licenses I’ve worked in

Indulging in my periodic fetish for making lists of things, here is a list of all thirty-two licensed universes I’ve worked in:

Alien: one short story

BattleTech: two short stories.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: three novels, one reference book

Cars: four comic books

Command and Conquer: one novel

CSI: one novel

Doctor Who: three short stories, one anthology

Dungeons & Dragons: one novel

The Executioner: two novels

Farscape: one novel, three short stories, forty-eight comic books

Firefly/Serenity: one novel, one role-playing game adventure

Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: one novel

Heroes: one novella

Joe Ledger: one short story

Kung Fu Panda: one comic book

Leverage: one novel

Limbus, Inc.: one short story

Magic, the Gathering: one short story

Marvel: five novels, five short stories

Night of the Living Dead: one short story

Orphan Black: one reference book

Resident Evil: three novels

Sleepy Hollow: one novel

Star Trek: sixteen novels, thirteen novellas, seven short stories, six comic books, three anthologies, one reference book

StarCraft: one novel, one comic book

Stargate: one novel, two short stories

Supernatural: three novels, one reference book

V-Wars: two short stories

World of Warcraft: one novel

The X-Files: one short story

Xena/Hercules: two novels, one short story

Zorro: one short story

 

midweek music: “Paul Cézanne”

The Five Chinese Brothers are perfectly named, as they aren’t brothers, they aren’t Chinese, and there’s only four of them. I first saw them playing a club in New York in the 1990s back when I worked for Byron Preiss, and I fell in love with this hilarious song about Paul Cézanne called, appropriately, “Paul Cézanne.” I adore this song if for no other reason than it gives us the line, “Now his oeuvre‘s in the Louvre,” and despite the fact that Cézanne in fact is not the father of cubism, not even a little bit. But whatever. Enjoy…..

throwback Thursday (a day early)

I’m gonna be on the road all day tomorrow — Wrenn and I are heading out at about 3am tonight/tomorrow morning to drive to Indianapolis for InConJunction — so I want to post this now, as I found it in my Facebook memories, and it’s awesome: Bob Greenberger, me, and Peter David serving as George Takei’s backup singers at Shore Leave 30 in July 2008. It was part of the opening skit for Mystery Trekkie Theatre 3000 and it was empirical proof that white men can’t dance. I was subbing for Michael Jan Friedman, who also can’t dance, and who had to leave the convention early that year.

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Photo by Dawn Swingle.

And, heck, here’s the actual song in full. George is singing “Seven Lonely Days.” Don’t say I didn’t warn you…..

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek Generations

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Kirk and Picard together again for the first time! Victorian children! A cabin in the mountains with a dog! Guinan surrounded by candles! The Enterprise-B with a doofy captain! Worf walks the plank! Data’s emotion chip installed! And lots of other stuff that don’t actually add up to a good movie as the TOS Rewatch does Generations.

An excerpt:

When I first saw this movie in 1994, my first thought was that it was a promising first draft that was rushed into production. This is mostly because it was a promising first draft that was rushed into production. Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga wrote this in about seven-and-a-half minutes, at the same time that they were writing the (much much better) “All Good Things…” and then the movie was slammed into production right after TNG wrapped production as a TV show.

my InConJunction XXXVII schedule

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I will be the Toastmaster at InConJunction XXXVII in Indianapolis this coming weekend. It’s my first time mastering the toast, and I’m looking forward to it. Here’s my schedule:

Friday

4-5pm: “Comics to the Movie Screen and TV Set,” w/Mickey Moore (Main Programming)

7-8pm: opening ceremonies, w/all the major guests, which I’ll be MCing (Main Programming)

 

Saturday

10-11am: “Comic Books on TV,” w/Katie Grause, Mickey Moore, T. Lee Harris, & Craig Smith (Grand Ballroom 7)

7-8pm: Q&A with Keith R.A. DeCandido (Ballroom D)

8-10pm: Masquerade, which I’ll also be MCing (Main Programming)

 

Sunday

10-11am: “Why the 1966 Batman TV Show Still Matters,” w/Mark Racop, Mickey Moore, Jill Racop, & T. Lee Harris (Ballroom A/B)

3-4pm: closing ceremonies, w/whoever’s still around (Main Programming)

 

Hope to see folks there!

 

Tor.com wins Locus Award for Best Magazine

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The Locus Awards have been announced, and I’m pleased to say that Tor.com — to which I have been a regular contributor since 2011 — won for Best Magazine!

This is especially impressive given that the competition included Analog, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath, Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, File 770, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny.

I have no idea how much my articles on the original Star Trek, the 1966 Batman, and Luke Cage (which is what I specifically was writing about for the site in 2016) contributed to the site getting the award, but I’m happy to take at least a little bit of credit for it. My solo fiction is unlikely ever to win a Locus Award — for whatever reason, I don’t write the kind of fiction that wins awards, and I’m fine with that — but this is kinda nifty. Glad to have been part of it, and it’s been great to continue to be part of the Tor.com family, as it’s a superb site. It’s been an honor to share bloggy space with the likes of Emily Asher-Perrin, Leigh Butler, Alex Brown, Leah Schnelbach, Chris Lough, Marie Brennan, Mari Ness, Emily Nordling, Alasdair Stuart, and bunches of other folks I’m forgetting to mention because I’m really tired, but yay us!

I also want to particularly congratulate winners Charlie Jane Anders, Ellen Datlow, and Seanan McGuire, all buddies of mine. Brava!