About Nick Sagan

Nick Sagan has been a professional writer for 20 years, crafting novels, screenplays, teleplays, comic books, animation episodes and computer games. Among his credits are the acclaimed Idlewild Series, published in the U.S. by Penguin Group and translated into several languages; episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager; the award-winning computer adventure game, Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands; and (with science writers Andy Walker and Mark Frary) You Call This the Future? which Publisher’s Weekly hailed as a “delightful ‘expedition in search of the future’, providing clear explanations of today’s cutting-edge technologies to find where science fiction has become reality.”

Nick is a creator of the Shrapnel graphic novel series for Radical Publishing, co-writing the most recent arc, Shrapnel: Hubris, with his wife, Clinnette Minnis. Last year, Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank signed on to produce and star in a Shrapnel film adaptation. Also in 2011, the Adler Planetarium invited Nick to write the flagship show for their Deep Space Adventure series. The Searcher, voiced by Billy Crudup, is currently playing in Chicago and has the distinction of being the most technologically advanced planetarium show in the world.

Most recently, Nick produced the two-part TV special, Alien Encounters, which explores how events might unfold should humanity make contact with an alien civilization. Made in cooperation with the SETI Institute and featuring interviews with renowned astronomers Frank Drake, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jill Tarter, Seth Shostak, and award-winning science fiction authors John Scalzi and David Brin, Alien Encounters debuted on Discovery’s Science channel on March 13th.

The son of astronomer Carl Sagan and Pioneer plaque artist Linda Salzman, Nick was 6 years old when his greeting, “Hello from the children of planet Earth,” was placed aboard the Voyager Golden Record as a representation of the English language for potential extraterrestrials to one day discover. Launched with a selection of terrestrial greetings, sights, sounds and music, the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft are now the most distant human-made objects in the universe.