Links to some of my favorite people and organizations on the World Wide Web.
The official website of talented actor, writer, and director
Karen Ragan-George. A true Renaissance woman, Karen also draws, paints, dances—including hula, rock ’n’ roll, swing, and ballroom—and excels at just about any artistic endeavor she attempts. She also has exceptional taste in husbands!
Phil Althouse, aka Shawhouse, is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. His work has been shown in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and in galleries and private collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Althouse’s images are known for their dramatic style and sensitivity to contrast and form. One reviewer called his body of work: “An extraordinary mix of classical photography, inventive modern imagery and devilish eye for humor.” Knowing him well, I can vouch for the devilish part.
The official website of Margaret Wander Bonanno, who has penned four mainstream novels, some Star Trek, a biography of Angela Lansbury, two science fiction trilogies, and several young-adult books. She also worked with Uhura actress Nichelle Nichols on the novel Saturn’s Child. According to Gerald Jonas of The New York Times, “Margaret Wander Bonanno is smarter than you are.” Count on it.
The official Jack Donner website. An accomplished actor with a long career in television, in film, and onstage, Jack also founded and ran his own theater and drama school. Later in life, he attended college and emerged as a licensed psychotherapist. Dapper and erudite, Jake is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met—at least, that’s what he tells me.
The official website of New York Times bestselling author Michael Jan Friedman, the writer of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, about half of them set somewhere in the wilds of the Star Trek universe. As always, he advises readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, he is probably not related to any of them. He was also nowhere near that bank when it was robbed.
Made of awesome and Guinness and bright shiny pennies,
Allyn Gibson is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His work includes the brilliant short story “Make-Believe” in the Star Trek: Constellations anthology; the tale is audacious and genius, and it remains one of my favorite pieces of Trek writing. You heard it here first.
The official website of write, editor, educator, and local governmental official Bob Greenberger. Bob is also, like me, a devoted—and thus chronically disappointed—New York Mets fan, but don’t hold that against him; he’s actually smarter than that!
The official website of New York Times bestselling author
David Mack, who has written more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek trilogies Destiny and Cold Equations.
The professional website of editor Marco Palmieri. If you’re a writer—experienced or aspiring—who is looking for some help with a particular project, a general honing of your craft, or a trustworthy confidant with whom to refine your ideas, you’re headed to the right place. I’ve worked with Marco on half a dozen novels, along with other projects, and he edits not just with consummate skill, but with artistry. I’m also convinced that he calls his website Otherworld because he is far too optimistic for this one.
The official storage space for the made-up stuff of writer
Scott Pearson, who is also the editor of more made-up stuff (and some true stuff). Check out his Generations Geek podcast and his too-rarely updated blog, Enemy Lines: Dispatches from a Cranky Writer. You can also avail yourself of his independent editorial services (bearing in mind that I had no choice when Pocket Books assigned him to my manuscript!).
The official website of the IAMTW, an organization dedicated to enhancing the professional and public image of tie-in writers—those who pen original fiction based on existing characters from movies, television series, books, and the like, or they produce novelizations of such works. Tie-ins and novelizations are licensed materials, meaning that they are produced with the permission and supervision of the creators, studios, or other rights-holders of the original characters. Star Trek novels, for example, fall into this category of the literary world.
The official website of the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, an astonishingly accurate reproduction of the show’s original sets. Owner and mastermind James Cawley has created an experience that no Trek fan should miss.
The official website of Theatre West, a company of actors, writers, directors, and producers. TW holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating theater company in Los Angeles.