Lars Pearson

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Lars Pearson
Born Lars Pearson
1973
Iowa
Occupation Writer, Editor, Publisher
Language English
Nationality USA
Alma mater Coe College
Subjects Guides to TV shows
Notable work(s) Unauthorized Doctor Who books
Spouse(s) Christa Dickson

Lars Pearson (born 1973, in Iowa) is an American writer, editor, and journalist. He is the owner/publisher of Mad Norwegian Press, a publishing company specializing in reference guides to television shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Doctor Who, plus the Faction Paradox range of novels and comic books.[1] He is also co-author, with Lance Parkin, of "Ahistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe," which puts every Doctor Who-related story onto a single timeline from the beginning of the universe to its end.

Education[edit]

Pearson attended Coe College studying writing at their Writing Center.[2] He was part of the 1995 graduating class.[3]

Career[edit]

Pearson's writing career started as an editor for a newspaper then moved to magazines.[4] He attained a position with Wizard Entertainment as the price guide editor for the magazine Wizard: The Comics Magazine, a magazine about comic books.[5] He later worked for collectables magazines including ToyFare about collectible action figures and InQuest Gamer, a magazine devoted to collectible card games. While working at ToyFare, he was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report for his expertise in collectables.[6]

Pearson later moved into writing guide books for television shows. He wrote Redeemed: The Unauthorized Guide to Angel, a guide book about the television series Angel. He has also written guides for the cartoon series Transformers and G.I. Joe.[5]

Pearson's guides have been used by other authors as in the case when author Robert G. Weiner used the G.I. Joe guide and Transformers guide to help write Marvel graphic novels and related publications: an annotated guide to comics.[7]

Many of the books Pearson writes are unauthorized, meaning they are not approved by the companies that produce the shows and cannot include their pictures.[8]

Mad Norwegian Press[edit]

Main article: Mad Norwegian Press

Pearson started his own publishing business, Mad Norwegian Press in 2001.[8] The main focus of the business are guide books to science fiction.[9] It also produces novels from freelance writers such as Harlan Ellison, Steve Lyons and Peter David. In order to keep expenses low, the company only employs two people, Pearson and his wife.[8]

In 2002, Mad Norwegian started producing the book series Faction Paradox, about a group of time travelers.[10] Pearson acts as editor for the series.[1]

Doctor Who[edit]

Pearson became a fan of Doctor Who when he saw it broadcast on Iowa's public television station IPTV. His fondness of the show led him to write his first book, I, Who: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels. He uses the books to provide insight into the TV series as well as facts.[8]

Pearson has written 12 books on the television series Doctor Who and is considered an expert on the show.[5] The Des Moines Science Fiction Society has labeled him "one of the foremost experts on 'Doctor Who' in North America."[11]

Pearson's expertise on Doctor Who makes him sought out by fans of the show and science fiction conventions and he has hosted Doctor Who pledge drives on public television.[12] Pearson is often a featured speaker at Doctor Who festivals and appears at many major science fiction conventions.[13]

  • 2001 – The Twelfth Regeneration of Gallifrey One (Van Nuys, CA)
  • 2001 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2003 – Gallifrey One: Episode XIV – The Faction Paradox (Van Nuys, CA)
  • 2003 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2004 – Gallifrey One's Fifteen Minutes of Fame (Van Nuys, CA)
  • 2004 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2005 – The Sixteen Swashbucklers of Gallifrey One (Van Nuys, CA)
  • 2005 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2007 – The Eighteenth Amendment of Gallifrey One (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2007 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2008 – Gallifrey One's Nineteenth Symphony: Opus 2008 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2008 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2008 — DemiCon 19 (Des Moines, IA)
  • 2009 — Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2010 – Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)
  • 2011 — Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2012 — DemiCon 23 (Des Moines, IA)
  • 2012 — TimeGate (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2012 — Dragon*Con (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2012 — Gaylaxicon (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2012 — Chicago TARDIS (Chicago, IL)

Awards[edit]

Pearson's book About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who (Seasons 7 to 11) (2nd Edition) was on the longlist for the BSFA award for non-fiction in 2009.[14] Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, a book in which Pearson served as publisher, won a 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work. "Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them" and "Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who" have both been nominated for a 2013 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

Personal life[edit]

Pearson is a resident of Des Moines, Iowa and is married to Christa Dickson.[2] Dickson helps develop and maintain Iowa Public Televisions's websites and also helps run Mad Norwegian Press.[8][15] She graduated from Coe College in 2001.[15]

Publications[edit]

Other books[edit]

  • Faction Paradox: The Book of the War (contributing author, uncredited), 2002 ISBN 1-57032-905-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weiland, Jonah (May 19, 2003). "Lawrence Miles' 'Faction Paradox' Debuts at Image This August". Comic Book Resources. Boiling Point Productions. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Class News" ( PDF (97 KB)). Coe College Spring 2009 newsletter, class of 1995. Coe College. 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "CWC Alumni Directory". Coe Writing Center. Coe College. 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Who is LowbrowLabs?" ( PDF (43 KB)). LowbrowLabs. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Dragon*Con Biography: [Lars Pearson]". Dragon Con. DCI, Inc. August 2008. Archived from the original on Aug 1, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Morris, Holly J. (May 17, 1999). "Wookie here—it's a Star Wars guide, Where to find tickets, toys, and Menace-ing sets". U.S. News & World Report (Kerry F. Dyer) 126 (17–25): 65. ISSN 0041-5537. OCLC 7786209. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Weiner, Robert G. (2008). Marvel graphic novels and related publications: an annotated guide to comics, prose novels, children's books, articles, criticism and reference works, 1965–2005. McFarland & Company. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-7864-2500-6. OCLC 179106391. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Lawler, Joe (May 13, 2009). "My Business: Mad Norwegian Press". Juice Magazine. The Des Moines Register. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ J, matty (March 9, 2009). "An Evening of Dr Who to Benefit Iowa Public Television". CUP o’ KRYPTONITE. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Alumni Newsletter" ( PDF (5.0 MB)). Coe College Writing Center. Coe College. 2006. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ DemiCon (May 2, 2008). "DemiCon 19" ( PDF (2.9 MB)). DemiCon. Des Moines Science Fiction Society. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  12. ^ Lambert, Mark (Feb 10, 2010). "IPTV Festival this year". Universal Network of Iowan Time Lords (UNIT) mailing list. http://tv.dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/UNIT-1/message/18611. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  13. ^ "The CONvergence 2008 Programming Guide" ( PDF (1.4 MB)). CONvergence. The Minnesota Society for Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy. July 2, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  14. ^ Scott, Donna (08/01/2010). "BSFA Awards 2009 – Nominations". MATRIX Online. The British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Class News" ( PDF (51 KB)). Coe College Spring 2009 newsletter, class of 2001. Coe College. 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 

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