|Synonyms:||shout-out, Friends of Gillian|
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Tuckerizing is named for Bob "Wilson" Tucker, an early SF author who published professional mystery and sf novels in which he used the real names of fan friends for characters that, of course, bear no resemblance to the real person.
Reasons for Tuckerization might include amusing knowledgeable readers, amusing those Tuckerized, to raise money for charity (by selling a chance to appear as a fictional character in a story), and occasionally out of some degree of malice (by having the named character do something reprehensible), though there is a risk of legal problems in such cases. There may occasionally be other problems; for example, adventures for Games Workshop's Judge Dredd RPG often named game writers and other industry figures (including fanzine editors) as Judges or perps (criminals), or used their names for buildings etc.. On one occasion a name had to be changed after it was pointed out that it was also the name of a recently-deceased real-world Judge (related to the author whose name had been used) and might upset the family.
Writers who have Tuckerized fans as characters:
- Lois McMaster Bujold
- Stephen King
- Tamora Pierce
- Larry Niven, alone and with Jerry Pournelle and Michael Flynn
- Anthony Boucher
- David Weber
Notable fans who have been Tuckerized:
- Sandy Herrold was Tuckerized in the Vorkosigan saga as "Trooper/Lt. Sandy H."
- Ian McLean and his Andorian alter ego, Therin of Andor, have been Tuckerized in several licensed Star Trek novels (as Shantherin ch'Thane, Therin Park, New Therin Park and the warship, Therin).
- a list of fans that Bujold has Tuckerized can be found here.
[Note: This page is a place to add Tuckerized fans who are already in the Fanlore wiki or should be; this is not intended as a way to "out" fans who appear in sff works under their real names if those names are not more broadly known.]