Ann C. Crispin
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Stamford, Connecticut, US
Ann Carol Crispin (born 1950) is an American science fiction writer, the author of twenty-three published novels. She has been writing since 1983. She has written several Star Trek novels, and created her own original science fiction series called Starbridge.
Two of her Star Trek novels — Yesterday's Son and Time for Yesterday — were direct sequels to the third season episode "All Our Yesterdays", and detail Spock and Zarabeth's son. Yesterday's Son was the first non-novelization Star Trek novel to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her later Star Trek works included the novel Sarek, which takes place after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Her best-known Star Wars work is The Han Solo Trilogy, which chronicles the life of Han Solo prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Her first Star Wars works, however, were two short stories that she wrote for Kevin J. Anderson's Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales from Jabba's Palace anthologies. She also contributed a story, written with occasional collaborator Kathleen O'Malley, to Richard Dean Starr's Tales of Zorro anthology.
Crispin also served as Eastern Regional Director, and then Vice President, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. With Victoria Strauss, she founded Writer Beware, a "watchdog" group that is part of SFWA that warns aspiring writers about the dangers of scam agents, editors, and publishers. Writer Beware was founded in 1998, and has assisted law enforcement and civil authorities in tracking and shutting down writing scams.
In April 2010, Crispin completed a three-year project for Disney. Based on her work for Lucasfilm and Paramount, in writing the "backstory" for, respectively, Han Solo and Sarek from Star Trek, she was approached to create a "backstory" and prequel to the popular Pirates of the Caribbean films. The resulting epic novel (230,000 words) is titled Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom, and was released on May 17, 2011, the same week as the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, "On Stranger Tides" debuts (May 20, 2011).
The Price of Freedom is the story of how young Jack Sparrow, 25 years old, worked as an honest merchant captain for the East India Trading Company under the aegis of Cutler Beckett. (Flashbacks to Jack at age 20 reveal his earlier life in Shipwreck Cove, chafing under the domination of Captain Teague, and set the scene for much of the later action.) Jack is made Captain of the Wicked Wench, Cutler Beckett's own ship, a beautiful, fast ship, a golden ship that he falls for the way Han Solo fell for the Millennium Falcon. Jack is looking forward to someday being able to have his own ship, possibly even his beloved Wench...but where Jack Sparrow is concerned, nothing is ever simple. The young captain runs afoul of pirates from his past, including the current Pirate Lord of the Caribbean—Dona Pirata, the most feared woman captain on the Spanish Main. Jack also encounters a host of new problems and temptations—a lost island with a magic treasure, Cutler Beckett's scheming, the slave trade, and a lost princess. Crispin has posted excerpts from the upcoming novel at the following link: http://www.accrispin.com/projectp.htm
In June 2011, Pirates of Caribbean: The Price of Freedom became the second novel to be selected by WDW Radio Disney Book Club
Crispin's website features art by Brian Canfield Mitchell. She is married to science fiction author Michael Capobianco.
In 2012, Crispin re-issued the seven StarBridge books as ebooks for the Kindle and Nook, and in other ebook formats. Ridan Publishing's interest in the books was ended in October 2012, and Ms. Crispin and her co-authors now receive all proceeds from the sale of the StarBridge ebooks.
On April 19, 2013, Crispin was named the 2013 Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW).
- available as Star Wars: The Han Solo Omnibus (2000)
- Star Wars short stories
- Starbridge novel series
- Starbridge (1989)
- Silent Dances (1990) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Shadow World (1991) (with Jannean Elliott)
- Serpent's Gift (1992) (with Deborah A. Marshall)
- Silent Songs (1994) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Ancestor's World (1996) (with T. Jackson King)
- Voices of Chaos (1998) (with Ru Emerson)
- Witch World
- Gryphon's Eyrie (1984) (with Andre Norton)
- Songsmith (1992) (with Andre Norton)
- V (1984)
- V: East Coast Crisis (1984) (with Howard Weinstein)
- V: Death Tide (1984) (with Deborah A. Marshall)
- The Exiles of Boq’urain
- Storms Of Destiny (2005)
- Future projects: Exiles of Boq'urain Trilogy · Book 2 & 3
- Sylvester (1985)
- Alien: Resurrection (1997) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Official website
- A. C. Crispin at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- List of works at Fantastic Fiction
- StarBridge ebooks
- Grandmaster Announcement