Alan Dean Foster, born 18 November 1946, is a writer and novelist of science fiction and fantasy works.
He was the writer of all ten of the Star Trek Log books, novelizations of all the Star Trek: The Animated Series episodes originally published by Ballantine Books in the 1970s. In 2006 he wrote new introductions for reprints published by Del Rey Books (an imprint of Ballantine). He was also the writer of the story that became the screenplay for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and he also wrote the original audio dramas based upon Star Trek produced by Peter Pan Records, some of which were adapted in comic form.
In 2009, Foster wrote the novelization of Star Trek, the eleventh Star Trek film. A sequel, Star Trek: Refugees, the first novel written in the new continuity established by the film, was eventually released as The Unsettling Stars in 2020.
Outside of Star Trek franchise, Foster has written many other tie-ins and original fiction, most notably for the Star Wars franchise. He is acknowledged as the "ghost writer" of the novelization of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope (published as by George Lucas), and wrote the first original Star Wars spin-off novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye. These two books were published while Foster was composing the Star Trek Logs series, and he remains one of the only people to write novels based upon both franchises.
Star Trek Biography
- The Animated Series (Star Trek Logs)
- The Original Series (Kelvin timeline)
- The Original Series (Peter Pan Records)
- The Original Series
- The Motion Picture (December 1979)
- Phase II
- "In Thy Image" (1970s; first published March 1997)