Author A. C. Crispin (b.1950) died on September 6 after a year-long battle with cancer. Crispin began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday’s Son. She continued writing media tie-in novels, including for the television show V and the films Star Wars, Alien, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. In 1989, she published her first original novel, Starbridge, and co-wrote six sequels to it. In 2005, she published Storms of Destiny, which was meant to start a new original series. In addition to her novels and short stories, in 1998, Crispin, while serving as Vice President of SFWA, co-founded Writers Beware with Victoria Strauss. This organization serves as a clearinghouse to inform authors of scams and provide solid information on publishing houses, agents, contracts, and other details which authors need. She and her husband science fiction author Michael Capobianco received the Service to SFWA Award in 2004. In 2013, Crispin was named a Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
“Ann’s work on behalf of SFWA and Writers Beware, protecting her fellow writers, was the ultimate instance of “Paying Forward.” — George RR Martin
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