Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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Judith Reeves-Stevens
Born United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction
Spouse Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Born United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Science fiction
Spouse Judith Reeves-Stevens

Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens are a New York Times-bestselling husband-and-wife writing/producing team. In June, 2013, at the Constellation Awards ceremony in Toronto, the writing couple were honored with the Constellation Award for "Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2012" for their role in creating the series, Primeval: New World.[1]

In genre media, the Reeves-Stevenses are well known for their involvement with the Star Trek franchise. In addition to having written twenty "Star Trek" books, including six novels on their own, ten novels with William Shatner, and four non-fiction volumes detailing the production history of the franchise, they acted as executive story editors and co-producers on the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Both are among the series writers who had cameos in "These Are the Voyages...", the final episode of Enterprise.

Career[edit]

Previously, they acted as staff writers and supervising producers in the second and third seasons of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and wrote episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, Beyond Reality, Catwalk, The Hitchhiker, and John Woo’s Once a Thief.

As executive story editors on the short-lived but highly-influential Phantom 2040, they contributed to the show's unique creative direction, developing the writers' bible and scripting many key episodes (including the two-part pilot, Generation Unto Generation). Following Phantom 2040, produced by Hearst Entertainment Productions, the Reeves-Stevenses did additional development, wrote the writers' bible and pilot episode, and served as executive story editors for an updated Flash Gordon animated series, also from Hearst.

They also wrote Van Helsing: The London Assignment for Universal Animation Studios,[2] More recently, they created the 2012 sci-fi television series, Primeval: New World.[3]

Before branching into Star Trek, fantasy, and mainstream thrillers with Judith, Garfield wrote five novels blending horror and technology, prompting Stephen King to say, "Garfield Reeves-Stevens is the Tom Clancy of horror."[4] One of those novels, Children of the Shroud, is credited by New York Magazine as being the first to feature a storyline based on cloning Jesus.[5]

In August, 2010, Impossible Films announced that the Reeves-Stevens would be delivering scripts for a Primeval spin-off television series as part of a franchise deal with Omni Film Productions.[6] In a posting on their Facebook fan page, the Reeves-Stevenses stated that they were first asked by the producers if they would be interested in pitching a concept for the spin-off series in May, 2009.[7] Being fans of the original series, the Reeves-Stevenses responded positively. Eleven months later they were invited to pitch, and subsequently were asked to write the first two scripts and the bible for the series they had described, a development process that lasted fourteen months. In September, 2011, two months after the Reeves-Stevenses had delivered their scripts and bible, Space: The Imagination Station greenlit the series, eventually titled Primeval: New World.

On February 8, 2011, the Reeves-Stevenses submitted a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of an application by CTVglobemedia Inc. to renew the broadcasting license of the Canadian science-fiction channel, Space: The Imagination Station.[8] In the letter, the Reeves-Stevenses describe their involvement with the Star Trek franchise, and also discuss other science-fiction related projects, including their writing of the "critically acclaimed miniseries, Race to Mars." Other projects they refer to include their development of an original contemporary science-fiction series titled A.K.A. under CTV's "Writer Only" development program; their involvement in a NASA space policy workshop with James Cameron to discuss, debate, and help shape U.S. space exploration goals; and their current position as Lead "Land" Writers for the Walt Disney Imagineers, helping to plan the rides and attractions for the new Shanghai Disneyland which opened in June, 2016.

On September 28, 2012, Ain't It Cool News reported that the Reeves-Stevenses had been enlisted by producer Gary Goddard to develop "the next evolution" of Goddard's hit cult television series, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.[9] In the video accompanying the report, the Reeves-Stevenses are credited with having delivered a one-hour "premise pilot" and bible for the new version of the series, now titled Phoenix Rising.

In October, 2013, the IMDbPro site reported that the Reeves-Stevenses had written the screenplay for the movie adaptation of Jerry Pournelle's classic military science-fiction novel, Janissaries, also for the Goddard Film Group. The movie is listed as "In Development." [10]

In January, 2016, the official website for Andre Norton announced that the Estate has entered into a deal to turn the first two Witch World novels into a movie. The announcement included a statement from the film's producers, Kirin Media Ventures, stating "The Producers are happy to announce that they have developed a new Witch World script that they are very excited about, written by award-winning screenwriters Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Janissaries, Star Trek: Enterprise). This script forms the basis of the first movie in a new film trilogy based on the classic Witch World book series by Andre." [11]

