irons in the fire update

Here’s what I’m working on….

The Bram Gold Adventures. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. It is my hope to finally get back to it in November and finish it by the end of the year so it can, y’know, be published.

Dragon Precinct. Phoenix Precinct has been plotted, though I still need to write a more detailed outline. That’s the next novel to do after Feat of Clay is done.

Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I still have to record the audio of “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” for the story’s Indie GoGo supporters. I also have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the last story I need to assemble Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which will be published by Plus One Press in 2022. That collection will include all the Cassie stories I’ve written since the 2013 publication of Ragnarok and Roll.

Science fiction novellas project. This hasn’t been announced yet, and I’m also not sure how, exactly, this thing is going to be published, but it’s a series of science fiction novellas I’m writing. This has been a fun project, one that scratches a space-opera itch I haven’t been able to scratch for quite some time (pretty much since I stopped writing Star Trek and Farscape regularly). I just finished the first draft of Book 1 of the series.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness: The Beginning. Now that this has been announced, I can finally talk in detail. The script for issue #1 is done and approved, and we’re waiting on art. Issue #2 is scripted and awaiting approval. Issue #3 is next on the docket now that Book 1 of the novella series is done.

Phenomenons: Every Human Creature. I’ve written my story for this shared-world superhero anthology edited by Michael Jan Friedman, and am waiting for MJF’s feedback on same. It’s called “The Light Shines in the Darkness,” and it’s about a hero named Luminosity who can control the light spectrum.

The Four ??? of the Apocalypse. Still waiting on four stories for this. To be fair, two of them are mine and Wrenn’s. (Oops.) We’ve edited some of the stories, and we’ve gotten the cover art from JK Woodward. Hoping to have this out for Farpoint.

Three Time Travelers Walk Into… I’ll be doing a story for this recently Kickstarted anthology, where my three time travelers will be Mary Shelley, Josh Gibson, and Katherine Johnson.

Super City Cops. At some point, I really need to write the four SCPD novellas I have under contract…

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our first book, Animal, was published earlier this year, and our agent is shopping around our second, which has the working title of Pigman. Munish has a few ideas for what our third collaboration will be, and I’m waiting on him to send me the proposals for each.

Mystery. I’m really hoping that 2022 will be the year I sit down and write this. I’ve also been saying that for about a decade now. Sigh.

Tie-in novels and comics. I have a proposal in with a publisher for a tie-in novel and I have some pitches in with another publisher for tie-in comics, and I’m talking with another publisher about pitching tie-in novels, though the latter has been slow to respond. All three are licenses I’ve worked in before.

Gold Archive: Birthright. I’ve turned in my first draft of this monograph about the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter, and am awaiting editorial feedback.

Tor.com. I’m finishing up my Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch, and November will see the launch of the only-once-a-week Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch. I will be continuing to review new Paramount+ shows, as well — next week, I’ll kick off Star Trek: Prodigy, and I’ll be doing the new seasons of Discovery and Picard when they launch, as well as the inaugural season of Strange New Worlds. I’m also planning to do my usual every-six-months revival of “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” in December and January, covering Black Widow, The Suicide Squad, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and The Eternals. (I’m going to hold the December releases, Spider-Man: No Way Home and The King’s Man, for June 2022.)

Patreon. I’m a month behind on vignettes, so I need to catch up there, and I still owe October’s movie review, and I have a bunch of TV shows to talk about: new seasons of What We Do in the Shadows, Lucifer, and Bosch, as well as Only Murders in the Building, and I may want to do a think piece on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which I’ve been rewatching, plus I still haven’t written up Slings and Arrows, The Flash, Giri/Haji, and a bunch of others. The cat pictures, weekly excerpts from works in progress, and first looks at first drafts have been continuing apace.

a nice review (in German) of Star Trek: S.C.E.: War Stories Book 2

Götz Piesbergen of Warp-Core.de has written a review (in German) of my 2002 Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers novella War Stories Book 2. It’s a very nice review, based on what Google Translate tells me, with particular praise for how I wrote Commander Salek, which was nice to see.

Check it out!

(You can also see me reading the story in episode 97 of my YouTube channel, KRAD COVID readings….)

I’m doing a Resident Evil graphic novel!

This was officially announced at TokyoPop’s virtual panel Friday at New York Comic-Con, so I can finally talk about it: I’m returning to the world of Resident Evil with a new graphic novel that ties into the Infinite Darkness animated series that debuted on Netflix this past summer. The story will focus on fan-favorite Leon Kennedy, who is not only one of the most popular characters in the RE game, but is also one of the protagonists of the animated series. The graphic novel — which will initially be released as a five-issue miniseries — will serve as a prequel to the animated series.

