Tuckerization (sometimes Tuckerism) is the practice among professional authors of using their friends' names for characters in stories they write. Bob Tucker was a leading exponent and practitioner of this sort of thing, which he originated in 1945 when he used the names of several fans in his novel The Chinese Doll.
Note that this is different than a roman a clef, where the fiction is in some fashion about a real person or the fictional character resembles that person. In a tuckerization, only the name is used — the namesake character isn’t otherwise akin to the real person. It arguably counts as recursive SF if the name is a pro’s.
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