Indeed, “Far from Home” makes it abundantly clear exactly who’s in charge of the ship now, and at no point is there any doubt. The hesitancy we saw in “Choose Your Pain” when [Saru] was given command of Discovery and wasn’t sure how to proceed is entirely gone. Both Georgiou and Nhan question his orders at various points—though Nhan is respectful about it and still follows his orders—but Saru never lets them get the better of him or make him doubt his decisions. He even is willing to use Georgiou up to a point, as her timely arrival at the settlement when Saru and Tilly are negotiating from a very weak position (at gunpoint) allows our heroes to gain the upper hand.
The Who By Numbers may be the most cynically lyrical album in rock and roll history, and “Success Story” may be the most cynical song on it. Part of me thinks that the whole idea of how awful it is to make large sums of money is patently absurd, but still, there are downsides to fame and fortune. Anyhow, here’s The Who’s “Success Story.”
Continuing the week-long reading of my 2001 novella “Horn and Ivory,” a Kira Nerys-focused story from the seventh book in the Star Trek: Gateways series, What Lay Beyond. In this second part, Kira — still 30,000 years in Bajor’s past — is captured by the Lerrit, and she and Torrna must escape the dungeon before they’re executed.
In 2001, Simon & Schuster did the seven-book Star Trek: Gateways crossover, which included the four extant TV shows (the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager), plus two of the prose-only series, Challenger and New Frontier. Each of the first six books ended with the captain character (Kirk, Picard, Kira, Janeway, Keller, and Calhoun) stepping through a gateway, not knowing what lay beyond.
Book 7 of the series was called What Lay Beyond, and had six novellas showing what those captains went through. In my case, “Horn and Ivory” followed Kira Nerys on an odyssey through Bajor’s past. In this first part she helps liberate the Perikian peninsula from the oppression of the Lerrit.
The B’omar are also a cheap writer trick to stack the deck in favor of our heroes because honestly? I’m totally with them on everything they do here. Yes, they lay on the paranoia a bit thick when it comes to Voyager flying through their space. But there are also legitimate security concerns to this powerful ship with the design you’ve never seen before that shows up out of nowhere to fly through your sovereign territory. And then on top of that, they, as Gaumen so aptly put it, unleash a former Borg drone into their territory. Yes, Seven has enough humanity left that she doesn’t actually kill anyone, but that’s another cheap writer trick to avoid making one of our heroes out to be a bad guy.
Continuing my Cat Stevens odyssey, here’s a song called “Moonshadow” that, among other things, inspired one of the greatest comic book miniseries of all time, the mid-1980s Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis & Jon J Muth. I particularly loved this song as a kid…..
Concluding the week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, we have a story I wrote for the TV Gods: Summer Programming anthology from Fortress Publishing. Tyr, in his guise as stock car racer Jamie McIntyre, is interviewed by a sports show, and Cassie has to work very hard to make sure that Thor isn’t interviewed….
This is the final book in David’s “18th Race” trilogy of military science fiction novels, following Issue in Doubt and In All Directions. It’s about an alien invasion of a human colony world, and the military response on the part of the North American Union, including the Marines, the Army, and the Navy.
Here’s what David very kindly wrote on Facebook about our collaboration on this final novel:
When I burned out and crashed partway through To Hell and Regroup, the third book in The 18th Race trilogy, the good people at eSpec Books brought in Keith DeCandido to relief pitch for me. Keith had a tough act to follow, coming in as he did with virtually no knowledge of what makes US Marines distinct from other military organizations.
When I read military fiction, SF or otherwise, I can readily tell whether or not the author served because military culture is distinct from civilian, and if the author doesn’t display that difference, well he didn’t serve. If it’s about Marines, I can tell whether the author was a Marine because Marine Corps culture is distinct from that of the other branches.
Keith listened carefully when I corrected errors he was making, and always brought the story back to the Marine Way of talking, thinking, and doing. I trust that vets reading this book will know that there is real experience behind the book, and that current and former Marines will know that the Marines in this novel are the same as the Marines they serve with or have served with.
Thanks, Keith. You did good.
It was my supreme honor — having edited the first two books — to then collaborate with David on the conclusion.
There are a number of reasons why this is a good week, most of which are personal and therefore not fodder for my blog, but one of them is professional–
–and I still can’t talk about it in any depth, because part of it involves a non-disclosure agreement that I just signed. However, what I can say is that an editor e-mailed me out of the blue to ask if I was interested in a tie-in gig, I was, in fact, interested in the gig, we e-mailed back and forth about various things, and now it looks like I’m doing the thing.
I look forward to being able to talk about it at some point in the future. For now, though, it’s just nice to have been approached for a project like this. There have been many times over the past few years where I was genuinely concerned about getting tie-in work, as that’s really what pays the bills, more than the original stuff. (The latter may change if someone decides to pay me large sums of money to develop some of the original stuff into a TV show or movie or game or something, but that hasn’t happened yet, and I’m not exactly holding my breath, as blue isn’t my color.) I’ve only really had three tie-in projects over the past few years, one of which wound up not going anywhere after more than two years of work (though I did get compensated for the work I did), the other two of which were a single Alien novel and some Star Trek Adventures stuff.
In this shit year in particular, it’s very easy to fall into despairing tendencies and think that everything sucks. So this was very very very very very happy-making.
This was always one of my favorite Cat Stevens songs growing up, and the first time I got married, this was the song I danced with my mother to. Another one from Teaser and the Firecat (which was also a kids book that I loved), here’s “Morning Has Broken.”