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This is a guide to the guides, as it were, as this blog has several listings of things that folks might want to refer to. This post will remain pinned to the front page.

  • the compleat bibliography of Keith R.A. DeCandido — all my work listed in one place (updated as of 5 January 2021)
  • guide to my reviews of new Star Trek — I’ve been reviewing each episode of the new Trek TV series (Discovery, Short Treks, Picard, Lower Decks) as they come out on CBS All Access for Tor.com, and this post is regularly updated with each new review as they go live
  • guide to KRAD COVID readings — during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, I started up the YouTube channel “KRAD COVID readings,” and this post is a guide to all the stuff I’ve been reading as part of it, regularly updated with each new reading
  • guide to 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch — I rewatched every live-action movie based on a superhero comic book each week from August 2017 to January 2020 for Tor.com, and now the feature is occasional, with me looking back at new movies that have been released every six months to a year or so; this is an alphabetical guide to all the movies I’ve covered or plan to cover
  • the Dragon Precinct chronology — a listing of the chronological sequence of the stories, vignettes, and novels in the world of my fantasy/police procedural series that started with Dragon Precinct
  • guide to the tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet — I’ve written a cycle of urban fantasy short stories taking place in Key West that involve scuba diving, Norse gods, folklore, rock and roll music, and beer drinking, not necessarily in that order; they’ve been published in a variety of sources, and this post gathers them all in one place, complete with links that give you the means to acquire/read them
  • guide to my Patreon content — this lists the TV and movie reviews, vignettes, and commentary I’ve written for my Patreon supporters

Go Ju Kata

This morning, I did an amazing thing.

Our karate discipline is pretty small — we only have five dojos, and they’re in five different countries: our honbu, or headquarters, here in New York, plus dojos in South Africa, Italy, Chile, and Japan. This morning at 8am Eastern Time, representatives from all five dojos gathered — some in their training space, some in their homes, some in large outdoor spaces — and together we all did fifty katas in two hours.

Katas are my absolute favorite part of karate. A kata is a form, a series of movements and techniques in sequence. The vast majority of katas are twenty steps, though some are ten or fifteen, and once you hit black belt they get even longer. (As a third-degree black belt, I have two katas that are just over fifty moves.) I love the way you lose yourself in the movements, in the techniques.

Today’s event was just spectacular. We did twenty-one different katas, each of them at least twice, some of them three times. Besides just the joy of doing katas, there was the added wonderfulness of being able to do them in concert with our friends around the world. The folks at the other dojos are also dear friends in addition to being fellow martial artists. The Italy dojo welcomed me and Wrenn wholeheartedly when we visited in 2018, and the students and teachers from all four of the other dojos have all made visits to us at honbu and it’s been wonderful every time.

One of the great frustrations of the past year has been the inability to interact in person with people. Doing so over video conferencing is a practical substitute, but it’s not always an emotionally satisfying one. Today, though, it was, as video conferencing was the only way to make this work. After all, we’re not just five different dojos in five different cities and different countries, we’re all in different time zones and in different continents! And through the magic of technology, we were able to be together even as we’re separated by so much distance, united in our love of and skill with karate. Watching us all move together in unison on my laptop screen was just fantastic.

We’re hoping to make this an annual thing. I, for one, can’t wait to do it next year….

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Bliss”

Voyager detects a wormhole to Earth that seems too good to be true — and it totally is. Sadly, there’s no Admiral Ackbar to warn them that it’s a trap set by a telepathic creature that wants to eat Voyager, but there are Seven of Nine, Naomi Wildman, and the EMH, who join forces with an alien trying to stop the creature to save the day. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch feels a whole lotta “Bliss.”

An excerpt:

Still the episode feels bizarrely inconsequential. Seeing the Stepford crew of Voyager gleefully barreling toward this fake wormhole is cute for about a minute, but it drags on far too long. By so totally falling for the creature’s deception, it makes the crew look incredibly ineffectual. It would’ve been nice to see some confusion or resistance—from Tuvok, if nothing else, given his Vulcan suppression of his emotions and his Vulcan telepathy.

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Gravity”

Hey, look, it’s Lori Petty! And her character falls in love with Tuvok! Man, is she in for a rough ride…. As a bonus, Joseph Ruskin is there with his amazing voice. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch succumbs to the forces of “Gravity.”

