I was born in Washington D.C. but I’m now living in Eugene, Oregon. I’ve been writing since the early 1970s, I have had over 80 books published, and best known for my novelizations of popular movies and TV series including the Aliens, Gremlins, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and WarGames.

Early Career:

I began my career writing science fiction and reviews of the genre while studying at the University of Maryland, and my first semi-pro sale was at Thrust , a Fanzine offering science fiction commentray and criticism. The editor , Doug Fratz , later turned Thrust into a trade magazine, where I became a regular contributor.

Novels and Short Stories:

From that point on,  I started my professional career with my first novel, The Seeker, which was published in 1976. Soon after, I wrote Tin Woodman, a notable short story nominated for a Nebula Award in that year, and later adapted into both a novel and TV episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Even though I have written many original novels and short stories, my tie-in novels include well known Movies and TV series such as Aliens , Alien Versus Predator , Farscape, Gremlins , Space Precinct, SeaQuest DSV , and Jonny Quest.


Between 1975 and 1994, I also worked as an editor at different SF magazines such as; Associate Editor at Amazing Stories, Associate Editor  at Fantastic, Editor at Quantum: SF in Review, Executive Edtior at Stardate Magazine, and Editor at PM Editorial Services.


Between 1974 and 1979, I gained experience at NBC in Washington. And later in the 1980’s, I  worked on television series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, where I wrote the episodes “Tin Man” and “First Contact” (not to be confused with the Star Trek movie First Contact). Star Trek fans should note that I also wrote the Star Trek tie-in novel Grounded, which spent time on the bestseller list.


In addition to all my writing projects, I also teach creative writing at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, in an innovative low-residency Master’s degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.