KRAD reading #101: “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad”

KRAD readings (formerly KRAD COVID readings) is back! After a one-year hiatus, I’ll be doing a new reading on the 15th of every month, starting today with “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad,” my contribution to the forthcoming Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022 edited by Robert Greenberger and to be published by Crazy 8 Press.

Enjoy!

my Philcon 2022 schedule

What is likely to be my last public appearance of 2022 will be as the Principal Speaker at Philcon 2022 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from 18-20 November.

Philcon is one of the oldest science fiction conventions, having gotten its start in 1936 when nine fans (among them future publisher of DAW Books Donald A. Wollheim, super-fan David Kyle, and future author Frederik Pohl) gathered in Philadelphia. It was the first convention I attended as a professional in the field after I started working for the late Byron Preiss in 1993 (prior to that, I’d attended cons — including a couple of prior Philcons — either as a fan or as press as part of The Chronic Rift).

And this year, three decades after my first time at Philcon as part of the Rift crew, I’m the guest of honor! And I’ll be launching two books, Phoenix Precinct (the sixth novel in my fantasy/police procedure series) and The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian (in which I’ll have a story).

Here’s my schedule…

EDITED TO ADD: Now with fellow panelists!

Friday

9-10pm: The Eye of Argon: The Play, w/Michael A. Ventrella, Ian Randal Strock, Gregory Frost, Hildy Silverman, Peter Prellwitz, and Jean Marie Ward (Grand Ballroom)

Saturday

11am-noon: “Science Fiction/Mystery Crossovers,” w/Russ Colchamiro, Roberta Rogow, Storm Humbert, and Aaron Rosenberg (Plaza 4)

12-1pm: Tea with Keith R.A. DeCandido (con suite)

2-3pm: Principal Speaker: Keith R.A. DeCandido (Grand Ballroom) — I will probably do this as a Q&A…

3-4pm: autographing, w/Charles Urbach (autograph area)

5-6pm: “Revisiting Deep Space Nine: Still More to Talk About,” w/Susan Shwartz, Dan Persons, Russell J. Handelman, and Savan Gupta (Plaza 2)

8-10pm: eSpec Books Launch Party for Phoenix Precinct, Espirit de Corpse, and Yeti Left Home (con suite) — this is the official launch of the three books that were recently successfully crowdfunded, including my own Phoenix Precinct

Sunday

11am-noon: “Writing in Someone Else’s Universe,” w/Elektra Hammond, Susan Shwartz, Aaron Rosenberg, Robert E. Waters (Plaza 4)

12.30-1pm: reading (readings room) — I will be reading one of the many short stories I’ve had out this year; which one will be up to the audience

1-2pm: “Star Trek in 2022,” w/Matt Black, Jim Prego, Hildy Silverman, and Orenthal V. Hawkins (Plaza 5)

On those vanishingly rare occasions when I’m not programmed, I’ll be in the dealer’s room at the eSpec Books table selling and signing books.

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

my Bubonicon 53 schedule

From 26-28 August — which is this coming weekend! — I will be one of the Guests of Honor at Bubonicon 53 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will be there alongside my fellow GoH Rae Carson, Toastmaster A. Lee Martinez, Guest Artist Chaz Kemp, Science Speaker Courtney Willis, PhD, as well as the following guests: Jeff Benham, Lou J. Berger, Craig A. Butler, Yvonne Coats, Stephen R. Donaldson, Sheila Finch, C.C. Finlay, Gordon Garb, Josh Gentry, Gail Gerstner-Miller, Loretta Hall, Reese Hogan, Betsy James, Darynda Jones, Carolyn Kay, Jeffe Kennedy, Jane Lindskold, Emily Mah, Christopher Marsh, George RR Martin (yes, really), Susan R. Matthews, Wil McCarthy, John Maddox Roberts, Joan S. Saberhagen, Jon Sanchez, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Jim Sorenson, Jeanne C. Stein, S.M. Stirling, David Lee Summers, John Sumrow, Lauren C. Teffeau, Ian Tregillis, Sarena Ulibarri, Robert E. Vardeman, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, and Connie Willis.

