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Of late, I have taken to making my Facebook cover photo be a collage of my current and upcoming stuff in my work life. With the announcement of the Orphan Black book, I updated it, and I present it here for my bloggy readers....

Top row: The Super City Cops novellas, Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities (all out now in eBook form). Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report--From the Secret Files of Dr. Delphine Cormier (out in August 2017). Kenshikai Karate, the discipline in which I am a second-degree black belt. Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido (on sale now). The Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch and Holy Rewatch Batman! every Tuesday and Friday, respectively, on Tor.com​.

Bottom row: Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast​, my monthly podcast. Six anthologies I have stories in: Aliens: Bug Hunt (on sale in April 2017), Nights of the Living Dead (on sale in July 2017), The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries (on sale in the spring of 2017), Joe Ledger: Unstoppable (on sale in October 2017), Baker Street Irregulars (on sale in March 2017), and The Best of Defending the Future (on sale now). Mermaid Precinct, the fifth novel in my series of fantasy police procedurals (on sale in 2017). Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath (on sale now). The Marvel's "Tales of Asgard" trilogy: Thor: Dueling with Giants (on sale now), Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings (on sale now), and Warriors Three: Godhood's End (on sale in spring 2017).

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Back in 2015, Dan Gunther of Trek Lit Reviews reviewed the 2007/2008 eBook miniseries Slings and Arrows. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, this miniseries, which I conceived and edited, chronicled the first year of service of the Enterprise-E leading up to the movie First Contact. It shows how Picard and the gang dealt with things like Changeling infiltration, the declaration of martial law on Earth, Lwaxana Troi's pregnancy, the Maquis, and lots more.

Somehow, I missed it when Dan reviewed my contribution to the miniseries. All the titles came from Shakespeare's Hamlet, and my concluding story was entitled Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment. It also served as a crossover between TNG and DS9, as Picard and Sisko are assigned to jointly try to convince Chancellor Gowron to re-ally the Klingon Empire with the Federation.

Money quote:
The character moments between Sisko and Picard are the true shining gems in this story by the always on-point Keith DeCandido. An excellent wrap-up to what has been a pretty good series for the most part. I have been reading a lot of DeCandido's work lately, and this is a writer who needs to have more new Trek fiction published. Come on Pocket Books, give this guy a contract for a new Star Trek novel already! I'm missing my dose of DeCandido awesomeness!

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Last night I finished Chapter 6 of A Furnace Sealed. The book's at 23,000 words. I have no idea how many chapters it'll be, but I'm happy with where I am word-count-wise versus where I am in the proposal.

Here's an excerpt from the recently completed chapter. The one bit of background you need is that Hugues is the person who trained our hero, Bram Gold, in how to be a Courser.
Around nine p.m. that night, after taking a refreshing nap and an even more refreshing shower, I called a cab company and had a car take me over to Woodlawn. No way I was going to drive, as I was guaranteed to be too impaired to operate a motor vehicle within an hour of my arrival. Less if Hugues was already there toasting his daughter. And mass transit would take too long, as it required two buses to get from Riverdale to Woodlawn, on a Sunday schedule no less.

As a general rule, neighborhoods in New York were always changing. Woodlawn was one that hadn't. A tiny wedge between the Bronx River Parkway, the Yonkers border, Van Cortlandt Park, and Woodlawn Cemetery, this neighborhood of narrow streets and small houses became an Irish enclave in the early 19th century for immigrants working on the Croton Aqueduct, and was still an Irish enclave today.

Up and down Katonah Avenue—the only street inside the neighborhood that was commercial—were dozens of pubs. A lot of them catered to émigrés from particular counties in Ireland.

One place, in between a bakery and a private house, was the Kingfisher's Tail. Six days out of the week, it was a County Wicklow haven, where folks who'd emigrated from that county came to hoist a few.

Sundays, though, the owner only opened the bar to Coursers. Brendan Sheehan's family came to the U.S. when he was ten years old, he became a Courser when he was twenty, and retired when he was thirty-five after blowing out his knee chasing down a rabid werewolf. His parents owned the bar, and he'd run it with them after he retired, taking over when they died. For twenty-five years now, the Kingfisher's Tail was known as a Courser bar, at least on Sundays.

When Hugues first took me here after I turned twenty-one, Sheehan had said to me, "Nobody came on Sundays. They'd all been out Saturday night, and spent Sunday morning confessing their sins at church. Sunday night, they're still repenting, so I figured let's boost business and give my old lads a place to hang their scythes."

I had immediately turned to Hugues. "We get scythes?"

He had glowered at Sheehan. "What you gotta be puttin' ideas in the child's head for?"

Sheehan had just grinned and poured a shot of rum and poured a light beer and had put it in front of Hugues without his having to ask for it, which was the coolest thing ever to twenty-one-year-old me.

Of course, tonight when I walked in, it was my usual that Sheehan poured as soon as he saw me enter: an amber beer.

The Kingfisher was your basic hole-in-the-wall. Small sign over the blue door in lettering that was really hip when it was first painted in 1957, with a silly drawing of a bird that sorta kinda looked like a kingfisher next to it. Sheehan had touched up both the lettering and the artwork over the decades, but refused to change it. "Then no one would be able to find the place" was his usual rejoinder on the subject.

Once you pushed open the blue door—which you sometimes needed to throw your shoulder into, as the damn thing kept sticking—you saw an old wooden bar taking up the right-hand side of the narrow space, with tiny round tables all around the floor arranged in no particular pattern or order, making it impossible to walk in a straight line anywhere in the bar. Luckily, few people ever were capable of walking in a straight line when they were in here, so it all worked out.

The one and only change Sheehan had made to the place over the decades that wasn't straight-up maintenance was replacing the stools at the bar and the cheap wooden chairs at the tables with wireframe chairs that gave you back support. Dunno about the regulars who were here from Monday to Saturday, but the guys who were constantly nursing nagging injuries like ribs bruised by crazed unicorns appreciated that little bit of ergonomic assistance.

When I entered, the first thing I noticed was that a bunch of the tables had been pushed together so Hugues could hold court. I figured he was carrying on about Antoinette's graduation.

Sure enough, as I approached the bar to get the beer that Sheehan just poured for me, I heard Abby Cornwell ask, "So did she look beautiful in her cap and gown?" Cornwell was one of three women in the bar, and there were a dozen men—thirteen now that I came in, fourteen if you counted Sheehan. This was about the ratio in general of male to female Coursers, as it happened.

"Jesus, no," Hugues said, "she looked like she was wearin' a damn tarpaulin, okay? They all did!"

Sal Antonelli asked, "How borin' were the speeches?"

"Completely." Hugues shuddered and sipped more of his rum. "The salutatorian talked in a damn monotone, and the valedictorian sounded like someone fed her helium before the speech, okay? I could not even say what the speeches were about."

I came over to join the group with my beer. "I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they were about the future and the importance of education."

"Why you say that?" Antonelli asked.

"They're all about that."

Hugues frowned. "When you get here, child?"

I sighed, having long since given up getting him to stop calling me that. "Just now. Obviously, I'm behind on drinking, since you're facing the door and didn't see me coming in."

"I was tellin' my story!"

"Hey, it's fine, it's not like you taught me to be aware of my surroundings or anything."

Hugues went back to his pontificating. "Now the worst part of the whole thing, okay? That was the keynote. The man was some kind of descendent of the man who founded the university—"

"Russell Conwell?" That was Dahlia Rhys-Markham, who was the one we all wanted as our partner on trivia night. Seriously, she knew everything about everything. I made a mental note to ask her what she knew about immortals in the Bronx later.

Or maybe tomorrow. Later, we were unlikely to all be upright.

"How the hell should I know the man's name? I was falling asleep during the speech, okay? Started droolin' out my mouth onto my nice suit."

I held up a hand. "Wait a sec, you were wearing a suit?"

"Of course, I was wearin' a suit, it was Toni's graduation, okay?"

"You own a suit?"

"I do now." He grinned. "It was Toni's graduation. You got an issue with that, child?"

Shaking my head, I said, "No, no issue at all, I'm just impressed that you spent more than ten bucks on an article of clothing. That's must've been traumatic."

Hugues just snarled at me and said, "Someone shoot this child with a crossbow."

"Hey, none of that!" Sheehan cried out. "You know how hard it is to get blood outta the floor? You wanna kill Gold, do it outside."

"Thanks, Brendan, appreciate the support." I shot him a mock-annoyed glance.

Antonelli said, "Actually, Gold's right, you usually dress like shit."

"Shoot him, too!" Hugues yelled.

Everyone laughed, and Hugues talked about the graduation some more, and then I had another beer, and then Dahlia started talking about her son's high school graduation and how it was the first time she and her husband spoke in ten years, and then I had another beer, and then Antonelli talked about his own high school graduation when a snake ate the principal, which lasted right up until I pointed out that that was the third-season finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and then he admitted that he didn't actually graduate high school, so he told that story instead, and then Dahlia left when I ordered another beer, which annoyed me, as I wanted to ask her about immortals, and then I had a bunch more beer. Also, beer.

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I will be back at (Re)Generation Who 3 next month, and in anticipation of that, the fine folks who run the show have me as the subject of a Writer Spotlight!

Money quote:
(Re)Generation Who: Tell us a little bit about your “Doctor Who” related work. Where will fans have read your contributions to the Whoniverse?

Keith DeCandido: I’ve written three Who short stories, and also edited a Who short-story anthology.

For the 1996 anthology Decalog 3: Consequences, I wrote a Fourth Doctor story called “UNITed We Fall,” which had the Doctor encountering the Brigadier in modern New York City for a meeting at the United Nations involving a requisitions hearing and a bomb that will destroy the solar system. Oh, and an assassination attempt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (That anthology also had the first-ever Who fiction by some obscure Brit named Steven Moffat. Wonder whatever happened to him...)

For the 2001 charity anthology Missing Pieces, I did a Fifth Doctor story that took place in Key West, Florida that was a riff on the Robert the Doll legend.

For the 2007 Short Trips anthology Destination Prague, I did a Whovian riff on the Golem of Prague legend, which included both the First Doctor (in historical Prague) and the Fourth Doctor (in a future Prague that had been taken over by aliens).

I also edited the 2008 Short Trips anthology The Quality of Leadership, which included the first-ever Who fiction by Una McCormack, Peter David, and Diane Duane.

In addition, I wrote a piece about heroism and the brilliance of the 50th anniversary special for Tor.com.

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Kirk and Kor at it again, this time trapped in the Delta Triangle. The TOS Rewatch falls into "The Time Trap."

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On top of that, Kor is very disappointing. The character design is actually pretty close to John Colicos, and James Doohan at least occasionally matches John Colicos’s vocal cadence, but all nuance is lost from the character. There’s no reason for it to be Kor. Every other returning character has been important to the plot—Sarek and Amanda, Cyrano Jones and Koloth and Korax, Harry Mudd—or minor enough to not matter—Bob Wesley—but Kor is supposed to be a dangerous antagonist, and he’s a shadow of his former self (and his future self, for that matter, as he’s totally awesome when he appears on DS9).

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I have often said that Emily Asher-Perrin​ is one of the most important voices in geek commentary these days, and I'm proud to call her a friend. She wrote a piece for Tor.com that went live today, and it's one of the reasons why I say both those things. It is a superlative colloquy on the importance, joy, and greatness of Real Genius (which, I should add, is one of my favoritest movies ever....).

Money quote:
I really can’t talk about women in this film without focusing up on Jordan Cochran. While she does occupy a typically female place in the plot (Mitch’s love interest), her portrayal by Michelle Meyrink is nothing short of revelatory when it comes to broadening the variety of women that we should expect in fiction. To start, Jordan is not a conventionally attractive girl, certainly not in a California/feature film sense. She has a weird haircut and a child-like cadence to her voice, and she’s not particularly fashionable. It’s also entirely possible for this character to read somewhere on the autistic spectrum, though by way of a Hollywoodified lens; she is uncertain of common boundaries (visiting Mitch in the bathroom and being perturbed by his inability to pee in front of her), she has severe insomnia (it’s suggested that she drove her roommate to a nervous breakdown by never ever sleeping), she misunderstands the social cues of others (she frequently assumes the ends of Mitch’s sentences incorrectly), and her idea of what constitutes an everyday activity would hardly pass for your average citizen (Mitch finds her sanding her dorm room floor late one night and she uses the beautician party as an excuse to test a rebreather she designed herself). It’s not the fact that she might be on the spectrum itself that’s remarkable, but the fact that the film never suggests that Jordan should be viewed differently because of it. It doesn’t make her “special” in a manic pixie dream way, but it doesn’t make her pitiable either. She’s simply who she is, and that person is still portrayed as desirable and engaging and brilliant.

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It's the last day of the Kickstarter for The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, so it's your last chance to get all the cool stretch goals and other fun stuff. The project is funded, so you're guaranteed to get the book if you pledge. One of the stories reprinted in the best-of is my own "House Arrest" from the very first BAF in 2007.

I'm also guest-blogging on Melissa Hayden's "Mythical Monday" feature on her blog, where I talk about the genesis of the Dragon Precinct series and about "House Arrest."

Money quote:
Another cop show I adore is Homicide: Life on the Street, and it was that show—and the book on which it is based, David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets—that led to my love for that most fascinating part of police procedure, both in fiction and real life: the interrogation. The verbal dance between detective and suspect. Those quickly became my favorite parts of the various "Precinct" tales to write, and when Danielle Ackley-McPhail and her cohorts invited me to submit to Bad-Ass Faeries, my first thought was to do an all-interrogation story, one that was exclusively detective and suspect, doing that very verbal dance.

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The Joker teams up with Catwoman to mixed results. The Bat-rewatch looks at Eartha Kitt's swan song in "The Funny Feline Felonies"/"The Joke's on Catwoman."

An excerpt:
It’s funny, but prior to this rewatch, if you’d asked me how many times Eartha Kitt appeared as Catwoman, I’d have said she probably appeared in about half as many episodes as Julie Newmar, so it’s rather a shock to realize that she's only in a quarter as many. It’s to Kitt’s credit that she created that much of an impression in only three episodes—and not three of the show’s best, at that.

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I have updated my Farpoint schedule, which now includes two autographings I didn't realize I had, and also a reading and a second Boogie Knights concert.

Also I've now read the script for the Prometheus Radio Theatre performance -- it's called Subspace Showcase -- and it's going to be huge fun.

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This one is only two years old, from my practical self-defense workshop at Farpoint 2015, while a Dalek looks on......

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Broke 20,000 words on A Furnace Sealed!

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She chuckled. "Have fun. I'd really love to be a fly on the wall for those things."

"It's not that exciting," I said. "Just a bunch of Coursers getting drunk. No different from any other group of co-workers getting drunk."

"I guess. I just miss pub-crawling with you."

"Ha! What you really miss is my singing."

"Actually, that is the one part of going pub-crawling with you that I do not miss. In fact, if I never ever hear you sing 'Wild Rover' ever again, it will be too soon."

Grinning, I said, "You realize this means I have to sing it for you next time I'm at the house, right?"

"I'm the Wardein, Bram, I've got, like, hundreds of magickal items in the house. You even try it, and I will totally turn you into a newt."


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So while I was waiting in my doctor's office today* I got to see the joint press conference between U.S. President Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu. When asked a question by a member of the press about the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. following President Trump's election, the president, for reasons known only to the voices in his head, decided to start his answer by talking about that last part, about how awesome it was that he won with 300 electoral votes, when nobody expected him to get more than 220. He went on about this for several seconds before getting around to answering the actual question.

* I'm fine, except for my knees, which are horrible.

Yes, the president of the United States took the opportunity when asked a (very legitimate, given his chief advisor's Nazism) question about a rise in prejudice against Jews while standing next to the prime minister of Israel to start his answer by gloating about how much he won the election by.

By the time he actually got around to answering the question, it wasn't much better: it pretty much boiled down to "some of my best friends and family members are Jews." He didn't condemn the anti-Semitic acts, he didn't say they were bad, he didn't say they were awful, he didn't even really acknowledge that, he just said that he won because the country is divided (which is actually kinda sorta almost true) and he will make everybody friends.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

(Prime Minister Netanyahu didn't cover himself in glory, either. His method of stressing the importance of Israel being the Jews' homeland was to say that the Chinese are called that because they're from China, and Japanese are called that because they're from Japan, and Jews are called that because they're from Judea, and therefore that land is theirs. So nice to see that Middle East politics are being determined by an eighth-grade syllogism.....)

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The Enterprise crew starts to shrink. It's a very small episode, and one that I'm afraid I'm a bit short with. The TOS Rewatch has a tiny toon adventure in "The Terratin Incident."

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Spock is Exposition Boy Like Whoa in this one, even more so than usual, though at no point does he explain how, if the spiroid waves on the planet shattered the dilithium crystals on the Enterprise, how come the crystals on the planet itself are intact?

