinvention of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) in which the title character is given bionic parts after being revived from a centuries-long coma. A remake of The Bionic Woman, titled Bionic Woman debuted on NBC in 2007; unlike the original series, on which Caidin was given screen credit for the series being "based on" Cyborg, no such credit was included in the 2007 series.

Martin Caidin is also known for having restored the oldest surviving Junkers Ju 52 aircraft, which he named Iron Annie, to full airworthiness. Following his death, Iron Annie was sold to Lufthansa, which renamed her the Tempelhof. Lufthansa flies her today as a VIP ship and for special charters. An account of Caidin's adventures with 'the corrugated cloud' can be found in his book about the warbird restoration movement, Ragwings and Heavy Iron. A much more in-depth account of the acquisition, restoration, and adventures with "Iron Annie" is in Caidin's book The Saga of Iron Annie. His experiences with Iron Annie's resurrection were also drawn heavily upon for his book Jericho 52.

In the mid-1980s, Caidin hosted a series of one-hour confrontational talk shows titled Face to Face. The raw subject matter challenged many of the extreme right wing and hate groups that were being operated covertly in the United States. The shows were co-written and produced by Bob Judson and were produced at the Nautilus Television Studios outside of Orlando, Florida. On the air Caidin challenged Matthew F. Hale (head of the American Nazi Party, who followed George Lincoln Rockwell), Rabbi Meir Kahane head of the Jewish Defense League (assassinated a year later in a hotel lobby in New York), Dick Butler from Aryan Nations, journalist Charlie Reese, John McMann from the John Birch Society, and many others. Caidin was a friend of 1960s talk show host Joe Pyne and utilized the same "gloves off" interview style coupled with in-depth research and intelligence gathering.

Caidin also taught a progressive journalism course at the University of Florida in Gainesville titled "Caidin's law".

On page 82 of Caidin's novel, Cyborg IV (Warner Books: May 1976. Library of Congress # 74-80703), the character Steve Austin referenced back to Caidin's own previous novel, Marooned: "A friend of mine wrote about it — did you ever read the book, Marooned?"
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Total Books: 136
Strange True Encounters  Unearthly Experiences 25 Mind-Boggling Reports of the Paranormal - Never Before in Book Form
Thunderbolt The Extraordinary Story of a World War II Ace
2016 - Thunderbolt the Extraordinary Story of a World War II Ace (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781523233502
ISBN-10: 1523233508
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

2014 - Zero (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781596879874
ISBN-10: 1596879874
Genre: History

2007 - Thunderbolt (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781434484109
ISBN-10: 1434484106
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Ghosts of the Air
2007 - Ghosts of the Air (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781435101845
ISBN-10: 1435101847

2004 - Samurai (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780743493321
ISBN-10: 074349332X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History

Zero  The Story of Japan's Air War in the Pacific -- As Seen by the Enemy
2004 - Zero the Story of Japan's Air War in the Pacific -- As Seen By the Enemy (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781596872899
ISBN-10: 1596872896
Genre: History

Zero  The Story of Japan's Air War in the Pacific - As Seen by the Enemy
2004 - Zero the Story of Japan's Air War in the Pacific - As Seen By the Enemy (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780743479394
ISBN-10: 0743479394
Genre: History
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Fork-Tailed Devil  The P-38
2003 - Fork-tailed Devil the P-38 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780743479622
ISBN-10: 0743479629
Genre: History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Destination Mars In Art Myth and Science
Buck Rogers A Life in the Future
1996 - Buck Rogers a Life in the Future (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780786905270
ISBN-10: 0786905271
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Indiana Jones und die Hynen des Himmels
1996 - Indiana Jones Und Die Hynen Des Himmels (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783442431632
ISBN-10: 3442431638

A Journey through Time  Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope
1995 - A Journey Through Time Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope [Penguin Studio Books] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670860180
ISBN-10: 0670860182
Genre: Science & Math
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

A Life in Future
1995 - A Life in Future [Buck Rogers] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780786901449
ISBN-10: 0786901446
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment

Ghosts of the Air True Stories of Aerial Hauntings
1995 - Ghosts of the Air True Stories of Aerial Hauntings (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781880090114
ISBN-10: 1880090112
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

Indiana Jones and the White Witch
1994 - Indiana Jones and the White Witch (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553561944
ISBN-10: 0553561944
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates
1993 - Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553561920
ISBN-10: 0553561928
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

Torch to the Enemy The Fire Raid on Tokyo
1992 - Torch to the Enemy the Fire Raid on Tokyo [The Bantam War Book Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780553299267
ISBN-10: 0553299263
Genre: History

Black Thursday
1991 - Black Thursday (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553267297
ISBN-10: 0553267299
Genre: History
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

1991 - Pioneer Bush Pilot the Story of Noel Wi [Bantam Air and Space Series, No 11] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553289190
ISBN-10: 0553289195
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

1990 - Barnstorming (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553288186
ISBN-10: 0553288180
Genre: History
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

1990 - Fork-tailed Devil the P-38 [Air and Space Library, Bk 2] (Paperback)
1986 - Zoboa (Paperback)
1968 - Me109 4 (Paperback)
Messerschmitt 109 [HISTORY OF 2ND WORLD WAR] (Paperback)
Me 109 Willy Messerschmitt's Peerless Fighter [PURNELL'S HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WEAPONS BOOK] (Paperback)
Air Force [Perennial Works in Sociology] (Hardcover)
Cyborg IV [Six Million Dollar Man, No. 6] (Paperback)Hardcover