A.C. Crispin April 5, 1950 - Sept. 6, 2013 Best-Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

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A.C. Crispin April 5, 1950 - Sept. 6, 2013 Best-Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels


Schudel, Matt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


A.C. Crispin, a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author who wrote tie-in novels for the "Star Wars" franchise and a prequel providing the back story for the popular movie series "Pirates of the Caribbean," died Friday at a hospice in Waldorf, Md. She was 63.

She had bladder cancer, her husband, Michael Capobianco, said.

Although Ms. Crispin published many original books, she developed a niche in writing studio-authorized "tie-in" volumes that filled in the background, family lore and emotional development of favorite on- screen characters. She may have received her greatest acclaim for a best-selling novelization of the 1980s science fiction television series "V" and other books in the "V" series.

In 1983, she wrote the first of several best-selling novels based on "Star Trek," exploring the family background of Spock, the character played in the original TV series by actor Leonard Nimoy.

A 1994 review in Publishers Weekly of "Sarek" -- nominally about Spock's father -- noted that Ms. Crispin "packed everything a diehard Trekkie could want" into the book.

In 1997, Ms. Crispin published three tie-in novels based on George Lucas' "Star Wars" movies. Her books -- "The Paradise Snare," "The Hutt Gambit" and "Rebel Dawn" -- were prequels that outlined the early life of Han Solo, a hero of the space-action series.

"Ann was particularly good at capturing the voice of the characters," said Keith R.A. DeCandido, a tie-in writer who has written books associated with "Star Trek" and other franchises. "She was really good at digging into the characters and knowing what made them tick. She had a very strong understanding of these popular characters."

Ms. Crispin later turned to a different kind of fictional adventurer, Jack Sparrow, the witty and flinty buccaneer played by Johnny Depp in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series of movies. …

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