4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Blade, Blade II, and Blade Trinity

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I take a look at Marvel’s first black superhero movie — no, not Black Panther, the actual first one released twenty years ago, which was a huge hit and spawned two sequels. (And was also R-rated, so sorry, Deadpool, you didn’t blaze any trails, either.) The great superhero movie rewatch observes Wesley Snipes grimacing his way through the three Blade movies.

An excerpt:

So does the choice in villain, which is a problem throughout all three. Neither Stephen Dorff’s flaccid Frost nor Thomas Krestchmann’s Nosferatu-lite Damaskinos nor Dominic Purcell’s utter inability to show depth and nuance as Drake serve the films well. At least they have secondary villains to pick up the slack, from Donal Logue’s batshit crazy Quinn in the first film to the always-brilliant Ron Perlman as Reinhardt in the second movie to Parker Posey vamping it up (sorry…) as Talos in Trinity.

Friday fanfare: “Long Live the Chief”

Last weekend, my final program item at Farpoint was a panel on Marvel’s Netflix series. I was the moderator and the first question I asked was of each panelist which was their favorite of the series, and which they thought was the best. My answer for best was Jessica Jones season 1, but my answer for favorite was Luke Cage season 1, despite the weaker back third, because there was so much awesome in it.

We wound up going off on a different subject, so I never got to come back around to what was so appealing about Cage for me, and one of those things was the music. The acts that played in Harlem’s Paradise were used to very good effect in the early going, and probably the most impressive was the use of Jidenna’s powerful “Long Live the Chief” to open the fifth episode, “Just to Get a Rep.” Jidenna himself auditions the song for Cottonmouth, interspersed with shots of Cage going through the wreckage of his apartment and Claire Temple getting mugged upon her return to her Harlem home.

Here’s the song. Great stuff.

see me at Planet Comic-Con this weekend!

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I will be at Planet Comic-Con in Kansas City this weekend. This will be my first time at this con — and also my first time in KC — and I’ll be spending my time at Bard’s Tower, Booth #1325, alongside fellow word-slingers Kevin J. Anderson, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Quincy J. Allen, and Michelle Corsillo. (Sadly, Jonathan Maberry had to cancel his appearance due to the death plague of doom. And yes, BT misspelled my last name. The appropriate people have been flogged.)

I’ll be autographing there all weekend, and also will have some books for sale:

  • Baker Street Irregulars
  • Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants
  • Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings
  • Nights of the Living Dead
  • Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report
  • Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War
  • Supernatural: Nevermore
  • Supernatural: Bone Key
  • Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon

We’ll also have a tiny smattering of the “Precinct” books.

EDITED TO ADD: Turns out I’m doing programming, too! I’ll be on the panels “Star Wars From Episode I to VIII and All Things In Between” (Friday, 2-3pm, in Room 2503A) and “One Small Step for Man- What Fascinates Us About Space?” (Saturday, 10.30-11.30am, Room 2505A); for both I’ll be joined by Kevin J. Anderson and Melinda M. Snodgrass.

On top of that, there are tons of other cool guests there, from actors (Jason Momoa! Sonequa Martin-Green!) to fellow authors to comics artists and lots more. Come on by!

 

the compleat bibliography of Keith R.A. DeCandido

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BattleTech
short stories

“Three Sides to Every Story,” BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction, Catalyst Games Lab, 2009
Meiyo,” Battlecorps.com, 2008

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Blizzard Games
novels

StarCraft: Ghost: Nova, Pocket, 2006
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, Pocket, 2006

comic books
StarCraft: Ghost Academy #1, TokyoPop, 2010

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Bram Gold
novels

A Furnace Sealed, WordFire Press, 2018

short stories
“Under the King’s Bridge,” Liar, Liar, Mendacity Press, 2011 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
novels

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless, Simon Spotlight, 2007
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout, Simon Spotlight, 2006

novelizations
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Xander Years Volume 1, Pocket, 1999

nonfiction
“‘Fool for Love’: Watcher’s Diary of Bernard Crowley, 15 July 1977, Final Entry,” Outside In: Buffy, ATB Publishing, 2018
(w/Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide Volume 1, Pocket, 1998