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Finished Chapter 5 of A Furnace Sealed. Here's a bit from it. The first person who speaks is "Madame Vérité," who has tried and failed to cast a spell that would bind one of the loa to her will:
"What have you done, outsider?" she asked in an exaggerated Haitian accent that half the time sounded more like a fake Scottish accent. "Why have you ruined my ritual?" She said "oot-sider" and emphasized the third syllable of "ritual."

I didn't do a damn thing, of course, but she didn't need to know that. "My name is Bram Gold. I'm a Courser, and what you're doing here isn't approved by the Wardein of the Bronx. I'm afraid I'm going to have to confiscate the spell components and report this to Wardein Zerelli. You'll be hearing from her real soon now."

"You're not taking my t'ings!"

I shrugged. "You're welcome to try and stop me." I didn't really do menacing very well, but I've found that matter-of-fact-sounding threats were actually way more effective than ones that try to sound mean and nasty.

And I really hoped that was true today, because my bruised ribs did not want a fight.

Luckily, these were all just ordinary folks who didn't want any trouble. True, they were greedy pishers who wanted a god do to their bidding, but not enough to engage in violence over it.

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With the announcement of the Orphan Black book, I can finally present an updated version of this................

short stories

"Three Sides to Every Story," BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction, Catalyst Games Lab, 2009
"Meiyo," Battlecorps.com, 2008


Blizzard Games

StarCraft: Ghost: Nova, Pocket, 2006
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, Pocket, 2006

comic books
StarCraft: Ghost Academy #1, TokyoPop, 2010


Bram Gold

A Furnace Sealed, WordFire Press, 2017

short stories
"Under the King's Bridge," Liar, Liar, Mendacity Press, 2011 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless, Simon Spotlight, 2007
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout, Simon Spotlight, 2006

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Xander Years Volume 1, Pocket, 1999

(w/Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide Volume 1, Pocket, 1998


Cassie Zukav
short stories

"Behind the Wheel," TV Gods: Summer Programming, Fortress Publishing, 2017
"William Did It," Story of the Month Club, 2015 (reprinted in A Baker's Dozen of Magic, Story of the Month Club, 2016)
"Seven-Mile Race," Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
"Down to the Waterline," Buzzy Mag , 2015
"Fish Out of Water," Out of Tune, JournalStone, 2014
"God of Blunder," Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013
"Love Over and Over," Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013
"Undine the Boardwalk," Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental, Dark Quest Books, 2014)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 3: Twisting Fate, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 2: The Buck Stops Here, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
Cayo Hueso, a Tale of Cassie Zukav Part 1: A Farewell to Cats, Plus One Press, 2013 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013; Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015)
"I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down," Tales from the House Band Volume 2, Plus One Press, 2012 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)
"Ragnarok and Roll," Tales from the House Band Volume 1, Plus One Press, 2011 (reprinted in Apocalypse 13, Padwolf Press, 2012; Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)
"How You Can Prevent Forest Fires...," Urban Nightmares, Baen, 1997 (reprinted in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013)

short story collections
Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Story Bundle, 2015
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, Plus One Press, 2013


Doctor Who
short stories

"Life from Lifelessness," Doctor Who: Short Trips: Destination Prague, Big Finish, 2007
"Raymond's Room," Doctor Who: Missing Pieces, Outpost Gallifrey, 2001
"UNITed We Fall," Doctor Who: Decalog 3: Consequences, Virgin, 1996

"A Moment of Heroism: Thinky Thoughts on Doctor Who's 'The Day of the Doctor'," Tor.com, 2013

anthology editing
Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Big Finish, 2008


Dragon Precinct

Mermaid Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2017
Gryphon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
Goblin Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2012
Unicorn Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2011
Dragon Precinct, Pocket, 2004 (reprinted by Dark Quest Books, 2011)

short stories
"Baker's Dozen," Kickstarter-supported, 2017
"Partners in Crime," Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
"Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty," Kickstarter-supported, 2014
"Heroes Welcome," Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
"Blood on the Water," Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
"Brotherly Love," Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
"Catch and Release," Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013
"When the Magick Goes Away," Kickstarter-supported, 2012 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
"Fire in the Hole," Dragon's Lure, Dark Quest Books, 2010 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
"A Clean Getaway," Pandora's Closet, DAW, 2007 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
"House Arrest," Bad-Ass Faeries, Marietta Publishing, 2007 (book reprinted by Mundania Press, 2009; story reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013; The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, eSpec, 2017)
"Crime of Passion," Hear Them Roar, Wilder Publications, 2006 (book reprinted by Marietta Publishing, 2008; story reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)
"Getting the Chair," Murder by Magic, Warner Aspect, 2004 (reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013)

short story collections
Tales from Dragon Precinct, Dark Quest Books, 2013


The Executioner

(uncredited) Don Pendleton's the Executioner #379: Deep Recon, Gold Eagle, 2010
(uncredited) Don Pendleton's the Executioner #373: Code of Honor, Gold Eagle, 2009



Farscape: House of Cards, Tor, 2001

comic books
(w/Rockne S. O'Bannon) Farscape (ongoing) #1-24, BOOM! Studios, 2009-2011 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 4: Tangled Roots, Volume 5: Red Sky at Morning, Volume 6: Compulsions, Volume 7: The War for the Uncharted Territories, BOOM! Studios, 2011-2012, 2014)
Farscape: D'Argo's Quest #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009-2010 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 3: D'Argo's Quest, BOOM! Studios, 2011)
Farscape: D'Argo's Trial #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 2: D'Argo's Trial, BOOM! Studios, 2010)
(w/Rockne S. O'Bannon) Farscape: Gone and Back #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 3: Gone and Back, BOOM! Studios, 2011)
Farscape: D'Argo's Lament #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 1: D'Argo's Lament, BOOM! Studios, 2009)
(w/Rockne S. O'Bannon) Farscape: Strange Detractors #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 2: Strange Detractors, BOOM! Studios, 2009)
(w/Rockne S. O'Bannon) Farscape #1-4, BOOM! Studios, 2008-2009 (reprinted in Farscape Volume 1: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, BOOM! Studios, 2009)

short stories
"Ten Little Aliens," Farscape role-playing game, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2002
"Brotherly Love," Farscape: The Official Magazine Vol. 1 #2, 2001
"Many a Mile to Freedom," Farscape: The Official Magazine Vol. 1 #1, 2001 (reprinted in Farscape: Uncharted Tales Volume 1: D'Argo's Lament, BOOM! Studios, 2009)



Serenity, Pocket, 2005

"'The Train Job' Didn't Do the Job," Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly, BenBella Books, 2005

role-playing games
"Merciless," Firefly: Echoes of War Supplement #2: Things Don't Go Smooth, Margaret Weis Productions, 2014


Marvel Comics

Marvel's Warriors Three: Godhood's End (Tales of Asgard Book 3), Joe Books, 2017
Marvel's Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings (Tales of Asgard Book 2), Joe Books, 2016
Marvel's Thor: Dueling with Giants (Tales of Asgard Book 1), Joe Books, 2015
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets, Pocket, 2005
(w/José R. Nieto) Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath, Boulevard, 1998

short stories
"Diary of a False Man," X-Men Legends, Boulevard, 2000
"Playing it SAFE," The Ultimate Hulk, Boulevard, 1998
"Arms and the Man," Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Boulevard, 1997
"Improper Procedure," The Ultimate Silver Surfer, Boulevard, 1995
(w/John Gregory Betancourt) "An Evening in the Bronx with Venom," The Ultimate Spider-Man, Boulevard, 1994

"How the MCU Changed Luke Cage from the Comics," Tor.com, 2016
"A Brief History of Luke Cage in the Comics," Tor.com, 2016
"Avengers Assemble--in the Bookstore!" Assembled! 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Villains, White Rocket Books, 2009
"Introduction," Assembled!: Five Decades of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, White Rocket Books, 2007
"Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man," Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays on Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, BenBella Books, 2007
"Pryde and Joy," The Unauthorized X-Men, BenBella Books, 2006


Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Extinction, Pocket, 2007
Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Pocket, 2004
Resident Evil: Genesis, Pocket, 2004


Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson
short stories

"Six Red Dragons," Baker Street Irregulars Volume 2, Diversion, 2018
"Identity," Baker Street Irregulars, Diversion, 2017