An excerpt:

Yes, the story is one we’ve seen before—not just on the original series, but also in “Alter Ego“—but the episode sings mainly because Russ, Lori Petty, Robert Duncan McNeill, and Robert Picardo all sell it. Petty is particularly good in this, giving us someone who is at once very capable of surviving on her own, but also incredibly lonely and eager for companionship. And the anguish of both sides of the doomed romance is palpable.

KRAD COVID reading #93a: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Invincible Book 1, Part 1

For 2021, KRAD COVID readings is covering the only short fiction I didn’t read in 2020: my novellas for the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, a monthly series of eBooks that ran from 2000-2007. I’ll have a new reading every #TrekTuesday.

This week, we kick off the two-book Invincible, which was a collaboration between me and David Mack. In this first part of Book 1, Commander Sonya Gomez is assigned to the crystal planet of Sarindar to help the Nalori Republic construct a subspace accelerator. But the project is beset by substandard equipment and indifferent workers who dislike the Federation, dislike Starfleet, and don’t think women should be in charge of things…

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I’m on The Big Thrill

I’m interviewed by The Big Thrill about Animal, the thriller I wrote with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Check it out!

An excerpt:

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

Mostly by shining a light on the mistreatment of animals and on posing the rather dicey moral dilemma, as the actions of the killer in this novel can be viewed as righteous. Yet he’s still a mass murderer.

Turning the Tied blog tour continues!

The blog tour to promote Turning the Tied — the new charity anthology of tie-in stories featuring public-domain characters written by some of the best tie-in writers in the business — is continuing apace. I mentioned the first few stops on the tour in this post, and here are some more:

Check them out!

Friday fanfare: “Speedway at Nazareth”

One of my absolute favorite songs is this Mark Knopfler number from his 2000 solo album Sailing to Philadelphia, which then became a staple of his live shows after that. It’s a great song, about the life of a mid-range stock car driver going from race to race. Knopfler’s songwriting excels at creating characters, and many of his greatest songs end with a killer lengthy instrumental. Indeed, that was the hallmark of Knopfler’s work with Dire Straits, and there’s a lot this song has in common with “Telegraph Road,” my favorite Dire Straits song.

Anyhow, here’s one of many stellar live performances of the song from a 2010 concert in Cordoba:

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Bride of Chaotica!”

BEWARE the fiendish plot of Doctor Chaotica! TREMBLE at the photonic aliens from the Fifth Dimension! MARVEL at the desolate landscape of Planet X! LAUGH at the magnificent tribute to old movie serials, complete with gloriously OTT acting from everyone! Tune in next week for the latest glorious adventure of the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Bride of Chaotica!”

An excerpt:

Plus, of course, the actors are all having a great time, whether it’s Robert Duncan McNeill trying to get everyone to think like they’re in a movie serial, and also growing frustrated with his own program, or Tim Russ’s ongoing disdainful commentary on the entire proceeding, or Jeri Ryan’s more direct disdain, or Robert Picardo’s diving into the part with both feet, or the magnificently over-the-top performances by Martin Rayner, Nicholas Worth, and Tarik Ergin as the holodeck characters. Ergin deserves special credit for pretty much stealing the episode with his flailing robot, a delightful sendup of robots through old-timey sci-fi screen presentations from Flash Gordon to Forbidden Planet to Lost in Space.

new Story Bundle: Pulse Pounding Thrillers!

The mighty Kevin J. Anderson has curated a new Story Bundle, this one a bunch of pulse-pounding thrillers, including Animal, my collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Here’s Kevin with more about the Bundle…..

Take a breath and hold on. I’ve curated a new “Pulse Pounders” StoryBundle, thirteen action-packed books, plus a bonus, guaranteed to put you on the edge of your reading chair. Thrillers, suspense, action, dark fantasy, adventure—the common denominator is that they are all page turners—the whole grab bag for as little as $15. Name your own price, and the proceeds go to support indie authors and publishers, and a portion goes to support the Challenger Learning Centers.

A few years ago, I edited an anthology series from WMG, Pulse Pounders, and one of those collections is the cornerstone of the bundle, a collection of intense stories in a variety of genres. But that’s just the start of this batch of excellent books.

