A Trekkie Thank You: Ann Crispin’s Goodbye

5th Sep 2013

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Acclaimed author Ann Crispin, nearing the end of her battle with cancer, says goodbye and thank you to her fans.

She has been a key figure in the science fiction and fantasy genre since joining the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in 1983. So it was an apt and poignant gesture for to publish the goodbye and thank you A C Crispin left for her Facebook followers on Tuesday, written in the wake of her deteriorating health.

Crispin has proved one of he most influential novelists writing under the Star Trek and Star Wars publishing programmes, indulging Trekkies’ seemingly unquenchable thirst for further exploration of Gene Roddenberry’s intergalactic franchise.

She is particularly credited for fleshing out the lives and backstory of Mr. Spock and his father Sarek, with her media tie-in Sarek spending five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 1994.

In addition to the Vulcans, Crispin has added colour to the world of Star Wars’ Hans Solo, and, most recently, Disney’s Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean notoriety. The sci-fi devotee also penned an original fantasy world of her own, which provided the setting for the acclaimed StarBridge Series for young adults.

Most crucially, in the eyes of the For Books’ Sake team, Crispin was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW), marking a significant breakthrough in the genre.

In what she anticipates to be her final media post, Crispin thanks her fans for their “good wishes”. Referring to her co-founded literary fraudsters watchdog initiative, Writer Beware, she goes on to “wish all aspiring writers the will to finish and a good contract.”

UPDATE: We were greatly saddened to hear, Ann Crispin passed away on Friday 6th September, just a few days after posting her goodbye on Facebook where tributes can be messaged. You can donate to the SFWA benevolent fund, and support the organisation that sponsors Writers Beware – for whose cause, Crispin was passionate.

A boundless imaginative mind, Ann Crispin will be greatly missed.


  • Paige says:

    Lovely tribute and thank you for writing it. One wee point from me and a Twitter friend–Crispin is the first female Grandmaster named by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), rather than SFWA.