Known, predominently, for her media tie-in novels, Ann Crispin made a name for herself in mainly male-oriented industry. She wrote original works as well as novels in the Star Trek, Star Wars, and V universes.
While some may look down their noses at tie-in novels, Crispin’s work has often been pointed to as some of the best around. Indeed, her novel, Yesterday’s Son was the first Star Trek novel to break onto the NYT Bestseller list.
On a personal note, I think I can point to her novelization of the original “V” miniseries as one of the first (if not the first) Science Fiction book I ever read.
She passed away today after a long battle with cancer. She did manage to post a farewell message to her friends and fans on Tuesday:
I’ve been hesitant to make this post, but it’s time. I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left. I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care and am surrounded by family and friends.
I wish all aspiring writers the will to finish and a good contract. Please continue to monitor Writer Beware and be careful who you sign with. Victoria Strauss and Richard White are there to help.
I’ve asked Michael to collect and read me your messages. As I don’t know how things will proceed, I don’t know if I’ll have the strength to post on Facebook again.
In addition to her writing, she was the founder and chair of the Science Fiction Writers of America’s committee against scams AKA Writer Beware.
She is survived by her husband and fellow Sci-Fi author, Michael Capobianco.
It’s on Netflix and Amazon Prime, but if you subscribe to neither, you can get every episode of every series from StarTrek.com. For free. The only drawback is that they are Flash-based, so mobile viewing can be tricky.
I might start spending my lunch hours the next few weeks catching up on TAS, just for fun.
The first of our podcasts about contenders in the Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament is ready for your listening pleasure. In this one, Brian and I discuss the 2009 rebooted Star Trek film, with some minor digressions. If you subscribe to the Bureau 42 Master Audio Podcast feed through iTunes or straight RSS, you should find it in your feed already. Due to the unpredictable nature of the release schedule for Great Science Fiction Film Tournament podcasts, these will go in the master feed, but will not get a feed of their own. Warning: this is a long one. In fact, it’s about half an hour longer than the actual movie.
On January 3, 1993, Star Trek took a turn into a darker, grittier place with the premiere episode of Deep Space Nine. The pilot episode, “The Emissary,” introduced us to a Commander who hated Picard and was looking to retire early, an ex-terrorist turned first officer, a 700 year old Science Officer, a shapeshifting security officer, a morally challenged barkeep, and a slew of others that, frankly, did not get along.
What emerged was a show that was the first Star Trek not created by Gene Roddenberry. In fact, before his death, he was pretty pessimistic about it. Gone was the doe-eyed optimism of his original vision of the future and replaced with the harsh realities of war, occupation, and…well…life.
Paramount has been closely guarding the name of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character in next year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, with Khan Noonien Singh and Gary Mitchell as front runners for the role. The identity of his character may have been revealed today. See below.
BleedingCool.com is reporting that IDW will be putting out a mini-series crossing over the current Doctor with Star Trek: The Next Generation. As yet there is no news on who the writer or artists will be, nor any information on the length of the mini-series. IDW, who has the official rights to put out Doctor Who & Star Trek comics in the US, is planning to do the official reveal at the upcoming Gallifrey One convention. More…