Mack, David (A.)

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MACK, David (A.)

PERSONAL: Married; wife's name, Kara. Education: Graduated from New York University Film School, 1991.

ADDRESSES: HomeNew York, NY. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Pocket Books, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

CAREER: Author and screenwriter. Founder, Infinity Dog, Inc., New York, NY; former producer of independent films. TechnicalVirgin.com, co-creator, director, and producer of commercial spoofs.

AWARDS, HONORS: Top Five Sites of 2000 citation, Maxim Online, for TechnicalVirgin.com.

WRITINGS:

Star Trek: New Frontier Minipedia, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

(With John J. Ordover) Star Trek: Divided We Fall (graphic novels), Volume 1: Crossfire, Volume 2: No Quarter, Volume 3: All Fall Down, Volume 4: United We Stand, Wildstorm Comics, 2001.

(With John J. Ordover; and director and producer) Ashes (independent short film), Infinity Dog, Inc. (New York, NY), 2002.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide, illustrated by Timothy Earls, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2002.

A Time to Kill (novel; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series), Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2004.

A Time to Heal (novel; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series), Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Also author, with John J. Ordover, of television scripts and stories for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1995, 1998. Contributor to Star Trek: Klingon!, Pocket Books, 1996. Contributor of short fiction to anthologies, including Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits, edited by Peter David, 2003; and Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, edited by Keith R. A. DeCandido, 2004.

e-books:

(With Keith R. A. DeCandido) Star Trek: S.C.E.—Invincible, two volumes, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2001, published as part of "Star Trek: S.C. E.-Miracle Workers" series, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2002.

Star Trek: S.C.E.—Wildfire, two volumes, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2003, published, 2004.

Star Trek: S.C.E.—Failsafe, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Star Trek: S.C.E.—Small World, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2005.

other:

Contributor to video-game scripts, including Tom Clancy's SSN, Star Trek: Starship Creator, Star Trek: Captain's Chair, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—The Fallen, and Star Trek: Dominion Wars.

SIDELIGHTS: Former independent film producer David Mack is best known for the many stories, screenplays, graphic novels, and other works he has contributed to the "Star Trek" universe. One of his most well-known pieces is Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide, a take-off on the popular Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide opens with the section "Standard Issue Equipment—Nonstandard Uses," which explains how to purify drinking water with a phaser and how to generate a rudimentary force field with a subspace transceiver, among other things. Other sections include "Unconventional Medicine," which contains instructions on how to treat temporal narcosis, a medical condition caused by exposure to temporal abnormalities; "Dangerous Life-Forms," featuring the entry "Avoiding Mind Control by Elasian Women"; and "Extreme Scenarios." The book is a "fun parody of the survival guide genre," wrote a StarTrek.com reviewer, as well as "a nice trip down Star Trek Memory Lane."

Mack is also the author, along with frequent co-author John J. Ordover, of the four-volume graphic novel Star Trek: Divided We Fall. The work provides some of the back story of the Trills, including explaining why most Trills have been attached to symbionts. Mack and Ordover draw characters from both the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series to create what Little Review critic Michelle Erica Green termed "a crossover in the best sense—not just the crews from two series working together, but strong parallels between their lives and unique opportunities for cooperation."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

online

InfinityDog.com, http://www.infinitydog.com/ (June 22, 2004).

Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/ (June 22, 2004), "David Mack (III)."

Little Review Online, http://www.littlereview.com/ (June 22, 2004), Michelle Erica Green, review of Star Trek: Divided We Fall.

Startrek.com, http://www.startrek.com/ (May 21, 2004), review of Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide.

Star Trek: Hypertext Web site, http://www.st-hypertext.com/ (June 22, 2004), Jamahl Epsicokhan, review of "Starship Down."

TrekNation.com, http://www.treknation.com/ (October 20, 2003), Jacqueline Bundy, review of Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits.

WritersWrite.com, http://www.writerswrite.com/ (June 22, 2004), review of Star Trek: The Starfleet Survival Guide.*