Review of "Alan Dean Foster"

published 27/01/2008 | Maximus-Qualitus
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A prolific Author

A prolific Author

The following information has been garnered from blurbs and includes my own very personal views on some of Alans books, read on Mcduff….,

Alan dean foster was born in New York city in 1946 and was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of fine arts in cinema from ucla (1968, l969) he spent two years as a copywriter for a small studio city, California.

His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Alans in 1968 and much to Alans surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine "the Arkham Collector". Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed.
His first attempt at a novel, the Tar-Aiym Krang, (has spawned a popular series of Pip and Flinx adventure sequels, at the time of writing this, 13 Pip and Flinx novels, of which i have managed to collect 6 1st/1st signed editions) was bought by Betty Ballantine and published by Ballantine books in 1972.

Since then, Alans sometimes humorous and entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major sci-fi magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "best of the year" compendiums.
He is also the author of numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novelizations of several films, including Star Wars which he wrote under the name of "George Lucas", the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to becomes movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
His novel Cyber Way won the southwest book award for fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.
Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first star trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia.

Alan has travelled widely, visiting Asia, Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Zambesi and most of the Pacific. Whilst he has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia and now resides in Arazona.
Alan and his wife Joann Oxley currently live in a turn of the century miners brothel, along with dogs, cats and fish .
He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.

Books I would personally recommend are:- Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin and the Deluge Drivers (a trilogy). The Howling Stones, Drowning World, Founding the commonwealth Trilogy are Phylogenesis, Dirge, Diuritys Dawn.

And my personal favourite book, "Sentenced to Prism"

Hope this sparks your interest to try out one of his books.

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  • MaldivesHoliday published 15/09/2009
    great review cheers
  • Sophie-Kaia published 18/02/2008
    I've not heard of him either, but enjoyed review
  • Expired-Account published 27/01/2008
    Nice review, but I've not heard of him
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