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 16 May 2022)
  • guide to my reviews of new Star Trek — I’ve been reviewing the new Trek TV series (Discovery, Short Treks, Picard, Lower Decks, Prodigy, Strange New Worlds) on Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) for, 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, 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

irons in the fire update

Working on all the things…….

Medical thriller. My second collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra is in the midst of revisions requested by our agent. I’m hoping to have those revisions done in the next week or so said agent — who absolutely loves the book, but says it’s too short to be saleable, which has been an issue throughout my career — can start shopping the book around.

Space opera novella series. I’ve completed the first four of these novellas. Not ready to announce what it is yet in any detail. The current plan has Books 5 and 6 done by mid-June.

Precinct series. Phoenix Precinct now has an actual deadline from my publisher: 1 October! So I damn well will write it by then….

Cassie Zukav. I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the final story to go into Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. It’ll be the only wholly original story in the collection, which will otherwise include all the stories that were published in magazines and/or anthologies and/or collections since 2013, as well as all the Cassie vignettes I posted to Patreon.

Bram Gold. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. Sigh. Hoping to get this done before summer is over. Blorfle. Meantime, I’m also scheduled to write another Systema Paradoxa novella in this universe.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. One of the two stories we were waiting for has been turned in. Hoping to finally make progress on this…..

Various bits of short fiction for anthologies. Waiting for the go-ahead on one tie-in anthology that I’m really looking forward to. The stories for Zorro’s Exploits and Three Time Travelers Walk Into… are done and awaiting, respectively, proofreading and publication. My stories for the upcoming Tales of Grignr and Ludlow Charingtons charity anthologies are both turned in. I have forthcoming stories to write for Phenomenons: Season of Darkness (which is crowdfunding right now!) and Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022. And finally, I’m co-editing and writing a story for a tie-in anthology that’s going to be incredibly cool. It’s being shopped around to publishers right now.

Nonfiction. I’m still doing the weekly Enterprise Rewatch for, as well as reviews of each new episode of Trek (currently Strange New Worlds) as they air also. On top of that, I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” in June and July with eight new movies (well, five new movies and three older ones), and I’ll be reviewing The Umbrella Academy season three when it drops near the end of June. I’ll also be doing a piece for Outside In Regenerates on “The Curse of the Fatal Death.”

Star Trek Adventures. Still waiting for the final approval on Incident at Kraav III. Meantime, I have ten mission briefs to write for this…

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning. I’ve done all my script work for this, and I think it’s all been approved. At the very least issue #1 is approved. I’ve seen some of the artwork for #1 and it looks fantastic. The series should start being published this summer.

There’s other stuff, too, but it’s all back-burnered while I get the above stuff done. Wheeeee!

stuff what I’ve posted to Patreon

If you haven’t joined my Patreon, here’s what you’ve missed since the 6th of March:

  • $1/month and up patrons: reviews of the movies Turning Red, Free Guy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, A Goofy Movie, and The Batman.
  • $2/month and up patrons: 52 cat pictures.
  • $5/month and up patrons: reviews of the TV shows WandaVision, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Grace and Frankie, Giri/Haji, Moon Knight, Slings & Arrows, and Under the Vines.
  • $7/month and up patrons: excerpts from Feat of Clay, “A Lovely View,” “The Rat’s Tail,” Star Hoppers, and Pigman.
  • $10/month and up patrons: vignettes featuring the Super City Cops, Cassie Zukav, and Dragon Precinct.
  • $20/month patrons: first looks at “A Lovely View,” “The Rat’s Tail,” and Star Hoppers Book 4 Chapters 1-19.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for my Patreon and read all that cool stuff!

new on Kickstarter: Phenomenons: Season of Darkness

For a while now, Michael Jan Friedman has been teasing folks on Facebook and Twitter with images from the above artwork — it’s the unique heroes of Phenomenons, the shared-world superhero universe MJF created for last year’s anthology of that title, subtitled Every Human Creature.

The book was such a success that a second volume is now being crowdfunded by the fine feathered finks at Crazy 8 Press: Phenomenons: Season of Darkness.

All the heroes in the artwork will be there. Clockwise from the left, we have Penny Trouble (created by Russ Colchamiro and Hildy Silverman), Better Angel (created by MJF), Syntax (also created by Russ & Hildy), Lipstick Lilly (created by Marie Vibbert), and Luminosity (created by me!!!!).

I’m very much looking forward to writing more stories about Luminosity, her best friend De’Andre, and their adventures defending the people of the Bronx. As I type this, we’re already at $1568 of the $8500 goal, and there’s lots of cool rewards and nifty add-ons and, if we make the funding goal, fabulous stretch goals!