Star Trek

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, Pocket, 2009
A Gutted World, in Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A, Pocket, 2007
The Mirror-Scaled Serpent, in Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances, Pocket, 2007
Star Trek: Articles of the Federation, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 3: Enemy Territory, Pocket, 2005
Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed, in Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume 3, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace, Pocket, 2004
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 2: Honor Bound, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 1: A Good Day to Die, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible, Pocket, 2003
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 2, Pocket, 2002
Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Book 1, Pocket, 2002
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gateways Book 4: Demons of Air and Darkness, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Twist of Faith, Pocket, 2007)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility, Pocket, 2001

The Unhappy Ones, Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins, Gallery, 2010
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Slings and Arrows Book 6: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment, Pocket, 2008
Star Trek: S.C.E. #66: Many Splendors, Pocket, 2006 (reprinted in Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past, Gallery, 2010)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #54: Security, Pocket, 2005 (reprinted in Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds, Pocket, 2008)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #28: Breakdowns, Pocket, 2003 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 7: Breakdowns, Pocket, 2005)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #22: War Stories Book 2, Pocket, 2002 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 6: Wildfire, Pocket, 2004)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #21: War Stories Book 1, Pocket, 2002 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 6: Wildfire, Pocket, 2004)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #10: Gateways Epilogue: Here There Be Monsters, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 3: Some Assembly Required, Pocket, 2003)
Horn and Ivory, Star Trek: Gateways Book 7: What Lay Beyond, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Twist of Faith, Pocket, 2007)
(w/David Mack) Star Trek: S.C.E. #8: Invincible Book 2, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
(w/David Mack) Star Trek: S.C.E. #7: Invincible Book 1, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #6: Cold Fusion, Pocket, 2001 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 2: Miracle Workers, Pocket, 2002)
Star Trek: S.C.E. #2: Fatal Error, Pocket, 2000 (reprinted in Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 1: Have Tech, Will Travel, Pocket, 2002)

comic books
Star Trek: Captain's Log: Jellico, IDW, 2010 (reprinted in Star Trek: Captain's Log, IDW, 2011)
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Klingons, IDW, 2009 (reprinted in Star Trek: Alien Spotlight Volume 2, IDW, 2010; Star Trek 100 Page Special 2012, IDW, 2012)
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Perchance to Dream #1-4, WildStorm, 1999-2000 (reprinted in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Enemy Unseen, WildStorm, 2001; IDW, 2012)

short stories
"Family Matters," Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows, Pocket, 2009
"Four Lights," Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Sky's the Limit, Pocket, 2007
"Letting Go," Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Shores, Pocket, 2005
"loDnI'pu' vavpu' je," Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table, Pocket, 2005
"The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned," Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Pocket, 2004
"Revelations," Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits, Pocket, 2003
"Broken Oaths," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Prophecy and Change, Pocket, 2003

"Reunion," Outside In: The Next Generation," ATB Publishing, 2017
"'I Think You're Underestimating Humanity'—Star Trek Beyond Spoiler Review," Tor.com, 2016
"'We Will Find Hope in the Impossible'—Star Trek Beyond Non-Spoiler Review," Tor.com, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 2001-2005: Enterprise," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 1995-2001: Voyager," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 1993-1999: Deep Space Nine," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 1987-1994: The Next Generation," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 1973-1974: The Animated Series," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Must-Watch Episodes 1966-1969: The Original Series," Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek, 2016
"Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch," Tor.com, 2015-present
"Embracing the Entire Universe: The WildStorm Era," New Worlds and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, Sequart, 2014
"Shall We Begin?: Star Trek Into Darkness Spoiler Review," Tor.com, 2013
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch," Tor.com, 2013-2015
"'The Line Must Be Drawn Here': Star Trek: First Contact," Tor.com, 2013
"Star Trek Nemesis," Star Trek Magazine #166, 2012
"Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch," Tor.com, 2011-2013
"'I Feel Fine': Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," Tor.com, 2011
"The Ultimate Guide to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Movies," Star Trek Magazine #164, 2011
"The 45s: 'Accession'," Star Trek Magazine #162, 2011
"Picard & Crusher," Star Trek Magazine #160, 2011
"Dr. Selar," Star Trek Magazine #156, 2010
"The Proud Forehead: Klingons in Books and Comics," Star Trek Magazine #151, 2010
"Kang," Star Trek Magazine #149, 2009
"Mirror Universe Timeline," Star Trek Magazine #142, 2009
"Just Following Orders," Star Trek Magazine #141, 2008
"Third Time Has Occasional Charm," Star Trek Magazine #140, 2008
"When 42 Isn't the Answer," Star Trek Magazine #138, 2008
"Embracing the Star Trek Universe," Star Trek Magazine #137, 2008
"Anti-Star Trek?" Star Trek Magazine #134, 2007
"Klingon Empire," Star Trek Magazine, #133, 2007
"Corps of Engineers," Star Trek Magazine #133, 2007
"Voyager," Star Trek Magazine #133, 2007
"The Ideas Factory," Star Trek Magazine #80, 2005

anthology editing
Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table, Pocket, 2005
Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Pocket, 2004
(w/Peter David) Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits, Pocket, 2003

Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War, Simon & Schuster, 2014


Star Wars

"Top Ten Positives About the Prequel Trilogy," A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, Sequart, 2015
"The Madness of King George," Star Wars on Trial, BenBella Books, 2006



Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath, Fandemonium, 2016

short stories
"Time Keeps on Slippin'," Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons, Fandemonium, 2014

"The Stargate Rewatch," Tor.com, 2015


Super City Cops

The Case of the Claw, Crossroad Press, 2011

Secret Identities, Bastei, 2017
Undercover Blues, Bastei, 2017
Avenging Amethyst, Bastei, 2016

short stories

"Send in the Clones," The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, eSpec, 2015
"Stone Cold Whodunit," With Great Power, Dark Quest Books, 2014



Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, Titan, 2010
Supernatural: Bone Key, HarperEntertainment, 2008
Supernatural: Nevermore, HarperEntertainment, 2007

"Not Just a Pretty Face (or Two)," In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural, BenBella Books, 2009


short stories

"Streets of Fire," V-Wars: Night Terrors, IDW, 2016
"The Ballad of Big Charlie," V-Wars, IDW, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)



Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance, Pocket, 1999
Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors, Pocket, 1999

short stories
"Recurring Character," The Further Adventures of Xena Warrior Princess, Ace, 2001



Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, Broadway Books, 2014
Leverage: The Zoo Job, Boulevard, 2013
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun, Wizards of the Coast, 2011
Guilt in Innocence: A Tale of the Scattered Earth, Crossroad Press, 2011
CSI: NY: Four Walls, Pocket, 2008
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars, Del Rey, 2007
Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions, Tor, 2003

Darkness Falls, Pocket, 2002
(as "K. Robert Andreassi") Gargantua, Tor, 1998

short story collections
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015

Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report—The Secret Files of Dr. Delphine Cormier, Insight Editions, 2017

Heroes Reborn: Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World, Bastei, 2015 (reprinted in Heroes Reborn Event Series Collection Two, Titan, 2016)
(w/Steven Savile) Viral: -30-, FoxRain AB, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)

short stories
(w/Munish K. Batra, MD) "Prophets of Shiva," Never Fear: The Apocalypse, 13thirty Books, 2018
"Live and On the Scene," Nights of the Living Dead, Griffin, 2017
"Ganbatte," Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Griffin, 2017
"Deep Background," Aliens: Bug Hunt, Titan, 2017
"Right on, Sister," Limbus, Inc. Book III, JournalStone, 2016
"We Seceded Where Others Failed," Altered States of the Union, Crazy 8 Press, 2016
"Back in El Paso My Life Will be Worthless," The X-Files Volume 1: Trust No One, IDW, 2015
"Behold a White Tricycle," Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
"Wild Bill Got Shot," Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015
"The Stone of the First High Pontiff," Defending the Future 5: Best-Laid Plans, Dark Quest Books, 2012 (reprinted in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015; The Best of Defending the Future, eSpec, 2016)
"Letter from Guadalajara," More Tales of Zorro, Moonstone Books, 2011
"Sunday in the Park with Spot," Furry Fantastic, DAW, 2006 (reprinted in Dance Like a Monkey, Silence in the Library, 2014; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
"A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar," Amazing Stories #608, February 2005 (reprinted in The Town Drunk, 2006; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
(w/Marina Frants) "A Bone to Pick," Did You Say Chicks!?, Baen, 1998
"Editorial Interference," The Fedoras Literary Review Volume 1, #2, 1996 (reprinted in Circles in the Hair, BookLocker, 2006; Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dark Quest Books, 2015)
"God Sins," Magic: The Gathering: Distant Planes, HarperPrism, 1995

