(1950-2013) US writer, married to Michael Capobianco, who was first known as a competent author of Ties. These include several for the various Star Trek sub-universes, beginning with Yesterday's Son (1983) and its direct sequel Time for Yesterday (1988); three titles in the "V" sequence, beginning with V (1984) (see "V"); a Star Wars sequence, the Star Wars: Han Solo trilogy beginning with Star Wars: Han Solo: The Paradise Snare (1997); plus a few singleton ties. In 2013 she was honoured as a Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. Crispin also collaborated with Andre Norton on a Witch World novel, Gryphon's Eyrie (1984) later contributing a Tie, Songsmith (1992), to the Witch World universe. This material is typical of the kind of story authorized by Norton in the last two or three decades of her career.
Crispin's first independent work of significance is the StarBridge Space Opera sequence for Young Adult readers, beginning with StarBridge (1989); all other titles are in collaboration with other writers. Silent Dances (1990) with Kathleen O'Malley and Shadow World (1991) with Jannean (L) Elliott. The first volume of the series follows the exploits of an extremely bright teenaged girl who becomes involved in problems of galactic scope, and participates in the founding of an Academy for youngsters like herself. The second, rather more interestingly, puts a deaf Academy member of Native American background on an ominous planet where only she can read the signs of Alien intelligence. In the third, an alienated male Academy member finds, in a short-lived alien race, challenges that are precisely adapted to his needs. Complications continue to vary pleasingly as the series continues. A second non-tie series, the fantasy Exiles of Bo'qurain sequence, begins with The Exiles of Boq'urain: Storms of Destiny (2005). Through these well planned if not strikingly original tales Crispin demonstrated a consistent professionalism about her trade, and considerable generosity about giving good value.
Crispin was co-founder and chair of the useful online service Writer Beware, currently operating under the aegis of SFWA, which warns of bad, exploitative and deceitful publishing practices. [JC/DRL]
Ann Carol Crispin
born Stamford, Connecticut: 5 April 1950
died 6 September 2013
Star Wars: Han Solo Trilogy
"collaborations" with Andre Norton
Exiles of Boq'urain
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