Visions & illusions
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"I like robots."
– Albert Macklin, 1953 ("Far Beyond the Stars")

Albert Macklin was a Human science fiction writer for Incredible Tales magazine in the 1950s. His specialty was stories about robots.

A shy man with a stammer, Macklin's professed preference for robots over Humans was based largely on their being "uncomplicated". Though the other staff writers teased him about his predictable subject matter, Macklin took it in stride and his work was good enough to secure a contract to produce a novel about robots.

The stories Macklin wrote for the magazine include "Federation and Empire", "1001: First Odyssey", and "Me, Android".

When editor Douglas Pabst was unwilling to print Benny Russell's story about a black captain of a futuristic space station, Macklin suggested altering the story to make it a dream of a present-day man. Macklin once sold a novel to Gnome Press. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

Albert Macklin was played by Colm Meaney. His last name comes from the script.
The character was an homage to Isaac Asimov. (Star Trek Monthly issue 40; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, pp. 536-537)

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