Peter David

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Name: Peter David, PAD
Alias(es): John Paul Satire, David Peters
Type: writer
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS, Beauty and the Beast, Questor Tapes, Star Wars & Doctor Who
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Peter David wrote fanfic in five fandoms.

He later went on to become a professional writer.

He the Star Trek: New Frontier novel series, a spin-off from Star Trek: The Next Generation, with John J. Ordover in 1997.

His other novels include film adaptations, media tie-ins, and original works.

Some of David's original fiction are "spin-offs" from other novels such as "Oliver Twist"("Artful") and "Peter Pan" ("Tigerheart"), and are, in essence, fanfiction.

David has stated that Harlan Ellison is a writer he has emulated. [1]

Stance on Fanworks Based on His Writing

Fan Relations

David is very engaged with fandom, often in very positive and supportive ways. He has also been very outspoken and critical of fans and fandom.

I think I used to be more of a nice guy than I am now. A lot more patient, a lot… well… nicer. But that’s been worn down, worn out, like anything put to a grindstone. And that grindstone, much as I hate to admit it, has been fans.

Now y’know, usually I say something like, “I’m not talking about every fan. I’m probably not talking about you. I’m talking about that guy standing behind you and to the right, trying to hide his face, trying not to make eye contact.” But I’m not saying that this time. I don’t feel like letting people off the hook. Because I want you to think about you, yourself, and I mean really think, and really consider, and say, “Hey, maybe he really is talking about me.”

My niceness has been worn down, worn out by fan ingratitude, by fan pontificating, by fan ignorance, by fan insensitivity, by fan meanness, by fan cruelty. I’ve seen it at conventions, I’ve seen it at store signings, I’ve seen it on the Internet, I’ve seen it over and over and over again. [2]

David Tuckerized a key guest character in his licensed Star Trek comics for one of his first fanfic editors, Mary D. Bloemker.

The "Scans Daily" Controversy

In February 2009, Scans Daily was suspended by Live Journal for copyright violation[3].

At the time it was widely rumored that the suspension was the result of Peter David officially bringing Scans Daily to the attention of Marvel Comics' legal department. [4] David and the community had come head to head over a post which revealed a spoiler at the end of the latest issue of X-Factor (issue #40,) a comic that had been written by David. Many of the users were disgruntled over the spoiler and announced it in the strongest possible terms. A flamewar between David and at least one prominent Scans Daily community member resulted in the comments.

In the end, Peter David did not deny reporting Scans Daily to Marvel, but he did state that neither he nor Marvel had actually made any effort to shut down the comm. If this is correct, then LJ TOSed Scans Daily without his intervention. [5]

Creative Works


Filks and Poems


  • Mystery Trekkie Theater. There were seventeen of them.
    Mystery Trekkie Theater has been performed at the Shore Leave convention in Baltimore, Maryland every year since 1992 (except for 1995 and 1999). It’s a take-off on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) in which Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Bob Greenberger, and others mock and skewer various Star Trek episodes (except for one year when they MST-ed an unaired William Shatner/Adam West TV pilot from the 1960’s). Each performance starts with a comedy sketch before the episode-mocking begins, per the original MST3K. Other celebrities and writers occasionally guest-star in the opening sketch, and T. Alan Chafin traditionally plays the mad scientist. [6]

Other con skits:

  • “Star Trek: The Home Movie” (Star Trek)
  • “Star Trek, The Home Movie II: The Snit of Khan” (Star Trek)
  • “Star Trek III: Search Me Spock” (Star Trek)
  • “Rebel Without a Q” (Star Trek)
  • “Star Feuds” (Star Wars)
  • Star Wars/The Wizard of Oz play (title unknown)
  • “Return to Jedi: Address Unknown” (Star Wars)
  • “Bye Bye Buffy” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • “Monty Sauron’s Flying Nazgul” (The Lord of the Rings)

Some Tie-In Books

Comic Books

Includes The Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, Fallen Angels, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, and X-Factor.


Con Appearances


Fan Comments

Technically, this book was what most people call "fanfiction". The author took the characters from some established book - in this case, Oliver Twist - and either continued their story or made up a new one to suit their own desires. This may be fanfiction, but it's a damn good one. True, vampyres were the farthest from my mind when I thought of the Artful Dodger, but the changeup is perfectly carried out and makes a rather interesting read. [7]

Further Reading


  1. ^ Friends of Ellison, published January 14, 1994, in Comics Buyer’s Guide #1052
  2. ^ from No More Mr. Nice Guy (2001)
  3. ^ schmevil. scans_daily suspended, posted 27 February 2009. (accessed 28 February 2009)
  4. ^ box-in-the-box. scans_daily ... no more? posted February 27, 2009. (accessed February 28, 2009)
  5. ^ Blog post by Peter David, published February 28, 2009. (accessed February 28, 2009)
  6. ^ Partial bibliography of “lost” works. Unpublished, unfilmed, unfinished, unreleased, etc. by Corey W. Tacker
  7. ^ imts from Goodreads, comments on David's book, "Artful" (September 11, 2016)