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Cassie Zukav
short stories

“A Windy Night in December at Mayor Fred’s Saloon,” Patreon, 2017
“Behind the Wheel,” TV Gods: Summer Programming, Fortress Publishing, 2017
“William Did It,” Story of the Month Club, 2015 (reprinted in A Baker’s Dozen of Magic, Story of the Month Club, 2016)
“Seven-Mile Race,” Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
“Down to the Waterline,” Buzzy Mag , 2015
“Fish Out of Water,” Out of Tune, JournalStone, 2014
“God of Blunder,” Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013
“Love Over and Over,” Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013
“Undine the Boardwalk,” Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental, Dark Quest Books, 2014)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 3: Twisting Fate, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 2: The Buck Stops Here, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 1: A Farewell to Cats, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
“I Believe I’m Sinkin’ Down,” Tales from the House Band Volume 2, Plus One Press, 2012 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)
“Ragnarok and Roll,” Tales from the House Band Volume 1, Plus One Press, 2011 (reprinted in Apocalypse 13, Padwolf Press, 2012; Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)
“How You Can Prevent Forest Fires…,” Urban Nightmares, Baen, 1997 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)

short story collections
Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013

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DC Comics
essays

“TV Review: Black Lightning,” Patreon, 2018
“Adam West’s Five Best Bat-Moments,” Tor.com, 2017
“Of Bloodless Beheadings and Lifeless Voice Work: The Animated Wonder Woman,” Tor.com, 2017
“Secret Identity as Role Model: A Look Back at Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman,” Tor.com, 2017
“Holy Rewatch, Batman!,” Tor.com, 2015-2017
“Actor and Superactor,” The Man from Krypton, BenBella Books, 2006

reference
Poison Ivy Hardcover Ruled Journal, Insight Editions, 2018

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Doctor Who
short stories

“Life from Lifelessness,” Doctor Who: Short Trips: Destination Prague, Big Finish, 2007
“Raymond’s Room,” Doctor Who: Missing Pieces, Outpost Gallifrey, 2001
“UNITed We Fall,” Doctor Who: Decalog 3: Consequences, Virgin, 1996

articles
“TV Review: the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special,” Patreon, 2018
“A Moment of Heroism: Thinky Thoughts on Doctor Who‘s ‘The Day of the Doctor’,” Tor.com, 2013

anthology editing
Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Big Finish, 2008

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Dragon Precinct
novels

Phoenix Precinct, eSpec, 2019
Manticore Precinct, eSpec, 2019
Mermaid Precinct, eSpec, 2018
Gryphon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013 (reprinted by eSpec, 2018)
Goblin Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2012 (reprinted by eSpec, 2018)
Unicorn Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2011 (reprinted by eSpec, 2018)
Dragon Precinct, Pocket, 2004 (reprinted by Dark Quest Books, 2011; eSpec, 2018)

short stories
“The Fall of Iaron,” Kingdoms Fall, 2019
“Baker’s Dozen,” Kickstarter-supported, 2017
“Partners in Crime,” Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
“Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty,” Kickstarter-supported, 2014
“Heroes Welcome,” Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
“Blood on the Water,” Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
“Brotherly Love,” Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
“Catch and Release,” Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
“When the Magick Goes Away,” Kickstarter-supported, 2012 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
“Fire in the Hole,” Dragon’s Lure, Dark Quest Books, 2010 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
“A Clean Getaway,” Pandora’s Closet, DAW, 2007 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
“House Arrest,” Bad-Ass Faeries, Marietta Publishing, 2007 (book reprinted by Mundania Press, 2009; story reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013; The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, eSpec, 2017)
“Crime of Passion,” Hear Them Roar, Wilder Publications, 2006 (book reprinted by Marietta Publishing, 2008; story reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
“Getting the Chair,” Murder by Magic, Warner Aspect, 2004 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013; Baconthology, SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, 2013)

short story collections
More Tales from Dragon Precinct, eSpec, 2020
Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013 (reprinted by eSpec, 2018)

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The Executioner
novels

(uncredited) Don Pendleton’s the Executioner #379: Deep Recon, Gold Eagle, 2010
(uncredited) Don Pendleton’s the Executioner #373: Code of Honor, Gold Eagle, 2009

