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Sorry I've been so quiet. Balticon 49 was overall a good convention, but there were issues both personal and professional that made it somewhat draining. The important thing is that Without a License had a successful launch, as did the other books at the Dark Quest Books Launch Party (one of which was the anthology The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson, which benefits C.J.'s widow), and all the panels I did were hugely successful (all the more impressive given what a disaster the pre-show organization of programming was). Registration was a total disaster, but that was due to an unexpected computer snafu involving the new software (a problem that didn't come up during the testing phase).

Anyhow, the final turd in the oatmeal was that we went to dinner after the con, and then drove all the way to the Delaware/Maryland border before discovering that Wrenn left her phone at the restaurant, so we had to drive back. That cost us two hours of the drive, so we didn't get home until midnight.

It's taken a few days to recover, but I've gotten some stuff done this week, including some way overdue KRADitorial work, with more to come.

Tonight, I need to get the Stargate SG-1 season 8 rewatch written for tomorrow, then back to the editorial salt mines tomorrow. Plus "Baker's Dozen" (the Dragon Precinct Kickstarter story) won't write itself.....

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BONK BONK ON THE HEAD! The TOS Rewatch does "Miri."

An excerpt:
They’re racing a clock. Each of them will get the disease and die within a week—except for Spock, but he’s a carrier, so he can’t return to the ship. Spock and McCoy continue to work, going through the files and trying to find a vaccine. The kids make noise to distract them, and all three leave the lab, leaving their communicators behind because they failed their saving roll versus dumbass and all decided not to keep them on their belts like they always do. Jahn comes in and takes them before sneaking out the window. That leaves them without the Enterprise‘s resources. To make matters worse, they’ve discovered that the onlies have just a few months’ worth of food reserves left. They’re going to starve to death before they can grow old enough to die of the disease.

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With the arrival of Without a License, I thought I'd show off the "DeCandido" parts of my bookshelves.

I shelve all my books alphabetically by author, and also separate mass-market paperbacks from everything else (the latter due to shelf sizes on bookcases). This means that some of my books are elsewhere on the shelf. I didn't get everything, but I got the "D" sections, the "G" section for paperbacks, and the "O" section for larger books....

Anyhow, here's my bookses!

First, the large books under "DeCandido." From left to right, first the books I wrote solo: Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions; Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Tales from Dragon Precinct, and Gryphon Precinct; SCPD: The Case of the Claw; Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet; Guilt in Innocence: A Tale of the Scattered Earth; Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War; and Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido. Next are ones where I share the byline: Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances (with Peter David and Sarah Shaw), Farscape: Uncharted Tales: D'Argo's Lament (with Neil Edwards), Farscape: Uncharted Tales: D'Argo's Trial (in hardcover and trade paperback, with Caleb Cleveland), Farscape: Uncharted Tales: D'Argo's Quest (with Caleb Cleveland), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Vielleicht Auch Traumen (German edition of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Perchance to Dream, with Peter Pachoumis and Lucian Rizzo), Star Trek: Alien Spotlight Volume 2 (with JK Woodward, Arne Schmidt & Andy Schmidt, Agustin Padilla, Ian Edginton, Wagner Reis, Stuart Moore, Mike Hawthorne, Scott Tipton & David Tipton, and Elena Cassagrande), Star Trek: Captain's Log (with JK Woodward, Stuart Moore, Scott Tipton & David Tipton, Federica Manfredi, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Currie), and Cars: Rust Bucket Derby (with Travis Hill). And finally, stuff I edited: Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction, Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table, and Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership. In front of them, my Faust, the lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.

Next is the first shelf of mass-markets under "DeCandido." From left to right: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Xander Years Volume 1, Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors, Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility, Farscape: House of Cards (British and American editions), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gateways Book 4: Demons of Air and Darkness, Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold Books 1-2, Darkness Falls, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions, Star Trek: The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible, Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 1: A Good Day to Die, Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 2: Honor Bound, Resident Evil: Genesis, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Dragon Precinct, Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace, Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon Book 3: Enemy Territory, Star Trek: Articles of the Federation, Serenity, Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets, World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout, StarCraft: Ghost: Nova, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless, Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars, Supernatural: Nevermore, Resident Evil: Extinction, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A, Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House, Supernatural: Bone Key, and Star Trek: A Singular Destiny. In front of them, my nomination plaques for my first four Scribe Award nominations.

