David F. Bischoff (born December 15, 1951) is an American science fiction and television writer who wrote the novels Aliens: Genocide and Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet.

General Background[]

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 Gremlins, Star Trek: The Next Generation and WarGames.

Early career[]

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 commentray and criticism. The editor, Doug Fratz, later turned Thrust into a trade magazine, where Bischoff was a regular contributor.[1]

His first novel, The Seeker was published in 1976, and in 1978 Bischoff wrote Tin Woodman, a notable short story nominated for a Nebula Award in that year,[2] 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 wrote the episodes "Tin Man" and "First Contact" (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 Alien, Alien vs. Predator, Farscape, Gremlins, 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, in an innovative low-residency Master's degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.



  1. Micahel Ashley. Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980 Volume 3, p. xix (2007), Liverpool University Press.
  2. Nebula Nominee's 1978

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