nifty new Kickstarter featuring me: Phenomenons

Mighty Michael Jan Friedman has created a wonderful new shared world: Phenomenons: Every Human Creature. He’s funding it on Kickstarter, and it includes a bunch of great authors getting together to do a great new take on superheroes:

  • Ilsa J. Bick
  • Michael A. Burstein
  • Russ Colchamiro
  • Peter David
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Mary Fan
  • Robert Greenberger
  • Glenn Hauman
  • Dan Hernandez
  • Heather E. Hutsell
  • Paul Kupperberg
  • Ron Marz
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Geoffrey Thorne
  • Marie Vibbert

This anthology is going to be a lot of fun, so please consider funding it!



When this whole quarantine/social distancing/shelter in place/back the fuck up started seventeen years ago in mid-March, I was having a serious inability to write fiction. Since this is part of what I do for a living, this was a bit of a problem. Luckily, two of the other parts of what I do for a living, editing and writing nonfiction, were things I could (and did) still do, so that was a relief, but given that I’m horribly late on so many deadlines, I really needed to get the fiction train rolling again.

The dam finally broke, he says mixing his metaphors, last Thursday, when I finally finished Chapter 23 of my collaboration with David Sherman, To Hell and Regroup, and over the weekend through to today (around writing two Voyager Rewatches) I wrote “Materfamilias,” my contribution to Bad Ass Moms, which is off to editor Mary Fan shortly.

(If you click on that link, you won’t see my name — my story was a stretch goal for the anthology’s Kickstarter, which it obviously reached…..)

Now it’s on to Chapter 24 of THAR……


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


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


  • 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




  • 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:




  • 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


  • 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





  • 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


Sleepy Hollow


  • 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



  • 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




  • 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


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



Short stories:


a nice review of Altered States of the Union


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.

Check it out!


Bad Ass Moms is funded!


The upcoming Crazy 8 Press anthology about bad ass Moms — fittingly entitled Bad Ass Moms — is now funded on Kickstarter! But there’s still five days to go, and tons of stretch goals. As I type this, it’s at $4511 (the funding threshold was $4500), and there’s still lots more nifty stuff available. Now that it’s been funded, you’re guaranteed to get the book if you pledge, so now’s the best time to do it.

The stretch goals include:

$5000 (only $489 away) — the book will also include a story by me! Editor Mary Fan did a nice spotlight on me to that end…

$6000 — all the rewards featuring one autograph will be upgraded to three autographs

$7000 — Crazy 8 Press will also do a hardcover edition of the book

$8000 — each story will have a black-and-white illustration

$9000 — all the rewards featuring three autographs will be upgraded to five autographs

$10,000 — various nifty bits of swag

There are lots of nifty rewards that you can get, including having a character named after you in one of the stories!

This is one mother of an anthology that will feature mothers as heroes, and you need to have this book. Trust me. So please consider supporting it!

nifty new Kickstarter: Bad Ass Moms


Crazy 8 Press has a new anthology that’s up on Kickstarter: Bad Ass Moms, which is a collection of short stories about, well, bad-ass Moms! A very nifty collection of authors is set to write stories about Moms who kick butt, including:

  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Derek Tyler Attico
  • T. Eric Bakutis
  • Russ Colchamiro
  • Paige Daniels
  • Kathleen O’Shea David
  • Peter David
  • Michael Jan Friedman
  • Robert Greenberger
  • Glenn Hauman
  • Heather E. Hutsell
  • Kris Katzen
  • Paul Kupperberg
  • Karissa Laurel
  • Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
  • TJ Perkins
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
  • Joanna Schnurman
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Denise Sutton

Some of the above are bad-ass Moms their own selves, too!

If you want to see my name added to that list, the anthology has to get to its stretch goal! The anthology funding goal is $4500 (as I type this, it’s at $1126, so at about a quarter of the way there so far), and if it reaches $5000, I will also contribute a story!

So please go and support this anthology, because the world needs more bad-ass Moms, dadgummit!


Across the Universe book launch!


Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles is now on sale from Fantastic Books!

To celebrate this occasion, we had a reading at Brooklyn Commons, which was this month’s New York Review of Science Fiction reading, hosted by Jim Freund and curated by the book’s co-editor Randee Dawn.

Publisher Ian Randal Strock was there selling books, and the readers included Sally Weiner Grotta (“The Truth Within”), Carol Gyzander (“Deal with the Devil”), Gordon Linzner (“The Hey Team”), Charles Barouch (“The Perfect Bridge”), me (“Used to Be”), Randee (who read from Matthew F. Amati’s story “Apocalypse Rock”), and Ian (who read from Spider Robinson’s “Rubber Soul”).

A wonderful time was had by all. The livestream of the event can be found on the Brooklyn Commons Facebook page (it’s in two parts, uploaded on 3 December 2019).

Here are some pictures, which are by me except where otherwise indicated…..


There was cake! Randee always does good cake….



Here are the authors, the co-editor, and the publisher with the cake! L.-r.: Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, Randee Dawn, Sally Weiner Grotta, and Keith R.A. DeCandido (that’s me). Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Carol Gyzander reading.



Charles Barouch reading.



Gordon Linzner reading.



Ian Randal Strock reading Spider Robinson.



Ian Randal Strock selling books. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Jim Freund introducing the event.



Me reading. Photo by Nick Kaufmann.



Randee Dawn hosting the event.



Randee Dawn reading Matthew F. Amati.



All the readers. L.-r.: Gordon Linzner, Carol Gyzander, Randee Dawn, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ian Randal Strock (being incredibly dignified), Charles Barouch, and Sally Weiner Grotta. Photo by Elizabeth Crowens.



