pinned post: some important posts and guides and stuff on this here blog



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 6 August 2019)
  • guide to my reviews of new Star Trek — I’ve been reviewing each episode of the new Trek TV series (Discovery and Short Treks so far, with Picard soon to come) as they comes out on CBS All Access for, and this post is regularly updated with each new review as they go live
  • guide to 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch — I’ve been going through every live-action movie based on a superhero comic book, with those rewatch commentaries going live every Friday at noon on; this guide includes all the movies I intend to cover, updated regularly once the rewatches go up
  • 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


just in time for the holidays: BOOKS FOR SALE!

I have many many books of mine for sale, which I will happily autograph for you or whoever you might wish to give the book(s) as a gift!

Books can be purchased by letting me know which books you want, and sending me the cover prices of those books, plus $8 for postage in the U.S. (If you’re ordering for overseas delivery, just send me the cover price, and I’ll bill you for the postage after I know what it is.) Money can be sent via PayPal or Chase QuickPay to, or by check or money order to Keith R.A. DeCandido at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976.

Here’s what I’ve got available:


A Furnace Sealed — $15

Alien: Isolation (paperback) — $8
Alien: Isolation (audio CD) — $25
Aliens: Bug Hunt — $17

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $5

Dragon Precinct — $15
Unicorn Precinct — $15
Goblin Precinct — $15
Gryphon Precinct — $15
Mermaid Precinct — $15
Tales from Dragon Precinct — $15
any 3 Precinct books — $40
any 4 Precinct books — $55
any 5 Precinct books — $65
all 6 Precinct books — $80

Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda (hardcover) — $10

Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $17

Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War — $24

Supernatural: Nevermore — $8
Supernatural: Bone Key — $8
Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon — $8

Thrilling Adventure Yarns — $15

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido — $15

Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance — $3
both YH books — $5

midweek music: “The Genetic Method/Chest Fever” from The Last Waltz

One of the things that’s “missing” from The Last Waltz is the full version of “The Genetic Method” and “Chest Fever.” The latter is one of The Band’s signature songs, a brilliant work that showcases the great Garth Hudson’s virtuoso work on the keyboards. Over the years, their live shows included Hudson noodling on the organ for a while (“The Genetic Method”), which would lead into “Chest Fever.” The version on Rock of Ages, which was The Band’s New Years Eve concert in New York in 1971, is particularly fabulous, especially since Hudson starts playing “Auld Lang Syne” when the clock strikes midnight.

The movie of The Last Waltz only has bits of it, and when they released the expanded CD set of the soundtrack in 2002, it only included the quick edit of the two songs. However, some YouTube digging has found a grainy black-and-white film of the two songs in their completion, which just makes me happy on so many levels. Check it out.

“The Genetic Method”:

“Chest Fever”:

Across the Universe book launch!


Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles is now on sale from Fantastic Books!

To celebrate this occasion, we had a reading at Brooklyn Commons, which was this month’s New York Review of Science Fiction reading, hosted by Jim Freund and curated by the book’s co-editor Randee Dawn.

Publisher Ian Randal Strock was there selling books, and the readers included Sally Weiner Grotta (“The Truth Within”), Carol Gyzander (“Deal with the Devil”), Gordon Linzner (“The Hey Team”), Charles Barouch (“The Perfect Bridge”), me (“Used to Be”), Randee (who read from Matthew F. Amati’s story “Apocalypse Rock”), and Ian (who read from Spider Robinson’s “Rubber Soul”).

A wonderful time was had by all. The livestream of the event can be found on the Brooklyn Commons Facebook page (it’s in two parts, uploaded on 3 December 2019).

Here are some pictures, which are by me except where otherwise indicated…..


There was cake! Randee always does good cake….



Here are the authors, the co-editor, and the publisher with the cake! L.-r.: Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, Randee Dawn, Sally Weiner Grotta, and Keith R.A. DeCandido (that’s me). Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Carol Gyzander reading.



Charles Barouch reading.



Gordon Linzner reading.



Ian Randal Strock reading Spider Robinson.



Ian Randal Strock selling books. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Jim Freund introducing the event.



Me reading. Photo by Nick Kaufmann.



Randee Dawn hosting the event.



Randee Dawn reading Matthew F. Amati.



All the readers. L.-r.: Gordon Linzner, Carol Gyzander, Randee Dawn, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ian Randal Strock (being incredibly dignified), Charles Barouch, and Sally Weiner Grotta. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Sally Weiner Grotta reading.


Dorothy C. Fontana, RIP


Dorothy C. Fontana has died at the age of 80.

Fontana was one of the driving creative forces behind the original Star Trek in the 1960s and was the show-runner of the animated spinoff in the 1970s. She was responsible for a lot of the character development of Spock, notably in “This Side of Paradise,” “Journey to Babel,” and “Yesteryear.” She’s probably the only person to write for four different Trek TV shows (original, animated, The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine), and in a just world, she’d be considered the co-creator of TNG.

She continued to write for Trek tie-ins, including prose, comics, and role-playing game material, and for fan films, and her influence on the franchise can still be seen in the use of Spock, Sarek, and Amanda Grayson in Star Trek Discovery, which used her work as a springboard for how those characters, as well as that of Michael Burnham, were developed.

I confess to not always being the biggest fan of her writing, but that doesn’t change that she was a great person, a great writer, and a huge and influential part of the most popular science fiction story of the past five decades.

Rest in peace, great lady.


Monday music: “The Weight” by a ton of people

Here’s another version of “The Weight” that took several years for Playing for Change to put together, featuring the song’s writer, Robbie Robertson, on guitar, joined by a ton of musicians from all around the world, including Ringo Starr on drums, and tons more folks from the United States (including Hawai’i), Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and it’s glorious.

Friday fanfare: “The Weight” at the Americana Awards

At the Americana Awards in 2012, they paid tribute to the recently deceased Levon Helm with a lovely rendition of “The Weight,” which was performed by Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Sam Bush (doing amazing work with the mandolin), Booker T. Jones, Bonnie Raitt (who also plays some stellar slide guitar), Brittany Howard, and a bunch more.