another nice review of my Ferenginar short novel!

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The latest installment of Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Reread, which has been going through the various post-finale DS9 novels, has reached the Worlds of DS9 miniseries, and this week he got to my part in it, Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, which appeared in Volume 3 alongside David R. George III’s Dominion tale (which he’ll review next week). Best part is that Alvaro really liked it, even though he’s not a huge fan of Ferengi episodes. Yay me!

An excerpt:

This novel passes the basic litmus test I mentioned earlier of being engaging even without its comedic frills, and I’m impressed by how DeCandido was able to compensate for the lack of actors channeling this material through his writing skills. Thankfully, he also refrains from making any of our protagonists dolts, the way that Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe sometimes did. Is this as thought-provoking and meaty as the previous novels in this mini-series? No. But a change of pace was welcome.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Projections”

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The EMH finds himself alone on the ship — or does he? The EMH is told he’s really Dr. Lewis Zimmerman — or is he? Dwight Schultz shows up as Barclay — but is it really him? The answers to these questions and more as the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch makes some “Projections.”

An excerpt:

On the one hand, this episode is a less surreal redo of TNG‘s “Frame of Mind,” also a Brannon Braga script (and one that heavily featured Jonathan Frakes, who directed this one). It takes a much more linear approach to the main character’s breakdown, but given that the main character is a computer program, this makes sense.

And the main reason why it works despite its derivative nature is the same reason why every episode that focuses on the EMH works, to wit, the superlative work by Robert Picardo in the role.

KRAD COVID readings #3: “Stone Cold Whodunit”

Having done a Precinct story and a Cassie story, I move on to the Super City Cops, a series about cops in a fictional city filled with costumed superheroes and super-villains. The story is “Stone Cold Whodunit,” which appeared in the 2014 anthology With Great Power, edited by John L. French & Greg Schauer, and has Detectives Kristin Milewski and Jorge Alvarado dealing with a very peculiar death…..

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Initiations”

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Chakotay is captured by the Kazon, and his fate is tied to that of a tormented teenager. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch welcomes the late great Aron Eisenberg from the DS9 set to play that teenager going through “Initiations.”

An excerpt:

And Eisenberg hits it out of the park here. He beautifully conveys the character’s adolescent turbulence, trying to balance the needs of his people with the fact that he very obviously doesn’t actually want to die, nor does he really want to kill Chakotay. But he’s trapped by the cultural mores of the Kazon. If he doesn’t kill Chakotay, his own sect will kill him. No other Kazon sect will take him in, and no one else in the Delta Quadrant will take in a Kazon.

We get a bit of Kazon history here to go with the cultural mores—which really are akin to that of street gangs, with initiation rituals and early indoctrination of youth—and their past enslavement by the Trabe has left them with a cultural distrust of uniforms and military order and such. So the option of coming on board Voyager is also rejected by Kar, because he finds the very idea of being on a Starfleet vessel repugnant.

read my stuff while you’re stuck at home, part 2: TV tie-ins

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So many of us are kinda stuck staying home a lot, and that means more reading time! Or, at least, time spent reading so you don’t go batshit because you’re stuck staying at home a lot……

As one possible thing to read, how about my writing? I’ve already posted about my Star Trek work, and now we move on to other TV show tie-ins, which are listed below in alphabetical order, and include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Farscape, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Heroes, Leverage, Orphan Black, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Supernatural, The X-Files, Xena, and Young Hercules.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Novels:

  • The Xander Years Volume 1 — novelizing three Xander-focused episodes, “Teacher’s Pet,” “Inca Mummy Girl,” and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”
  • Blackout — a novel focusing on previous Slayer Nikki Wood, who worked in New York in 1977 and faced off against Spike and Drusilla
  • The Deathless — on Ring Day at Sunnydale High School, an evil Russian sorcerer is attempting to be resurrected

Nonfiction:

CSI: NY

Novels:

  • Four Walls — Mac Taylor and his team of CSIs have two cases, a murder in a medium-security prison on Staten Island and another one in a café in the Bronx

Doctor Who

Short stories:

  • “UNITed We Fall” in Decalog 3: Consequences — the Fourth Doctor must defuse a time bomb (literally) in the United Nations, aided by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
  • “Life from Lifelessness” in Short Trips: Destination Prague — the First and Fourth Doctor both encounter the Golem of Prague

Anthology editing:

Nonfiction:

Farscape

Novels

  • House of Cards — taking place during the late second season, the gang goes to a gambling planet where Rygel loses Moya in a card game

Short stories:

Comic books:

