A.C. CRISPIN > AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Crispin is the author of the bestselling Star Wars novels
The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit,
and Rebel Dawn. She's also written four
top-selling Star Trek novels: Yesterday's Son,
Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the
Beholders and Sarek.
Ms. Crispin's most famous genre work was writing the 1984
novelization of the television miniseries V.
She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V
series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein,
and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.
Crispin and noted fantasy author Andre Norton wrote two
Witch World novels together. Both Gryphon's
Eyrie and Songsmith are still in
print from Tor Books. Andre Norton's recent passing has
brought increasing demand for her works. Ann Crispin and
Andre Norton were friends for nearly 30 years. Ms. Norton
was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the
field of science fiction and fantasy by Science
Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
Crispin has been active in SFWA since soon after joining
the organization in 1983. She served as Eastern Regional
Director for almost 10 years, and then served as Vice
President for two terms. Ms. Crispin and Victoria Strauss
created SFWA's "scam watchdog" committee, Writer Beware,
in 1998. Crispin still serves as the Chair. Writer Beware
is the only professionally sponsored group that warns
aspiring writers about the numerous scam agents and publishers
that infest the internet these days. Crispin and Strauss
have assisted law enforcement in bringing several infamous
con artists to justice.
Ms. Crispin has not confined herself to writing media-related
fiction. Half her work is in her own original universes.
Her major science fiction undertaking was the StarBridge
series for Berkley/Putnam. These books, written solo or
in collaboration with gifted new talents, centered around
a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers,
both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from
Earth. Series titles are: StarBridge, Silent
Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's
Gift, Silent Songs, Voices
of Chaos, and Ancestor's World.
StarBridge Book One was placed on the American
Library Association's Young Adult Services Division's
list of Best Books of 1991, and Silent Dances
(Book Two, co-authored with Kathleen O'Malley) made the
1991 Preliminary ballot for the Nebula, the award given
by the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Serpent's Gift (Book Four, with Deborah
A. Marshall) was placed on the 1993 Recommended Books
for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. Book
Five, Silent Songs (also written with Kathleen
O'Malley) was nominated for the A.L.A Young Adults "Best
Crispin's newest work is an original fantasy trilogy for
Harper/Eos, The Exiles of Boq'urain.
Storms of Destiny will be released August 2005,
and she is hard at work on Book 2, Winds of Vengeance.
Book 3, Flames of Chaos, will be her next
Ms. Crispin has taught many writing workshops since becoming
a full time professional in 1983. Her teaching credits
include a semester-long "Writing for Profit" course at
Charles County Community College, two two-day writing
workshops for Harrisburg Area Community College, a two-day
writing seminar at Towson State University, and numerous
mini-workshops at science-fiction and Star Trek conventions,
where she is a frequent guest. She currently teaches writing
workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragoncon