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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


homeworlds

The new Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis anthology Homeworlds is now out as an eBook! At present, it's only available in Kindle form from Amazon, but it'll be out from other eBook retailers, including Crossroad Press, very soon. and the print edition will be along next month some time.

The anthology includes ten new Stargate stories -- five SG-1, five Atlantis -- including my post-finale SG-1 story "Sun-Breaker," which focuses on Carter and Teal'c, the former now in command of her own starship, the USS George Hammond, as established in Atlantis's finale and seen in Stargate Universe's premiere episode and first-season finale.

So go! Check it out!

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Two nifty posts on the Word Press blog:
---I never could get the hang of Thursdays about delivery silliness
---throwback Thursday is me at 12 in Italy

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


cookies

My wife is a superb baker. She makes amazing brownies and pies and crumbles -- and cookies! Her cookies are fantastic. We have brought them to many a convention and dojo function, but why limit ourselves to people we happen to be in the same room with?

To that end, Wrenn has launched a Kickstarter that enables you to get your grubby paws on your very own ginger spice cookies! The options are for the regular ol' ginger spice cookies, or ones dipped in chocolate.

So go! Pledge! Get cookies! YOU NEED A COOKIE!

 

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


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Shakespeare-quoting Klingons! Another young female Vulcan protégé for Spock! Sulu commanding the Excelsior! The entire crew turned into racist assholes! Assassinations! Prisons! Shapechangers played by supermodels! The TOS Rewatch rips into Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

An excerpt:
Let’s get this out of the way: Kirk orders Spock to rape Valeris. Yes, that’s a charged comment; yes, that’s a serious allegation; yes, that’s utterly revolting. But it’s completely true. And just in case we’re not sure, Meyer films it that way, with Spock looming over Valeris, grabbing her arm, yanking her toward him when she tries to back off, and maintaining a firm grip on her hair while performing the meld. It’s a horrid act, a despicable violation of a person, and one that should never have been committed by people we have two-and-a-half decades of seeing as heroes up to this point.

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On the Word Press blog: a busy busy busy Saturday...........

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


homeworlds

Now available for preorder: Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds, a new anthology edited by Sally Malcolm from the fine folks at Fandemonium. You can preorder the Kindle edition from Amazon, and I'm sure other eBook retailers will have it soon. The eBook goes on sale 23 June, and the print edition is like to follow in July.

Here's the full table of contents:

SGA: "The Mysteries of Emege" by Jo Graham

SG1: "In Passing" by Susannah Parker Sinard

SGA: "Worshipper" by Melissa Scott

SG1: "Blinded by the Light" by Barbara Ellisor

SGA: "Second Time Sateda" by Ron Francis

SG1: "Sun-Breaker" by Keith R.A. DeCandido

SGA: "The Player on the Other Side" by Amy Griswold

SG1: "Sweet Herbs and Freedom" by Suzanne Wood

SGA: "Going Home" by Aaron Rosenberg

SG1: "They Shoot Heroes, Don't They?" by Geonn Cannon

The stories take place all over the timeline, both during the respective series and after. ("The Mysteries of Emege" and "Worshipper" take place after Atlantis's fifth season, and also after the post-finale Legacy book series, and my own "Sun-Breaker" is a post-season-10 SG-1 story that features Colonel Carter in charge of the U.S.S. George Hammond.) Also, the stories "Blinded by the Light" and "Second Time Sateda" were the two winners in a Stargate short fiction contest judged by Sally, Sabine Bauer, and Laura Harper at the GateCon convention in Vancouver last fall.

So go! Preorder it! You'll be glad you did!

 

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Over on the Word Press blog, there's details on two conferences I'm attending, the Ghost Town Writers Retreat in Georgetown, Colorado in August and the Providence Literary Festival in Providence, Kentucky in November. Check it out!

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

One of my favorite songs is a traditional New Orleans folk song, "St. James Infirmary" (sometimes called "St. James Infirmary Blues"). I currently have 28 different versions of the song on my iTunes, and I stumbled across this one that will likely be the 29th: from Jools Holland's Hootenany, held over the 2015/2016 new year, Rhiannon Giddens and Tom Jones duetting on the song. Magnificent!

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


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Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain? Pack up your marsh melons, have a good time, hold your horse, and let go of your pain, as the TOS Rewatch asks what God needs with a starship, and what we need with this bloody awful film, as we cover Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

An excerpt:
I still recall seeing The Final Frontier in the theatre at age twenty. With each scene, my jaw is dropping further, aghast at just how awful it all is, and then we get to the motherfucking fan dance, and I just closed my eyes and muttered profanity to myself. (I wanted to scream, “Oh, for fuck’s sake, noooooo!” but I was in a crowded Manhattan theatre and was mindful of the rest of the audience.) Star Trek has always had a major dollop of sexism leavening its enlightened attitudes, but there’s no excuse, none, for that appalling, disgusting, ridiculous scene of Uhura distracting the lookouts by dancing naked for them, getting them to all abandon their posts as one. (Funny how Sybok’s brainwashing is enough to make Starfleet officers violate their oaths but not enough to keep his lookouts from acting like a wolf in a Tex Avery cartoon.) Good thing for Kirk’s despicable plan that they were all heterosexual males in the lookout party…

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All the details are over on the Word Press blog, including an ordering link to the anthology, a link to the full list of Key West-based urban fantasy stories featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, and an excerpt from the Cassie story in TV Gods: Summer Programming, entitled "Behind the Wheel."

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

I finally hammered down one of the deadlines, albeit two weeks late. Now to tackle Star Trek V for Tor.com, which will go up two days late, and also another deadline that's even later! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

Anyhow, I want to get back into doing Monday music, midweek music, and Friday fanfare, so here's one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs. Dylan has done this a variety of ways over the decades, but just him on stage with an acoustic guitar is the most pure, most beautiful interpretation of it. The haunted longing comes through far more effectively than it does faster and/or with a band.

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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Over on Tor.com, I provide five of Adam West's greatest moments while wearing (and occasionally not wearing) the cape and cowl of Batman.

 

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


At Zenkaikon 2017, I was interviewed by Margot Shenton of Real Women of Gaming, where we talked about movie novelizations (particularly Serenity) and tie-ins and other cool stuff.

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


adamwest

Adam West died yesterday at the age of 88.

I've spent the last year and a half or so rewatching West's most famous role, writing about it for the "Holy Rewatch Batman!" feature on Tor.com from September 2015 until last month when I finished it off. In addition to the three seasons of the 1966 Batman, I also took a look at a few other related projects here and there, as well as the failed pilot for Alexander the Great that West starred in with William Shatner in 1964, prompting tons of parallel universe theory where that show was picked up and what it meant for two pop culture icons.

West voiced the Caped Crusader one final time, for the animated film Batman vs. Two-Face, which I'll be reviewing for Tor.com when it comes out (presumably now dedicated to West).

I grew up with West's Batman. During my childhood, Channel 11 -- then an independent station, now a CW affiliate -- ran a block of the Adam West Batman, the George Reeves Superman, and the Clayton Moore Lone Ranger TV shows in a block. It's quite likely that that block of television, along with the Spider-Man features on the kids show The Electric Company, are what inspired my lifelong love of superheroes, and what got me into reading comic books in the eighth grade.

I've had an up-and-down relationship with West's Batman. As a kid, I thought he was awesome. As a teenager, I thought he was doofy.  As a young adult, I completely dismissed him as awful. As an older adult, I've come back around to awesome. Batman is a character who has been reinterpreted constantly since his creation in 1939, and they all have their merits. In this case, we have a hero who always did the right thing, no matter how inconvenient it might be for him. He was also someone who was smart, clever, dedicated to helping people, and whose only superpower was that he applied himself (well that and, as the most recent iteration of Batman says in the upcoming Justice League, he's rich -- but he puts that wealth to good use).

Typecasting made his life and career difficult in the 1970s and 1980s, but by the turn of the century, he had embraced his place in the pop-culture pantheon.

Probably my favorite role of his was his guest turn on Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, doing the voice of Simon Trent, an actor who played "The Gray Ghost" in an old TV show that young Bruce Wayne watched as a kid, and whose portrayal of that hero was one of the inspirations for how he behaves as Batman. Trent is an old man, known more for that one role than anything else he's done, reduced to cashing in on the nostalgia. But over the course of the episode, he's reminded of the importance of his playing a hero. It's one of the best B:TAS episodes, and a wonderful statement on West's career and influence.

He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, old chum.

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Had some issues signing into LiveJournal the past couple of days, so wasn't able to do the mirror posts I usually do to the Word Press blog. And I'm too lazy to do it now, so here's some links:

I never could get the hang of Thursdays, on my busy schedule and a Trek-related earworm.

The Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch saves the whales with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Three reviews of The X-Files: Trust No One, two of whom liked my story in it, one of whom did not.

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Over on Tor.com, I review the Wonder Woman movie -- that is to say, the 2009 animated movie starring Keri Russell as the voice of Diana of Themyscira and Nathan Fillion as the voice of Steve Trevor. Despite her lengthy history in animation, from an appearance in a 1972 episode of The Brady Kids all the way to this year's Justice League Action, she's only starred in a solo movie once, to wit, this film. Sadly, it's a disappointment.

An excerpt (be warned that it's one of the few nice things I say about the movie.......):
And the whole movie’s worth it for the scene in the park. Diana sees a little girl crying near some boys playing with swords. The girl reveals that the boys won’t let her play pirate with them because she can’t wield a sword. Diana tartly points out that the boys can’t, either, and then gives the girl some tips using a stick. With Diana’s urging to “Go, raise hell,” the girl immediately runs in and starts waving the stick around, scaring the crap out of the boys. (It also leads to another of Fillion’s funny lines, to wit, “That is sweet—teaching her to disembowel her playmates like that.”)


Originally published on Keith's Word Press blog.

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Over on the Word Press blog: this month's irons in the fire update.

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Re-cast Saavik! Reverend Jim as a Klingon! "You Klingon bastard, you killed my son!" "It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost!" Howard Hunter as a starship captain! "Don't call me 'Tiny'"! "Mr. Adventure"! "Up your shaft!" Scotty as a miracle worker! The auto-destruct sequence from "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"! The Enterprise is destroyed! Spock only being mostly dead, but David being all dead! The TOS Rewatch does Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
An excerpt:

On the one hand, we see the loyalty this group of people have for each other. They’re willing to risk their careers to save Spock. Which is awesome, and also has the unintended side effect of at least saving one member of the Grissom crew as well. On the other hand, you gotta wonder why this was necessary. Sarek is a high-ranking Vulcan ambassador, with enough juice that he can get to look at the now-very-classified Genesis presentation. So why can’t he make a demand of the Federation Council that they allow Kirk to retrieve his son’s body? Instead, we just get Kirk asking Morrow and the latter making a dismissive, and borderline racist comment about how he never understood “Vulcan mysticism,” never mind that it all involves telepathy which is a well established part of Vulcan physiognomy and culture. Yes, Genesis is a hot potato politically, but Sarek should have more political clout than Kirk, so he should be the one to be making this happen. And Morrow needs to have a better reason than “Vulcans are weird.”


Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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In anticipation of the release this Friday of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, I take a look back at Lynda Carter's two Wonder Woman series from the late 1970s, and come to the interesting conclusion that Diana Prince was actually a better role model than the title character. Trust me, it makes sense.

An excerpt:
Diana herself changed, too. In “The Return of Wonder Woman,” she wore a large pair of glasses, much like she did during World War II, and using the gold coins her mother gave her, she purchased a wardrobe that was almost entirely dowdy, meant to contrast with her sexy alter ego. This was also abandoned by the time “The Man Who Made Volcanoes” rolled around. Diana started wearing clothes that were at the height of fashion. That went into overdrive in the final season, where she was dressed like she was going to a fashion show, wearing more suit jackets and hats and skirts. The big glasses also took a supporting role, generally only worn when Diana was driving or working in the IADC office, and not even always then. She also wore her hair in a ponytail as Diana Prince, rather than up in a bun as she had in the early episodes. In later episodes, she occasionally wore it down as Diana. (How nobody figured out that this woman who looked and sounded just like Diana Prince, always turned up when Diana was in trouble, and was never in the same place at the same time as Diana is left as an exercise for the viewer.)


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Khan's back, and he's PISSED! The TOS Rewatch feels The Wrath of Khan, as we talk about revenge being a dish best served cold, the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few, new characters, old characters, nebulae inside star systems, the good, the bad, the ugly, and more.

An excerpt:
More fundamental, though, is that the theme of Kirk never facing death until he lost Spock just rings wrong on every possible level. I mean, we start with “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” where Kirk has to kill his best friend from the Academy. We move on to “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” where Kirk is deeply affected by the security guards who die, and while that consideration whittles down over time, to the point where he stops even noticing his crew dying by the late second season, Kirk has been seen to feel the loss of crew at least occasionally. Then we have “Operation: Annihilate,” where he listens to his sister-in-law die and finds the body of his older brother. Then we have “Obsession,” where Kirk’s guilt over his role (whether real or imagined) in the death of half the Farragut crew is so palpable that he devolves into the titular obsession to stop the creature responsible. Then we have “The Paradise Syndrome,” where he falls in love with Miramanee, marries her, and has to watch her die after finding out she’s pregnant with their kid.

And, the biggie, Edith Keeler, whom he stopped McCoy from saving. Yeah, that’s someone who’s never faced death. Sure. Hell, “The City on the Edge of Foreverwas a classic no-win scenario: either let the great love of your life be killed or destroy history. And Kirk already faced it. For that matter, he took the Kobayashi Maru test twice before he cheated, so he faced it there, as well.


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I will be attending Balticon 51 this coming weekend as an author guest. I will also be spending a lot of time at the eSpec Books table in the dealer room selling and signing books (and also selling Wrenn's Geek Bears).

Here's my schedule:

Saturday
12-1pm: "Worldbuilding for RPGs vs. Novels: Similarities & Differences," w/Peter Bryant & Chris Jackson (Room 8006)
1-2pm: "SFF You Should Be Watching," w/D.H. Aire & Lisa-Anne Samuels (Mt. Washington)

Sunday
1-2pm: reading, w/Jack Campbell & Michael Ventrella (St. George)
1-3pm: Fortress Publishing/Fantastic Books launch party, w/ Brian Kocienski, Ian Randal Strock, and a cast of dozens (Club Lounge -- I'll be late to this, as I've got my reading, but I'll be there eventually to help launch TV Gods: Summer Programming)
6-7pm: "How Much It Costs: Past and Future," w/Bob Chase, Tim Dodge, & Roberta Rogow (Guilford)
7-9pm: eSpec Books launch party, w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail, and a cast of dozens (Con Suite)

Monday
1-2pm: "Expanding a Universe," w/Steven Brust, Jack Campbell, Dave Robison, & S.M. Stirling (Guilford)

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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With the release of Marvel's Warriors Three: Godhood's End, I talk about the entire "Tales of Asgard" trilogy, of which this is Book 3, and also read from the novel. Check it out!

Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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Bill O'Reilly said that Roger Ailes died because of all the hatred directed at him. I guess O'Reilly knows from directing hatred, since he's been doing it his entire professional career, but this sort of bullshit is, to say the least, disingenuous.

Of course, this is the guy who went to Sylvia's in Harlem and expressed utter shock that all the black people therein were acting in a civilized manner. Yeah.

Then again, my first response when I heard that Ailes was dead was a response I rarely have when I find out a living being died: "Good." It takes a lot to make me think the world is better off with someone dead than alive, but Ailes is one of the special few who managed it.

Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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First off, the trailer itself:



Here's what I think:

Michelle Yeoh is in it. I'm so in.....

Yeah, okay, there are other things happening. I'm seeing a lot of chest-beating on the Internet, and I'm just laughing at the human tendency to forget history and repeat it. In 1987 when The Next Generation was announced, lots of Trek fans were fulminating at the mouth because it isn't real Star Trek if it doesn't have Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Oh, and no one will know when to watch it, because it's syndicated.

Thirty years later, it's the same nonsense.

I will say this: I don't care that the Klingons look different, because they've looked different practically every time they've been reintroduced. The TOS Klingons don't look like the movie Klingons which don't look like the TNG Klingons which don't look like the Bad Robot Klingons. And even within those general types there are variations. I can't bring myself to be arsed about yet another change to their look.

I don't really care that the look of the show is obviously different from TOS, because this show is being made in 2017, not 1966. Personally, I think doing a prequel is a mistake, but I said that in 2001, and every new Trek since then has continued to look backward rather than forward. Whatever.

What matters is whether or not it's written well. Enterprise didn't fail in the marketplace because it was a prequel or because it "shit on continuity" or whatever, it failed because it was badly written. By the time it started to be well written, the viewership had already abandoned it. Prequels are not inherently bad, as AMC is proving every week with Better Call Saul. But they need to be well written. The show will live or die on that -- just like every other show.

The trailer gives no hints as to whether or not the show will be any good -- because trailers never do. Hell, the trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013 made it look great, but the show was a mess its first year. However, there were no real warning signs that I saw, and what we did see looked interesting enough that I want to see more.

I'll be reviewing the series for Tor.com, so you'll find out what I think then........

Originally posted on Keith's Word Press blog.

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TODAY ONLY!

The fine folks at eBook Daily have made my novelization of the 2005 Joss Whedon movie Serenity available for only $.99! Get it while it's hot!

Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

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