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Ben Robinson (born 14 June 1969; age 47) is the English writer and editor of several Star Trek-related reference works and projects.

Robinson is the grandson of Bernard Robinson, most notably known as the production designer of most Hammer films made from 1957 until 1968. [1] [2] A 1991 University of York graduate holding a Masters degree in English and Related Literature, Robinson was an Original Series fan from an early age.

In 1996, Robinson's first two years of working for GE Fabbri saw him serve as one of the initiators, editors, and writers of the comprehensive Star Trek Fact Files partwork magazine. He worked alongside Marcus Riley, Penny L. Juday, Larry Nemecek, Guy Vardaman, Tim Gaskill, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens on this project.

Following the tremendous success of the Fact Files which sold over 50 million units, he was reassigned to edit its US counterpart called Star Trek: The Magazine in 1998. A noted contribution that he made for the latter publication was the extensive interview he conducted with legendary Original Series Art Director Matt Jefferies which was published over five issues during the 2000-2002 run of the magazine. Later, Robinson followed this up with an interview featuring Andrew Probert, one of Jefferies' successors. [3] Over this period, he conducted interviews with many of the actors, designers, directors, writers, and effects artists involved with the franchise. Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, and Robert Wise were among his favorite interviewees. Along the way, Robinson also compiled a massive archive of Trek materials outside of Paramount's vaults.

Robinson was the first publication editor to fully realize that live-action produced computer generated imagery was singularly well-suited for illustrative purposes in licensed Star Trek print publications. In 1998, this CG imagery premiered in issue 69 of The Fact Files and was seen in all subsequent issues and in its US magazine derivative. [4]

When Haynes Publishing sought advice on creating the USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual, Robinson was one of those approached through CBS Consumer Products, ultimately leading to him writing the manual in its entirety, apart from one chapter. Robinson approached Marcus Riley to assist him with the project and also had the assistance of Michael Okuda as a technical consultant and editor. Robinson subsequently served in a similar capacity for Haynes' follow-up publication, the Klingon Bird of Prey Owners' Workshop Manual, where he had the assistance of Rick Sternbach.

Robinson is currently employed by partwork publisher Eaglemoss Publishing, following its merger with GE Fabbri in 2011. His current title is Editorial Manager of Global Developments where he manages a number of licensed titles including James Bond, Doctor Who, and Marvel Comics publications.

He is also the project manager of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection partwork magazine where he has enlisted the assistance of a number of veteran Star Trek artists including Rob Bonchune, Doug Drexler, Greg Jein, "Mojo" Lebowitz, and Mike Okuda. Robinson oversees the preparation of the magazine, supervises the creation and decoration of the starship miniatures, and commissions new CGI models.

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