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Michael Chabon (born 24 May 1963; age 61) is an American screenwriter and novelist, who served as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the first season of Star Trek: Picard, earning him a Dragon Award nomination in 2020.

He also wrote two Star Trek: Short Treks episodes: "Calypso" (with Sean Cochran), and "Q&A", and served as producer on a third one, "Children of Mars".

He stepped down as showrunner but still worked as executive producer on the second season of Picard, led by showrunner Terry Matalas. [1] [2]

Chabon has been married to writer, novelist, and producer Ayelet Waldman since 1993. Their son, Zeke Chabon, appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Picard.

Chabon commented: "One of my favorite episodes of any Star Trek ever is the episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Far Beyond the Stars"... [It] squarely takes on the subject of race and racism in America, not in the future, in the past, in a really interesting way, but in a way that also clearly resonates on many levels with science fiction fandom as it currently exists or as it existed when that episode of Deep Space Nine was made. You know, that's what Star Trek's for, in addition to all the other things that it may be for". [3]


Chabon is an accomplished novelist, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2000 novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. He has received many more awards and accolades, including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award for his 2007 novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

His novel Wonder Boys was adapted by director Curtis Hanson in 2000, with art direction by Donald B. Woodruff. For Wonder Boys, Chabon won the USC Scripter Award in 2001. His novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was adapted by Rawson Marshall Thurber in 2008, featured Stephen Liska, and art direction by Gary Kosko.

Chabon wrote the screen story for Spider-Man 2 in 2004, along with Miles Millar and Alfred Gough for which they earned a Hugo Award nomination in the category Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form in 2005. The film featured Kirsten Dunst, Donna Murphy, Daniel Dae Kim, Kelly Connell, Zachry and Ella Rogers, Tim Storms, Bill E. Rogers, and Jill Sayre and with executive producer Stan Lee. He also wrote the screenplay for John Carter (2012), along with Mark Andrews and Andrew Stanton for which they received a Bradbury Award nomination from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2013. The film had production design by Nathan Crowley, cinematography by Dan Mindel, and music by Michael Giacchino.

In 2019, Chabon and his wife worked as executive producers on Unbelievable. He also wrote the first and the fourth episode which had Rif Hutton and Scott Lawrence in its cast. For Unbelievable, Chabon received a Gotham Independent Film Award nomination in 2019 and a Writer's Guild of America Award nomination, a PGA Award nomination, and a USC Scripter Award nomination in 2020. In 2020, he wrote the music short Mouth and Foot: Anti-Love.

Further announced projects Chabon will be involved as writer include The Prince of Fashion (2020), based on an article written by him, the fantasy film Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, and the screen adaptation of the animated series M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.

Currently in development is the adaptation of Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for Showtime. [4]

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