Canadian SF writer Robert Sawyer. We got a bit chummy and exchange messages every so often. Sawyer is a HUGE TOS fan.
In 1984, Sawyer approached Pocket Books about writing a Star Trek
novel. He prepared four sample chapters (the first four chapters of the book), totaling 20,000 words:
, are the seeds for the Waldahudin from his Hugo Award-nominated novel Starplex
; some of the themes that ultimately ended up in his Hugo Award-nominated Calculating God
; and an early version of Chapter 6 ("Afsan at the Hunter's Shrine") of his novel Far-Seer