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Alan Dean Foster has written dozens of novels and short stories, most of them [[SpeculativeFictionTropes sci-fi]], often with a decent helping of SpaceOpera. His aliens tend more towards StarfishAliens than HumanAliens, and his settings tend to be beautiful, alien, and deadly. His work usually falls on the idealistic side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism and somewhere in the middle of the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness.

He has [[http://alandeanfoster.com/ a website]].

!!Some of his works:
* The books in the ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' universe, including a few subseries and some standalone books. Its timeline can be found [[http://www.librarything.com/series/Humanx+Commonwealth%3A+timeline here]]. Subseries in this universe:
** The ''Founding of the Commonwealth'' trilogy, about the development of the relationship between humans and the insectoid Thranx.
** The ''Icerigger'' trilogy.
** The Pip and Flinx series, about a boy with [[TheEmpath empathic]] (and other) [[PsychicPowers powers]] and his [[BondCreatures pet flying snake]].
* ''The Damned'' trilogy. Aliens on an exploratory mission come to Earth seeking allies in a war against an opposing empire, having no skills of their own at war. They find them - [[HumansAreWarriors no other species in the universe is as perfectly suited to war, both physically]] [[HumansAreBastards and emotionally, as humanity]]. The three books span multiple centuries and deal with the changes that the sudden influx of human mercenaries brings on interstellar society -- now that intergalactic society has groomed humanity into a race of perfect mercenaries, what are they going to ''do'' with them once the war is over?
* The ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' series, about a young man who gets [[TrappedInAnotherWorld pulled into]] another, [[MagicalLand magical]], [[FunnyAnimal universe]] by a wizard trying to find someone to save their part of the world, and then can't return.
* The ''[[http://www.librarything.com/series/The+Taken Taken trilogy]]'', about a man and a dog who get captured (and in the dog's case, given intelligence) by aliens who want to sell them--and a host of others--as curiosities. The books revolve around their attempts to get home.
* Many, ''many'' {{novelization}}s, the best known of which include:
** The entire ''Star Trek Log'' series, which novelized the animated ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, most of the PowerRecords ''Star Trek'' stories, as well as the screenplay to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' revival movie.
** The original novelization of ''Film/ANewHope'' (ghost writing for George Lucas, although he couldn't openly discuss it for years). This is where all of the fantastic settings for the original trilogy come from, as part of his amazing and fatal settings.
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''.
** ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''
** ''VideoGame/TheDig''
** ''Literature/{{Shadowkeep}}''
** ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''
** The new ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films.
** ''Film/DarkStar''
* The ''Journey of the Catechist'', about a tribesman sent on a journey to rescue somebody entirely because of how his tribe views the requests of a dying man.
* ''Kingdoms of Light'', about a bunch of humans that were once animals tasked to restoring color to the world after it is taken away.
* ''Cat-A-Lyst'', about a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who masquerade as [[CatsAreMean cats]] and nurture a bumbling group of humans and PlantAliens through saving the modern world from a ModernMayincatecEmpire. RuleOfFunny applies here.
* ''Sagramanda'', a book set in semi-apocalyptic semi-futuristic India featuring the interactions between an insane foreign cultist, a professional agent, a man who stole some key info, his wife, his parents, and a man eating tiger. "Better than it sounds"
* Numerous anthologies of short stories.
* Two standalone ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novels:
** ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye''
** ''Literature/TheApproachingStorm''
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