Kevin James Anderson (born March 27, 1962) is an American science fiction author and comic book writer who wrote the short story Indigenous Species for the anthology Predator: If It Bleeds. He also wrote the comic Predator: Primal for Dark Horse Comics.
Arguably one of the most active science fiction writers currently working, Anderson has also written numerous other original science fiction works and works for other licensed properties including Star Trek, X-Files, JSA (DC Comics) and Starjammers (Marvel) comics. Most notably, Anderson teamed with the son of science-fiction legend Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, to produce a series of continuation novels to the classic Dune series. Anderson's work often receives mixed reviews from the fans of whichever franchises he participates in and Predator: Primal is no exception to this.
Anderson was born March 27, 1962 in Racine, Wisconsin. He wrote his first story at eight years old entitled Injection. At ten, he bought a typewriter and has written ever since.
In his freshman year in high school, he submitted his first short story to a magazine, but it took two more years before one of his manuscripts was accepted. When it was accepted, they paid him in copies of the magazine. In his senior year, he sold his first story for money for $12.50. In 1988 his first novel, Resurrection, Inc. was published.
Anderson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twelve years. There, he met Moesta and Doug Beason, with whom he frequently writes.
After several of his early novels were published and met with commercial success, Lucasfilm offered him a chance at writing Star Wars novels, the field for which he is perhaps best known for his work. Within the franchise, he has worked on comic book series (Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith and Redemption for Dark Horse Comics), novels (The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Dark Saber, and the Young Jedi novels with wife Rebecca Moesta) and reference books (The Illustrated Star Wars Universe). Since 1993, 47 of Anderson's novels have been in bestseller lists. He has more than 20 million books in print worldwide.
Anderson and his wife currently also teach writing seminars.
The couple reside in Colorado.
Kevin J. Anderson's personal website: http://www.wordfire.com/