Then the second mass-market shelf, which finishes the solo stuff: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun, Leverage: The Zoo Job, and Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution. After that, the collaborations: Star Trek: S.C.E.: Have Tech, Will Travel (with Dean Wesley Smith, Christie Golden, and Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore), Star Trek: S.C.E.: Miracle Workers (with David Mack and Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore), StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1 (with Fernando Furukawa), Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wildfire (with David Mack and J. Steven York & Christina F. York), and Spider-Man: Venom's Wrath (with José R. Nieto).

Next, the mass market "G" shelf that includes Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume 3 (with David R. George III) and OtherWere: Stories of Transformation (edited with Laura Anne Gilman).

Finally, the large-size "O" shelf that includes all the other Farscape graphic novels I did in collaboration with Rockne S. O'Bannon and either Tommy Patterson or Will Sliney: Volume 1: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning (two different hardcover editions), Volume 2: Strange Detractors (hardcover and trade paperback editions), Volume 3: Gone and Back, Volume 4: Tangled Roots, Volume 5: Red Sky at Morning, Volume 6: Compulsions, and Volume 7: The War for the Uncharted Territories Part 1. (Missing are the trade paperback edition of Volume 1, the hardcover of Volume 3, and the reissue of Volume 7 with the entirety of the storyline.)

I'm missing a bunch here (other Star Trek: S.C.E./Corps of Engineers compilations, the two Ultimate anthologies I co-edited, Urban Nightmares, etc.), but that covers most of it. *grin*

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Me sitting at a Starbucks writing in 2008. Photo by Laura Anne Gilman. Angela McKendrick used this photo as the basis for the cover art on Without a License, which is launching this weekend. Cha cha cha.

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Today I brought a crapton of books from four different households to the Housing Works Bookstore & Café for donation. It's a great way to get rid of no-longer-wanted-and/or-needed books, as all their sales go straight to the Housing Works charity.

Then I finished the tie-in novella outline and sent it off. It needs work, but that work requires more information from the licensor that I hope will come with the notes on the outline. I can say that this will be fun to write, and I look forward to being able to announce it some day.

After that, I taught my afterschool kids (who are doing great). It's in Washington Heights, and I get there via either the 1 or A train to 181st Street, and I gotta say that the 1 train station at 181st needs help. It's one of those stations (like many in the hilly Washington Heights area) that's so far underground you need an elevator to get to it. But the elevators are only accessible via a tiny hallway that serves as a nasty choke point, especially since only three of the four elevators seem to work at any given time. Sadly, any part of Manhattan north of 125th Street tends to fall in the same neglectful dustbin as the non-Brooklyn outer boroughs, so I doubt the MTA will be prioritize expanding the entrance any time soon, but the crowds are insane even before rush hour......

Anyhow, after that, Wrenn and I did shopping for Balticon. Now I'm running around doing other Balticon prep, including tidying up the apartment for the dog-sitter, packing, and suchlike. I also made dinner: broiled chicken cutlets marinated in olive oil, citrus ginger rub (one of Auntie Arwen's specialty spices), minced onion, sea salt, black pepper, and white pepper. It was verra yummy.

Still waiting for a contract for the tie-in trilogy -- which is approved, but I really am not comfortable starting work until there's a contract in place. In the meantime, I've got KRADitorial edits to do, a Dragon Precinct Kickstarted short story to write, and probably some other stuff to do.

But this weekend, as I said, is Balticon 49, at which I'll be launching Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido. Here's the current version of my schedule.... Besides that, you might also find me at the Dark Quest Books table in the dealer room.

Okay, back to tidying.......

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One of my favorite Dire Straits songs has always been "Setting Me Up" off their eponymous debut album. Just some great guitar work. Here's the original:

Around 1990 or so, Straits frontman Mark Knopfler put together a bluegrass band called the Notting Hillbillies for an album (Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time) and tour. Here's the NH's much more banjo-tinged version of the song:

Here's an excellent cover by Eric Clapton:

Finally, this one can't be embedded, but here's Knopfler doing the song on one of his solo tours in 2002.

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Kirk's Christmas party indiscretions come back to haunt him, we see our first Vulcan mind-meld, and Inspector Luger does mind control on Captain Tracey! Or something. The TOS Rewatch asks if thou art a "Dagger of the Mind."

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Eventually, Adams lets him go. Noel cares for him, and Kirk still thinks he’s loved her for years. He’s so fuzzy-brained from the neutralizer he thinks he’s in an episode of Mission: Impossible, as evidenced by his ordering Noel to crawl through the duct-work to try to find the colony’s power source to cut it off so Spock can beam a rescue team down.

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For my own edification, I was curious as to how many Scribe nominations other folks have gotten, and what the ratio of nominations to wins are, and so on.

