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Nick Sagan is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 novel
Novel
A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century....

ist and screenwriter
Screenwriter
Screenwriters or scriptwriters or scenario writers are people who write/create the short or feature-length screenplays from which mass media such as films, television programs, Comics or video games are based.-Profession:...

. He is the author of the science fiction
Science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...

 novels Idlewild, Edenborn
Edenborn
Edenborn is a 2004 novel by Nick Sagan. It is the sequel to Idlewild, and takes place 18 years after that book. The sequel to this book and the final installment of the trilogy is Everfree.-Plot summary:...

, and Everfree, and his screen credits include episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry, Rick Berman, and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production...

and Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while...

. He is the son of astronomer Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books...

 and artist and writer Linda Salzman.

Life


At age six, Nick Sagan's greeting, "Hello from the children of planet Earth," was recorded and placed aboard NASA
NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research...

’s Voyager Golden Record
Voyager Golden Record
The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for...

. Launched with a selection of terrestrial greetings, sights, sounds and music, the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft have since left the solar system and are now the most distant human-made objects in the universe. He went to The Mirman School
Mirman school
Mirman School for Gifted Children is an independent, co-educational school for gifted children located at 16180 Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California, United States with 330 pupils aged 5 to 14...

 as a child and received his bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
A bachelor's degree is usually an academic degree awarded for an undergraduate course or major that generally lasts for three or four years, but can range anywhere from two to six years depending on the region of the world...

 from the University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles
The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA. It was founded in 1919 as the "Southern Branch" of the University of California and is the second oldest of the ten campuses...

.

Sagan has been steadily writing for Hollywood since 1992, crafting screenplays, teleplays, animation episodes and computer games. He is a younger half-brother to Dorion Sagan
Dorion Sagan
Dorion Sagan is an American science writer, essayist, and theorist. He has written and co-authored many books on culture, evolution, and the history and philosophy of science, most recently "The Sciences of Avatar: from Anthropology to Xenology" and "Death and Sex," which won first place at the...

 and Jeremy Sagan
Jeremy Sagan
Jeremy Sagan is an American computer programmer. He is the founder of Sagan Technology and author of Metro: an audio, MIDI and video sequencer for Apple Macintosh computers....

. He has worked for a variety of studios and production companies, including Paramount
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film production and distribution company, located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Founded in 1912 and currently owned by media conglomerate Viacom, it is America's oldest existing film studio; it is also the last major film studio still...

, Warner Brothers, New Line, Universal, Disney, actor/producer Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV , better known as Tom Cruise, is an American film actor and producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and he has won three Golden Globe Awards....

, and directors David Fincher
David Fincher
David Andrew Leo Fincher is an American film and music video director. Known for his dark and stylish thrillers, such as Seven , The Game , Fight Club , Panic Room , and Zodiac , Fincher received Academy Award nominations for Best Director for his 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and...

 and Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation...

. Sagan co-wrote the award-winning computer adventure game, Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands. His film credits include adaptations of novels by Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. LeGuin, Pierre Ouellette and Charles Pellegrino. His television credits include two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry, Rick Berman, and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production...

and five episodes of Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while...

, where he worked as a story editor. At the turn of the millennium, astronaut Sally Ride
Sally Ride
Sally Kristen Ride is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. Ride joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman—and then-youngest American, at 32—to enter space...

 recruited him to work for SPACE.com as Executive Producer of Entertainment & Games. During his tenure there, the spark for a series of novels came to Sagan, The Idlewild Trilogy, which he sold to Penguin Putnam in 2002.

Idlewild received a starred review from Kirkus, a Book Sense 76 pick, and selection from both Borders and Barnes & Noble as one of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the year. Neil Gaiman called it "absolutely fun, like a roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction" and "the kind of book you simply don't want to stop reading."

Edenborn continues the story from Idlewild, but can also be read as a standalone. SFX Magazine
SFX magazine
SFX is a British magazine covering the topics of science fiction and fantasy.-Description:SFX magazine is published every four weeks by Future Publishing and was founded in 1995. The magazine covers topics in the genres of popular science fiction, fantasy and horror, within the media of films,...

gave Edenborn a perfect five star review, declaring it "one of the best post-apocalyptic novels you will ever read." SF Crowsnest hailed Sagan as "an adrenaline shot straight into the heart of science fiction," while SF Site called the novel "elegant SF, dark and haunting, with characters who linger in memory long after the last page is turned."

Everfree is third in the series. Sci Fi Weekly praised it as "startlingly original" and "undeniably satisfying and triumphant." Kirkus: "Sagan's mind-blowing post-apocalyptic trilogy comes to a satisfying, terrifying conclusion." They go on to hail the book as "a powerful plea for sensible human cooperation delivered via a knockout story."

Sagan taught screenwriting at Cornell University
Cornell University
Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...

 in the spring of 2007.

