Fred Cassidy
Fred bears a stunning resemblance to John Cusack


I think "Fred" is probably already a nickname






May 13th


Human, with alien symbiont


Most of them, at least well enough to get directions to the bathroom


1060 (Deck 04)


Roger Zelazny's Doorways in the Sand


Programmed Curious



Canon information Edit

Fred Cassidy is a smart man. So smart he entered college early. He's been there for 13 years.

Y'see, his late--that is to say, legally so; cryogenically preserved persons are considered dead by the law--lamented uncle's will contains a provision that not only pays his tuition but supports him in more than adequate style with a generous stipend, right up until he earns a degree. Being a clear-eyed fellow, Fred took a look at the situation, and quite rationally decided never to graduate.

Since then, he's been locked in a struggle with a string of faculty advisers--him skipping from major to major, them attempting to trick him into taking the right credit-hours to complete a bachelor's degree. So far, he's emerged victorious, but it gets closer every semester.

In between classes and battles with the administration, Fred indulges his acrophilia. Whether this is a genuine psychological condition, or, as his current adviser alleges, a fake diagnosis bought with his uncle's money to get him out of trouble for being caught atop various university structures, the fact remains that Fred really likes climbing things.

Naturally, this couldn't last, and by the end of the book, Fred has been attacked, tortured, shot, inverted, stuck with a PhD, given a high-powered job with the State Department, subjected to having a sentient alien computer dissolved in his blood, and accidentally become the man who saved the Earth from being put on an interstellar blacklist.

Since Fred is a Zelazny main character, he is glib, functionally immortal, and smokes like a chimney.

Oh right I probably should have mentioned earlier: Fred has an alien computer named Speicus dissolved in his blood. This isn't terribly relevant to his day-to-day interactions, but it does mean he talks to himself rather more than the population average for a man of his age, education level, and sanity. It also means his pack-a-day habit is no longer going to kill him of a lung cancer-emphysema-COPD trifecta, because Speicus was nice enough to clean that shit up. (I imagine taking up residence inside Fred was like moving into a house where the previous owner was a heavy smoker and having to scrub the walls and replace all the carpets before the place is livable again.)

More detail available on his app.

Elegante Edit

Fred is settling in. He's just as happy on an insane probably not actually a cruise ship as anywhere else, at least until such time as the cabin fever kicks in.

Eventually there may be a timeline here, but don't hold your breath.

Relationships Edit

Fred is capable of amicable interaction with anyone who is not actively trying to kill and/or graduate him at that actual moment.

He is the voice of sanity in his OT3 with Whiskey and Batou, which is hard for him, but hopefully their hilariously clueless love is strong enough to pass the test!

Other Stuff, Links Edit

  • Fred took Advanced Basketweaving to avoid graduating. Trufax.
  • I've decided Fred is first-generation Irish-American, based on his uncle's speech patterns.
  • Under the terms of his uncle's will, when Fred graduated, the remainder of the trust was to go to the IRA.
  • Fred has written an academic book called Sacred Ground: A Study of Ritual Areas. His adviser submitted it as a dissertation without Fred's knowledge.
  • Zelazny novels rarely contain much real-world detail about setting. For instance, Doorways never mentions the name of the university Fred's been attending for the past 13 years. The text contains hints that it's in New England. It has climbable architecture, a huge number of academic departments that Fred can skip among, sufficient academic clout to hire Cambridge graduates as professors, and a university press associated with it. Boston College has a neo-Gothic architectural style and is popular with Irish-Americans, but has no university press. Harvard has a press, but less desirable architecture and a weaker link to the Irish-American community. I'm torn. I'll probably go with Harvard, since the university press is explicitly mentioned, and the rest is extrapolation on my part.

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