Ann Carol Crispin served as Eastern Regional Director, and then Vice President, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. With Victoria Strauss, she founded "Writer Beware" an “ombudsman" of SFWA, which warns budding writers regarding the dangers of swindling agents, editors, and publishers. Founded in 1998, “Writer Beware” has assisted civil authorities and law enforcement in disbanding writing cons and many writers rely on them today. Strauss, in announcing Crispin’s passing, stated the “Writer Beware” organization will be keeping its doors open to aid aspiring authors, because “Ann would have wanted it that way.”
As recent as 19 April 2013, Crispin was named 2013 Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW). She was probably best known as an American science fiction writer with her literary career beginning in 1983, included 23 published novels, several Star Trek tie-in novels, and her original science fiction series, "Starbridge."
As a "tie-in" novelist, two of Ann’s Star Trek novels: "Yesterday's Son," and "Time for Yesterday," provided direct sequels to the third season "All Our Yesterdays," which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. For Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Ann developed two additional novels and she is celebrated for The Han Solo Trilogy, a narrative of the life of Han Solo prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Crispin also novelized the film “Alien Resurrection” and the miniseries "V." She created her own Starbridge series intended for young adult readers and a title, Sylvester a young adult horsewoman story featuring some violence and adult themes. Ann was, in fact, a former equestrian and she and the National Writing Examiner, Ms. Donna Quesinberry, rode horses together growing up while sharing a self-managed horse farm where their horses were boarded with six other horse owners. At the time, Ann C. Crispin was Ann Tickell. Her horse, "Thor" (a Thoroughbred gelding) she shared with her sister, “Hope.” Ms. Quesinberry, rode her families horses “LaBelle” a Saddlebred/Thoroughbred mix, “Apache” a Quarterhorse and former lead-in pony at the racetrack in Maryland, and also “Bitten Mist,” an Arab/Quarterhorse mix. Ann rode primarily Western pleasure and was known for racing away from the barn and racing back. Thor loved to run and she was up to the challenge. Many a day, Ann returned with Thor in a full lather from a hard run in varied terrain without a character flinch.
Knowing Ann personally, but not as Ann C. Crispin until recent years, it was interesting to learn she wrote so many tie-in’s and/or novelizations, because the films made so much more sense having knowing Ann as an individual - it is easy to see her in those stories. What remarkable successes Crispin attained. While always a seemingly serious horsewoman, Ann's tenacity shined as an individual. As a friend at the time, Ann was very helpful in aiding me by impersonating a call to the school principal when I was caught kissing my school sweetheart “Hollywood” style . . . the things teenagers do to keep their folks from blowing a gasket. She certainly had a kind side, because after a bit of coaxing, and promising to take her feed schedule at the stable for two weeks, I was staved the wrath of my folks (who were great parents) from having known I kissed a boy, which was totally prohibited as a teenager in our home. Being 8 years older than me, she managed my mother's voice pretty well. I share fond memories of Ann because she left an indelible impression on me. And, her tenacity as a woman, and capability to push the boundaries, whether racing her horse or helping a friend spoke volumes.
Certainly, Ann C. Crispin is missed by SFWA, writers who count on, “Writers Beware,” and by her family and friends; rest in peace Ann C. (Tickell) Crispin, from Clinton Acres, the National Writing Examiner, and readers and writers worldwide.
Her list of credits courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Han Solo Trilogy
available as Star Wars: The Han Solo Omnibus (2000)
- The Paradise Snare (1997), ISBN 0-553-57415-9
- The Hutt Gambit (1997), ISBN 0-553-57416-7
- Rebel Dawn (1997), ISBN 0-553-57417-5
Star Wars short stories
- "Play It Again, Figrin D'an" (in Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, 1995)
- "Skin Deep" (in Tales from Jabba's Palace, 1996)
Starbridge novel series
- Starbridge (1989)
- Silent Dances (1990) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Shadow World (1991) (with Jannean Elliott)
- Serpent's Gift (1992) (with Deborah A. Marshall)
- Silent Songs (1994) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Ancestor's World (1996) (with T. Jackson King)
- Voices of Chaos (1998) (with Ru Emerson)
- Yesterday's Son (1983)
- Time for Yesterday (1988)
- The Eyes of the Beholders (1990)
- Sarek (1994)
- Star Trek: Enter the Wolves (2001) (with Howard Weinstein)
- Sand and Stars: Signature Edition (2004)
- Gryphon's Eyrie (1984) (with Andre Norton)
- Songsmith (1992) (with Andre Norton)
- V (1984)
- V: East Coast Crisis (1984) (with Howard Weinstein)
- V: Death Tide (1984) (with Deborah A. Marshall)
The Exiles of Boq’urain
- Storms Of Destiny (2005)
- Future projects: Exiles of Boq'urain Trilogy · Book 2 & 3
- Sylvester (1985)
- Alien: Resurrection (1997) (with Kathleen O'Malley)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom (2011)
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