Sally Weiner Grotta reading.


Across the Universe now available for preorder!

Now available for preorder: Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles, edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Randee Dawn, coming out next month from the fine folks at Fantastic Books. The anthology reprints two classic alternate takes on the Fab Four, Spider Robinson’s “Rubber Soul” and Gregory Benford’s “Doing Lennon,” plus new stories by Matthew F. Amati, Eric Avedissian, Patrick Barb, Charles Barouch, Pat Cadigan, Brenda W. Clough, Gregory Frost, David Gerrold, Alan Goldsher, Sally Wiener Grotta, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, R. Jean Mathieu, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Cat Rambo, Kenneth Schneyer, Christian H. Smith, Allen M. Steele, Bev Vincent, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and me!

My story “Used To Be” — which takes place in the Dragon Precinct universe — will be joining this very illustrious company, and introduces us to the Fabulous Foursome, a group of adventurers in Flingaria, Jahn the bard, Paol the wizard, Gyorg the cleric of Rish, and Starki the barbarian.

The anthology already got raves from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and now you can preorder the trade paperback or the hardcover from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! (EDITED TO ADD: the book is out now, so the links below are now ordering links, and the eBook editions are available as well.)

Check it out!

Oh, and we’ll be doing a group reading at Brooklyn Commons as the December New York Review of Science Fiction reading on the 3rd of December! If you’re in NYC then, come on by! Co-editor Randee and publisher Ian Randal Strock will be there, and I know for sure that I will be there, as will several of the contributors. Hopefully it will be even more successful than the group reading we did at Philcon earlier this month (picture below).


L.-r.: Eric Avedissian, Michael A. Ventrella, Randee Dawn, Sally Wiener Grotta, Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Gregory Frost, and me

new on Kickstarter: Pangaea III, featuring me!

pangaea cover

Michael Jan Friedman of Crazy 8 Press has just put up a new Kickstarter for the third and (likely) final anthology in the Pangaea shared world series — an alternate history in which the continents never drifted, and so human civilization developed on one continent instead of seven.

The first Pangaea anthology came out in 2015, with the second one — subtitled The Rise of Dominjaron — came out in 2016, and they included contributions from Kirsten Beyer, Ilsa J. Bick, Michael A. Burstein, Adam-Troy Castro, Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, Ron Marz, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Geoffrey Thorne, Marie Lillian Vibbert, and Dayton Ward.

Now Mike is putting together a third anthology, which we’re shooting to have out next spring. Given that Mike’s shooting for a March publication date, we’re likely going to try to have copies at Farpoint 2020, where many of the contributors will be.

And who will those contributors be? Well, back for more are Ilsa, Michael, Russ, Peter, Kevin, Mike, Bob, Glenn, Paul, Ron, Aaron, Lawrence, Geoff, Marie, and Dayton.

In addition, there will be three new voices in this one: Mary Fan, Tiffany Trent, and me! I’m going to be doing a story for this, my fourth outing with C8P (having previously contributed to Altered States of the Union, They Keep Killing Glenn, and Thrilling Adventure Yarns). I’ve been fascinated by the alternate history of Pangaea since I first heard about it back when Mike first conceived it. I was sadly unable to participate in either of the first two, but Mike remembered my interest, and invited me to play along the third time. I’m very much looking forward to it.

So check out the Kickstarter, and please consider supporting this nifty-keen anthology!

table of contents for Across the Universe


Over on the Book of Face, Michael A. Ventrella has announced the table of contents for the upcoming alternate-Beatles anthology Across the Universe, which he is editing with Randee Dawn. It’ll be published in December by Fantastic Books, and here’s what’ll be in it!

  • Introduction by Nancy Holder
  • “Rubber Soul” by Spider Robinson
  • “A New Beginning” by Jody Lynn Nye
  • “The Perfect Bridge” by Charles Barouch
  • “The Hey! Team” by Gordon Linzner
  • “Paul is Dead” by Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • “Come Together” by Allen Steele
  • “The Truth Within” by Sally Wiener Grotta
  • “Foursomes” by Ken Schneyer
  • “The Fabtastic Four” by David Gerrold
  • “All You Need” by Cat Rambo
  • “Used to Be” by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • “Game Seven” by Bev Vincent
  • “When I’m #64” by Patrick Barb
  • “Deal with the Devil” by Carol Gyzander
  • “Meet the Beatles” by Pat Cadigan
  • “The Walrus Returns” by Gail Z. Martin
  • “My Sweet Lord of Light” by Barbara Clough
  • “Liverpool Band Battle 1982” by Eric Avedissian
  • “Undead in the Material World” by Alan Goldsher
  • “The Heretic” by R. Jean Mathieu
  • “Cayenne” by Beth Patterson
  • “Through a Glass Onion” by Christian Smith
  • “A Hard Day’s Night at the Opera” by Gregory Frost
  • “Apocalypse Rock” by Matthew Amati
  • “Doing Lennon” by Gregory Benford

The lead story is a Spider Robinson tale that originally appeared in The Best of Omni Science Fiction #4 in 1982, and which Spider very generously gave to Mike and Randee to reprint and lead off this collection of weird-ass takes on the Fab Four. The closing tale is also a reprint, Benford’s Nebula Award-nominated story from the April 1975 issue of Analog.

The bits in between are all original, including my story! “Used to Be” actually takes place in the Dragon Precinct universe, though you don’t need to have read them to follow it.

The book will be out in December. Be on the lookout!