The artist hasn’t been announced yet, but should be soon. I’ve already written the first two of the five scripts.

More anon…..

Three Time Travelers Walk Into… is almost funded!

I’m part of a nifty anthology that’s being crowdfunded right now called Three Time Travelers Walk Into… To be published by Fantastic Books, and edited by Mighty Michael A. Ventrella (editor or co-editor of the anthologies Baker Street Irregulars, Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles, and Release the Virgins!), this anthology will feature three people from throughout history who find themselves united in some way due to time travel (or some other way).

The contributors include:

  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Peter David
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido (that’s me!!!)
  • David Gerrold
  • Jonathan Maberry
  • Gail Z. Martin
  • James A. Moore
  • Jody Lynn Nye
  • L. Penelope
  • Allen Steele
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans

With more to be added if we get funded. At this point we’re at just under three days left in the Kickstarter, and we’re just $387 short of our funding goal! We’ve got lots of cool perks, including having a character named after you in one of the stories — including mine! Also, you can dictate which three historical figures Peter David uses for his story!

My story, by the way, will put together author Mary Shelley, baseball player Josh Gibson, and mathematician Katherine Johnson.

So please consider supporting this nifty keeno anthology!

The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 are back!!!!!

After some legal issues with Warner Bros. needed to get sorted out, I’m pleased to say that Crazy 8 Press has reissued ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season One and BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!: The Subterranean Ble Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Two.

I contributed to both books. For season one, I wrote about “Fine Feathered Finks”/”The Penguin’s a Jinx,” discussing the show’s tropes in general, and also this episode’s satire on the still-very-new field of prison reform. For season two, I wrote about “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin,” providing a transcript of the mayoral debate between candidates Batman and Penguin during that episode.

You can order both books in print or eBook form from the fine feathered finks at Amazon.

coming in 2022: Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet

Nine years after the release of Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which collected a mess of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida involving Norse gods, scuba diving, folklore, rock and roll music, and beer drinking, Plus One Press is going to be doing a sequel, Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. This is because I’ve written enough stories to create a second collection, finally.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • “Down to the Waterline” (originally published in Buzzy Mag in 2015)
  • “William Did It” (originally published on StoryOfTheMonthClub.com in 2015, reprinted in A Baker’s Dozen of Magic in 2016)
  • “Rán for Your Life” (originally published in Unearthed in 2019)
  • “Stop Dragon My Heart Around” (new story written for this collection)
  • “Fish Out of Water” (originally published in Out of Tune in 2014)
  • “Seven-Mile Race” (originally published in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido in 2015)
  • “Behind the Wheel” (originally published in TV Gods: Summer Programming in 2017)
  • “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” (originally released to Indie GoGo supporters in 2021)

In addition, all the Cassie vignettes that I’ve written for my Patreon will be published in the collection.

I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” but once that’s done I’ll turn the manuscript in, and Plus One will schedule it.

I’m on Drinking With Authors

At Pensacon, I met some of the folks involved with Drinking With Authors, a podcast that interviews authors while both interviewers and interviewees sip a fine adult beverage. While drinking a bottle of the Her Name is Rioja, the bottle I and my friends helped make, I talked about life, the universe, and everything with hosts Erica Lance and Valerie Willis for the latest episode of the podcast. Check it out!

Articles of the Federation (and a bunch of other Star Trek novels) for only 99 cents!

Every month, Simon & Schuster has a sale where they make a selection of Star Trek eBooks available for only 99 cents, and I’m pleased to say that my 2005 novel Articles of the Federation — which chronicles the first year in office for Federation President Nan Bacco, which is also the year following Star Trek Nemesis — is one of the books on sale!

In addition, you can also get the original-series novels Federation by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Triangle by Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath, the TNG novel Eyes of the Beholders by the late great A.C. Crispin, the Voyager novel To Lose the Earth by Kirsten Beyer, and Christopher L. Bennett’s “fifth season” Enterprise novels Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, Live by the Code, and Patterns of Interference, all for one cent less than a buck!

Details here!

readings from Devilish and Divine

eSpec Books has added four new videos to their reading series on YouTube, and they’re all from the upcoming Devilish and Divine anthology of stories about angels and demons.

We’ve got James Chambers reading from “Far from the Knowing Place”:

Russ Colchamiro reading from “Irradia’s Gauntlet”:

Robert E. Waters reading from “A Bluebird from Aspen”:

And, finally, me reading from “Unguarded”: