Here's SF writer, gun collector, sword collector H. Beam Piper.
Now take a look at some pictures of SF writer, gun collector, swordsmith Michael Z. Williamson
Mind you, they don't write that much alike despite sharing several themes and a certain similarity of outlook, and Mr. Williamson is considerably more married* than the late Mr. Piper ever was. But still...! One suspects a covert government lab, possibly run by someone who was hoping for yet another Little Fuzzy sequel -- and got metal-poor lizards instead.
* In terms of both duration and offspring.
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