Alan Dean Foster is one of the most prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy authors of our time. From his Pip and Flinx series and his Spellsinger Adventures to his stellar film to novel adaptations, there is something in his catalog for nearly every reader. Mr. Foster joins me today to talk about his journey from poet to screenwriter to novelist, the influence of comics on his work, writing that scene between Luke and Leia, maintaining a long lasting career, and much more.
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 adaptation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English, his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel “Cyber Way” won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.
Foster’s sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several “Best of the Year” compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.
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