I will be doing panels and stuff, and also will have a table to sell stuff. (I assume said table is in the dealer room….) Here’s my schedule:

Friday

5-6pm: “It’s a Funny Story… Writing Humor,” w/Yvonne Coats, Darynda Jones, Emily Mah, and Connie Willis (Salon E)

6-6.30pm: opening ceremonies (Salon E)

Saturday

11am-noon: “50 Minutes with Keith R.A. DeCandido” (Cimarron/Las Cruces)

2-3pm: “Anthologies Assemble! More than Ever Before,” w/C.C. Finlay, Joan S. Saberhagen, Jeanne C. Stein, and Sarena Ulibarri (Salon E)

4.25-5.35pm: mass autographing session (Salon A-E)

7-9.30pm: “Costume Contest” — I’ll be one of the judges, alongside Joan S. Saberhagen & Jeanne C. Stein (Salon A-E)

Sunday

11am-12.30pm: “Co-Guests of Honor Presentation,” w/Rae Carson and A. Lee Martinez (Salon E)

3.30-4.30pm: “Once Upon a Time: The Modern Fairy Tale,” w/Chaz Kemp, A. Lee Martinez, Jeanne C. Stein, and Connie Willis (Salon E)

4.30-5pm: closing ceremonies (Salon E)

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

my tentative Dragon Con 2022 schedule

I will be back at Dragon Con over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta at the start of next month, and the programming folks have sent me my preliminary schedule.

I’m disappointed that DC won’t be requiring that all attendees be vaccinated — that should be SOP at every convention, and that it isn’t depresses the fuck out of me — but they are requiring that everyone be masked, which is acceptable.

Anyhow, this is a light schedule by my standards, as I “only” have 15 program items from the con, plus I’ll be putting in four autograph sessions at Bard’s Tower in the Vendor Hall.

Here’s where to find me. I will update this post once I get information like who else is on the panels with me……

EDITED TO ADD: The other panelists have been added, plus there’s an additional panel Saturday night at 10pm….

Thursday

10-11am: “Batman and X-Men: Best Superhero Cartoons Ever,” w/Michael Bailey, Joe Crowe, and Michael Williams (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, virtual panel)

8.30-9.30pm: “Classic Sci-Fi Movie Novelizations: The Dramatic Readings,” w/Darin M. Bush, John Hudgens, ToniAnn Marini, and James Palmer (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

Friday

10-11am: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

1-2pm: Practical Self-Defense Workshop (Workshops, Hilton 404-405)

2.30-3.30pm: “Alien: The Expanding Darkness,” w/Clara Arija, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Steve Saffel, and Alex White (Horror Track, Westin Peachtree 1-2)

4-5pm: “The Batman — Reinvented… Again,” w/Philip Greco, Wendy Hembrock, Robyn McGlotten, Cammien Ray (American Science Fiction TV & Film, Marriott M302-M303)

7-8pm: “Humor in SF,” w/Esther M. Friesner, Lydia Sherrer, Benjamin Wallace, and Jean Marie Ward (Science Fiction Literature, Hyatt Embassy AB)

Saturday

10-11am: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

11.30am-12.30pm: “From Screen to Page: Writing Tie-in Novels,” w/Clay Griffith, Michael Haslip, Greg Keyes, John Jackson Miller, and Steve Saffel (Science Fiction Literature, Hyatt Embassy AB)

2.30-3.30pm: “Cage vs. Cage: The All-Nicolas Cage Cage Match,” w/Joe Crowe,
ToniAnn Marini, and Will Price (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

4-5pm: reading (Hyatt Vinings)

5.30-7pm: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

10-11pm: “Zombies vs. Aliens: Humans Strike Back!” w/David Petrie, Alison Sky Richards, and Marisa Wolf (Apocalypse Rising Track, Westin Chastain F-G)

Sunday

11.30am-12.30pm: “Batman: The Animated Series Bat-a-versary,” w/Michael Bailey, Mike
Faber, and James Palmer (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

