Keith R. A. DeCandido (born April 18, 1969 in New York, United States) is an American sci-fi and fantasy writer.
DeCandido was born in the Bronx in New York City, the son of Robert L. DeCandido and GraceAnne A. DeCandido. He claims to have been a Star Trek fan even before his birth, as his parents were fans of Star Trek: The Original Series. While DeCandido is best known for his Star Trek fiction, he has written tie-ins for other popular sci-fi and fantasy series as well, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Andromeda and Farscape, as well as comic books (Spider-Man) and videogames (World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Command & Conquer). He has also edited various anthologies, including OtherWere, Urban Nightmares, Imaginings, the Doctor Who collection Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, and the Star Trek anthologies New Frontier: No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table.
In his college years at Fordham University, DeCandido worked as the editor of the college newspaper, called simply the paper. After graduation, he has worked as editor in several publishing companies. He founded his own company, Albé-Shiloh inc., in May 1998. Along with John Drew, in the 1990s he co-produced a public access TV show about science fiction called "The Chronic Rift," which he also co-hosted.
DeCandido is also a professional musician. He was part of the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players for the band's entire career from 1996-2000, and played on both their CDs. He is currently a member of the Boogie Knights.
He wrote the novelization of Serenity, which was released in August of 2005.