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Mark A. Altman (born 29 October 1966; age 57) is a writer/producer, author, and comic book writer having written a number of issues for Malibu Comics, including the entire Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Maquis: Soldier of Peace and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Hearts and Minds series as well as "Terok Nor". He also contributed a story for DC Comics.

Altman is also the co-author of several unlicensed reference books about the Star Trek saga, most of them with Edward Gross and many of which stem from his writings for Cinefantastique magazine. Their latest collaboration, The Fifty-Year Mission, Volume One: The First 25 Years, is the first of a two-volume set, each devoted to 25 years of the franchise, and was released in June 2016.

While working for Cinefantastique from 1989 through 1993, he contributed numerous Star Trek articles for their themed issues. During his time with the magazine, Altman visited the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine sets many times during filming. In 2003, he acquired publishing rights for the magazine, after it folded upon the death of its founder and chief editor Frederic S. Clarke, and relaunched it with Mark Gottwald under the new title CFQ in 2003. Returning to its original formula of being a critical review magazine, they sold the magazine after several years to publisher Joe Sena.

In addition to his works as a journalist and authoring Star Trek comics, he is also a movie producer and was one of the writers and producers of the award-winning 1999 comedy Free Enterprise , which was directed and co-written by Robert Meyer Burnett. Altman had met Burnett at San Diego Comic-Con, and through their mutual interest as Star Trek fans inspired the story line in which two less than successful film producers, approaching mid-life crisis and clinging to their geeky sci-fi obsessions, suddenly meet their idol William Shatner. Shatner agreed to the role when the two rewrote his character in the comedy as an over-the-hill, womanizing alcoholic, allowing Shatner in turn to poke fun at himself. [1] The film won numerous awards, including a Writers Guild of America Award for Altman as "Best New Writer".

While Altman is a life-long Star Trek fan, he became concerned that the franchise was beginning to overstretch itself and lose its uniqueness, commenting in 1999, despite his great affection for the two series,[1] "When 'Deep Space Nine' and 'Next Generation' were on the air simultaneously, that was the beginning of what some would say was the overkill – beating it into submission, exploiting the crown jewel." [2](X) With the launch of Star Trek: Enterprise, Altman continued to express his concerns, telling TV Guide that it should be given "a rest and re-launch in a few years when fervor has built again." [3] With Star Trek having been off the air for over a decade, Altman thinks that 2017 is "absolutely the right time to bring back Star Trek to the small screen" and is enthusiastic about the new show. [1]

Since Free Enterprise, Altman has continued to branch out into the motion picture industry, predominantly working as a writer and producer from 1998 onward, working on documentaries, television movies, and television series such as Castle (2009), Necessary Roughness (2011), Femme Fatales (2012), and Agent X (2015). Most recently he was the Co-Executive Producer of The Librarians (2014-2018). One of his very first motion picture projects was Free Enterprise, followed-up by the 1999 "Making-of" documentary, Where No Fan Has Gone Before: The Making of "Free Enterprise". He later produced James Gunn's superhero spoof, The Specials as well as DOA: Dead Or Alive for Dimension Films.

In addition to this, he was asked to contribute to the 2012 TNG Season 2 Blu-ray release when he featured in the "Making It So: Continuing Star Trek: TNG" special, and then again in 2013's "The Best of Both Worlds" in the "Regeneration: Engaging the Borg" special.

Altman is a co-president of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films as of 2011, [4] the organization responsible for the annual Saturn Award ceremonies at which Star Trek traditionally performs well.

  1. 1.0 1.1 From email correspondence

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