  • Farscape Omnibus Volume 1 (written with Rockne S. O’Bannon) — collecting four post-finale storylines, “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning,” “Strange Detractors,” “Gone and Back,” and “Tangled Roots” — Rygel returns home to claim his throne, a vicious disease spreads through the Uncharted Territories, Crichton visits an Unrealized Reality, and Aeryn learns a shocking truth about the Peacekeepers — and the three D’Argo miniseries D’Argo’s Lament, D’Argo’s Trial, and D’Argo’s Quest — which provide D’Argo’s backstory as well as what he did between seasons three and four
  • Red Sky at Morning — Moya returns to the homeworld of the Pilots and learn of a new threat to the Uncharted Territories
  • Compulsions — Moya teams with another Leviathan to deal with a new foe
  • The War for the Uncharted Territories — the Peacekeepers have a surprising new leader, the Kkore are invading, and Crichton must bring the species of the UTs together or risk losing everything

Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda

Novels:

  • Destruction of Illusions — a prequel to the series, showing what both Tyr Anasazi and Beka Valentine and the crew of the Eureka Maru were doing in the nine months leading up to the discovery of Andromeda Ascendant and the time-frozen Dylan Hunt

Heroes

Novellas:

Leverage

Novels:

  • The Zoo Job — a small zoo in central Massachusetts didn’t get the black rhinos they paid for, leading half the Leverage crew to west Africa and the other half to the world of the uber-rich who illegally purchase wild animals

Orphan Black

Reference:

Sleepy Hollow

Novels:

  • Children of the Revolution — toward the end of the first season, Ichabod Crane and Detective Abby Mills must find a series of medals that were issued during the Revolutionary War before they’re used to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon

Stargate

Novels:

  • SG-1: Kali’s Wrath — toward the end of the fifth season, Jacob Carter and Bra’tac must team up to help SG-1 face off against Kali and the return of the Reetou

Short Stories:

  • “Time Keeps on Slippin'” in SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons — a story that takes place between seasons three and four, explaining Carter’s non-regulation haircut and Teal’c’s soul patch
  • “Sun-Breaker” in SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds — on board the General George Hammond, Carter and Teal’c must stop the Lucian Alliance from acquiring a Go’auld weapon

Nonfiction:

Supernatural

Novels

  • Nevermore — in the second season, the boys go to the Bronx to solve some Edgar Allan Poe-themed killings and stop a haunting
  • Bone Key — two demons super-charge the ghosts that haunt Key West, but one becomes too powerful and the Winchester brothers must work with the demons to stop it
  • Heart of the Dragon — a violent spirit appears in 1969 San Francisco and is banished by the Campbell family of Samuel, Deanna, and Mary; it returns in 1989, and is banished again by John Winchester; and it comes back again in 2009 in the midst of the angel-demon war and must be stopped by Sam, Dean, and Castiel

Nonfiction

The X-Files

Short stories:

  • “Back in El Paso My Life Would Be Worthless” in Trust No One — a second-season story where Mulder and Scully are to work alongside an FBI agent who’s not thrilled at being stuck with the weirdos in the basement

Xena/Hercules

Novels:

Short stories:

 

a nice review of my Ferenginar novel in German

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In the States, the Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine miniseries was six novels long, but it was published in three books, with each single volume containing two short novels. Volume 3 included both David R. George III’s Dominion tale and my own Ferenginar novel. (The other four covered Trill, Bajor, Cardassia, and Andor.)

However, when Cross Cult published the miniseries in Germany, they published it as six separate books.

The web site Warp-Core.de has reviewed Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed and, based on the translation my browser provided of Götz Piesbergen’s review, it’s a very very favorable one. At one point he says, “Er ist einer der besten Star Trek – Schriftsteller, die aktuell Romane schreiben,” which translates to: “He is one of the best Star Trek writers currently writing novels,” which is incredibly sweet. He ends the review by calling it the best of the WoDS9 books, which considering the competition (besides David, there’s Heather Jarman, Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin, J. Noah Kym, and the incomparable Una McCormack) is high praise indeed.

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read my stuff while you’re stuck at home, part 1: Star Trek work

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So many of us are kinda stuck staying home a lot, and that means more reading time! Or, at least, time spent reading so you don’t go batshit because you’re stuck staying at home a lot……

As one possible thing to read, how about my writing? We start with the work I’ve done in the world of Star Trek, both fiction and nonfiction.

Novels:

