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Alan Dean Foster

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Alan Dean Foster (born 18 November 1946; age 69) is a prolific science fiction and fantasy author. He is credited with writing the story for what became Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

As a novelist, Foster wrote Ballantine Books' line of Star Trek: The Animated Series novelizations. He also wrote a number of the Star Trek stories released by Peter Pan Records. In 2009, Foster wrote the novelization for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. Foster also wrote an original novel based on the movie, Refugees, which is currently "on hold" following executive decisions at Pocket. [1] He will also write the novelization of the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. [2]

Foster best known works are his series of science fiction novels set in the Humanx Commonwealth, an interstellar union of species similar to the United Federation of Planets. He is also known for his novels featuring his two most popular characters, a young empath named "Flinx" and his companion, Pip. Foster's most popular fantasy books are those of the Spellsinger series.

In addition, Foster is known for writing novelizations of many feature film screenplays. Among these is the novelization for the 2007 film Transformers, which, like Star Trek, was based on a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Other film scripts he has novelized include Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the first three Alien films, John Carpenter's The Thing, The Last Starfighter, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Terminator: Salvation.

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