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Farscape
novels

Farscape: House of Cards, Tor, 2001

comic books
(w/Rockne S. O’Bannon) Farscape (ongoing) #1-24, BOOM! Studios, 2009-2011 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 4: Tangled Roots, Volume 5: Red Sky at Morning, Volume 6: Compulsions, Volume 7: The War for the Uncharted Territories, BOOM! Studios, 2011-2012, 2014)
Farscape: D’Argo’s Quest #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009-2010 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 3: D’Argo’s Quest, BOOM! Studios, 2011)
Farscape: D’Argo’s Trial #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 2: D’Argo’s Trial, BOOM! Studios, 2010)
(w/Rockne S. O’Bannon) Farscape: Gone and Back #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 3: Gone and Back, BOOM! Studios, 2011)
Farscape: D’Argo’s Lament #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 1: D’Argo’s Lament, BOOM! Studios, 2009)
(w/Rockne S. O’Bannon) Farscape: Strange Detractors #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 2: Strange Detractors, BOOM! Studios, 2009)
(w/Rockne S. O’Bannon) Farscape #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2008-2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 1: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, BOOM! Studios, 2009)

short stories
“Ten Little Aliens,” Farscape role-playing game, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2002
“Brotherly Love,” Farscape: The Official Magazine Vol. 1 #2, 2001
“Many a Mile to Freedom,” Farscape: The Official Magazine Vol. 1 #1, 2001 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 1: D’Argo’s Lament, BOOM! Studios, 2009)

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Firefly/Serenity
novelizations

Serenity, Pocket, 2005

essays
“‘The Train Job’ Didn’t Do the Job,” Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly, BenBella Books, 2005

role-playing games
“Merciless,” Firefly: Echoes of War Supplement #2: Things Don’t Go Smooth, Margaret Weis Productions, 2014

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Marvel Comics
novels

Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End (Tales of Asgard Book 3), Joe Books, 2017 (reprinted in Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard, Joe Books, 2017)
Marvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings (Tales of Asgard Book 2), Joe Books, 2016 (reprinted in Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard, Joe Books, 2017)
Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with Giants (Tales of Asgard Book 1), Joe Books, 2015 (reprinted in Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard, Joe Books, 2017)
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets, Pocket, 2005
(w/José R. Nieto) Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath, Boulevard, 1998

short stories
“Diary of a False Man,” X-Men Legends, Boulevard, 2000
“Playing it SAFE,” The Ultimate Hulk, Boulevard, 1998
“Arms and the Man,” Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Boulevard, 1997
“Improper Procedure,” The Ultimate Silver Surfer, Boulevard, 1995
(w/John Gregory Betancourt) “An Evening in the Bronx with Venom,” The Ultimate Spider-Man, Boulevard, 1994

collections
Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard, Joe Books, 2017

articles
“TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Patreon, 2017
“Running Away from Its Roots—Marvel’s The Punisher Season 1,” Tor.com, 2017
Marvel’s The Punisher First Impressions of Episodes 1-3,” Tor.com, 2017
“Big Heroes, Big Characters, Big Villains, Small Plot: Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1,” Tor.com, 2017
“‘Who Are You People?’—Marvel’s The Defenders First Impressions of Episodes 1-3,” Tor.com, 2017
“An Action Hero without Action or Heroism: Iron Fist Season One,” Tor.com, 2017
“A Confusing Lack of Action: First Impressions of Iron Fist,” Tor.com, 2017
“A Brief History of Iron Fist in the Comics,” Tor.com, 2017
“How the MCU Changed Luke Cage from the Comics,” Tor.com, 2016
“A Brief History of Luke Cage in the Comics,” Tor.com, 2016
“Avengers Assemble–in the Bookstore!” Assembled! 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Villains, White Rocket Books, 2009
“Introduction,” Assembled!: Five Decades of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, White Rocket Books, 2007
“Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man,” Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, BenBella Books, 2007
“Pryde and Joy,” The Unauthorized X-Men, BenBella Books, 2006

Extinction

Resident Evil
novelizations

Resident Evil: Extinction, Pocket, 2007
Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Pocket, 2004
Resident Evil: Genesis, Pocket, 2004

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Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson
short stories

“Six Red Dragons,” Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, Diversion, 2018
“Identity,” Baker Street Irregulars, Diversion, 2017

Articles

Star Trek
novels

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, Pocket, 2009
A Gutted World, in Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A, Pocket, 2007
The Mirror-Scaled Serpent, in Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances, Pocket, 2007
Star Trek: Articles of the Federation, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 3: Enemy Territory, Pocket, 2005
Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume 3, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace, Pocket, 2004
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 2: Honor Bound, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 1: A Good Day to Die, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 2, Pocket, 2002
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 1, Pocket, 2002
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gateways Book 4: Demons of Air and Darkness, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Twist of Faith, Pocket, 2007)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility, Pocket, 2001

novellas
The Unhappy Ones, Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins, Gallery, 2010
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Slings and Arrows Book 6: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: S.C.E. #66: Many Splendors, Pocket, 2006 (reprinted in Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What’s Past, Gallery, 2010)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #54: Security, Pocket, 2005 (reprinted in Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds, Pocket, 2008)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #28: Breakdowns, Pocket, 2003 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 7: Breakdowns, Pocket, 2005)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #22: War Stories Book 2, Pocket, 2002 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 6: Wildfire, Pocket, 2004)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #21: War Stories Book 1, Pocket, 2002 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 6: Wildfire, Pocket, 2004)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #10: Gateways Epilogue: Here There Be Monsters, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 3: Some Assembly Required, Pocket, 2003)
Horn and Ivory, Star Trek: Gateways Book 7: What Lay Beyond, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Twist of Faith, Pocket, 2007)
(w/David Mack) Star Trek: S.C.E. #8: Invincible Book 2, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
(w/David Mack) Star Trek: S.C.E. #7: Invincible Book 1, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #6: Cold Fusion, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #2: Fatal Error, Pocket, 2000 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 1: Have Tech, Will Travel, Pocket, 2002)

comic books
Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Jellico, IDW, 2010 (reprinted in Star Trek: Captain’s Log, IDW, 2011)
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons, IDW, 2009 (reprinted in Star Trek: Alien Spotlight Volume 2, IDW, 2010; Star Trek 100 Page Special 2012, IDW, 2012)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Perchance to Dream #1-4, WildStorm, 1999-2000 (reprinted in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Enemy Unseen, WildStorm, 2001; IDW, 2012)

short stories
“Family Matters,” Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows, Pocket, 2009
“Four Lights,” Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Sky’s the Limit, Pocket, 2007
“Letting Go,” Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Shores, Pocket, 2005
loDnI’pu’ vavpu’ je,” Star Trek: Tales from the Captain’s Table, Pocket, 2005
“The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned,” Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Pocket, 2004
“Revelations,” Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits, Pocket, 2003
“Broken Oaths,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Prophecy and Change, Pocket, 2003

articles
“‘The Big Goodbye’: A Hard Rain,” Outside In Makes It So,” ATB Publishing, 2017
Star Trek Discovery reviews, Tor.com, 2017-2018
“‘I Think You’re Underestimating Humanity’—Star Trek Beyond Spoiler Review,” Tor.com, 2016
“‘We Will Find Hope in the Impossible’—Star Trek Beyond Non-Spoiler Review,” Tor.com, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 2001-2005: Enterprise,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 1995-2001: Voyager,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 1993-1999: Deep Space Nine,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 1987-1994: The Next Generation,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 1973-1974: The Animated Series,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
“Must-Watch Episodes 1966-1969: The Original Series,” Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch,” Tor.com, 2015-2017
“Embracing the Entire Universe: The WildStorm Era,” New Worlds and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, Sequart, 2014
“Shall We Begin?: Star Trek Into Darkness Spoiler Review,” Tor.com, 2013
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch,” Tor.com, 2013-2015
“‘The Line Must Be Drawn Here‘: Star Trek: First Contact,” Tor.com, 2013
Star Trek Nemesis,” Star Trek Magazine #166, 2012
Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch,” Tor.com, 2011-2013
“‘I Feel Fine’: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” Tor.com, 2011
“The Ultimate Guide to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Movies,” Star Trek Magazine #164, 2011
“The 45s: ‘Accession’,” Star Trek Magazine #162, 2011
“Picard & Crusher,” Star Trek Magazine #160, 2011
“Dr. Selar,” Star Trek Magazine #156, 2010
“The Proud Forehead: Klingons in Books and Comics,” Star Trek Magazine #151, 2010
“Kang,” Star Trek Magazine #149, 2009
“Mirror Universe Timeline,” Star Trek Magazine #142, 2009
“Just Following Orders,” Star Trek Magazine #141, 2008
“Third Time Has Occasional Charm,” Star Trek Magazine #140, 2008
“When 42 Isn’t the Answer,” Star Trek Magazine #138, 2008
“Embracing the Star Trek Universe,” Star Trek Magazine #137, 2008
“Anti-Star Trek?” Star Trek Magazine #134, 2007
“Klingon Empire,” Star Trek Magazine, #133, 2007
“Corps of Engineers,” Star Trek Magazine #133, 2007
Voyager,” Star Trek Magazine #133, 2007
“The Ideas Factory,” Star Trek Magazine #80, 2005

anthology editing
Star Trek: Tales from the Captain’s Table, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Pocket, 2004
(w/Peter David) Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits, Pocket, 2003

reference
Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War, Simon & Schuster, 2014

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Star Wars
essays

“Movie review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Patreon, 2017
“Top Ten Positives About the Prequel Trilogy,” A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Sequart, 2015
“The Madness of King George,” Star Wars on Trial, BenBella Books, 2006

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Stargate
novels

Stargate SG-1: Kali’s Wrath, Fandemonium, 2016

short stories
“Sun-Breaker,” Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds, Fandemonium, 2017
“Time Keeps on Slippin’,” Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons, Fandemonium, 2014

articles
“The Stargate Rewatch,” Tor.com, 2015

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Super City Cops
novels

The Case of the Claw, Crossroad Press, 2011

novellas
Secret Identities, Bastei, 2017
Undercover Blues, Bastei, 2017
Avenging Amethyst, Bastei, 2016

short stories
“Plea Bargain,” Patreon, 2018
“Send in the Clones,” The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, eSpec, 2015
“Stone Cold Whodunit,” With Great Power, Dark Quest Books, 2014

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Supernatural
novels

Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, Titan, 2010
Supernatural: Bone Key, HarperEntertainment, 2008
Supernatural: Nevermore, HarperEntertainment, 2007

essays
“Not Just a Pretty Face (or Two),” In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, BenBella Books, 2009

reference
John Winchester Hardcover Ruled Journal, Insight Editions, 2017

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V-Wars
short stories

“Streets of Fire,” V-Wars: Night Terrors, IDW, 2016
“The Ballad of Big Charlie,” V-Wars, IDW, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)

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Xena/Hercules
novels

Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance, Pocket, 1999
Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors, Pocket, 1999

short stories
“Recurring Character,” The Further Adventures of Xena Warrior Princess, Ace, 2001

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Other
novels

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, Broadway Books, 2014
Leverage: The Zoo Job, Boulevard, 2013
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun, Wizards of the Coast, 2011
Guilt in Innocence: A Tale of the Scattered Earth, Crossroad Press, 2011
CSI: NY: Four Walls, Pocket, 2008
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars, Del Rey, 2007
Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions, Tor, 2003

novelizations
Darkness Falls, Pocket, 2002
(as “K. Robert Andreassi”) Gargantua, Tor, 1998

short story collections
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015

reference
Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report—The Secret Files of Dr. Delphine Cormier, Insight Editions, 2017

novellas
Heroes Reborn: Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Bastei, 2015 (reprinted in Heroes Reborn Event Series Collection Two, Titan, 2016)
(w/Steven Savile) Viral: -30-, FoxRain AB, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)

short stories
“Live and On the Scene,” Nights of the Living Dead, Griffin, 2017
Ganbatte,” Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Griffin, 2017
“Deep Background,” Aliens: Bug Hunt, Titan, 2017
“Right on, Sister,” Limbus, Inc. Book III, JournalStone, 2016
“We Seceded Where Others Failed,” Altered States of the Union, Crazy 8 Press, 2016
“Back in El Paso My Life Will be Worthless,” The X-Files Volume 1: Trust No One, IDW, 2015
“Behold a White Tricycle,” Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
“Wild Bill Got Shot,” Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
“The Stone of the First High Pontiff,” Defending the Future 5: Best-Laid Plans, Dark Quest Books, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015; The Best of Defending the Future, eSpec, 2016)
“Letter from Guadalajara,” More Tales of Zorro, Moonstone Books, 2011
“Sunday in the Park with Spot,” Furry Fantastic, DAW, 2006 (reprinted in Dance Like a Monkey, Silence in the Library, 2014; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
“A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar,” Amazing Stories #608, February 2005 (reprinted in The Town Drunk, 2006; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
(w/Marina Frants) “A Bone to Pick,” Did You Say Chicks!?, Baen, 1998
“Editorial Interference,” The Fedoras Literary Review Volume 1, #2, 1996 (reprinted in Circles in the Hair, BookLocker, 2006; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
“God Sins,” Magic: The Gathering: Distant Planes, HarperPrism, 1995

comic books
(w/Gregory A. Wilson) Icarus Book 2, ComicMix, 2018
“In Defense of Self,” Mine!: A Celebration of Freedom and Liberty For All Benefitting Planned Parenthood, ComicMix, 2017
(w/Gregory A. Wilson) Icarus Book 1, Silence in the Library, 2016 (reprinted by ComicMix, 2017)
“Contest of Chompions,” Kung Fu Panda: Tales of the Dragon Warrior #1, Ape Entertainment, 2013
Cars: Adventures of Tow Mater #1-4, BOOM Kids!, 2010 (reprinted in Cars: Rust Bucket Derby, BOOM Kids!, 2011)

essays, reviews, etc.
“Movie Review: Proud Mary,” Patreon, 2018
“TV Review: The Alienist,” Patreon, 2018
“TV Review: Breakout Kings,” Patreon, 2018
“TV Review: Feed the Beast,” Patreon, 2018
“TV Review: Major Crimes,” Patreon, 2018
“TV Review: The Librarians,” Patreon, 2017
“TV Review: MacGyver,” Patreon, 2017
“4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch,” Tor.com, 2017-present
“Gaming the Novel,” Kobold Guide to Combat, Kobold Press, 2014
“The Pinstriped Bible” (weekly blog entry), SB Nation, 2013
“12 and 12 in ’12,” In the Dugout: Yankees 2013, Lindy’s Sports, 2013
Redshirts: Of All the Metafiction in the World, This is the Metafictioniest,” Tor.com, 2012
“Play It at 11,” Yankees Yearly 2012, Changeup Publications, 2012
Warehouse 13 reviews,” Sci-Fi Bulletin, 2011
“Do Blades Dream of Electric Runners?,” Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #19, BOOM! Studios, 2010 (reprinted in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Volume 5, BOOM! Studios, 2011; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, BOOM! Studios, 2016)
“The Team(s) of the Decade,” Yankees Annual, Maple Street Press, 2010
“‘Twas Stupidity Killed the Beast,” King Kong is Back!, BenBella Books, 2005
“The Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Surviving Yankee Stadium,” The Red Sox Fan Handbook, 2005
“You Set Loose What?: Australia, 1859,” You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters, Perennial Currents, 2004
“Adam-Troy Castro: The Best Writer in the Entire World,” A Desperate Decaying Darkness, Wildside Press, 2000
“How to Write a Media Tie-In Novel in Six Easy Steps,” iUniverse.com, 2000
(w/Marina Frants) “Down by the Bayou: The 20th Annual World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana,” Wilson Library Bulletin, 1994
“Word Balloons: Trade Comics,” Wilson Library Bulletin, 1993
(uncredited) “Elayne Boosler,” Current Biography Yearbook, 1993
“Get the Picture?: A Serious Look at Comics in Libraries,” Library Journal, 1991
(w/GraceAnne A. DeCandido) “Orson Scott Card,” Publishers Weekly, 1990
“Picture This: Graphic Novels in Libraries,” Library Journal, 1990
ALSO: reviews for The Chronic Rift, SFRevu, Peter Parker’s Pad, the official Spider-Man listserv page, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Horror, and The Comics Journal; questions for The Sci-Fi Channel Trivia Game book and CD-ROM; a short-lived comic book column for Creem; and entries for the Women of Marvel Comics and Villains of Marvel Comics web sites

anthology/collection editing
Liar Liar, Mendacity Press, 2011
Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction, Pocket, 2003
(w/Robert Silverberg & Byron Preiss) Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Vintage, 1997
(w/Josepha Sherman) Urban Nightmares, Baen, 1997
(w/Laura Anne Gilman) OtherWere: Stories of Transformation, Ace, 1996
(w/Byron Preiss & John Betancourt) The Ultimate Alien, Dell, 1995
(w/Byron Preiss & John Betancourt) The Ultimate Dragon, Dell, 1995

music discography
Boogie Knights, The Seven Voyages of Sing Bad, 2018 (percussion, songwriting)
Boogie Knights, Wasted Days and Wasted Knights, 2013 (percussion, vocals, recorder, kazoo)
Boogie Knights, Many a Sleepless Knight, 2006 (percussion)
Steven Rosenhaus, A Man Like Me, 2002 (percussion)
David Honigsberg, Ten the Hard Way, 2001 (percussion, vocals)
The Don’t Quit Your Day Job Players, Blues Spoken Here, 1999 (percussion, vocals, songwriting)
The Don’t Quit Your Day Job Players, TKB, 1996 (percussion, vocals)

voice work
A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar, Gypsy Cove Productions, 2012
Gypsy Cove, Gypsy Cove Productions, 2011-2012
HG World, 3015 North Productions, 2009-2015
The Dome: Avatar, Lucky Shot Productions, 2006, 2011-2012

SHE RIDES!

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Many many years after I started it, and after being forced to go away from it for other work multiple times, and after being stuck in the mud on the latter stages of it for a long time, I have FINALLY gotten to the end of the first draft of A Furnace Sealed, the first book in the Adventures of Bram Gold, a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters.

Now to make sure it doesn’t suck…………..

 

from the archives: The Seven Per-Cent Solution

This movie review originally appeared on my LiveJournal blog on 26 February 2017. It also amused me to watch the film and see that three of the four big guest stars in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Family” had supporting roles in this film: Jeremy Kemp (Picard’s brother Robert) plays the bad guy, while Samantha Eggar (Robert’s wife Marie) and Georgia Brown (Worf’s adoptive mother Helena) play the wives of Drs. Watson and Freud, respectively.

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TCM, as part of their 30 days of Oscar thingie, showed The Seven Per-Cent Solution recently, and we recorded it, as both Dale and I wanted to see it again. For my part, I only in the last few years seriously got into Holmes stuff (inspired at least in part by the three new interpretations of Holmes on screen by Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and Johnny Lee Miller), and have written two Holmes pastiches of my own (which will be in next month’s anthology Baker Street Irregulars and the followup volume in 2018).

I kinda wish I’d watched this before I was at a convention with Nicholas Meyer — who wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel of the same name — so I could ask him if it was inspired by the fact that “The Final Problem” is, quite possibly, the worst short story ever written in the English language.

When I did my deep dive through the Conan Doyle Holmes stories a bunch of years ago, I read “The Final Problem,” arguably the most influential Holmes story, as it’s the one that introduces Professor Moriarty as Holmes’s arch-nemesis. So fucking many screen adaptations of Holmes have used Moriarty as if he’s this major, critical, important character in the Holmes oeuvre.

The thing is, he really isn’t. He’s a cheap retcon, a desperate attempt on Conan Doyle’s part to rid himself of the albatross of his most popular character, and came up with a major criminal mastermind, hoping he would be considered worthy of killing the great detective.

But the actual story, and the actual character of Moriarty, is dreadful. The writing is subpar, the characterization is nonexistent, the shoehorning in of Moriarty into the London underworld is completely unconvincing. It’s a crap story and a crap character, and people keep coming back to it.

For all that The Seven Per-Cent Solution is mostly the grand team-up between Holmes and Dr. Sigmund Freud as they foil a kidnapping, what it mainly functions as is a glorious repudiation of “The Final Problem,” and a way to address that story’s shortcomings — it stands out among the Holmes stories as being particularly atrocious — and still account for Holmes’s several-year disappearance between “The Final Problem” and when Conan Doyle gave in to public pressure and brought Holmes back in “The Adventure of the Empty House.” Because in the movie we find out that Moriarty was, in fact, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’s math tutor and he also had an affair with the Holmes boys’ mother, which led to their father murdering their mother. This was sufficiently traumatic that Sherlock repressed it, but later in life when he was overwhelmed by cocaine addiction (which is right out of Conan Doyle, and what the solution of the title is: what he injected himself with, a 7% solution of coke), he deluded himself into believing that Moriarty was a criminal mastermind that nobody knew about but him (which is also right out of “The Final Problem”).

Basically, Meyer came up with a brilliant solution to “The Final Problem” being such a piece of shit — it didn’t actually happen, it’s how Watson covered Holmes’s cocaine fever and subsequent recovery from addiction.

Watching the movie again after so long — I last saw it about 25 years ago or so — I am struck by how mannered Robert Duvall’s performance as Watson is. I love the emotion and devotion he brings to the role, but listening to him talk is difficult, as it’s obvious he’s trying very very hard to keep up his British accent. Although it does contrast nicely with Nicol Williamson’s perpetually over-the-top Holmes. The movie itself is much more interesting as a character study of Holmes, and using Freud to shine new light on the detective. The actual case is not that interesting, and the lengthy train ride and subsequent swordfight atop the moving train just feels like filler.

Still, it’s a nifty little Holmes story, a worthy addition to the extended story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and I’d recommend it to any Holmes fan.

Star Trek Discovery‘s “Will You Take My Hand?”

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We gotcher twists, we gotcher turns, we gotcher reversals, we gotcher crowning moments of awesome, and we gotcher major-ass head-scratchers. The first season comes to a kinda satisfying ending — my review of the first-season finale of Star Trek Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?”

An excerpt:

Tilly gets lots to do in this episode, and that’s all to the good, as Mary Wiseman is a delight. We get Tilly in several modes: the word vomit when she meets Georgiou and realizes that it’s not really the mainline captain but the MU’s emperor, the glee with which she gets back into “Captain Killy” mode by threatening the arms dealer, the devotion to Burnham, the willingness to eat alien food without knowing what it is (and then spitting it out when she realizes it’s an endangered species), the lack of judgment in going to the space opium den, and her keeping it together while high when she needs to report that the drone is really a bomb.

down and safe

Wrenn and I had a great time at Farpoint 25 this past weekend.

It started out a bit rough. The last time I was at the Hunt Valley Inn, Dale was with us. Just in general, being there reminded me a lot of him, as he came to a couple of Shore Leaves, a couple of Balticons, and a couple of (Re)Generation Whos with us to this hotel in recent years.

Eventually that bit of melancholy passed. I did an autographing at 5, I performed in Prometheus Radio Theatre’s radio drama of the history of Farpoint at 8.45, and I did the Book Fair at 10.

Saturday was really busy: a superb Boogie Knights concert — which included a lovely rendition of my song, “Young Master Frodo” (to the tune of the traditional Irish song “General Taylor”) — and closing with a fantastic rendition of “Sailin’ with Captain Morgan. The set included several songs that will be on our forthcoming CD The Seven Voyages of Sing Bad.

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That’s the band after the concert, picture by Paul Balzé.

Later that afternoon, I had a panel on fandom trolls, led by Jessica Morán, and also including Jennifer Povey and Don Sakers, which was a very good talk about a tiresome phenomenon particularly in online discourse. The audience — which included fellow author Kelli Fitzpatrick — was quite into it, and it was one of the more successful panels I’ve been on.

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Don Sakers, me, Jennifer Povey, and Jessica Morán. Photo by Kelli Fitzpatrick.

After that, I did an interview for the web show Movers and Shakers Unlimited (I’ll let y’all know when it goes live), and then I had my self-defense workshop. The only attendees were a woman who’d taken it before at other cons and a fifth-degree black belt in Kempo who was mostly curious as to how I’d teach it.

After that was my reading, where the four audience members all chose my Aliens story “Deep Background” over either of the Shirley Holmes/Jack Watson stories or a bit from A Furnace Sealed. So I read the first two scenes of that.

Saturday night consisted of dinner with several fellow writers at Andy Nelson’s BBQ, followed by hanging out in the bar until the place closed. You know it’s a good night when you’ve spent it with the likes of Dave Mack, Derek Tyler Attico, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Aaron & Jen Rosenberg, Mary Fan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Rigel Ailur, T. Eric Bakutis, Keith Shikowitz, Bob & Deb Greenberger, Kate & Mike Pakaski, Glenn Greenberg, Brian Koczienski, Christine Czachur, and, of course, Meredith & Sas. Oh, and also Caren, Peggy, Ren, Lindsey, David, & Chris. Possibly also some others I’m forgetting. Subjects ranged from television to books we read as kids to movies to balancing day job with writing careers to college pranks (Glenn Hauman wasn’t there, but I bet his ears were burning….) to teaching things to children to what it’s like to be hit in the solar plexus to any number of other things.

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Me pontificating about something in a classic “fuhgeddaboutit” pose, while halo’d by the bar lights. Photo by David Mack.

On Sunday, I had another reading, though this one was only attended by the other two people scheduled to read. So we read to each other! I read about half of my second Shirley-and-Jack story “Six Red Dragons.”

I put in some time at the eSpec Books table, got to see and catch up with some folks, and then I ended the convention proper with a panel on Marvel’s Netflix series, where I got to bitch about Iron Fist, and fellow panelists Peter David, Glenn Greenberg, Colin Caccamise, and Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg got to discourse on this most excellent ground-level corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The weekend ended with me, Wrenn, Meredith, and Sas having what has become traditional for conventions in the Hunt Valley Inn (or any of the other north-of-Baltimore hotels): late lunch/early dinner at La Tolteca.

Then we hied ourselves home to antsy cats and a happy home.

Time to watch the Discovery season finale so I can write a coherent review of same in the a.m……………………………………..