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Nick Sagan

At age six, Nick Sagan’s greeting, “Hello from the children of planet Earth”, was recorded and placed aboard the NASA Voyager Interstellar Record. Launched with a selection of terrestrial greetings, sights, sounds, and music, the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft have since left the solar system; they are now the most distant human-made objects in the universe.
The son of Carl Sagan and Linda Salzman, Nick has been steadily writing for Hollywood since 1992, crafting screenplays, teleplays, animation episodes and computer games. He has worked for a variety of studios and production companies, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, New Line, Universal, Disney, actor/producer Tom Cruise, and directors David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Nick 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 and five episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, where he worked as a story editor. At the turn of the millennium, astronaut Sally Ride recruited him to work for as Executive Producer of Entertainment & Games. During his tenure there, the spark for a series of novels came to Nick, 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 gave Edenborn a perfect five star review, declaring it “one of the best post-apocalyptic novels you will ever read”. SF Crowsnest hailed Nick 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 and now available in stores. 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”.
Nick coauthored You Call This the Future?: The Greatest Inventions Sci-Fi Imagined and Science Promised. He authored The Future of Science Fiction. Read his blog. Read After the post-apocalypse, Modern Science, and A Conversation with Nick Sagan. Watch Carl Sagan Pavilion Ribbon Cutting in Second Life.