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Alan Dean Foster

Author of The Star Wars Trilogy

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About the Author

Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new show more places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist: the new places encountered in his books are likely to be on another planet, and the people may belong to an alien race. Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in 1968. His first novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx. Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth. The Tar-Aiym Krang also marked the first appearance of Flinx, a young man with paranormal abilities, who reappears in other books, including Orphan Star, For Love of Mother-Not, and Flinx in Flux. Foster has also written The Damned series and the Spellsinger series, which includes The Hour of the Gate, The Moment of the Magician, The Paths of the Perambulator, and Son of Spellsinger, among others. Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979. The book Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990. His novel Our Lady of the Machine won him the UPC Award (Spain) in 1993. He also won the Ignotus Award (Spain) in 1994 and the Stannik Award (Russia) in 2000. He is the recipient of the Faust, the IAMTW Lifetime achievement award. Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was a 2015 New York Times bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Credit: Ellen Levy Finch, May 26, 2007, San Francisco BayCon

Series

Works by Alan Dean Foster

The Star Wars Trilogy (1983) — Uncredited author — 2,786 copies
Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978) 2,588 copies
Alien (1979) 1,420 copies
Spellsinger (1983) 1,401 copies
For Love of Mother-Not (1983) 1,310 copies
The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972) 1,279 copies
Orphan Star (1977) — Author — 1,157 copies
The End of the Matter (1977) 1,063 copies
The Hour of the Gate (1984) 1,023 copies
Bloodhype (1973) 989 copies
Nor Crystal Tears (1982) 981 copies
Flinx in Flux (1988) 972 copies
The Approaching Storm (2002) 945 copies
The Day of the Dissonance (1984) 922 copies
Icerigger (1974) 899 copies
Mid-Flinx (1995) 824 copies
The Moment of the Magician (1984) 814 copies
The Black Hole (1979) — Author — 787 copies
Glory Lane (1987) 777 copies
Midworld (1975) — Author — 772 copies
Quozl (1989) — Author — 737 copies
Mission to Moulokin (1979) 726 copies
The Time of the Transference (1987) 724 copies
Cachalot (1980) 724 copies
A Call to Arms (1991) 721 copies
Sentenced to Prism (1985) 699 copies
Reunion (2001) 696 copies
Cat-A-Lyst (1991) 657 copies
Cyber Way (1990) 645 copies
Aliens (1986) 606 copies
Star Trek Log One (1974) 585 copies
Flinx's Folly (2003) 578 copies
The Last Starfighter (1984) 555 copies
Phylogenesis (1999) 553 copies
The Deluge Drivers (1987) 544 copies
Star Trek (2009) 544 copies
Voyage to the City of the Dead (1984) — Author — 537 copies
The Dig (1995) 536 copies
With Friends Like These (1977) — Author — 536 copies
The Howling Stones (1997) 526 copies
Sliding Scales (2004) 510 copies
The Man Who Used the Universe (1983) — Author — 497 copies
The False Mirror (1992) 496 copies
Codgerspace (1992) 486 copies
Star Trek Log Two (1974) 478 copies
The Spoils of War (1993) — Author — 476 copies
Running from the Deity (2005) 464 copies
...Who Needs Enemies (1984) 463 copies
Dirge (2000) 460 copies
Son of Spellsinger (1993) 459 copies
Star Trek Log Three (1975) 456 copies
Lost and Found (2004) 449 copies
Dinotopia Lost (1996) 449 copies
Star Trek Log Four (1975) 442 copies
To the Vanishing Point (1800) 431 copies
The I Inside (1984) 431 copies
Trouble Magnet (2006) 402 copies
Star Trek Log Five (1975) 402 copies
Clash Of The Titans (1981) — Author — 400 copies
Into the Out of (1986) 397 copies
Dark Star (1974) 366 copies
Outland (1981) 366 copies
Flinx Transcendent (2009) 364 copies
Greenthieves (1994) 359 copies
Alien 3 [novelization] (1992) 359 copies
Patrimony (2007) 354 copies
Voyage of the Basset (1996) 351 copies
Slipt (1984) 350 copies
Diuturnity's Dawn (2002) 334 copies
Drowning World (2003) 328 copies
The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004) 322 copies
Star Trek Log Six (1976) 316 copies
The Mocking Program (2002) 300 copies
Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves (1991) — Editor — 294 copies
Shadowkeep (1984) 290 copies
Chorus Skating (1994) 287 copies
Star Trek Log Seven (1976) 287 copies
Interlopers (2001) 287 copies
Star Trek Log Eight (1976) 280 copies
Life Form (1995) 278 copies
Into the Thinking Kingdoms (1999) 266 copies
Krull (1983) 265 copies
Star Trek Log Nine (1977) 248 copies
Impossible Places (2002) 248 copies
Starman (1984) 247 copies
Star Trek Log Ten (1978) 246 copies
The Candle of Distant Earth (2006) — Author — 243 copies
Design for Great-Day (1995) — Author — 237 copies
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) 233 copies
The Human Blend (2010) 230 copies
Kingdoms of Light (2001) 228 copies
Parallelities (1995) 219 copies
A Triumph of Souls (2000) 219 copies
Jed the Dead (1997) 218 copies
Quofum (2008) 217 copies
The Thing (1982) 216 copies
Maori (1988) 201 copies
Mad Amos (1996) 198 copies
Relic (2018) 175 copies
Alien Nation (1988) 174 copies
The Hand of Dinotopia (1999) 153 copies
Season of the Spellsong (1984) 150 copies
Transformers (2007) 144 copies
Ghosts Of Yesterday (2007) 143 copies
Exceptions to Reality (2008) 140 copies
Terminator: Salvation (2010) 118 copies
Montezuma Strip (1995) 115 copies
Alien: Covenant (2017) 105 copies
Spellsinger's Scherzo (1986) 98 copies
Sagramanda (2006) 94 copies
Strange Music (2017) 73 copies
Betcha Can't Read Just One (1993) — Editor; Contributor — 73 copies
Splinter of the Mind's Eye [graphic novel] (1996) — Original writer — 72 copies
The Veiled Threat (2009) 66 copies
The Unsettling Stars (2020) 55 copies
Pale Rider (1985) 54 copies
Taken Trilogy (2006) 51 copies
Luana (1974) 41 copies
Star Trek: Logs One and Two (1996) 40 copies
Predators I Have Known (2011) 39 copies
The Deavys (2016) 22 copies
Oshenerth (2015) 18 copies
Prodigals (2022) 18 copies
Madrenga (2020) 17 copies
Todeszone Galaxis (1993) — Author — 17 copies
Star Trek: Logs 7–10 (1995) 14 copies
Der Überlebende (1993) — Author — 14 copies
The Horror on the Beach (1978) 13 copies
Der Venus-Faktor (1993) — Author — 12 copies
Im Schatten schwarzer Sterne (1994) — Author — 12 copies
Gefahr im Delta-Dreieck (1993) — Author — 11 copies
Himmelfahrtskommando (1994) — Author — 10 copies
Ums nackte Leben (1993) — Author — 9 copies
Mordsache McCoy (1994) — Author — 9 copies
Star Wars_Bait 7 copies
Starfight (1984) 7 copies
Empowered [short story] (1995) 5 copies
Surfeit 5 copies
Trilogia galattica di Flinx — Author — 4 copies
Ein fataler Fehler (1994) — Author — 4 copies
Die letzte Mission (1994) — Author — 4 copies
Claim Blame 3 copies
Batrachian 2 copies
Chilling 2 copies
Serenade 2 copies
We Three Kings 2 copies
Builder (Marexx, No 1) (1997) 2 copies
Sideshow 2 copies
Invasão Alien (1995) 1 copy
Maori 1 copy
Tuđinac (1997) 1 copy
Homanx Eins 1 copy
Chauna 1 copy
Godzina próby (1996) 1 copy
Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #2 — Contributor — 1 copy
Stuart 1 copy
فضائِي 1 copy
Mid-Death 1 copy
Thrust 1 copy
The Kiss 1 copy
Outer Heat (1988) 1 copy
Diesel Dream 1 copy
Consigned 1 copy
Ah, Yehz 1 copy
Food Fight 1 copy
Fitting Time 1 copy
Unnatural 1 copy
Overcast 1 copy
The Question 1 copy
Suzy Q 1 copy
Cold Fire 1 copy
Pipe Dream 1 copy
The Phisher (2012) 1 copy
Box of Oxen (2011) 1 copy
Grøn 1 copy
The Chair 1 copy
Running 1 copy
Redundancy 1 copy
Ledo planeta 1 copy
Unamusing 1 copy
El abismo negro (1980) 1 copy
Flinx 1 copy
Pleistosport 1 copy
Collectible 1 copy
Robur 2. 1 copy
Wolfstroker 1 copy
Seasoning 1 copy