comic books
(w/Gregory A. Wilson) Icarus Book 2, ComicMix, 2018
(w/Gregory A. Wilson) Icarus Book 1, Silence in the Library, 2016
"Contest of Chompions," Kung Fu Panda: Tales of the Dragon Warrior #1, Ape Entertainment, 2013
Cars: Adventures of Tow Mater #1-4, BOOM Kids!, 2010 (reprinted in Cars: Rust Bucket Derby, BOOM Kids!, 2011)

essays, reviews, etc.
"Holy Rewatch, Batman!," Tor.com, 2015-present
"Gaming the Novel," Kobold Guide to Combat, Kobold Press, 2014
"The Pinstriped Bible" (weekly blog entry), SB Nation, 2013
"12 and 12 in '12," In the Dugout: Yankees 2013, Lindy's Sports, 2013
"Redshirts: Of All the Metafiction in the World, This is the Metafictioniest," Tor.com, 2012
"Play It at 11," Yankees Yearly 2012, Changeup Publications, 2012
"Warehouse 13 reviews," Sci-Fi Bulletin, 2011
"Do Blades Dream of Electric Runners?," Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #19, BOOM! Studios, 2010 (reprinted in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Volume 5, BOOM! Studios, 2011; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, BOOM! Studios, 2016)
"The Team(s) of the Decade," Yankees Annual, Maple Street Press, 2010
"Actor and Superactor," The Man from Krypton, BenBella Books, 2006
"'Twas Stupidity Killed the Beast," King Kong is Back!, BenBella Books, 2005
"The Red Sox Fan's Guide to Surviving Yankee Stadium," The Red Sox Fan Handbook, 2005
"You Set Loose What?: Australia, 1859," You Did What?: Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters, Perennial Currents, 2004
"Adam-Troy Castro: The Best Writer in the Entire World," A Desperate Decaying Darkness, Wildside Press, 2000
"How to Write a Media Tie-In Novel in Six Easy Steps," iUniverse.com, 2000
(w/Marina Frants) "Down by the Bayou: The 20th Annual World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana," Wilson Library Bulletin, 1994
"Word Balloons: Trade Comics," Wilson Library Bulletin, 1993
(uncredited) "Elayne Boosler," Current Biography Yearbook, 1993
"Get the Picture?: A Serious Look at Comics in Libraries," Library Journal, 1991
(w/GraceAnne A. DeCandido) "Orson Scott Card," Publishers Weekly, 1990
"Picture This: Graphic Novels in Libraries," Library Journal, 1990
ALSO: reviews for The Chronic Rift, SFRevu, Peter Parker's Pad, the official Spider-Man listserv page, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Horror, and The Comics Journal; questions for The Sci-Fi Channel Trivia Game book and CD-ROM; a short-lived comic book column for Creem; and entries for the Women of Marvel Comics and Villains of Marvel Comics web sites

anthology/collection editing
Liar Liar, Mendacity Press, 2011
Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction, Pocket, 2003
(w/Robert Silverberg & Byron Preiss) Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Vintage, 1997
(w/Josepha Sherman) Urban Nightmares, Baen, 1997
(w/Laura Anne Gilman) OtherWere: Stories of Transformation, Ace, 1996
(w/Byron Preiss & John Betancourt) The Ultimate Alien, Dell, 1995
(w/Byron Preiss & John Betancourt) The Ultimate Dragon, Dell, 1995

music discography
Boogie Knights, Wasted Days and Wasted Knights, 2013 (percussion, vocals, recorder, kazoo)
Boogie Knights, Many a Sleepless Knight, 2006 (percussion)
Steven Rosenhaus, A Man Like Me, 2002 (percussion)
David Honigsberg, Ten the Hard Way, 2001 (percussion, vocals)
The Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, Blues Spoken Here, 1999 (percussion, vocals, songwriting)
The Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, TKB, 1996 (percussion, vocals)

voice work
A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar, Gypsy Cove Productions, 2012
Gypsy Cove, Gypsy Cove Productions, 2011-2012
HG World, 3015 North Productions, 2009-2015
The Dome: Avatar, Lucky Shot Productions, 2006, 2011-2012

Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: "Trafalgar Square" by Richard Thompson

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Since it's up for preorder, I've finally been given the okay to say what the sooper-seekrit project I've been working on since last summer is: Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report--The Secret Files of Dr. Delphine Cormier. Here's the cover:

And here's the promo copy:
From the secret files of Dr. Delphine Cormier, comes this ultimate guide to all of the characters, conspiracies, and shadowy organizations in the smart, innovative BBC America television thriller Orphan Black.

Designed to resemble the classified files and notes of Dr. Delphine Cormier, this in-world compendium chronicles the inner workings of the mysterious people and organizations at the heart of the acclaimed hit television series Orphan Black. A detailed and creative look at the thrilling international hit series, Orphan Black Classified Clone Report includes detailed dossiers of Sarah Manning, Felix Dawkins, and all of the show’s beloved characters; examines every twist and turn from season one to the present; provides exclusive information on the Dyad Institute, the Neolution clone program, and the notorious Proletheans; and features observations of the different clones from their monitors, classified intelligence, breakthroughs in Cosima’s research, and private journal entries chronicling Delphine’s experience with the clone club and her own complicated love for Cosima.

Packed with exclusive concept art, photos, and intriguing removable inserts and ephemera, Orphan Black Classified Clone Report is an immersive reading experience and essential companion for fans of Orphan Black.

The book will be out in August from Insight Editions, while season five is still on the air (which, it was just announced last week, will debut on the 10th of June). You can preorder it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I am a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of OB, so working on this project -- my thirtieth different licensed property, as it happens -- has been an absolute thrill.

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: "Mannish Boy" by Hindu Love Gods

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As I said in the previous entry, I only did about 750 words of A Furnace Sealed this weekend, but I also read over what I'd already written and the outline for the rest of it, and the book's really in my head now, which is good.

I'm really happy with how the book is progressing. Here's an excerpt:
Downstairs was Ahondjon's magick shop. The man himself wasn't in—his nephew Medawe was, and he was talking on the cordless phone.

He waved at me as I came down the metal stairs. The place was dank, lit only by crummy fluorescent lights, since there weren't any windows.

"Nah, he ain't here," Medawe was saying. Unlike his uncle, he was born in the Bronx, so he didn't have Ahondjon's thick west African accent. "It's Sunday morning, he's in church. … Nah, I ain't telling you what church. … What, you telling me you found Jesus now? Bullshit. Just gimme the message, I'll let him know when he gets back. … I don't know when, I ain't found no Jesus, neither. 'Sides, you know how he likes talking to folks. Could be hours. … Yeah, well, fuck you too."

Shaking his head, Medawe pressed the END button on the phone.

"Another satisfied customer?"

Medawe snorted. "Yeah, somethin' like that. What'cha need, Gold?"

"I need to talk to Ahondjon. He really in church?"

"Hell, no. Only time his ass goes into a church is to deliver their holy water."

I blinked. "Wait, churches buy holy water from him?"

"They do if they want the shit that works."

"Well, I hope his holy water smells better than his talisman to stop a unicorn."

Medawe frowned. "What, it didn't work?"

I smiled. "It worked fine. When I activated it, it smelled like a moose fucking a dead octopus."

"Yeah, well, you want shit that works, it's gonna stink."

"Still, I've had some complaints. The first being from my hooter." I pointed to my oversized schnozz.

Medawe chuckled. "Look, I'll pass it on, but you know my uncle."

"I do indeed." I also noticed that Medawe hadn't actually answered my question about when Ahondjon would be back, which led me to think he either didn't know or couldn't tell me.

Whatever, I had a binding spell to stop. "Hey, I wanna double check, what would the components be if you wanted to cast a binding spell on a loa?"

That got me another snort from Medawe. "A thing'a lipstick so you can kiss your ass goodbye. Who'd be stupid enough to do that?"

"Woman over in Seton Falls Park, apparently."

Shaking his head, Medawe said, "Well, there's lotsa binding spells, but if you want to bind a loa, you're gonna need an Obsidian candle, thick rope, a red ribbon, and sandalwood."

I winced. Except for the candle, that was stuff you could get over the counter anyplace. Hell, you could probably get all that at Target. "Does it have to be an Obsidian candle, or can any black candle do it?"


"On what?"

"If you want the binding to work or not."

Ask a stupid question... "Yeah, okay, thanks, Medawe. And tell your uncle—"

"Moose fuckin' a dead octopus, you got it."

I grinned. "Thanks."

Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: "The Rattlesnake Trail" by Jethro Tull

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This was quite a productive weekend. Friday night I taught the kids fighting class, and also did a tutoring session with one of the advanced brown belts who's going for promotion to first-degree black belt next month. Saturday morning, I helped teach the kids' noon class and took the 1pm class. The former I thought was particularly important to do, as the snow Thursday and Friday depressed attendance of the kids color-belt class, so I expected a lot of kids to take it Saturday to make up for missing one or both of those days.

In that, I was correct. The class often gets 20-25 kids -- yesterday, we had 34. Really glad I was there to assist.

After I got home, Wrenn and I went shopping for some stuff she needs for her Etsy store (and hey, you should check it out and buy things from it!) and some other things as well, and then I came home, napped, and started working. Did more of that today.

Goals for this weekend included the following:
---incorporate my collaborator's feedback into the thriller manuscript
---do some revisions on the sooper seekrit project
---write a guest blog entry about my story in The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries that will go live a week from tomorrow
---sign and return several contracts -- one for a project I'm not ready to talk about yet, the other for my appearances at (Re)Generation Who 3 and Dragon Con 2017
---work on A Furnace Sealed
---look over the page proofs for "Live and On the Scene," my story in Nights of the Living Dead
---start editing Star Trek: Prometheus Book 3

I only did about 750 words on A Furnace Sealed, and didn't actually get started on Prometheus, but I'm pleased to say that I got everything else done, as well as everything I talked about in the first three paragraphs and also saw John Wick, Suicide Squad (both on home video), and John Wick Chapter 2 (in the theatre).

So I'm feeling pretty good about my weekend, all told.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: "Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die" by Jethro Tull

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I'm doing a metric buttload of personal appearances this year....................

First off there's this weekend, when I'll be at Farpoint 2017 in Timonium, Maryland, as I've been every year since the turn of the millennium. I'll be there as an author and as a performer, the latter both with my usual gig of the Boogie Knights (doing two concerts, one Saturday morning as usual, and also the masquerade halftime) and as with last year alongside Prometheus Radio Theatre Friday night after opening ceremonies.

March is going to be insane. We'll start with Issue #5 of the line#break reading series, where I will be one of five authors reading from our works at QED in Astoria, Queens on the 4th of March at 3pm. The other authors are Emily Alta Hockaday, Barbara Krasnoff, Jonathan Sumpter, and Andrew Willett. We each get twelve minutes, and I'll be reading from "Identity," my upcoming Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson story for Baker Street Irregulars.

Then I'll be at conventions each of the next three weekends: I'll be at the first-ever HELIOsphere in Tarrytown, New York from the 10th to the 12th, where we'll be launching the aforementioned Baker Street Irregulars (fellow contributors David Gerrold and Hildy Silverman are also guests of the con, as is co-editor Michael A. Ventrella); then the following weekend I'll be at I-Con 32, the triumphant return of this Long Island con after a prolonged absence; and finally I'll be in Baltimore, Maryland for (Re)Generation Who 3, the fantastic Who show, where I will be debuting Warriors Three: Godhood's End.

April's pretty busy, too. On the 1st and 2nd, I'll be in York, Pennsylvania for the Central Pennsylvania Comic-Con, where I'll be signing and selling books, then the weekend of the 7th to the 9th I'll be back in Tarrytown for Lunacon 2017, where the Boogie Knights are Musical Guests of Honor, and I'll close out the month in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as one of the author guests at Zenkaikon 2017 from the 28th to the 30th.

On 4th of July weekend, I'll be returning to Indianapolis as Toastmaster for InConJunction 2017, and I'm also returning to Dragon Con 2017 over Labor Day weekend after having to miss it last year because of the move.

There's also the usual craziness: Balticon 51 over Memorial Day in Baltimore and Shore Leave 39 in Hunt Valley, Maryland from 7-9 July. With more to come, I'm sure. :)

Current Mood: pleased pleased
Current Music: "The Eyeball Kid" by Tom Waits

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Never did get around to seeing Suicide Squad in the theatre. I absolutely adored the comic book, and I'm friends with one of the people who co-created the series (Robert Greenberger, the editor of the original comic), and acquainted with the primary creator, John Ostrander.

But the movie got such awful reviews -- though, tellingly, one who praised it was the aforementioned Mr. Ostrander. And his opinion is certainly relevant......

Having now finally seen it on home video, I can totally see why John was happy with the film. With the notable exception of Deadshot, who was thoroughly Will Smith'd, the characters are spot-on what they were in the comics. In particular, Viola Davis just nailed it as Amanda Waller, the one character in the Squad who was 100% John's creation. (A lot of the Squad were minor characters whom John gave more development than they'd ever received before -- most notably Deadshot.) In addition, they nailed the Joker-Harley Quinn dynamic, which was right out of Batman: The Animated Series (where Harley debuted -- she was only added to the comics later), and while Jared Leto can't hold a candle to the finest Joker portrayals out there (Mark Hamill remains, as always, the Platonic ideal, with Heath Ledger and Cesar Romero in the next tier -- Leto's just under the latter two), he's good in the role, and Margot Robbie is simply perfect, brilliantly channeling Arleen Sorkin's voice from B:TAS.

Having said all that, I can also see why the film was so roundly panned, because it just doesn't work. For starters, seeing how well the characters translate from the comic is great -- if you're familiar with the comic. If you're not, these are just barely defined characters.

However, the film has a much more fundamental problem: the plot is entirely wrong.

The Squad is a team of bad guys barely held together by Amanda Waller's menace and Rick Flag's tactical acumen. They're also a covert ops team. On no planet do they belong in a storyline that involves team bonding and saving the world from a world-destroying threat. I didn't buy the way the team came together (though the bar scene was fun), and I didn't buy that a bunch of low-rent criminals would be able to save the world from that big a threat. Also the threat was entirely self-inflicted -- it was a team member gone rogue, not an actual threat to national security that they stopped, which made no sense.

The movie started promising, but took a total left turn into the wrong kind of movie. This was a Justice League plot, not a Suicide Squad plot. Hell, the beats were depressingly similar to that of The Avengers, which is a better movie in every measurable sense.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: "Love is Strong" by the Rolling Stones

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Egghead and Olga are back for one last go-round, as the Bat-rewatch looks in on "The Ogg Couple."

An excerpt:
Batman is able to trace the Batgirl-cycle with the Bat-Geiger counter, as the cycle uses radioactive spark plugs. Why Batman has never used this method to track down where Batgirl goes after she routinely disappears is left as an exercise for the viewer.

Current Mood: amused amused
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Volume 2 Episode 2 of Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast is now live! I discuss my 2015 short story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, and also read two of the stories contained therein, the brand-new tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, "Seven-Mile Race," as well as the never-before-published "Behold a White Tricycle," a short-short I wrote for the never-actually-published 44 Clowns: 11 Stories of the 4 Clowns of the Apocalypse.

Check it out!

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I first met Richard Hatch when I worked for Byron Preiss in the mid-to-late 1990s. Byron had licensed the rights to do original novels based on the 1970s show Battlestar Galactica, and he brought Richard on board to co-write the books, initially with Christopher Golden, and subsequently with Stan Timmons, Alan Rodgers, and Brad Linaweaver. While the BSG books were not my project, I did some work on them here and there to help out, and also talked to Richard a bunch of times.

Later on, after we were both well away from working for Byron (but before he died), we would meet at conventions where we both were guests (Dragon Con, San Diego Comic-Con, others) and commiserate over what a pain in the ass he was. Those conversations tapered off after Byron died, though Richard still remembered me from those days, and we talked about bunches of different projects whenever our paths would cross. I remember him saying how much he enjoyed playing Tom Zarek on the rebooted BSG, and he and I also wound up having several conversations about the Klingon character he was to play in the Axanar fan film, long before that whole project went to shit.

His death at the too-fucking-young age of 71 of pancreatic cancer is a great loss to the acting world, especially since he was that particularly nifty example of the breed, an actor who always thought deeply about what made the characters he played tick.

*raises a glass*

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Harry Mudd's back, and he's got a love potion! Roger C. Carmel comes back for a third go-round (albeit in voice only) as the TOS Rewatch feels "Mudd's Passion."

An excerpt:
Leonard Nimoy’s inexperience with voiceover work at this stage in his career shows through, as his performance here as a lovesick goon is so much doofier than his like performances in “The Naked Time” and “This Side of Paradise” and “All Our Yesterdays.” There’s no nuance, and it’s just painful to observe. It doesn’t help that we’re denied Nimoy’s facility for subtle facial expressions.

