It’s not really a surprise watching this episode to learn that Roxann Dawson has become a heavily in-demand director to the point where she hasn’t done any acting work in a decade, but has more than fifty directorial credits in that same span. In her inaugural turn behind the camera, we see excellent use of closeups, strong performances from all the actors, and some beautifully framed shots. This feels like one of the better outings from Jonathan Frakes or Winrich Kolbe, which is high praise indeed.
So today sucked the wet farts out of dead pigeons…..
It started with a dentist appointment, which started nice — I got compliments on how good my teeth look since last time, the result of me brushing twice a day instead of once a day and also actually flossing for the first time in my life — but went into the shitter when the dentist informed me that my remaining two wisdom teeth need to come out. (The first two were removed when I was in my twenties.) So that’ll be happening at some point….
Then Wrenn and I did a mess of shopping, which was good, and then while she was putting various meats away in the chest freezer in the living room, she tripped and fell and broke a bone in her left hand. Wrenn is, of course, left-handed, so this sucks on several levels.
I was taking a nap at the time, and was awakened by my wife screaming in tremendous agony. We immediately went to the local Urgent Care (which is all of half a mile from our house), where she got X-rays and a splint and a scrip for Tylenol with codeine.
Once she got home, Wrenn got an object lesson in how much she actually does with her dominant hand (spoiler: it’s a lot), while I had to take two trips to the pharmacy because the original scrip was for something that the pharmacy has on back order, so they needed a new script from the UC. Wheeee!
On top of that, finding a orthopedist is proving more entertaining than usual, so we have to go to our GP first thing in the morning in the hopes of a referral we can use (as opposed to the referral from the UC, which we can’t use).
I’m fried, exhausted, and grumpy. Wrenn is even more so, especially since I was struggling to tie her hair up the way it needs to be for her to sleep, one of the many things I have to do for her for a bit.
For 2021, KRAD COVID readings is covering the only short fiction I didn’t read in 2020: my novellas for the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, a monthly series of eBooks that ran from 2000-2007. I’ll have a new reading every #TrekTuesday.
This week, we kick off Here There Be Monsters (or, as they call it in Germany, Achtung! Monster!), an epilogue to the Gateways crossover event, as the U.S.S. da Vinci is cleaning up various messes, including a sudden influx of giant extradimensional creatures on the Tellarite colony of Maeglin.
There really isn’t a helluva lot to say about this episode. I mean, I can’t really point at anything and say, “Wow, this is horrible,” but I also can’t really point at anything and say, “Wow, this is great,” either. It’s a pretty straightforward sci-fi adventure that wouldn’t be out of place on any of the Trek shows. (Seriously, you could’ve done this same story with Sulu, La Forge, Dax, Mayweather, Detmer, Rios, or Boimler and not hardly changed a word.)
I have a whole bunch of my books for sale, which I’m also happy to autograph for you!
If you want any of these books, you can pay for them via PayPal or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Venmo (@keith_decandido) or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976.
Please send the amount of the books as listed below plus $5 postage for domestic orders (for international ones, just send the book cost and I’ll bill you for the postage after I send it). Also please indicate to whom I’m autographing the book.
Here’s what I’ve got:
Star Trek novels and anthologies
A Singular Destiny — $5
The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible — $8
Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions (with A Gutted World) — $18
Seven Deadly Sins (with “The Unhappy Ones”) — $18
Marvel novels and anthologies
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets — $8
Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10
X-Men Legends (with “Diary of a False Man”) — $20
Alien novels and anthologies
Alien: Isolation (paperback) — $8
Alien: Isolation (audio CD) — $20
Aliens: Bug Hunt (with “Deep Background”) — $17
Other tie-in novels and novelizations and graphic novels
Cars: Rust Bucket Derby — $10
Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $8
Farscape: House of Cards — $8
Resident Evil: Genesis — $8
Resident Evil: Acpocalypse — $8
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution — $8
Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance — $3
both Young Hercules novels — $5
Dragon Precinct series
Dragon Precinct — $15
Unicorn Precinct — $15
Goblin Precinct — $15
Gryphon Precinct — $15
Mermaid Precinct — $15
Tales from Dragon Precinct — $15
any 3 of the above — $40
any 4 of the above — $55
any 5 of the above — $65
all 6 of the above — $75
Mermaid Precinct limited edition hardcover — $50
Other original novelsand collections
A Furnace Sealed — $15
Animal (with Dr. Munish K. Batra)– $16
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $16
Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House — $13
To Hell and Regroup (with David Sherman) — $15
Anthologies I’m in
Bad Ass Moms (with “Materfamilias”) — $16
Did You Say Chicks?! (with “A Bone to Pick,” written with Marina Frants) — $15
Pangaea Book III: Redemption (with “Journalistic Integrity”) — $16
Turning the Tied (with “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be”) — $20
$1/month and up: a review of Coming to America and its sequel Coming 2 America
$2/month and up: 22 cat pictures (including some bonus cats and a bonus dog!)
$5/month and up: a TV roundup review of Avenue 5, Bonding season 2, Kingdom, The Newroom, and The Kominsky Method
$7/month and up: two excerpts from Feat of Clay and two excerpts from All-the-Way House
$10/month and up: a vignette featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet
for all patrons: commentary featuring my thoughts on the “First Contact Day” Star Trek announcements that CBS/Paramount made
I’m hoping that May will have some more drafts of chapters from Feat of Clay for the $20/month folks. Not sure what the May movie review will be, but I’ve (as always) got a huge backlog of TV shows to review. And the May vignette will be either Bram Gold or Super City Cops.
And it’s still a lot of fun, mainly—as usual—because of Robert Picardo. He modulates perfectly from the subdued but intense desire to improve himself, the over-the-top confidence in his daydreams, and the panic when he’s thrust into a real command situation.
The last in-person convention I did before the apocalypse last year was Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida at the end of February/beginning of March 2020.
Fittingly, the first in-person convention I’ll be doing post-vaccination will also be Pensacon! The Florida con will be held this year from the 21st to the 23rd of May 2021, and I will be there, slinging my wares (while fully masked) at Bard’s Tower. I’ll be there with fellow word-slingers Peter David, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Dan Wells, James Garner, Megan Mackie, Christopher Ruocchio, Marion G. Harmon, Rick Heinz, T. Allen Diax, and Brian Anderson and voice actor Carlos Ferro.
The ones I’ll be doing include a Business of Writing workshop on Tuesday the 4th of May at 4pm Eastern, a Writing in Licensed Universes workshop on Wednesday the 5th of May at 1pm Eastern, and a panel on the Importance of Setting on Wednesday the 5th of May at 4pm Eastern alongside Mario Acevedo, Dan Alatorre, Russell Davis, and Jim Nesbitt.
Besides me, Mario, Dan, Russ, and Jim, the guests include Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Barili, Jeff Bowles, Anthony Dobranski, Paul Kane, Kevin Killiany, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Geoff LePard, Radha Marcum, Ellie Raine, Erin Robertson, and Rick Wilber.
I got my hot-offa-da-presses copies of All-the-Way House, my contribution to the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas from eSpec Books about cryptids. Mine is about the Jersey Devil, and takes place in the same oeuvre as the Bram Gold novels and the Yolanda Rodriguez short stories.
You can order the book directly from eSpec, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound, or you can get it directly from me by sending me $13 plus $6 postage via PayPal, Zelle, or Venmo. (If you want that last option, contact me via e-mail at email@example.com or just comment below.)