After scraping through the German equivalent of high
school graduation on the minimum amount of effort acceptable, Sabine
worked several years as a freelance camera assistant for Bavarian
Television and affiliated producers. Fed up with ludicrous hours,
insulting fees and a non-existent social life, she eventually decided
that university might not be such a bad proposition after all and
embarked on an MA course in English Literature at the University
of Munich, Germany. Two terms shy of a degree, she transferred to
the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, where she
obtained an MA and subsequently a PhD in Shakespeare Studies.
In autumn 1994, she was accepted into the director's
attachment at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol, UK, and
spent a year running wild in the greatest playground ever invented.
The reward for graduating was a return to ludicrous hours and insulting
fees, although the social life turned out to be great. A string
of theatre productions later, in 1999, Sabine (in her incarnation
of Dr Bauer) was offered a guest lectureship at Berea College, Berea,
Kentucky. During her term there, she taught directing, dramaturgy,
and literature courses and directed Shakespeare's The Tempest, none
of which is even slightly noteworthy compared to the fact that,
one fine Saturday night at 00:30 hours, she channel-hopped into
Fox and the first season of Stargate SG-1.
The return to Britain proved traumatic, largely due
to the fact that Stargate SG-1 hadn't crossed the Atlantic yet.
Months of serious withdrawal came to an end when a) Children of
the Gods was released on video, and b) assiduous surfing led to
the discovery of the Heliopolis Fanfiction Archive. These interesting
extracurricular activities were disrupted by the commission from
a London-based theatre company to write a bilingual children's play.
Naturally, the fact that she'd never done anything like it before
didn't stop Sabine from writing said play. In a rare instance of
divine justice, she then got to direct it for her sins. The total
fee was sufficient to pay off her credit card and start a comprehensive
Stargate SG-1 DVD collection.
However, there were more sinister side-effects. Sabine
continued to write, and instead of confining herself (and the damage)
to the eclectic and virtually unnoticed pursuit that is theatre,
she branched out into fanfiction. Under the imaginative penname
of 'Doc', she spent the next four years surgically attached to a
laptop and giving Jack O'Neill a hard time, which brings us right
back to ludicrous hours and non-existent social life. No fee this
time, not even an insulting one. Along the way she garnered a few
awards and eventually realised that she was having altogether too
much fun with characters of her own creation. In other words, the
next logical step was to tackle an original novel. Her mental state
at this (or any other) juncture is best illustrated by the fact
that she chose quantum physics as the 'science' part of this picaresque
science fiction epic, which to date has progressed to roughly four
fifths of its intended length (sequels optional).
Meanwhile, across the Pond, word of Dr Bauer's antics
in Kentucky had reached New York, New York, and prompted an unsuspecting
member of NYU's drama department to extend an offer to contribute
to that ultimate critical bible, Tennessee Williams A-Z: The Essential
Reference to His Life and Work. Williams, needless to say, has nothing
whatsoever to do with Shakespeare or English Literature at large.
Perplexed though undeterred she accepted, with the result that,
instead of writing critical essays on The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone
and Moise and the World of Reason, she ended up writing critical
essays on The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and Moise and the World
of Reason and The Glass Menagerie and The Night of the Iguana and
A Knightly Quest, with a bit of biography thrown in for good measure.
In autumn 2003, somewhere between Quest and
Iguana and trying to reconcile a day job with two major writing
projects (which accounted for PMT and the demented gleam in her
eyes), Sabine received an innocuous-looking email from Fandemonium
Books, enquiring whether she would be interested in penning a Stargate
SG-1 tie-in novel. Obviously, what ensued over the next six months
were ludicrous hours, non-existent social life, and
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