This also harms Roger C. Carmel’s performance, as the joy of watching Mudd is as much in Carmel’s facial expressions and especially his body language. Filmation’s crude animation can’t re-create that, instead giving Mudd a near-permanent used-car-salesman smile that doesn’t do the character any favors. (Also, what happened to that poor Rigellian hypnoid? Spock shot it and then it just wandered off. They could’ve at least taken it into custody or found it a home or something.)

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Tomorrow, Bastei Entertainment will release the third of my three Super City Cops eBook novellas, Secret Identities. This is the latest tale about the police who serve Super City, a great metropolis that is filled with costumed heroes and villains, following the December 2016 release of Avenging Amethyst and last month's Undercover Blues. You can get the book for your Kindle or Nook, or get the eBook from Kobo.

Here's the cover:

Here's the promo copy:
The great metropolis of Super City is the home of dozens of costumed heroes -- the Terrific Trio, the Bruiser, the Superlative Six, the Cowboy, and many more -- who do battle against the super-villains who terrorize the citizenry.

These aren't their stories ...

When the heroes are done punching out the villains, it's left to the stalwart men and women of the Super City Police Department to restrain them, arrest them, and hope that this time there's enough evidence to actually convict them.

Just another day on the job for the Super City Cops.


Lieutenant Therese Zimmerman's life is turned upside down when a badly injured Spectacular Man stumbles into her apartment and reveals himself to be her on-again, off-again boyfriend, philanthropist Marc McLean.

At the same time, Detectives Kristin Milewski and Jorge Alvarado investigate what seems to be a simple murder of four homeless people by a powerful supervillain. Unknown to them, the murders are connected to how Spectacular Man got hurt. Now Zimmerman must choose between the person she cares about and her duty as a cop.

And finally, here's an excerpt. This is one of the scenes I'm proudest to have ever written in any work of my fiction, to be honest.....
Therese Zimmerman quickly got to her knees, put a hand on Marc McLean's shoulder as he lay on the floor, and asked, "Are you okay?"

"Apparently not. I'm definitely improving, but whatever the source is of that kaiju's power, it's a lot stronger than Elysian genetic engineering. I've only taken this long to heal once before."

"And when was that?" Zimmerman helped him back to sitting up on the floor against the bed.

McLean hesitated.

"What is it?"



Nine months ago...

Zimmerman was finally ready to go home after an absurd day that had three triple homicides, a major jewelry heist by a costume crew, and prep for a COMPSTAT meeting where they had to justify their shitty clearance rate to Commissioner Dellamonica.

And then the damn phone rang.

She was within a hairsbreadth of not answering it. Her shift ended an hour ago. The second-shift lieutenant had very generously been using Cordova's desk until Zimmerman went home.

But she was also waiting on calls from three different medical examiners, two different deputy prosecutors, and one reporter. So she answered.

It was, of course, none of those people.

"Therese, it's Beth. Hold for Mr. McLean?"

"Um, sure." Zimmerman tried not to grumble out loud. If McLean was going to break their dinner date tomorrow night, Beth could've just as easily done that via voicemail.

"Hi, sweetness. I have some news."

Zimmerman blinked. McLean sounded excited, which he almost never did. "Okay. Good news, I hope."

"That depends on whether or not you can take next weekend off."

"I thought next weekend was that business trip to Mexico."

"It was cancelled. I've still got two plane tickets—for me and my assistant—and if you want, I can change them to tickets to Florence for you and me."

For a moment, Zimmerman found herself unable to form words. "Uhhh..."

He chuckled. "Is that a yes?"

"I— Holy shit, Marc. Are you saying—"

"I'm saying, we can spend next weekend in Florence. You've been talking the place up for years, and now you can show it to me."

"I—" Zimmerman almost lost her grip on the phone. "God. Um, yeah, of course! I mean, I have to check, but— Fuck it, I'll make it work. Send me the itinerary, I'll work it out here somehow."



"So there was no trip to Mexico?"

"Oh, there was," McLean said, as he sipped his third glass of water, which Zimmerman had just brought back. "But I cancelled it after what happened."

"Which was?"

McLean took a deep breath. "Dr. Magus and I teamed up to fight a Tinder Demon on Colan Island. The demon did something to me—I still don't know what, honestly. But suddenly, my powers were gone. It was even worse than right now. I couldn't fly, I had ordinary strength, my vision and hearing decreased sharply, and I had slowed down considerably. My stamina was wretched, as well."

"Gee," Zimmerman said with a smirk, "and here I thought the sex in Florence was all lethargic because of all the touristy stuff we did."

At that, McLean actually blushed. "I'm sorry about that."

"Don't be. That trip wasn't about the sex, it was about sharing something I loved with you. Florence has been my favorite place to visit since I was a kid, and I loved being there with you." She looked away. "It was the first time I felt like you were really my boyfriend."

"I came so close to telling you so many times. On the Ponte Vecchio, that night at Cesarino, when we were in the Uffizi... But I couldn't do it."

"Why the hell not?"

"Because I didn't know what was happening!"

Zimmerman's breath caught. She'd never heard McLean sound this—this helpless before. It was heartbreaking, and she almost forgot how pissed she was at him.

"I couldn't even go back to Elysia to try to diagnose it, because without my powers, I couldn't get there."

"Why couldn't you get one of your teammates to take you?"

Now McLean looked away again. "They don't know about Elysia. I told you, I'm forbidden from discussing it. My people take their privacy very seriously. There was a time during the Second World War when they feared a Canadian submarine would find the city. There's an emergency plan in place that would have the vessel take off into space if Elysia were ever discovered. Had the sub found them, the plan would've been enacted, and I'd be living in space now instead of here."

"Wow. That's—that's ballsy."

"You are only the second person I've told about Elysia. The other was a couple of years ago, and she—" McLean's voice caught. "I told her because it was her dying wish to know where I came from."

On the one hand, Zimmerman suspected she wanted to hear that story. On the other, it would get them off topic, and she had more important questions.

"So how did you get your powers back?"

"I have no idea. One day—the day after we flew back, in fact—they just came back. I literally woke up Tuesday morning and I was back to my old, Elysian self."

"So you went back to lying. Or, I guess, kept lying."

"I wasn't lying, Therese, I was trying to protect—"

"Oh, bullshit!" Zimmerman got to her feet. "Do not pull that shit on me, Marc! Who, exactly, were you protecting?"

"By the very nature of what I do as Spectacular Man, I make a lot of enemies. I can be much more effective if people don't know where to find me on my 'off hours.'"

"I'd buy that argument if it weren't for the Terrific Trio and the Bruiser and the other heroes who don't keep their names secret. They do just fine. Everyone knows Jesus DeLaHoya is the Bruiser, and everyone knows where he lives. The Terrific Trio's IDs have been public from the beginning. Hell, your teammate, Komodo Dragon, her name's public, too!"

"Perhaps, but—"

"And you know what else? They can actually follow through with us. DeLaHoya's in HQ all the time filling out witness statements and complaints, and he always testifies. When you trash the Brute Squad, we have to rely on property damage and eyewitnesses, and half the time, we can't even hold them on all the charges we should because the people who are in the best position to tell us what they did wear masks and won't testify because they insist on hiding their real names."

"I understand your frustration, Therese, but—"

However, Zimmerman refused to let him get a word in. "No. No no no no no, I have had it with this, Marc. We've had this argument a thousand times before, and you always weasel out of it or have to go off and be a superhero before we can finish it or get around it by getting me into bed. Well, now you're lying helpless in my apartment, and you are goddammit gonna listen to me."

McLean swallowed. "Okay. Can I at least move up to the bed? If you're going to pace back and forth like that, I'd really like to be off the floor."

"Yeah, of course."

"And some more water, please?" McLean asked, as he started to float slowly in the air.

By the time Zimmerman got back with another glass of water, McLean was sitting upright on her bed.

She was actually grateful for the break to get more water, as it gave her time to catch her breath and better phrase her argument. Now it would be more of a presentation than a rant.

Besides, McLean had always had a tendency to dismiss her rants. An argument might work better.

"All right, I want to give you two recent examples that my detectives had to work with."

McLean nodded. "Okay."

"Last year, there was a rash of break-ins in Simon Valley, all very obviously being done by a costume. The doors were all just shattered. At one point, an overnight shift patrol caught the guy in the act, and they got their asses kicked. The costume smashed their unit and put both officers in the hospital. They both medicaled out, by the way—good police, both of them, and this asshole ended their careers."

"I'm sorry about that." As was typical, McLean sounded completely sincere in that apology. Though Zimmerman found that she had to reconsider what she had always considered to be McLean's natural sincerity in light of recent revelations...

