Legendary science author Ann C. Crispin, former Vice-President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.
Crispin authored of more than twenty novels, including seven New York Times bestsellers. She wrote the bestselling Star Wars novels The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn. She has also written four top-selling Star Trek novels: Yesterday’s Son, Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders and Sarek. Crispin was the acclaimed author the StarBridge series and novels set in the Star Wars, V, Alien and Pirates of the Caribbean universes.
Crispin recently wrote on Facebook, “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.”
Her 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.
Ms. Crispin has not confined herself to writing media-related fiction. Half her work was created 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 Books” list.A.C. 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 project.
Crispin’s 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 taught writing workshops at Anne Arundel Community College and Dragoncon in Atlanta.