whetting your appetite for All-the-Way House

All-the-Way House, Book 4 of the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas about cryptids, is coming out this month from eSpec Books! To that end, we’ve got two promo pieces out now.

The first is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the novella. This bit takes place in Atlantic City in February of 2020 and sets up the storyline.

Next is me reading from Chapter 2 of the novella on eSpec’s You Tube channel:

Enjoy!

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Virtuoso”

The EMH sings, performs concerts, acquires a fan base, falls in love, resigns, has his heart broken, and is reinstated, all in an episode that really should be better than it is. The Star Trek :Voyager Rewatch sings like a “Virtuoso.”

An excerpt:

There’s nothing redeeming about the Qomar. From the minute we first see them as the show opens, they’re obnoxious, condescending, arrogant, high-handed, and insulting. They fulfill many of the most negative stereotypes of science fiction fans, and then they double down on it by throwing in more negative stereotypes, from the hero worship to the tricks to get close to the famous person to the fan mail.

so close to being funded!

IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE DON’T KNOW IT!

As I type this, we’re just $225 away from funding The Four ???? of the Apocalypse! Wrenn and I are very excited, as are all two dozen contributors. There are still several Tuckerizations left (from Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mary Fan, Megan Mackie, Patrick Thomas, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Gordon Linzner, Gerard Houarner, and Randee Dawn), not to mention a custom short story by Aaron Rosenberg, autographed books from David Mack, and a whole bunch more!

And if we do hit our funding goal, we’ve got bunches of stretch goals, including a cover by JK Woodward and additional stories by Russ Colchamiro and James D. Macdonald!

So please consider supporting the anthology! The end of the world was never this absurd…….

KRAD COVID reading #96a: Star Trek: S.C.E.: War Stories Book 1, Part 1

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 War Stories Book 1, which was a series of flashbacks to the Dominion War, showing what some of the current crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci was doing during that conflict that was portrayed on the last two seasons of Deep Space Nine. In Part 1, Dr. Elizabeth Lense returns to duty on the U.S.S. Lexington after a brutal inquisition by Starfleet Command.

Check it out! And please subscribe to the channel!

KRAD COVID reading #95d: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Here There Be Monsters Part 4

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.

Last week (which I forgot to post about here, sorry), we concluded Achtung ,Monster! (or, as it’s much more boringly titled in English, Here There Be Monsters), an epilogue to the Gateways crossover event. Two of the monsters that have invaded Maeglin fight each other, and it’s a conflict that the S.C.E. team may not survive…….

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Blink of an Eye”

Voyager gets stuck in orbit of a planet where time moves much much faster, and the “Sky Ship” becomes a major part of the world’s mythology over the centuries while Janeway and the gang try to get unstuck. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch sees civilizations rise in the “Blink of an Eye.”

An excerpt:

But the episode is sold on some excellent quick-and-dirty character development by scripter Joe Menosky. We see several sets of two people—the shaman and the guy making sacrifices, the protector and his erstwhile mentor, the two guys at the telescope, and the two astronauts—who create instant, lasting impressions. These are people we come to care about, even though they’re all dead within seconds of our encountering them.

down and safe

My first convention since the apocalypse started was a resounding success. It was really wonderful to be back at Bard’s Tower with Alexi Vandenberg and a whole mess of my fellow word-slingers. We had Melinda Snodgrass, Peter David, Dan Wells, J.B. Garner, Brian Anderson, Megan Mackie, Rick Heinz, T. Allen Diaz, Marion G. Harmon, and Christopher Ruocchio, as well as actor Carlos Ferro. Oh yeah, and me. Plus we had able and excellent assistance from Morgan and James (who very kindly drove Alexi to Mobile to retrieve the mis-shipped banner tower, yes really) and the magnificent ToniAnn (who was an able assistant to all the authors, dashing about with iPads and checking on things and fetching and carrying and all kinds of stuff, all while cosplaying delightfully as Daria, Wednesday Addams, and Velma).

