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
- guide to my reviews of Star Trek: Discovery — I’ve been reviewing each episode of the new Trek TV series as it comes out on CBS All Access for Tor.com, 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 Tor.com; 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
We jump back to 1990, and a pilot for a TV show that Warner Bros. greenlit after the success of 1989’s Batman: The Flash starring John Wesley Shipp in the title role. The pilot had issues mainly with its bad guy, but it had some joys and an unusually high number of hits to the original comic book for the time. The great superhero movie rewatch runs with The Flash.
This movie in particular is a strong origin. I like that they kept Mike Baron’s use of the likely consequences of running fast all the time on one’s biology, and I especially like that they brought McGee over from the comics. Amanda Pays is always wonderful, and her chemistry with John Wesley Shipp is relaxed and delightful. (The same cannot be said for Shipp and the wooden Paula Marshall, whose Iris was never seen again after this.) It’s too bad that Tim Thomerson was specifically created to be killed to motivate Barry (sigh), as Shipp and Thomerson have excellent brotherly banter going on.
An episode that answers some questions and raises a bunch more, plus some very strong performances all around. And I still don’t know how I feel about the ending. My look at the latest Star Trek: Discovery episode, “Project Daedalus.”
That was just the latest emotional beating Burnham took in this episode, as she and Spock hash things out in her quarters over a game of three-dimensional chess. We see that Burnham’s tragic flaw—her insistence on taking on all burdens to herself, whether she actually should or not—goes back to her childhood. Spock points out that the logic extremists targeting Sarek would not be ameliorated by Burnham’s departure, as Spock’s very existence is what put the bull’s eye on them.
Ethan Peck and Sonequa Martin-Green play the scene beautifully, as these two hurt each other in ways that only siblings can. What I especially like is that Peck plays Spock as calm but with the emotions brimming near the surface, while Martin-Green plays Burnham both the same and differently, as her emotional outbursts are much closer to the surface, but her calm is also greater. I also like that Peck’s anger and bitterness gets turned up a notch when the subject of Sarek comes up.
I’m on Raymond Bolton’s “The Write Stuff” feature discussing my two new releases, A Furnace Sealed and Mermaid Precinct. Check it out!
What is your writing routine?
BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH! “Routine.” That’s funny…
Do you create an outline before you write?
Always. I started out doing tie-in work, and an outline is required for licensed fiction, as the plot has to be approved by the copyright-holder before you can write a single word. That habit has carried over into my other fiction, as I find it’s much easier and smoother to write the book if I already know the plot.
Why do you write?
I can’t possibly not write. I’ve been doing it since I was six, I can’t imagine any circumstance under which I would stop. (Actually, I can imagine a few, but they’re all really awful, so I don’t particularly want to dwell on them.)
If you’d like an autographed copy of one of my books, here’s your chance! I don’t have copies of everything, obviously, but I have a few on hand, and they can be yours (personally autographed and everything!).
If you want any of the books below, you can order them from me. Best way is via PayPal — send the amount of the books combined, plus $8 postage (if you’re in the U.S.; if you’re out of the U.S., just send me the book amount and I will bill you for whatever the postage turns out to be later) to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your mailing address and to whom you want the autograph addressed. You can also send me money via Chase QuickPay, also to email@example.com.
If you don’t use PayPal or Chase, you can mail a check or money order to me at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. I’m afraid I’m not set up for any of the other commercial electronic transfer options.
