Ann Carol Crispin was a science-fiction writer and the author of over sixteen published novels, including The Han Solo Trilogy. She had also written two Star Wars short stories: Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe for Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina and Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale for Tales from Jabba's Palace and several Star Trek novels, and created her own original science-fiction series called StarBridge. She was married to science-fiction author Michael Capobianco.
She has stated that she proposed a book series dealing with Princess Leia Organa between Episode III and IV, but that "Lucasfilm didn't approve the idea of a Leia backstory because they want to keep that era of the SW continuity untouched for the television series they're considering."
Crispin also served as Eastern Regional Director, and then Vice President, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She wrote the novelizations for the TV series V and the film Alien Resurrection.
When an editor working for Disney was seeking an author to write a novel dealing with the backstory of Captain Jack Sparrow, a major character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, they contacted Crispin's agent and contracted her to write the book after reading the Han Solo Trilogy. And so Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom was written and published on May 17, 2011.
On September 3, 2013, Crispin posted on Facebook that her cancer had progressed and her condition had worsened to the point that she would not likely live much longer. She invited people to post messages for her on her Facebook, which would be read to her by her husband, Michael. She passed away three days later.
Star Wars bibliography
- Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe for Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995)
- Skin Deep: The Fat Dancer's Tale for Tales from Jabba's Palace (1996)
Notes and references
- Official website
- Ann C. Crispin on Wikipedia
- A.C. Crispin on Memory Alpha
- A. C. Crispin on Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki
- EchoStation interview with A. C. Crispin