"Anyhow, this guy was nasty. Later on, we found out he was part of some kind of government experiment that went sideways. DeLaHoya went after him, worked the neighborhood, tracked down the abandoned building over on 19th Street where he was hiding out, and brought him in."

"Sounds fairly typical," McLean said.

Zimmerman shook her head. "I'm not finished. See, the experiments they did on this guy removed all his hair and made his skin all smooth and hard. He left no trace evidence behind at any of the scenes. No hair, no fingerprints, no skin cells, no DNA, nothing but fibers from his clothes, but those were all generic. We literally had no usable forensics on this guy, so the only way we could prove it was him was from witnesses. And if DeLaHoya hadn't testified, we wouldn't have had enough to even hold him, much less convict him. He's still serving time, too."

"Wouldn't the word of the two officers who were injured be enough?"

"Without evidence? Maybe yes, maybe no—jurors don't always believe cops anymore, especially if there's no physical evidence to go with it. I mean, they did testify, but without DeLaHoya, it wouldn't have been a guaranteed conviction."

"I see."

"No, you don't. Because then we have the Cowboy. A few weeks ago, we had a major undercover operation finally come together. One of our detectives had been working to get hired by Apollo."

McLean frowned. "I recall reading about Apollo in the Six's records. I believe that the Bengal faced him once, but the outcome was inconclusive."

"So have all of SCPD's attempts to nail him. Hence, the UC op. We had a detective, Elias Vondelikos, one of our best UCs, go in and work his cover ID until Apollo starts hiring for a job. Vondelikos gets hired, they're all set to hit Robinson Airfield. We're able to alert DeLaHoya and the Terrific Trio and your team—because at least you guys maintain a public information office—and we try to keep the costumes away so the bust can go down."

"I'm guessing by how you began this story that the Cowboy didn't stay away?"

Zimmerman threw up her hands. "We don't know who he is! Nobody knows a damn thing about him, and because of that, not only couldn't we warn him, but we can't arrest his lasso-throwing ass for obstruction, assault, interference in a police investigation, and all kinds of other things."

"What did he do?"

"He attacked Apollo and his gang—including my detective—before they could break into Robinson."

"So he stopped the crime before it could be committed. That's a noble goal, isn't it?"

"Not when we need to catch the bad guy in the commission of a crime!" Zimmerman was screaming now. So much for a presentation over a rant. "The whole point of the UC op, the whole point of spending six months getting Vondelikos in there, was to actually be able to catch Apollo in a crime. And the Cowboy fucked it up! He put all the henchmen, including my detective, in the hospital, and Apollo's lawyer claimed he had no knowledge of the half a dozen guys with AR-15s on 104th Street, he just happened to be nearby."

"You didn't believe that, did you?" McLean asked incredulously.

"Well, gee, it would've been nice to have some evidence to support that, but all we had was the Cowboy. Who didn't stick around to help with the paperwork."

"I see what you're trying to say, Therese," Marc started.

"Oh, I'm not done. See, because of the Cowboy's up-fuckery, Vondelikos had to go back in, try to convince Apollo to hire him for the next job. Except Apollo may be crazy, but he's not stupid. He saw all the cops who crawled all over him after Cowboy attacked, figured it was a setup, and figured that my detective—who was the only one who went back to him looking for more work instead of laying low—was the rat. He's dead now. Apollo killed him. We were able to arrest Apollo, at least, and he's waiting for his trial. But I doubt Cowboy will testify, and Vondelikos can't, either."

McLean shook his head. "I'm truly sorry, Therese. That's horrible."

"Vondelikos was damn good police, and he didn't deserve to die so Cowboy could show off. I don't care how many parades or keys to the city Cowboy gets, the next time he shows his face in public, he's getting arrested as an accessory to murder."

"I can understand why you'd feel that way." As he spoke, McLean crossed his legs.

"Hey, your legs are moving! Looks like your Elysian tricks are starting to work."

"They're not tricks." McLean sounded almost petulant. "This is science, not magic."

"Science that your buddies keep to themselves," Zimmerman said with disgust.

"I'm right there with you, Therese, believe me. I think it's appalling that the others are willing to just let the world go on without their gifts. Being Spectacular Man—and being Marc McLean—are my ways of doing so. It's the best I can do."

"See, now, that's what I don't get. Why are they separate?"

"What do you mean?"

"What do you gain by keeping Spectacular Man and Marc McLean distinct?"

"Well, the Foundation is a private corporation that attempts to do good works for the city. It's Marc McLean's business, not really that of a superhero."

Rolling her eyes, Zimmerman said, "Oh, come off it. Spectacular Man is the most popular hero on the planet. If you had been up-front about being Marc McLean all along, then Spec Man could be the face of the McLean Foundation. You'd do a helluva lot more good that way."

"Perhaps." McLean didn't sound convinced.

Zimmerman sat down on the edge of the bed near his feet. "Besides which, both Spec Man and Marc McLean have strong reps. Combined, they'd feed off each other. Not only that, but then you could actually fill out witness statements, make reports, testify in court. Then maybe half the supervillain-types wouldn't get out early on nothing charges. Maybe we'd be able to put them away longer like we did that big guy from Simon Valley."

"Maybe." He looked right at her. "But how can I do that now?"

She frowned. "What do you mean?"

"I mean, it's too late. If I 'come out' now as Spectacular Man, you've just provided a very apt demonstration of what will happen. Outrage. Venomous pronouncements. Accusations of wrongdoing. And a great deal of yelling. Forgive me if I fail to see that as a positive."

"So you just want to perpetuate the lie?"

"It isn't a lie, exactly."

"Oh, it's totally a lie." Zimmerman got up from the bed and started pacing again. "You know why Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency? It wasn't because of what happened at the Watergate Hotel. It was because he covered up what happened at the Watergate Hotel. It wasn't the original malfeasance, it was the extension of the lie that got him in trouble." She stopped pacing and stared down at him. "Marc, you don't stop a falsehood with more falsehood."


"Not maybe. This is real life here, Marc. By hiding behind that mask, by not telling anyone who you are, you're perpetuating a lie. Hell, you may even be guilty of fraud. Does anybody know you're really McLean?"

"The founding members of the Six do. We all shared each other's identities when we formed the group."

"But you didn't even tell them about Elysia."

"No. And, of course, three of the other five founders are dead now."

"And no one else?"

He smiled wryly. "Not until today."

"Last night, technically, but yeah." She shook her head. "You realize what this means, right?"

McLean frowned. "I'm not sure."

"It means that everyone Marc McLean knows, loves, is friends with, cares about—you lie to them every single day. And except for—what, Mercury and the Bengal?—that's true of everyone Spectacular Man knows, loves, is friends with, and cares about, too. You call yourself a hero, yet your entire life—really, two entire lives—involve you repeatedly and constantly lying to those closest to you. Every day, you have to deceive the people you love most. What's so damn heroic about that?"

"Perhaps not much." McLean was staring at a point on the far wall, seemingly lost in thought. Then he looked up at Zimmerman. "But you just put your finger on it. Spectacular Man is a hero, an idol, a symbol. That's—that's very exhausting. When I take the mask off, I can just be Marc McLean, a person who goes to meetings and makes phone calls and signs requisitions and does normal things. I grew up in a utopia, Therese, and then I became a superhero. Being Marc is the only time I get to be normal."

Zimmerman couldn't help herself. She burst out laughing.

Frostily, McLean asked, "Did I say something funny?"

"Marc, you're a goddamn billionaire who runs a major corporation and several charities. Trust me, nothing about your non-costumed life is even remotely 'normal.'"

McLean had nothing to say to that.

And Zimmerman found that she had nothing to say, either. Instead, she collapsed on the bed at McLean's feet. "Goddamn."

"You've been wanting to say a lot of that stuff for a long time, haven't you?" McLean asked quietly.

"Looks like, yeah." She sighed. "I'm getting hungry. When was the last time you ate?"

"I honestly couldn't tell you—and I'm a little peckish, too, actually. Perhaps we can order from that diner down the street?"

Zimmerman couldn't help but smile at that suggestion. The first time they'd had sex was in this apartment, on this bed, and the following morning, they'd ordered breakfast from Buscema's Diner.

Grabbing her Zap, she immediately called up the app that allowed her to order directly from the diner and have it delivered. "Let me guess—steak and eggs, the steak medium rare and the eggs sunny-side up?"

McLean gazed at her with tired, but loving eyes. "You remembered."

"Yeah." With a wistful sigh, she started entering the order, while wondering what, exactly, she was going to do with her ex-boyfriend now.

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