Among the rewards, by the by, are Tuckerizations — you (or someone you care about) can be a character in one of the stories! I’ve got three such slots in my own tale, and they’re still available as of this writing…..

So check it out, and please consider supporting!

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘s “Ghosts of Illyria”

We get some backstory on Number One, and a lot of it is taken from a 1989 D.C. Fontana Star Trek novel, which is fabulous. It’s a plot we’ve seen before, but it’s very well executed, from excellent work by Rebecca Romijn as Number One as a contagion spreads through the Enterprise and by Anson Mount and especially Ethan Peck as Pike and Spock on the planet. My review of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘s “Ghosts of Illyria.”

An excerpt:

The B-plot here is Pike and Spock down on the planet, and not only does it continue to solidify the Pike-Spock dynamic that would lead to Spock breaking dozens of regs to help Pike a decade hence in “The Menagerie,” but it’s also a master class by Ethan Peck in continuing the character of Spock. Every line of dialogue is delivered in a manner that is at once very Leonard Nimoy-like, and yet totally Peck as well. (Credit also to screenwriters co-executive producer Akela Cooper and supervising producer Bill Wolkoff for penning very Spock-y dialogue.)

Star Trek: Picard second season overview

I take a look back at the incredibly frustrating and uneven second season of Star Trek: Picard, which had its good points, but a lot more bad points. My overview is now up on Tor dot com.

An excerpt:

The use of actors who were already under contract is one of many ways in which Matalas, et al seem to be focused more on keeping the show under budget than telling the story they want to tell. Most of the sets are either ones that were already created for season one (the Château Picard mansion, La Sirena) or in contemporary L.A. where the show films and don’t require much alteration to work, since it’s only two years in the future. And roughly three-quarters of the season takes place in the same setting as the filming location, leaving only the first two episodes and the very end of the last one to take place in the future.

Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch: “Shockwave”

The first season comes to a conclusion that is a good outline for a story, but is utterly botched in the execution, though it does have a strong cliffhanger. The Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch doesn’t feel much of a “Shockwave.”

An excerpt:

The biggest problem is that it’s just furthering the tired Temporal Cold War storyline, and it’s impossible to be in any way invested in it. I’m even less invested in the tired fakeout of cancelling Enterprise‘s mission, which we know isn’t really going to happen because the show’s called Enterprise, and they’re hardly going to spend the rest of the show with humans staying on Earth being lectured by Vulcans on being doofuses.

Also, the show is still trying to catch that original series vibe without actually understanding it, in this case having Archer, T’Pol, and Tucker do the commando raid. It’s a scene that’s entire people shooting at other people and throwing stun grenades around. There’s nothing in it that requires these three characters, and there isn’t even hardly any dialogue. Why not have Reed and two extras do this, so it actually makes sense?

Then again, making sense doesn’t seem to be a priority here.

now on sale: Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise

The collection of essays about the Stargate franchise (three movies! five TV shows! tons of tie-in stuff!) is now on sale from the silly sods at Sequart! You can order the book in print or eBook form from Amazon at this link.

(You can find the full table of contents, including my essay about the three leaders of the Atlantis expedition on Stargate Atlantis and how the show didn’t do right by any of them, in this prior blog post.)

cover reveal: Zorro’s Exploits

Bold Venture Press has revealed the cover to next month’s Zorro anthology Zorro’s Exploits. Edited by the mighty Audrey Parente, this anthology will have seventeen new tales of the Fox as he defends the downtrodden in 19th-century Alta California.

I am one of the seventeen authors, and my story is called “A Lovely View.” Other pals o’ mine who are in this book include Jim Beard, John French, Teel James Glenn, Bobby Nash, Aaron Rosenberg, and Patrick Thomas, plus ten other great authors!

More info to be released soon…….

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘s “Children of the Comet”

It’s a great outing for Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Uhura, and that’s just the beginning of a superb sophomore outing for the latest Trek show. My review of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds‘s “Children of the Comet.”

An excerpt:

And [Anson] Mount continues to be absolutely magnificent as Captain Daddy. Every moment with him is perfection. We start with his reaction to Uhura’s dress uniform, which is simple laughter at the prank and then moving on without comment. There are his delightful asides, from the line I used for the headline of this review to his “I love this job” to Number One to his revealing to Ortegas that he knows her rep to that fine old Trek tradition of taking a moment during a crisis to make fun of Spock (in this case, backing up Uhura’s complaint that Spock spends a lot of time reminding people of deadlines).