1-3pm: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

4-5pm: autographing (Marriott International Hall South 1-3)

5.30-6.30pm: “The Canon of Doctor Who,” w/Robert Bowen, R. Alan Siler, Andy Teal, J.M. Tuffley, and Anthony Williams (Brit Track, Hilton Galleria 5)

Monday

10-11am: “Roll-a-Panel: Movies of 1982 and 1987,” w/John Hudgens, Stuart Jaffe, Gary Mitchel, Bill Mulligan, and William Joseph Roberts (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

11.30am-12.30pm: “Shang-Chi: Ta Lo or Bust,” Jeff Burns, Mike Faber, Birmagidra Gainor, and Bethany Kesler (American Science Fiction TV & Film, Marriott M302-M303)

1-2pm: “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?” w/Cecilia Dominic, Anthony Francis, D.B. Jackson, Steve Saffel, and Kimbra Swain (Writing Track, Hyatt Embassy EF)

my Philcon schedule

I will be one of the author guests at Philcon 2021 the weekend of 19-21 November. Held once again at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Philcon is a venerable, if now very small, convention, but it’s usually a fun weekend, and it’ll be good to see several old friends we haven’t seen in far too long…

I am also doing some programming:

Friday

7pm: “Revisiting Stargate,” w/Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Lawrence Kramer, Valerie J. Mikles, and Richard Stout (Plaza 5)

8pm: “How to Finish a Novel,” w/Barna William Donovan, Gregory Frost, T.J. Glenn, and Gordon Linzner (Plaza 2)

Saturday

1pm: “Frankenstein Turns 200…Again,” w/Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Darrell Schweitzer, Hildy Silverman, and Richard Stout (Plaza 3)

5pm: “From Gaming Into Fiction,” w/Eric Avedissian, Stephanie Burke, Victoria Rogers, and Michael A. Ventrella (Plaza 4)

Sunday

12pm: reading (Reading Room)

2pm: autographing (Autograph Table outside ballrooms)

Hope to see folks there!

KRAD COVID reading #100d: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Many Splendors Part 4

For 2021, KRAD COVID readings has been 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’ve had a new reading every #TrekTuesday, though this will be the final one of those

This week we conclude the landmark 100th installment of the series, and also the last story in the S.C.E. cycle: Many Splendors. Part of the “What’s Past” event done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trek in 2006, this story chronicled the Gomez-Duffy romance on board the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, and also provides an engine-room’s-eye view of the second through fifth seasons of The Next Generation.

In Part 4, Gomez makes a fateful decision about her career and her relationship with Duffy, even as the Enterprise is crippled by a quantum filament.

This is the last installment of KRAD COVID readings for awhile. I’ve run out of short fiction (at least for now, there are several in process), and I need a break. You can feel free to subscribe to the channel, or just check out the archives.

Thanks!

KRAD COVID reading #100b: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Many Splendors Part 2

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 continue the landmark 100th installment of the series, and also the last story in the S.C.E. cycle: Many Splendors. Part of the “What’s Past” event done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trek in 2006, this story chronicled the Gomez-Duffy romance on board the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, and also provides an engine-room’s-eye view of the second through fifth seasons of The Next Generation.

In Part 2, we see the events of “Pen Pals,” “Q Who,” and “Peak Performance” from Gomez’s perspective, as she starts to come into her own as an engineer.

Check it out! And please subscribe to the channel!

KRAD COVID reading #100a: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Many Splendors 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 the landmark 100th installment of the series, and also the last story in the S.C.E. cycle: Many Splendors. Part of the “What’s Past” event done to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trek in 2006, this story chronicled the Gomez-Duffy romance on board the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, and also provides an engine-room’s-eye view of the second through fifth seasons of The Next Generation.

In Part 1, Gomez comes on board in time for Data’s sentience to be questioned, and gets a bad first impression of Duffy when they work together to keep the ship from falling apart after the destruction of the U.S.S. Yamato.

Check it out! And please subscribe to the channel!