Ian Doescher (b. 1977 ) is an American fiction writer known for his 2013 bestselling debut science fiction novel William Shakespeare's Star Wars, a retelling of George Lucas' epic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in the blank verse style of 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 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. He says he is hopeful that he'll be able to write the rest of the trilogy and has been approached by theatre companies who want to set it to stage.
Doescher lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.
William Shakespeare's Star Wars,
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back