Alan Dean Foster was born in the American city of New York but was raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA in 1969 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema, he spent two years as a copywriter for an advertising and public relations firm.
Alan is a very enthusiastic traveler with a passion for far away and exotic places. He and his wife JoAnn Oxley, have traveled to Europe and throughout Asia and the Pacific in addition to exploring the back roads of Tanzania and Kenya. Alan has camped out in the "Green Hell" region of the Southeastern Peruvian jungle, has ridden forty-foot whale sharks in the remote waters off Western Australia, and was one of three people on the first commercial air flight into Northern Australia's Bungle Bungle National Park.
He has rappelled into New Mexico's fabled Lechugilla Cave, white-water rafted the length of the Zambezi's Batoka Gorge, driven solo the length and breadth of Namibia, crossed the Andes by car, sifted the sands of unexplored archeological sites in Peru, gone swimming with giant otters in Brazil, surveyed remote Papua New Guinea and West Papua both above and below the water, and dived unexplored reefs throughout the South Pacific. His filmed footage of Great White Sharks feeding off South Australia has appeared on both American television and the BBC.
He studied karate with Aaron and Chuck Norris before Norris decided to give up teaching for acting. He has taught screenwriting, literature, and film history at UCLA and Los Angeles City College as well as having lectured at universities and conferences around the world. He is a member of the Science-Fiction Writers of America, the Author's Guild of America, and the Writer's Guild of America.
He is a very successful and prolific Science Fiction writer, best known for the Humanx Commonwealth series of which many include the character Philip Lynx ("Flinx"), an empathic young man who has found himself involved in something which threatens the survival of the Galaxy. Flinx's constant companion since childhood is a minidrag named Pip, a flying, empathic snake capable of spitting a highly corrosive and violently neurotoxic venom.
Alan has also written many fantasy novels, including the very popular Spellsinger series. This series features a young musician who is summoned into a world populated by talking creatures where his music creates real magic whose effects depends on the lyrics of the popular songs he sings (although with somewhat unpredictable results).
Alan is also very famous for his movie novelizations which have included Star Wars Episode IV: A New hope, the Aliens Series, Star Trek the animated series, Alien Nation and my personal favorite, The Black Hole. More Recently Alan has written novels for The Chronicles of Riddick and Transformers. Alan currently resides in Prescott, USA and lives surrounded by several hundred houseplants, visiting javelina, porcupines, eagles, red-tailed hawks, skunks, coyotes and bobcats.
Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
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