Foster's fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery and westerns. He has written non-fiction articles on film, science and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novelizations of many films, including Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation.
Foster's love of exotic places has taken him to Europe, Asia, through the Pacific Ocean, and the back roads of Tanzania and Kenya. He has lived in Tahiti and French Polynesia. He has rappeled into New Mexico's fabled Lechugilla Cave, pan-fried piranha in Peru, whitewater-rafted the length of the Zambezi's Batoka Gorge, and driven solo the length and breadth of Namibia.
Foster was one of the first authors to write a book about the Star Wars characters having nothing to do with George Lucas' original trilogy storyline. Its titled "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" and was written after the first Star Wars film, centering on adventures featuring Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.
Received his Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Currently resides in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from a turn-of-the-century miners' brothel.
[dedicating his novelization of Terminator Salvation (2009)] For Brian Thomsen, who would have approved. But who left much too soon. In appreciation and friendship.
It's always amusing to me, you take a book, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, throw away three quarters of it and win an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. But if you take a screenplay and add three quarters of original material to it--which is a much, much more difficult piece of writing--well, that's by definition 'hackwork.' And it's much harder, having done both, to take a screenplay and make a book out of it than [to] take a terrific book and make a screenplay out of it.