Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: Third Season Overview

A look back at a season that had some high points (“Worst Case Scenario,” “Distant Origin,” “Before and After”) and some low points (“Sacred Ground,” “False Profits,” “Darkling”), but overall had very little sense of narrative cohesion. The whole was less than the sum of its parts. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch does the third-season overview….

An excerpt:

Part of the problem is the lack of consistency. The EMH loses all his memory in “The Swarm,” but then he’s back to normal thenceforth with only one throwaway reference to his having lost his memory. Tuvok and Neelix remain at loggerheads in “Rise” (and elsewhere) despite having shared a mind and body for two weeks last season in “Tuvix.” Janeway is interested in also exploring the Delta Quadrant in addition to getting home and in maintaining her Starfleet principles—except in “The Swarm” and “Scorpion,” when suddenly it’s get home at all costs! “False Profits” is a sequel to “The Price” that gets half the details of the latter TNG episode wrong. “Flashback” doesn’t quite track with the events of The Undiscovered Country (though that can be chalked up to faulty memory on Tuvok’s part). Plus we see the crew making new allies in one episode only to have the people never mentioned again (the Mikhal Travelersthe Vostigye).

Star Trek: Lower Decks‘s “Veritas”

In what is, to my mind, the strongest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks yet, Boimler, Mariner, Rutherford, and Tendi must testify to events they don’t actually know anything about — even though they were there for them. As an added bonus, John deLancie returns as the voice of Q! My take on “Veritas.”

An excerpt:

After all that, though, the foursome still don’t know what the actual mission is, which Clar finds impossible to credit. Starfleet officers plan for every contingency and always tell the truth, and Freeman’s crew should know everything that goes on. This leads Boimler to give an impassioned, hilarious speech about how they’re just the lower-decks ensigns, they don’t know everything, and heck, the senior officers don’t always know everything either! They’re all hugely busy and playing it by ear half the time.

cover reveal: To Hell and Regroup by David Sherman & me!

Here it is, the cover to the final book in the “18th Race” trilogy of military science fiction novels: To Hell and Regroup by David Sherman & Keith R.A. DeCandido. This concludes the story begun in David’s novels Issue in Doubt and In All Directions. The book will be available from eSpec Books within the next couple of weeks.

Here’s the back cover copy:

THE FINAL SHOWDOWN ON TROY!

The strange bird-like aliens that humans have nicknamed “Dusters” have destroyed an Earth colony, the Semi-Autonomous World Troy. The North American Union sent a massive force of troops from the Marines, Army, and Navy in response.

In orbit, the remnants of the Navy must pull together and fight off the latest wave of Duster reinforcements to come through the wormhole and press their attack.

On the ground, Marines are locked in pitched combat with the Dusters, who continue to press their advantage, now with a weapon of devastating power, mounted on a large tank-like vehicle.

At headquarters, the Army Corps of Engineers must figure out how those tanks work and determine how to either stop them—or use them!

And back on Earth, the NAU President must decide humanity’s next course of action, even as scientists try to discover the Dusters’ secrets to help the soldiers, sailors, and Marines win—

—and time is running out!

“From the cold, detached environs of an orbiting battleship to the grit, sweat, and blood that defines life in a fighting hole on an alien world, Sherman and DeCandido pull out all the stops in this explosive concluding chapter of the 18th Race trilogy.”

—Dayton Ward, New York Times bestselling author of
The Last World War and Star Trek: Agents of Influence

Watch this space for ordering info……

KRAD COVID reading #66: “Three Sides to Every Story”

In 2009, Catalyst Games Lab celebrated the 25th anniversary of the game BattleTech with a coffee table book, 25 Years of Art & Fiction, which included a ton of new short stories and some magnificent illustrations. One of the stories was by me, called “Three Sides to Every Story,” about an attempt to liberate the world of Gibson from Word of Blake rule. (It’s also kind of a sequel to “Meiyo,” a story I read earlier in this reading series.)

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the 50th anniversary of The Eye of Argon

As part of the ongoing virtual convention Con-Tinual: The Con That Never Ends, a bunch of us got together to do a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Eye of Argon, the famously horrible fantasy novella that is the subject of hilarious readings at conventions. The panel includes me, Gail Z. Martin, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, and Michael A. Ventrella, all of whom have done Eye of Argon readings at conventions over the years.

Facebook doesn’t allow for embedding videos, so here’s a link to it. Enjoy!

on the radio, whoa whoa whoa whoa, on the radio

On 21 September, I was on “The Rotunda,” a radio show on WBOB 990 FM hosted by the mighty Scott Rotondo. Scott and I talked about writing in general and Star Trek in particular, and it was tremendous fun.

Don’t worry if you missed it, because it’s archived! Check it out! (Also included in the one-hour show are interviews with Ryan Gallagher about managing your kids’ time in the pandemic, and Scott talking about the Supreme Court vacancy and “fake news” about COVID-19.)

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Scorpion”

We reach the third season finale just in time for Voyager to reach Borg space — except it turns out there’s an even greater enemy that even has the Borg running scared. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch tells the parable of the “Scorpion.”

An excerpt:

Janeway’s motivations are confusing here. She wants to get everyone home, yes, but it’s only been on this level of obsession once before—in “The Swarm,” where all of a sudden, she was willing to violate a nation’s sovereign territory to shave fifteen months off the trip home. But aside from that, she’s had none of this urgency, and it’s kind of out of left field here.

Again, we’re talking about the Borg. These are the guys who introduced themselves to the Enterprise by killing eighteen people, who wiped out dozens of outposts along the Romulan border and the colony on Juret IVwho massacred the fleet at Wolf 359, and laid waste to the fleet at Earth just a few months prior to this (though Janeway is unaware of that last one). This is not who you make a deal with…

KRAD COVID reading #65: “Ten Little Aliens”

In 2001, Alderac Entertainment Group put out a role-playing game for Farscape, the Jim Henson Company-produced show on the Sci-Fi Channel. I had already written a novel (House of Cards) and two short stories (in the show’s official magazine) in the world, and AEG asked me to write a story that would go at the front of the RPG book. My latest reading is that story, a first-season tale called “Ten Little Aliens,” in which Crichton, D’Argo, Crais, and seven other people are transported to a planet where they must find a prize to win their freedom.

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KRAD COVID reading #64: “God of Blunder”

The sequel/coda to “Cayo Hueso,” “God of Blunder” is a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet that starts with 1812 performing a blistering set at Mayor Fred’s, and continues with another Norse god inserting himself into Cassie’s life.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Worst Case Scenario”

Torres digs up an old training exercise that Tuvok started and left unfinished, that deals with a Maquis mutiny on board Voyager. Unfortunately, Seska left a little gift behind before she departed Voyager, and now she’s returned from beyond the grave to torment the crew some more…. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch lives through the “Worst Case Scenario.”

An excerpt:

I particularly love how the episode starts in the middle of the holodeck scenario without explanation, leaving the viewer to wonder what the heck is going on. The hints are all there—Chakotay’s dialogue sounds very much like Voyager’s situation is new, not three years old, Tuvok refers to Chakotay as a newly installed first officer, Chakotay calls Torres “Ensign,” and then we see Seska as a Bajoran and Kes with her old haircut, and you wonder what’s going on. Is this time travel? A holodeck scenario? An alternate reality?