Bryan Young

Bryan Young spent his teenage years in Utah County before relocating to Salt Lake City where he now lives and works. He’s published multiple novels and stories in his own universes. He’s also worked in the Star Wars, BattleTech, and Robotech universes.

From 2001 until 2007, he worked mainly writing and producing films starting with Missy, co-written and co-directed with Elias Pate, a science-fiction film about two men trapped in a space ship. After that, we worked on a variety of documentary films including This Divided State, a film about Michael Moore’s trip to then-named Utah Valley State College during the 2004 election, and Killer at Large, a political expose of the American obesity epidemic.

In 2006, he co-scripted the comic book series Pirate Club from Slave Labor Graphics along with Elias Pate and artist Derek Hunter.

In 2011, he self-published his first novel, Lost at the Con, about a drunken political journalist covering a pop culture convention. After that, he was picked up by Silence in the Library publishing, who published his next three novels (Operation: Montauk, The Serpent’s Head, and The Aeronaut) as well as his non-fiction book A Children’s Illustrated History of Children’s Assassination.

In 2013, he won the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award for Literary Arts for his writing and for his work encouraging other writers in the community.

In 2015, he became the president of the Salt City Genre Writers, a chapter of the League of Utah Writers. There, he organized multiple anthology collections full of local writers, giving new writers the experience of working with editors and getting published. In 2018, the League of Utah Writers appointed him to the state board in the position of Historian, and, in 2020, he was elected to the presidency of the organization. 

His work in journalism over the years has allowed him to get bylines at outlets ranging from SYFY, The Huffington Post, /Film, HowStuffWorks,, and Star Wars Insider, among many others. In 2008, he was one of the founders and original editor-in-chief of the Salt Lake City-based nerd news and review site Big Shiny Robot! He had a regular geek column in the Salt Lake Tribune’s weekly magazine IN This Week until that paper folded. Since then, he’s been a regular contributor to Salt Lake City Weekly with a column under the Big Shiny Robot! banner. In 2019, he wrote a series of essays about the Star Wars universe that appeared in Marvel Comics.

In 2018, the short film that he wrote and directed, 3 ½ Stars, won the Best Writing at the Helper Film Festival, held annually in the middle of the state. 

In 2019, he was the co-writer of Robotech: The Macross Saga - The Roleplaying Game, writing more than 40k words of fiction for that universe. That book won the “Recommended Reads Quill Award” from the League of Utah Writers. Then, in 2020, he wrote his first book in the BattleTech universe, BattleTech: Honor’s Gauntlet.

Over the years, he’s published more than a hundred short stories (several award-winning) in various anthologies and online outlets, in addition to more than 20 poems in online magazines. 

Currently, he teaches writing and screenwriting at the University of Utah for their continuing education program, at Writer’s Digest’s online university, and at conferences all across the country.



  • BattleTech: Honor’s Gauntlet (novel), Catalyst Game Labs, August 2020
  • Robotech: The Macross Saga, The Roleplaying Game (RPG) Strange Machine Games, December 2019
  • The Aeronaut (novel), Silence in the Library Publishing, November 2015
  • Escape Vector (collected short stories), Silence in the Library Publishing, November 2015
  • A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination (non-fiction), Silence in the Library Publishing, November 2014
  • The Serpent's Head (novel), Silence in the Library Publishing, June 2014
  • Operation: Montauk (novel), Silence in the Library Publishing, May 2012
  • Man Against the Future (collected short stories), Shinebox Publishing, April 2011
  • Lost at the Con (novel), Shinebox Publishing, April 2011
  • Pirate Club Volume 1 and 2 (graphic novels), Slave Labor Graphics, 2006


Bryan Young interviews Carrie Fisher