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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 ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', most of the Power Records ''Star Trek'' stories, as well as the screenplay to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
** The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' revival movie.
** 1976's ''Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker'', which is notable for technically launching the [[Franchise/StarWars franchise]] by predating the final release of the [[Film/ANewHope 1977 film]] it was based on by ''half a year''. It was also credited to Creator/GeorgeLucas in the first editions, and Foster couldn't discuss his involvement for years.
** He returned to the franchise with ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''.
** ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''
** ''VideoGame/TheDig''
** ''Literature/{{Shadowkeep}}''
** ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''
** The new ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' films.
** ''Film/DarkStar''
** ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}''
** ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''
** ''Film/TheBlackHole''
* ''Literature/JourneysOfTheCatechist'': A trilogy about a tribesman sent on a quest to rescue another man's betrothed entirely because of how his tribe views the requests of a dying man.
** ''Carnivores of Light and Darkness''
** ''Into the Thinking Kingdoms''
** ''Triumph of Souls''
* ''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 {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s 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.
* Two standalone "''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''" novels:
** ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', designed as a potential low-budget sequel.
** ''Literature/TheApproachingStorm'', a direct prequel to ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
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