(written from a Production point of view)
Bischoff was born in Washington, DC, attended the University of Maryland and later resided in Pennsylvania. Bischoff wrote under several different noms de plumes, and was a very prolific writer, having produced over seventy novels.
He wrote tie-ins for various other science fiction TV and movies, including Gremlins, Alien, Farscape, SeaQuest DSV, and crime/space cross-over Space Precinct.
The episode "Tin Man" was based on his 1976/1979 work Tin Woodman, but with substantial alterations to make it fit into the franchise. It was first published in the December 1976 issue of Amazing Stories, and served as the basis of a novel of the same name published by Doubleday in 1979. The original story was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 123)
Bischoff died in Oregon on 19 March 2018, with his death announced on 28 March 2018.