In addition to their ongoing work in features and television, the Reeves-Stevenses have also completed their newest novel, Wraith, published in April, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press.[12] Publishers Weekly praised the book, saying, "Speculative fiction fans will welcome this cataclysmic thriller featuring zombies, disembodied psychics, and undead armies... The Reeves-Stevenses (Freefall) sharpen the pulp theatrics with deft characterization, rich atmosphere, and sly condemnations of present-day American culture." [13]

Their previous novel, also published by Thomas Dunne Books, was Search billed as a novel of "forbidden history." Publishers Weekly called the novel a "...fine archaeological quest novel [that] smoothly blends a fast-moving fantasy plot with a solid scientific backdrop... Smart, suspenseful writing and a clever concept add up to a compelling read." [14]

Bibliography[edit]

Star Trek[edit]

Non-Star Trek Science Fiction[edit]

  • The Chronicles of Galen Sword
    • Shifter (July 1990)
    • Nightfeeder (April 1991)
    • Dark Hunter (November 2003)
  • Alien Nation: The Day of Descent (1993)
  • Short stories
    • "CHIPS" (First published in Shivers: Canadian Tales of the Supernatural, 1990)
    • "Bluebound: From the Chronicles of Galen Sword" (First published in Chilled to the Bone, 1991)
    • "One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid" (First published in Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, 1995)
    • "A Bad Feeling: The Tale of EV-9D9" (First published in Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace, 1996)

Mainstream Fiction[edit]

  • Icefire (July 1998)
  • Quicksilver (May 1999)
  • Freefall (March 2005)
  • Search (August 2010)
  • Wraith (April 2016)[15]

Mainstream Non-Fiction[edit]

  • Going to Mars: The Stories of the People Behind NASA's Mars Missions Past, Present, and Future (Co-authored with Brian Muirhead, November 1998)

Fiction written only by Garfield[edit]

  • Bloodshift (1981)
  • Dreamland (1985)
  • Children of the Shroud (1987)
  • Nighteyes (1989)
  • Dark Matter (1990)
  • Short stories
    • "August" (First published in Shivers: Canadian Tales of the Supernatural, 1990)
    • "Masks" (First published in The Further Adventures of The Joker, 1990)
    • "Part Five" (First published in The Ultimate Frankenstein, 1991)
    • "Outport" (First published in Ark of Ice: Canadian Futurefiction, 1992)
    • "Tear Down" (First published in Northern Frights, 1992)
    • "The Warrior of the Final Dawn" (First published in The Further Adventures of Superman, 1993)
    • "The Eddies" (First published in Northern Frights 2, 1994)

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
CBS Schoolbreak Special CBS
Catwalk
  • "Words and Music" (1992)
  • "Downtown" (1993)
  • "Flipside" (1993)
  • "Sex, Lies and Rock 'n' Roll" (1993)
YTV
Beyond Reality
  • "Final Flight" (1992)
  • "Forget Me Not" (1993)
  • "The Box" (1993)
CTV
Batman: The Animated Series
  • "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne" (1992)
  • "Dreams in Darkness" (1992)
  • "Fire from Olympus" (1993)
Fox
The Legend of Prince Valiant
  • "The Jubilee" (1993)
  • "The Hero" (1993)
  • "The Aurora" (1993)
  • "The Burning Bridge" (1993)
  • "The Sage" (1993)
  • "The Song of Valor" (1993)
  • "The Ring of Truth" (1993)
The Family Channel
David Copperfield
  • Television film (1993)
NBC
Phantom 2040
  • 18 episodes (1994–1996)
Syndicated
Flash Gordon
  • "Vandals from the Void" (1996)
YTV
Mighty Ducks
  • "Monster Rally" (1996)
ABC
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off
  • Non-theatrical animated feature film (1997)
N/A
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework
  • Television film (1997)
Showtime
The Lost World
  • 15 episodes (2001–2002)
Syndicated
Van Helsing: The London Assignment
  • DVD animated film (2004)
N/A
G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom
  • DVD animated film (2004)
N/A
G.I. Joe: Ninja Battles
  • DVD animated film (2004)
N/A
Star Trek: Enterprise UPN
Action Man: The Movie
  • DVD animated film (2005)
N/A
Fire Serpent
  • Television film (2007)
N/A
Race to Mars
  • Television mini-series (2007)
Discovery
Primeval: New World
  • 13 episodes (2012–2013)
Space

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Reference
1991 Daytime Emmy Award CBS Schoolbreak Special: "Maggie's Secret"(shared with Dennis Foon) Outstanding Writing in a Children's Special Nominated

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