Ann C. Crispin
|Ann C. Crispin|
|Born||Ann Carol Tickell
April 5, 1950
Stamford, Connecticut, US
|Died||September 6, 2013
Waldorf, Maryland, US
|Notable work(s)||Yesterday's Son, Sarek, The Han Solo Trilogy|
|Notable award(s)||IAMTW Grandmaster|
|Spouse(s)||Randy Crispin (divorced)
Ann Carol Crispin (April 5, 1950 – September 6, 2013) was an American science fiction writer, the author of twenty-three published novels. Her writing career began in 1983. She wrote several Star Trek novels, and created her own original science fiction series called Starbridge.
As a writer of "tie-in" novels, Crispin was known for fleshing out the backgrounds and emotional lives of on-screen characters.
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, The Han Solo Trilogy, chronicles the life of Han Solo prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Crispin also wrote the novelizations for The V miniseries and the film Alien Resurrection, as well as Sylvester, a girl and horse film starring Melissa Gilbert.
She also created her own Starbridge series of novels, aimed primarily at young readers.
Crispin 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.
On April 19, 2013, Crispin was named the 2013 Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW).
On September 3, 2013, StarTrek.com posted Crispin's farewell message after her prolonged battle with cancer deteriorated and became terminal. In the message Crispin said, "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."
She died only three days later, at 63.
- 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)
- Star Trek
- 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)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom (2011)
- Schudel, Matt (September 7, 2013). "A.C. Crispin dies at 63; author of sci-fi and tie-in novels". Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Cheeseman-Meyer, Ellen (April 5, 2012). "The Yesterday Saga: Yesterday’s Son and Time for Yesterday". Tor.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- Talking Trek and Pirates with Author A.C. Crispin, StarTrek.com
- Associated Press (September 6, 2013). "AC Crispin, science fiction author and advocate against literary scams, dies at age 63". Washington Post. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "ABOUT WRITER BEWARE ®". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "In Memoriam: A. C. Crispin". Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. September 6, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Ann Crispin Says Goodbye
- Remembering Trek Author Ann Crispin 1950-2013
- Official website
- A. C. Crispin at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- List of works at Fantastic Fiction
- StarBridge ebooks
- Grandmaster Announcement