David F. Bischoff (born December 15, 1951) is an American science fiction and television writer.
Born in Washington D.C. and now living in Eugene, Oregon, Bischoff writes science fiction books, short stories, and scripts for television. Though he has been writing since the early 1970s, and has had over 80 books published, Bischoff is best known for novelizations of popular movies and TV series including the Aliens, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and WarGames.
Bischoff began writing science fiction, and reviews of the genre while studying at the University of Maryland. His first publications were at Thrust, a Fanzine offering science fiction commentary and criticism. The editor, Doug Fratz, later turned Thrust into a trade magazine, where Bischoff was a regular contributor.
His first novel, The Seeker was published in 1976, and in 1978 Bischoff coauthored Tin Woodman, a notable short story nominated for a Nebula Award in that year, and later adapted into both a novel and TV episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Movies and television
Bischoff has worked on various television series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he coauthored the episodes “Tin Man (with Dennis Putman Bailey)” and “First Contact (with Dennis Russell Bailey and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller) (not to be confused with the Star Trek movie First Contact). He also wrote the Star Trek tie-in novel Grounded, which spent time on the bestseller list.
Other TV work included Dinosaucers (with Ted Pedersen) produced by DIC Entertainment. His interest in dinosaurs led him to write the second of 24 books in the Time Machine series, Search for Dinosaurs, which is actually about finding Archaeopteryx, the first bird.
In addition to some seventy-five original novels, Bischoff has written tie-in novels for well-known movies and TV series such as Aliens, Alien Versus Predator, Farscape, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Space Precinct, SeaQuest DSV, and Jonny Quest. He has also written show-business related nonfiction under a variety of pen names.
Bischoff teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania.