I’m on Eating the Fantastic with Scott Edelman!

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Scott Edelman has a wonderful podcast called Eating the Fantastic, for which he takes a genre author out for a meal and interviews them while they eat. The latest episode is now up, and it features me! Scott stole me away from Farpoint 2020 last weekend and took me to the Iron Rooster in Hunt Valley for a yummy brunch — I had sausage gravy, biscuits, and grits, he had chicken and waffles — and a talk about Marvel Comics, childhood influences, Byron Preiss, Stan Lee, the weird-ass way I got my first novel contract, tie-ins, crowdfunding, and tons more. It was an excellent meal and a great interview, and you should check it out!

Star Trek: Picard‘s “The Impossible Box”

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Picard sets foot on a Borg Cube voluntarily for the first time and it goes a lot better than he fears. Narek pokes Soji with a stick and it goes both better and worse than he fears. Musiker helps Picard, and it goes better for the mission but worse for her. My take on “The Impossible Box,” the latest episode of Star Trek: Picard.

An excerpt:

Picard is only able to board the Cube thanks to the awesomeness of his erstwhile aide. Michelle Hurd turns in another brilliant performance, as Musiker is asked to convince Captain Emily Bosch, an old friend of hers, to grant Picard diplomatic access to the Artifact. The expert manner in which Musiker gets the access—even though it means burning the friendship with Bosch—is contrasted perfectly with how she falls apart as soon as she’s done, ignoring the applause of the rest of the gang. That applause is deserved, mind you, as Musiker’s manipulation of Bosch is brilliant, thanks in part to her easy charm, and also due to her use of Picard’s dual reputations as a great captain (Musiker jokes that his face is probably still on the brochures) and as a self-righteous pain in the ass.

Musiker is spectacularly broken, and Rios—her old friend, and Cabrera and Hurd play that friendship with nary a false note—is the only one who seems to even notice. We find out that her neglect of her son extends beyond her direct relationship with him: in all the years she’s known Rios, this is the first she’s told him that she even has a son, much less a daughter-in-law she’d never met before and an impending granddaughter she will likely never ever meet. Hurd absolutely nails the disconnect between Musiker’s completely together professionalism with her trash fire of a personal life. As Rios says, “Nobody gets it all right, Raff.” Truer words, man…

Friday fanfare: “Pizzica di San Vito”

Rhiannon Giddens, who is one of my absolute favorite musicians, put together an amazing album where she collaborated with master percussionist Francesco Turrisi. Among the songs on the album, which is entitled there is no Other, is a beautiful version of the Italian folk song “Pizzica di San Vito.” Here is another version, this one performed in the WFUV radio studio.

you can still support my new Dragon Precinct & Cassie Zukav stories!

Because Indie GoGo is awesome, they let you continue to support projects after their funding period is ended, soif you want to support “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” you still can!

“The Gorvangin Rampages” is a story taking place during the one-year gap between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct, with the Cliff’s End Castle Guard having to deal with riots connected to a charismatic figure named Gorvangin. “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” sees Odin and Loki both returning to Key West after seemingly dying, just in time for the end of the world.

Check them out!

I’m’na be at Pensacon!

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This coming weekend, I will be in Pensacola, Florida for Pensacon 2020, which is my first Bard’s Tower con of the year. There’ll be a ton of folks with me at the tower: Brian Anderson, Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Michelle Cori, Phil Foglio, Charles E. Gannon, JB Garner, Andrew E. Gaska, Marion G. Harmon, Kevin Ikenberry, Megan Mackie, and Jody Lynn Nye.

I’ll also be doing a panel on “Heroes and Villains as Opposing Philosophies” with Mr. Gannon, which ought to be a blast. That’ll be Sunday at 5.15pm, so hopefully people will still be at the show then………….

There’ll be tons of other guests there, too, so come on by if you’re in Pensacola this weekend!