There were a lot of great moments, from one reader coming up and asking me to sign his well-read copy of Star Trek: Articles of the Federation, which he cited as one of the best Trek novels ever written in his opinion, to the little kid who wants to grow up to be a writer and who really enjoyed talking Trek and writing with an actual professional in the field to all the people who bought entire sets of all six Precinct books to the five people who enthusiastically picked up my special advance copies of Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House.

It was so good to actually interact with humans who aren’t small rectangles on my computer monitor. I did it entirely masked while I was in the convention center, as Florida’s lax standards means I have no way of knowing who’s vaccinated and who’s just being a jerk. I know everyone working the Tower was fully vaxxed (Alexi made that a requirement, bless him), but I had no clue about the other folks at the con, and while it’s extremely unlikely that my Pfizer-emboldened self will get enough of a viral load to catch it and transmit it to someone else, it’s still possible, and I’d rather not risk it.

Pensacon is an excellent convention, full of good people who are enthusiastic about their nerdity. We had a ton of people come by the Tower, we had packed houses for all our panels — I only did one, on the endurance of Star Trek with myself, Peter, Melinda, and Tony Isabella — and a fantastic time was had by all.

Now if they could just not blast the entire charity auction over the vendor room PA….. (Seriously, I was ready to hit myself over the head with a ballpeen hammer after fifteen minutes of that, and it lasted for 90….)

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Fair Haven”

It’s Irish stereotypes galore! Top of the mornin’ to ya, faith and begorrah, and may you get to heaven half an hour before the devil knows your dead. And if that made you cringe, just wait until you watch this crap. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch is appalled by “Fair Haven.”

An excerpt:

The setting is just revolting, indulging in all kinds of tired stereotypes, most of which have their root in racist assumptions made about Irish immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries here in the United States: drunken, lazy, philandering, etc. (Plus, of course, they were Catholics, coming to a country dominated by Protestants, an issue faced by Italians who immigrated to the U.S. as well.)

presenting The Four ???? of the Apocalypse, now on Kickstarter from Whysper Wude

NIFTY NEW KICKSTARTER! NIFTY NEW PUBLISHER! NIFTY NEW ANTHOLOGY!

From brand-spanking-new very-small-press publisher Whysper Wude (run by Keith R.A. DeCandido and Wrenn Simms) comes The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. An anthology of biblical proportions, this is more than two dozen alternate takes on the apocalyptic quartet of yore.

The Four Lunch Ladies of the Apocalypse! The Four Lawyers of the Apocalypse! The Four PTA Moms of the Apocalypse! The Four Cats of the Apocalypse! And a whole bunch more!

Stories by

  • Jonathan Maberry
  • David Gerrold
  • David Mack
  • Peter David
  • Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
  • Jody Lynn Nye
  • Michael Jan Friedman
  • Laura Anne Gilman
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Gail Z. Martin
  • Mary Fan
  • Derek Tyler Attico
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Kathleen O. David
  • Randee Dawn
  • Robert Greenberger
  • Gerard Houarner
  • Gordon Linzner
  • Megan Mackie
  • Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Patrick Thomas
  • Michael A, Ventrella
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Wrenn Simms

Don’t miss this wonderful project, plus all the nifty rewards, at the Kickstarter link!

Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Pathfinder”

It feels a little bit like a Next Generation episode, given the focus on Reg Barclay and the guest appearance by Deanna Troi, but it’s also very much a Voyager episode, as we get the biggest status quo change on the show in quite some time. The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch checks in on the “Pathfinder” Project.

An excerpt:

Those two elements combine to make this an excellent Star Trek episode, because it sets Voyager in a place it rarely goes: within the history and setting of the greater Trek universe. This is only the third time Voyager has made contemporary contact with the Alpha Quadrant (caveat necessary thanks to “Eye of the Needle”), and of the other two, one happened off camera (the EMH’s report to Starfleet in “Message in a Bottle”) and the other was one-way: letters from home (“Hunters”) and an encrypted message from Admiral Hayes (“Hope and Fear”). This is real contact that, unlike the others, has the promise of more.