Here’s what I got:
- A Furnace Sealed (hardcover): $26
- A Furnace Sealed (trade paperback): $15
- Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars: $8
- Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions (paperback): $10
- Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings: $13
- Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report: $50
- Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet: $17
- SCPD: The Case of the Claw: $15
- Stargate SG-1: Kali’s Wrath: $10
- Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House: $8
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A: $8
- Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War: $24
- Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido: $15
In addition, I am taking orders for the “Precinct” books — I don’t have any on hand at the moment, but that will change very soon — and I will send as soon as I have them:
- Dragon Precinct: $15
- Unicorn Precinct: $15
- Goblin Precinct: $15
- Gryphon Precinct: $15
- Mermaid Precinct: $15
- Tales from Dragon Precinct: $15
- Any three “Precinct” books: $40
- Any four “Precinct” books: $55
- Any five “Precinct” books: $65
- All six “Precinct” books: $80
Back in 2003, the Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon series debuted, a set of books I did that took place on a Klingon ship, a crew I’d showcased in two prior novels. The series didn’t ultimately last all that long, but Dan Gunther of the Trek Lit Reviews site (having reviewed the first book, A Good Day to Die, back in January, not to mention the crew’s debut in 2001’s Diplomatic Implausibility last August), have now reviewed Book 2 in that series, Honor Bound.
The I.K.S. Gorkon series continues to surprise and delight in book 2. As I have said in other reviews, I was initially skeptical about a series that focused mainly on Klingons and not on the Federation, but I am very glad to have been proven wrong. This series is a heck of a lot of fun to read, and gives readers the chance to see the Star Trek universe from a different perspective. The crew of the Gorkon is every bit as diverse and interesting as a Starfleet crew would be, and anyone who enjoys good Star Trek stories that are told very well would be well-served to pick up this series.
Publishers Weekly has a very nice review of Mermaid Precinct up! Check it out…..
A smattering of Scooby Doo mixes with a liberal pinch of police procedural in DeCandido’s fun and carefree fifth novel (after Gryphon Precinct) set in a fantasy world where the beings of Cliff’s End Castle Guard keep the peace. The city of Cliff’s End in the kingdom of Flingaria is home to all manner of people, including a massive influx of refugees from Barlin, a sister city recovering from a massive fire. The devastation is undeniable, but many in Cliff’s End regard the refugees with suspicion. When the Pirate Queen’s ship arrives and she’s found dead on board, the crew insists that Lt. Danthres Tresyllione of the Castle Guard investigate her death. Danthres, who once lived in a community served by the Pirate Queen, and her partner, Lt. Torin ban Wyvald, are more than up to the challenge of tackling the mystery, but they’re stymied by the tight-knit loyalty of the Pirate Queen’s crew and the lack of outside suspects. Then their investigation uncovers something terrifying that could threaten the entire kingdom. This energetic romp is light on the surface, but it tackles the issue of xenophobia head-on with surprising grace.
I’m iffy on the Scooby Doo comparison, but overall, I’ll definitely take that. 🙂
(Detailed info on Mermaid Precinct can be found here.)
My Patreon continues to have all kinds of nifty stuff on it. Here’s what you’ve missed by not supporting it in 2019:
- $1/month and up: my review of M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen, plus commentary on the character of Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel) and a sneak peek at the preliminary cover to my Alien novel Isolation
- $2/month and up: twenty-five cat pictures
- $5/month and up: my reviews of Mayans MC, seasons 10-12 of New Tricks, seasons 1-4 of Prime Suspect, FBI, and The Good Cop
- $7/month and up: excerpts from my short stories “The Silent Dust” and “Alien Invasion of Earth!” and my novels Alien: Isolation and Mermaid Precinct
- $10/month and up: vignettes featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet (“No Vacancies”) and the Super City Cops (“Oh, What a Knight”)
- $20/month and up: first look at the first drafts of my essay “Tropes Abandoned, Tropes as Yet Unseen” and the Cassie Zukav story “Rán for Your Life”
And that’s just from the first 69 days of 2019. From December 2017 to December 2018, I did thirteen vignettes featuring my original characters, fourteen movie reviews, forty-five TV reviews, twenty-five first looks at chapters or short stories from works in progress, almost sixty short excerpts from works in progress, and more than a hundred and forty cat pictures.
If you’re not supporting you’re missing all that, plus more every week. So support me already!