Name Ian Doescher
Citizenship United States
Role Fiction writer
|Alma mater Yale University
Yale Divinity School
Union Theological Seminary|
Notable works Verily, a New Hope The Empire Striketh BackThe Jedi Doth Return
Education Yale University, Yale Divinity School
Nominations Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor
Books William Shakespeare's Star Wars, William Shakespeare's The Empi, William Shakespeare's The Jedi, William Shakespeare's Tragedy, William Shakespeare's The Phan
Ian Doescher (born 1977) is an American fiction writer, best known as the author of the plays in the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy series, Verily, a New Hope (2013), The Empire Striketh Back (2014), and The Jedi Doth Return (2014), parodic retellings of George Lucas's Star Wars film trilogy (1977–1983) in blank verse and 16th-century style of William Shakespeare.
Doescher has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon.
Doescher claims to be only a Star Wars and Star Trek fan and not well versed in other science-fiction literature. The idea for WSSW came to him when he went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland shortly after reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After the first draft was shown to LucasFilm, their response was “We like this and it’s fun, but we’d like to see Ian do more with it. Go ahead and have some more fun with it, and go out of bounds of movie itself”, so he rewrote it.