Novels

  • Idlewild (2003)
  • Edenborn
    Edenborn
    Edenborn is a 2004 novel by Nick Sagan. It is the sequel to Idlewild, and takes place 18 years after that book. The sequel to this book and the final installment of the trilogy is Everfree.-Plot summary:...

    (2004)
  • Everfree (2006)

Television credits

  • Star Trek: Voyager
    Star Trek: Voyager
    Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. Set in the 24th century from the year 2371 through 2378, the series follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant 70,000 light-years from Earth while...

    (1998-1999)
    • "In the Flesh
      In the Flesh (Voyager episode)
      "In the Flesh" is the fourth episode of Star Trek: Voyagers fifth season. It originally aired on November 4, 1998. As of July 2010, the episode had an average rating of 3.9/5 on the official Star Trek website...

      "
    • "Gravity" with Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller is an American screenwriter and television producer.Fuller graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Washington in 1987...

    • "Course: Oblivion" with Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller is an American screenwriter and television producer.Fuller graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Washington in 1987...

    • "Juggernaut
      Juggernaut (Voyager episode)
      "Juggernaut" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 21st episode of the fifth season. The episode has an average rating of 3.8/5 on the official Star Trek website .-Plot:...

      " with Kenneth Biller
      Kenneth Biller
      Kenneth Biller is a television producer, television writer, television director as well as television editor, best known for his work in Star Trek: Voyager.- Producer :* E-Ring* North Shore* Legend of the Seeker* Smallville...

       & Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller is an American screenwriter and television producer.Fuller graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Washington in 1987...

    • "Relativity
      Relativity (Voyager episode)
      "Relativity" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 24th episode of the fifth season. The episode has an average rating of 4.6/5 on the official Star Trek website .- Plot :...

      " with Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller
      Bryan Fuller is an American screenwriter and television producer.Fuller graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Washington in 1987...

       & Michael Taylor
  • Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys
    Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys
    Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys is an American animated television series. The show premiered on September 7, 1996 and ended after 26 episodes on June 21, 1997. It was produced by Monkeyshine Productions and distributed by Bohbot Entertainment and aired as part of a syndicated animation block...

    (1996)
    • "Gormongous!"
  • Exosquad
    Exosquad
    Exosquad is an American animated television series created by Universal Cartoon Studios as a response to Japanese anime. The show is set in the beginning of the 22nd century and covers the interplanetary war between humanity and Neosapiens, a fictional race artificially created as workers/slaves...

    (1995)
    • "A Night Before Doomsday" with Mark Edens
  • Space Precinct
    Space Precinct
    Space Precinct is a British television series that aired from 1994 to 1995 on Sky One and later on BBC Two in Britain, and in syndication in North America on the SyFy Channel....

    (1995)
    • "Predator and Prey"
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry, Rick Berman, and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout the production...

    (1993-1994)
    • "Attached
      Attached (TNG episode)
      "Attached" is the 160th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.-Overview:Picard and Crusher discover they are increasingly linked to one another as they try to escape from one of a planet's two governments, as Riker tries from the Enterprise to work with the...

      "
    • "Bloodlines
      Bloodlines (TNG episode)
      "Bloodlines" the 174th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.-Overview:Bok, a vengeful Ferengi from the first season episode "The Battle," returns to enact revenge on Picard, by killing the son Picard never knew he had.-Plot:The episode begins with Bok...

      "
  • Jack's Place
    Jack's Place
    Jack's Place is a US TV series that aired from May 26, 1992 to July 13, 1993 on ABC. The series was about a retired jazz musician named Jack Evans who runs a restaurant where romances tend to start...

    (1993)
    • "The Seventh Meal" with Linda Salzman

Games

  • OurColony
    OurColony
    OurColony is a search opera type alternate reality game and a viral marketing campaign for the marketing of a successor to the Microsoft Xbox. The game asks players to form colonies and earn points by completing various tasks...

    (2005)
  • Zork: Nemesis
    Zork: Nemesis
    Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands is a 1996 graphical adventure game developed by Zombie Studios and published/edited by Activision. It is the eleventh game in the Zork series, and the first such title not to appear under the Infocom label...

    (1996) with Cecilia Barajas and Adam Simon
    Adam Simon
    Adam Simon is an American screenwriter and film director.-Writer:*The Haunting in Connecticut *Bones *The American Nightmare *The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera...


External links

  • Nick Sagan's Official Website
  • Nick Sagan on Memory Alpha, a free Star Trek
    Star Trek
    Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. The core of Star Trek is its six television series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise...

     wiki
    Wiki
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  • Science Fiction Weekly Interview conducted by John Joseph Adams
    John Joseph Adams
    John Joseph Adams is an American science fiction and fantasy editor and critic. He is the editor of the anthologies Federations , The Living Dead , The Living Dead 2 , Seeds of Change , Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse John Joseph Adams (born 1976) is an American science fiction and fantasy...