Dean Wesley Smith is a science fiction author, known primarily for his Star Trek novels, film novelizations, and other novels of licensed properties such as Smallville, Spider-Man, X-Men, Aliens, Roswell, Men in Black, and Quantum Leap. He is also known for a number of his original novels, such as The Tenth Planet series, on which he collaborated with his wife, author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. They have also collaborated on other novels, including some of their Star Trek books.
Smithâ€™s film novelizations include Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, The Rundown, Steel, The Core, and X-Men.
His Star Trek novels include original books in series adapted from all five of the live action television series: the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. He has also written books in the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, and has edited the contest anthology series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Smithâ€™s stories can also be found in almost 20 different anthologies, such as Journeys to the Twilight Zone, The Book of Kings, and Past Lives, Present Tense. He also wrote 4 books with his wife under the name Sandy Schofield.
Rusch and Smith operated Pulphouse Publishing for many years and edited the original incarnation of Pulphouse Magazine; they won a World Fantasy Award in 1989. In 1992, Smith was the founding publisher of Tomorrow Speculative Fiction before selling the magazine to editor Algis Budrys's UniFont.