An Interview with Alan Dean Foster: The Pioneering ‘Star Wars’ Novelist (Part 1 of 2) - Jedi NewsWho Needs Enemies? Several of his best books fit into a loose sequence of novels set in a multifarious Galaxy dominated by the Humanx Commonwealth , a venue well suited as an arena for Space Operas and encounters with Alien races. The central sequence follows the life of young Flinx, a seeming orphan with Psi Powers and the friendship of a highly potent pet alien named Pip, and beginning [in order of internal chronology; for chronology by publication, see Checklist] with For Love of Mother-Not ; a connected trilogy made up of Foster's first novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang , Orphan Star and The End of the Matter ; Bloodhype ; and Flinx in Flux ; later volumes either infill or, like the superior Running from the Deity and Flinx Transcendent , continue his long story. A second, looser sequence consists of Nor Crystal Tears ; Midworld ; a connected trilogy made up of Icerigger , Mission to Moulokin and The Deluge Drivers , the three comprising some of his best work to date; Voyage to the City of the Dead ; and Sentenced to Prism Sometimes reminiscent of the earlier work of Poul Anderson , the sequence is expansive and colourful, though tending to melodrama and prone to the fable-like use of such sf and fantasy elements as ESP and dragons.
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Add to Bag. The rest, as they say, is history; this all happened a long time ago, after all. His next? We got him to spill a few details about returning to the GFFA after all this time, and how Star Wars has helped shaped his career. Did you have any indication it was going to be more than just another sci-fi flick? I wandered around a bit, chatting with, among others, John Dykstra, who proudly showed off his computer-controlled camera, and then met George. We talked, he showed me around a bit, and that was that.
Skip to main content Alan Dean Foster. Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game.
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With a striking cover by the legendary Ralph McQuarrie, it sold out of its initial print run of , copies by February of Soon, Ballantine had sold another 3., Alan Dean Foster is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels , who has to his credit a long list of hit novels. He was born in New York City but was raised mainly in California.
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Alan Dean Foster born November 18, is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction , who has written several book series , more than 20 standalone novels and many faithful novelizations of film scripts. Foster earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and currently resides in Prescott, Arizona , with his wife. He is a cousin of singer Lesley Gore. Many of these novels feature Philip Lynx "Flinx" , an empathic young man who has found himself involved in something which threatens the survival of the Galaxy. Flinx's constant companion since childhood is a minidrag named Pip, a flying, empathic snake capable of spitting a highly corrosive and violently neurotoxic venom. One of Foster's better-known fantasy works is the Spellsinger series, in which a young musician is summoned into a world populated by talking creatures where his music allows him to do real magic whose effects depends on the lyrics of the popular songs he sings although with somewhat unpredictable results. Many of Foster's works have a strong ecological element to them, often with an environmental twist.