James Swallow is a British author, journalist, and scriptwriter.
Swallow is the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek television series, having written the original story premises for “One” and “Memorial”, two episodes of the series Star Trek: Voyager; he also wrote the script for the videogame Star Trek: Invasion.
His writing includes “Closure”, a story for the Voyager 10th anniversary anthology Distant Shores and “Ordinary Days”, a story for the Star Trek: The Next Generation 20th anniversary anthology The Sky’s the Limit. Swallow’s story, “Seeds of Dissent”, features in Infinity’s Prism, book one of the Star Trek: Myriad Universes series.
Swallow also wrote Day of the Vipers, the first novel of the Star Trek: Terok Nor mini-series, which was released in March 2008, and for which he was awarded a Scribe Award from the International Association of Tie-In Writers for Best Original Speculative Fiction.
His 2009 contributions include the short story “The Black Flag” in the Mirror Universe anthology Shards and Shadows, and the sixth Star Trek: Titan novel, Synthesis.
Swallow’s short story “The Slow Knife”, focusing on the Cardassians, appears in the 2010 anthology, Seven Deadly Sins. 2011 saw Swallow contribute his first Original Series novel, Cast No Shadow.
In 2013, he wrote the eBook novella The Stuff of Dreams and his novel The Poisoned Chalice, the fourth in The Fall mini-series, became a New York Times bestseller.
As a journalist, his work has appeared in several different official Star Trek publications in several languages (including Star Trek Monthly, Star Trek Fact Files, The Official Star Trek: Voyager Magazine, Star Trek: The Collector’s Edition, Comlink (magazine) and Star Trek: The Magazine).
His first (credited) work in Star Trek Monthly was in issue 22 of that publication.