She has delighted readers with many books, including some popular ones in the Star Trek universe. But now author Ann Crispin is saying good-bye to fans.
“I’ve been hesitant to make this post, but it’s time,” Crispin posted to her Facebook page. “I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive, but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left.”
Crispin is suffering from cancer, although she did not disclose what kind of cancer she has or how long she has been battling. The only thing clear by her Facebook post, however, is that she feels she is coming to the end of that battle.
“I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care, and am surrounded by family and friends,” Crispin said.
The 63-year-old author has put her name, A.C. Crispin, on books in the Star Trek realm like “Sarek,” “Time For Yesterday” and “Yesterday’s Son.” She also created her own science-fiction book series in 1989 known as the Starbridge series. She also wrote for the universes of Star Wars, “V” and “Alien: Resurrection.”
“Yesterday’s Son” was the first book Crispin published, first released in 1983 and the first book not based on a Star Trek movie to make the New York Times Bestseller’s List. It would later become an audiobook featuring the voices of James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy.
She also started a group called Writer Beware, which helps writers avoid scams and become properly published.
“I wish all aspiring writers the will to finish, and a good contract,” Crispin wrote. “As I don’t know how things will proceed, I don’t know if I’ll have the strength to post on Facebook again.”
One fan responding on Facebook said Crispin’s work helped him through his own battle with cancer.
“Thank you for the hours of adventure I experienced through your work,” he said. “Listening to ‘Sarek’ helped me through a few rounds of chemo — transporting me from a cold infusion room to the warm, tranquil sands of Vulcan.”
Comic book writer Glenn Greenberg said Crispin was his inspiration to get into writing in the first place.
“Words can’t describe how much of an influence ‘Yesterday’s Son’ has been on me since the first time I read it — the day it came out during the summer of 1983,” Greenberg said. “It’s one of the many things that made me want to become a writer.”
“Star Trek” television writer David Gerrold said Crispin has “always been one of the good people” in the science-fiction community.
“I’ve only met her once or twice, but I’ve always been impressed with her wonderful spirit,” he said. “And her hard work on behalf of other writers has made a big difference for all of us.”
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