Caidin, Martin (1927–1997)
American writer, pilot, and aerospace specialist who wrote more than 80
nonfiction books, mostly on aviation and space exploration. His science
fiction novel Marooned (1964), about an attempt to rescue astronauts
trapped in orbit, was turned into a film of the same name in 1969 and has
been credited with inspiring the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz
Test Project. He also wrote a series of novels about a bionic man, which
formed the basic of the popular TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
Caidin was a cofounder of the American Astronautical Society (1953).