If you bang your head against the wall long enough, eventually you’ll break through.

Scott Pearson knew he wanted to be a writer by the time he was in the seventh grade in 1977. He immediately started submitting to magazines, sending off stories that were as bad as first efforts can be. After many high school writing classes and getting a B.A. in creative writing, he was first published in 1987 with the literary fiction story “The Mailbox,” a Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award winner about an elderly farming couple. That was back when stories were done on typewriters.

In the decades since, he has published humor, mystery, urban fantasy, science fiction, horror, poetry, and nonfiction. That eclectic output includes a Led Zeppelin discography, a series of books on invasive species for young readers, and a premium brochure for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex cowritten with primary author Piers Bizony (the selfie at right was taken while at KSC doing research for the project). But his current focus is science fiction, often mashed up with other genres.

A Star Trek fan since the early seventies, Scott has had three Trek short stories, an e-book novella, and an anthologized short novel published by Simon & Schuster. He has written articles about Trek for the official Star Trek magazine and has copyedited dozens of Trek novels since 2014. He also edits and occasionally writes for the Star Trek Adventures role-playing game.

Scott has edited nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics, from the memoirs of World War II veterans to true crime to the space shuttle. But, as with his own writing, his current editorial focus is on genre, primarily science fiction. Scott and his wife, Sandra, divide their time between St. Paul and the wilds of northern Minnesota. Their daughter, Ella, cohosts the podcast Generations Geek with Scott.

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