Associated Works

Star Trek: The Motion Picture [novelization] (1979) — Contributor — 1,234 copies
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998) — Contributor, some editions — 503 copies
Aliens [1986 film] (1986) — Adapter — 406 copies
The Mammoth Book of Seriously Comic Fantasy (1999) — Contributor — 333 copies
Kabu Kabu (2013) — Contributor — 289 copies
The Children of Cthulhu (2002) — Contributor — 257 copies
Dragon Fantastic (1992) — Contributor — 238 copies
Space Opera (1996) — Contributor — 235 copies
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (1992) — Contributor — 234 copies
The 1972 Annual World's Best SF (1972) — Contributor — 221 copies
The Best of Eric Frank Russell (1978) — Introduction, some editions — 219 copies
Superheroes: All-Original Adventures of All-New Heroes (1995) — Contributor — 215 copies
Federations (2009) — Contributor — 208 copies
The New Lovecraft Circle (1996) — Contributor — 186 copies
Robot Uprisings (2014) — Contributor — 186 copies
Fantasy Gone Wrong (2006) — Contributor — 174 copies
Dead Man's Hand (2014) — Contributor — 159 copies
Stellar #4: Science-Fiction Stories (1978) — Contributor — 133 copies
Dragons: The Greatest Stories (1997) — Contributor — 121 copies
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Cthulhu Cycle: Thirteen Tentacles of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 118 copies
Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces (1986) — Contributor — 101 copies
Perpetual Light (1982) — Contributor — 99 copies
Heroic Visions (1983) — Contributor — 97 copies
Alien Pregnant by Elvis (1994) — Contributor — 90 copies
The American Fantasy Tradition (2002) — Contributor — 89 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 89 copies
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Contributor — 88 copies
Magic Tails (2005) — Contributor — 85 copies
Stellar #1: Science-Fiction Stories (1974) — Contributor — 81 copies
Futureshocks (2006) — Contributor — 80 copies
Little Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City (2004) — Contributor — 76 copies
Journeys to the Twilight Zone (1993) — Contributor — 73 copies
Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies (2017) — Contributor — 72 copies
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Contributor — 68 copies
Warrior Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 64 copies
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 64 copies
Pharaoh Fantastic (2002) — Contributor — 61 copies
Better Off Undead (2008) — Contributor — 60 copies
Children of Magic (2006) — Contributor — 59 copies
Future Crimes (1999) — Contributor — 59 copies
Moon Shots (1999) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Mutant Files (2001) — Contributor — 57 copies
Christmas Magic (1994) — Contributor — 55 copies
Fellowship of the Stars (1974) — Contributor — 54 copies
Star Colonies (2000) — Contributor — 51 copies
Speculations (1982) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Book of Kings (1995) — Contributor — 49 copies
Space Stations (2004) — Contributor — 48 copies
Amazing Stories: The Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 47 copies
Far Frontiers (2000) — Contributor — 47 copies
Shadows 2 (1978) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Contributor — 44 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Horrors (1866) — Contributor — 43 copies
Beyond Time (1976) — Contributor — 42 copies
I Want My Mummy (1981) — Contributor — 40 copies
Future Crime: An Anthology of the Shape of Crime to Come (1991) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Alien Condition (1973) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Night Fantastic (1991) — Contributor — 38 copies
Slipstreams (2006) — Contributor — 37 copies
Fate Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 36 copies
Absolute Magnitude (1997) — Contributor — 36 copies
Fellowship Fantastic (2008) — Contributor — 36 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XI (1995) — Contributor — 35 copies
Army of the Fantastic (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Top Science Fiction: The Authors' Choice (1984) — Contributor — 28 copies
Angels of Darkness: Tales of Troubled and Troubling Women (1995) — Contributor — 27 copies
Untold Adventures: A Dungeons & Dragons Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 26 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contributor — 25 copies
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Walt Disney's Animated Features and Silly Symphonies (1978) — Introduction; Introduction; Introduction — 24 copies
Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 22 copies
Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians (2016) — Foreword, some editions — 22 copies
Isaac Asimov's Adventures of Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 21 copies
The UFO Files (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
Unidentified Funny Objects 6 (2017) — Contributor — 18 copies
Starry messenger: The best of Galileo (1976) — Contributor — 16 copies
Alien Abductions (1999) — Contributor — 14 copies
The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 14 copies
Tales in Space (1998) — Contributor — 11 copies
Ikarus 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 8 copies
Death on Wheels (1999) — Contributor — 8 copies
Gunfight on Europa Station (2021) — Contributor — 8 copies
More Tales of Zorro (2011) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Statistics

Works
325
Also by
108
Members
62,475
Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
720
ISBNs
1,235
Languages
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Favorited
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