About the Berserkers

(following 2 paragraphs taken with permission from www.berserker.com)

Our wars were behind us. Earth had a unified government and mankind had moved out from the planet of its birth. New worlds were settled and with the wealth of the Galaxy at hand, poverty was eliminated. Then came the first berserker attack. The berserker was a vast automated fortress, its prime directive to eliminate all life. It -- and many others like it -- was the inheritance of a war fought between unknown interstellar empires, in some time that could hardly be connected with any Earthly calendar. The berserker machine hung over a planet colonized by humans and in two days pounded the surface into a lifeless cloud of dust and steam.

These are the tales from the battles between life and non-life, between the great killing machines we came to call berserkers and humanity, all that it was or ever held dear. For of all the starfaring races, only Man has brought with him untamed the heritage and instinct of battle.


The Berserkers are a creation of author Fred Saberhagen. They have been continuously in print for nearly 40 years. (First story published 1963, first book 1967) They have also appeared in various games, and will hopefully be seen in movie form before too long.

The Berserker menace and the ensuing struggle of life against its antithesis have become a mainstay of science fiction; the themes and adventures the Berserker stories convey will continue to speak to human readers for generations to come.

For more about the author, please visit the Fred Saberhagen area of this site, and/or visit his own official site: www.berserker.com

NOTE: BERSERKER is a registered trademark of Fred Saberhagen and may not be used without permission.

About The Taj

The Taj, this site, serves as a locus of information on everything Berserker, to promote the books, and to provide a place for Berserker fans to interact.

In the Berserker universe, The Taj is the mysterious locus at the center of the Galaxy, the composition of which seems to transcend physical space. It also seems to have something to do with the final fate of all sentient life in the Galaxy. This of course makes it of intense interest to the Berserkers. The Taj is most illuminated in Berserker Man.

NOTE: this site was developed and is maintained with explicit permission/authorization from Fred Saberhagen, for which I am greatly appreciative. Again, "Berserker" is a registered trademark of Fred Saberhagen and may not be used without permission.


This site developed and maintained by the 5th Historian (a.k.a.).


A note on fan fiction: for legal reasons, Fred cannot condone any fan literature set in the Berserker universe, and thus The Taj cannot host any such material.