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Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946, New York City) is an author of dozens of fiction and non-fiction works and has had his works in more than 100 books. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968. Foster's writing focuses primarily on science fiction and fantasy genres, although he has had some non-fiction published. Foster has had his works translated into over 50 languages.

He wrote the novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, as George Lucas' ghost writer, and the very first Expanded Universe novel: Splinter of the Mind's Eye. He later returned to Star Wars, first writing the Republic-era novel The Approaching Storm, and later the novelization of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[1] and the short story "Bait" (published in Star Wars Insider 162).

In 1995, he wrote the novelization for the LucasArts video game, The Dig, based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg. He wrote the novelizations for Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), two films directed by J.J. Abrams. In 2018, Foster posted an unofficial treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX on his website.[2]

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