D.J. Butler offers an omnibus of six complete novels in his Rock Band Fights Evil series. Heaven doesn’t want them. Do they have a chance in Hell?

In Animal, Dr. Munish K. Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido present an edgy, intense thriller of a serial killer who targets those who torture innocent animals—who is the real animal?

Ignition, by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason, is a tense terrorist hostage crisis at the Kennedy Space Center.

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin take you right into the zombie apocalypse in Still of Night. The dead rose. We fell. But not everyone thinks the war for survival is over. Heroes rise in times of crisis, and these are their stories….

As a StoryBundle special sneak preview, before the book is released to the general public, we’re including Mike Thorn’s Shelter for the Damned. While looking for a secret place to smoke cigarettes with his two best friends, troubled teenager Mark discovers a mysterious shack in a suburban field. Alienated from his parents and peers, Mark finds within the shack an escape greater than anything he has ever experienced. But it isn’t long before the place begins revealing its strange, powerful sentience. And it wants something in exchange for the shelter it provides.

Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson takes readers into the mind of genius inventor Nikola Tesla, in a 1906 experiment with a giant electrical tower to transmit power worldwide…but Tesla abandoned his experiment. Was it a conspiracy…or a terrifying discovery?

In Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s River Runs Red, teenagers Molly, Byrd, and Wade faced inconceivable evil in an underground labyrinth on the banks of the Rio Grande. Reunited as adults, they discover that their terrifying experience was only the beginning.

In Craig Martelle’s political thriller People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire, a terrorist plotting an attack on Washington, DC stays one step ahead by hiding in plain sight, always there, but never seen. Rick Banik—a patriot for the new age. A race against time. A fight against bureaucracy. A maze of red tape and dots that don’t want to be connected. How many people must die for the plot to be uncovered? How many will die if it isn’t?

Richard Fox offers a tense Iraq War thriller, Into Darkness. After a deadly ambush in Iraq leaves two soldiers in terrorist hands, intelligence officer Eric Ritter journeys into hostile territory to rescue them.

Turning farther from our normal world, in Michelle Cori’s Convergent Lines, human-fae hybrids have existed alongside humanity for thousands of years. With long lives and magic, they shaped the world. Until a curse …

Dean Wesley Smith shares a Cold Poker Gang novel, Freezeout, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch presents a new Diving Universe novel, Squishy’s Teams and a bonus—a previous novel in the series, Boneyards.

That’s fourteen books total that will keep your pulse racing, your eyes darting across the sentences, and your imagination engaged. Available for three weeks only. 

—Kevin J. Anderson

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For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of five books in any eBook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Convergent Lines by Michelle Cori
  • Into Darkness by Richard Fox
  • Freezeout by Dean Wesley Smith
  • Pulse Pounders: Countdown by Fiction River
  • Ignition by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular books, plus NINE more! That’s 14 books total!

  • People Raged and the Sky Was on Fire by Craig Martelle
  • Wardenclyffe by F. Paul Wilson
  • Shelter for the Damned by Mike Thorn (StoryBundle Exclusive)
  • Still of Night by Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin
  • Squishy’s Teams by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Boneyards by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Animal by Munish K. Batra M.D., FACS and Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • River Runs Red by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
  • Rock Band Fights Evil 1-6 Boxed Set by D.J. Butler

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi) for all books!

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Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

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KRAD COVID reading #92d: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Cold Fusion Part 4

For 2021, KRAD COVID readings is covering the only short fiction I didn’t read in 2020: my novellas for the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, a monthly series of eBooks that ran from 2000-2007. I’ll have a new reading every #TrekTuesday.

This week, we conclude the S.C.E./Deep Space Nine crossover, Cold Fusion. This story takes place between Avatar Book 2 by S.D. Perry and Section 31: Abyss by David Weddle & Jeffrey Lang. Deep Space 9 needs a new fusion core, and the U.S.S. da Vinci meets up with Lieutenant Nog to salvage one from Empok Nor. In the final part, the Androssi threat is neutralized, but that’s only the beginning of the problem, as the original plan for salvaging Empok Nor is no longer viable, and the S.C.E. and Nog must put their heads together to find a way to save DS9!

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