Star Trek: Enterprise Producer Mike Sussman has been writing adventures set in Gene Roddenberry's universe since he was eight years old. Sussman was born in Philadelphia, but spent most of his youth in the Gulf Coast resort town of Sarasota, Florida. After studying film and screenwriting at Florida State University, Sussman made his first professional sale to the Star Trek franchise in 1995, creating the story for the acclaimed Star Trek: Voyager episode "Meld", which starred Academy Award-nominee Brad Dourif in a recurring role as sociopathic crewman Lon Suder. After several freelance sales, Sussman joined the writing staff of Voyager in its seventh season, co-writing such memorable episodes as "Body and Soul", "Author, Author", and the series' penultimate episode, "Renaissance Man". He next joined the staff of the next chapter in the Star Trek saga, Enterprise, ultimately promoted to the level of Producer, and writing or co-writing some of the series' most popular installments, including "Twilight", "Future Tense", "Regeneration", "Kir'Shara", and the widely-praised Mirror Universe two-parter, "In a Mirror, Darkly". All told, Sussman's name appears in the writing credits of more than 30 Star Trek episodes.
After his tenure on Star Trek, Sussman served as a writer and Supervising Producer on Brannon Braga's short-lived CBS alien invasion drama, Threshold, starring Carla Gugino and Peter Dinklage. He next served as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on Sam Raimi's Legend of the Seeker, an hourlong syndicated series from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios.
Diversifying from his sci-fi background, Sussman went on to Co-Create and Executive Produce the one-hour crime procedural Perception with his former Voyager colleague Kenneth Biller. That series, also from ABC Studios, starred Emmy Award-winner Eric McCormack as a crime-solving neurologist, and aired for three seasons on TNT. Following Perception, Sussman wrote and produced the SyFy Channel series 12 Monkeys, co-created by future Picard showrunner Terry Matalas; and The Last Ship, from Executive Producer Michael Bay and TNT Originals. He lives in Los Angeles, California.