  • The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility — Worf’s first mission as Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire
  • Deep Space Nine: Demons of Air and Darkness — part of the post-finale DS9 novels, and part of the “Gateways” crossover
  • The Brave and the Bold Book 1 and Book 2 — the first single story to encompass the the first five Trek TV shows, as an Enterprise prelude is followed by a novella from each of the other four (the original series, TNG, DS9, and Voyager) as they deal with an ancient, powerful artifact with the help of other ships (the Constellation, the Odyssey, the Hood, and the Gorkon)
  • The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible — the Betreka Nebula Incident sets the Klingons and Cardassians against each other for eighteen years
  • I.K.S. Gorkon Book 1: A Good Day to DieBook 2: Honor Bound, Book 3: Enemy Territory — three novels about a Klingon vessel that seeks out new life and new civilizations and conquers them for the greater glory of the empire!
  • The Next Generation: A Time for War, a Time for Peace — the final chapter in the multiauthor nine-book series chronicling the year leading up to Nemesis
  • Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume 3 — the Ferenginar half of this two-novel volume is by me, and has Grand Nagus Rom struggling to maintain power
  • Articles of the Federation — a year in the life of newly elected Federation President Nan Bacco in the year following Nemesis, giving insight into the UFP government
  • Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances — I wrote the first of three novels in this trade paperback, The Mirror-Scaled Serpent, a Voyager story in the Mirror Universe established in “Mirror, Mirror,” in which Kes and Neelix wind up in the Alpha Quadrant and get caught in the conflict between the Terran Rebellion and the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance
  • The Next Generation: Q & A — the ultimate Q story as we find out why Q has done most of what he’s done in his appearances, and nothing less than the fate of the universe is at stake
  • Klingon Empire: A Burning House — a look at the greater tapestry of life throughout the Klingon Empire
  • Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions — I wrote the middle of three novels in this trade paperback, A Gutted World, an alternate history in which Cardassia never pulled out of Bajor and the Dominion War happened much differently
  • A Singular Destiny — a followup to David Mack’s Destiny trilogy, showing the galactic consequences and fallout of the massive Borg invasion in that trilogy
  • The Klingon Art of War — not really a novel, this is a presented as a text published in the Klingon Empire with ten precepts on how to live your life as a proper warrior

Novellas:

Short stories:

  • “Broken Oaths” in Deep Space Nine: Prophecy and Change — O’Brien and Bashir must patch up their friendship after the events of “Hippocratic Oath”
  • “Revelations” in New Frontier: No Limits — the story of how Soleta learned of her parentage while an ensign on the U.S.S. Aldrin
  • “The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned” in Tales of the Dominion War — the fall of Betazed (as established in “In the Pale Moonlight”), from the point of view of Lwaxana Troi
  • loDnI’pu’ vavpu’ je” in Tales from the Captain’s Table — Klag tells several stories about his father and his brother
  • “Letting Go” in Voyager: Distant Shores — a story of the people left behind when Voyager disappeared, from the point of view of Mark Johnson, Janeway’s boyfriend
  • “Four Lights” in The Next Generation: The Sky’s the Limit — Picard is reunited with Gul Madred from “Chain of Command” during the Dominion War, only this time Madred is Picard’s prisoner
  • “Family Matters” in Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows — intrigue and betrayals in the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance

Comic books:

  • The Next Generation: Perchance to Dream — four-issue miniseries of the Enterprise-D dealing with a telepathic weapon on a world where the inhabitants have three genders
  • Alien Spotlight: Klingons — Kang at three different points in his life telling stories that end with the “moral” that “four thousand throats may be cut in a single night by a running man”
  • Captain’s Log: Jellico — a look at Jellico before “Chain of Command” when a new first officer reports to him on the Cairo

Nonfiction:

More non-Trek stuff to come soon…………………….

 

a nice review of Altered States of the Union

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On her blog, JL Gribble has written a nice review of the 2016 alternate history anthology Altered States of the Union, including very kindly singling out my story “We Seceded Where Others Failed.”

An excerpt:

Special shout-outs go to “Shall Not Perish From the Earth” by Ian Randal Strock for the interesting narrative style and “We Seceded Where Others Failed,” by Keith R.A. DeCandido for the much-needed boost of levity. And though I didn’t feel that David Gerrold’s “A Brief Explanation of How Budapest Became the Taco Capital of the World” necessarily fit the brief of alternate history story, it was a solid and entertaining work of science-fiction.

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KRAD COVID readings #2: “William Did It”

Having kicked off the KRAD COVID readings with a “Precinct” story, the second installment is one of my other long-running original universes, the tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. I read “William Did It,” a riff on the Key West legend of Robert the Doll, which originally appeared on the Story of the Month Club web site and was also reprinted in the anthology A Baker’s Dozen of Magic, the compilation of all the stories that appeared on SMC in 2015. Mine was the October story, so I did a Hallowe’en tale of Key West during Fantasy Fest.

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introducing KRAD COVID readings, starting with “Brotherly Love”

In the interests of keeping us from all going insane in the madness the world is embroiled in, I’ve started up a new channel on the Tube of You called “KRAD COVID readings.” Every couple of days or so, I’ll upload me reading one of my stories.

The channel debuted today with a reading of “Brotherly Love.” A two-person, all-dialogue story in the “Precinct” universe, the story is read jointly by me and Wrenn. She reads Danthres Tresyllione, who is interviewing someone for a murder case, a Mr. Mathe, who is read by me. Cameo by Special Guest Cat, Kaylee, who spends much of the reading sitting daintily on the microwave.

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