It turns out that I'm tied for third for most nominations with seven. I'm behind Greg Cox (14) and Max Allan Collins (13), and tied with the late Mickey Spillane, who's received seven nominations despite being dead since the year before the Scribes launched. (He's been nominated for several works in collaboration with Collins, who has used Spillane's notes to create a bunch of new Mike Hammer fiction. Collins's other six nominations are for solo work.)

What's especially fascinating to me is that twelve authors have received four or more nominations. The others are Stacia Deutsch with six, and Donald Bain, Rhody Cohon, Christa Faust, Matt Forbeck, Nathan Long, Cavan Scott, and Tracey West all with four. You know how many of the dozen have never actually won a Scribe?

Two. Me and Donald Bain.

Amusingly, Bain and I are also the only people on that list who have received a Lifetime Achievement Award, a.k.a. the Faust, from the IAMTW, which makes me feel like we're being punished for something. *wry grin*

Though that argument falls apart if you expand the list to three-time nominees. The three-timers include Kevin J. Anderson, Tod Goldberg, David Mack, Jeff Mariotte, Aaron Rosenberg, Steven Savile, Stephen D. Sullivan, James Swallow, Joan Marie Verba, and Mark Wright. Only three of those folks haven't won a Scribe yet: Goldberg, Mack, and Sullivan. Anderson, who's won a Faust, has won two Scribes.

Of course, of the five of us three-or-more folk who've been snubbed to date, three of us could change that in July, as Mack, Bain, and I are all up for the award this year.

For those who are curious, nobody has won more than four Scribes -- and only Collins has that many. Cox and Spillane have three and Anderson, Long, and Mariotte each have two. So at least the love is being spread around......

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Here's my tentative schedule for Balticon 49, which will be held at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland this coming weekend, which is also Memorial Day weekend. A highlight of the weekend is the launch of Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido, which will be released at the Dark Quest Books launch party Sunday evening. I actually got my hot-offa-da-presses copies in the mail today!

Anyhow, here's my current schedule, subject to change -- if nothing else, they haven't assigned the readings yet.... UPDATED: Hey look, readings! Plus some panel participant changes.

5pm: "A Glimpse Behind the Curtain: The Business Side of Writing," w/Joshua Bilmes, Allison Gamblin, Bud Sparhawk, James Daniel Ross, and Jeff Young (Salon C)
6pm: reading, w/Sunny Moraine and Jean Marie Ward (Chesapeake)

10am: "Tips for the Freelance Editor," w/Elektra Hammond, Mark Kilfoil, Grig Larson, and Wrenn Simms* (Pimlico)
1pm: "C.J. Henderson Tribute," w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Patrick Thomas, Jeff Young, and Mike McPhail (Garden)

10am: autographing, w/Jay Smith and Patrick Thomas (Autograph Table)
1pm: "Old Who for New Fans," w/Thomas Atkinson, Bugsy Bryant, Doc Coleman, and Jennifer R Povey (Garden)
7pm: Dark Quest Launch Party, w/several Dark Quest authors and editors** (Frankie & Vinnie's)
8pm: "Working In A Shared Universe: Tie-Ins, Spec, and Writing on a Shift," w/Dave Robison, Veronica Giguere, Marianne Pease, and Melissa Scott (Salon B)

12pm: "Editors' Pet Peeves," w/Hildy Silverman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sue Baiman, and Trisha J Wooldridge (Chase)

* Yes, I get to do a panel with my fiancée.....
** This is where Without a License will be launched.

At least some of the time I don't spend doing the above-listed programming will be spent at the Dark Quest booth in the dealer room, hawking the launch party as well as the "Precinct" books, Ragnarok and Roll, SCPD: The Case of the Claw, Guilt in Innocence, and The Klingon Art of War.

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I'm pleased to announce that you can now order the trade paperback of Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido from either Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Here's the back cover copy:

For more than twenty years, Keith R.A. DeCandido has told stories in a variety of universes and genres. Now, some of his finest short fiction from across those two decades are gathered here, plus some new, never-before-published tales of wonder, including a brand-new fantastical police procedural featuring the Cliff's End Castle Guard and a brand-new urban fantasy set in Key West, Florida featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, both written especially for this collection!

From the urban grittiness of "The Ballad of Big Charlie" to the space opera of "The Stone of the First High Pontiff." From the modern-day thriller of "-30-" to the lighthearted cats-and-dogs-and-squirrels romp of "Sunday in the Park with Spot." From a murder mystery in a high fantasy setting in "Partners in Crime" to a murder mystery in a modern publishing setting in "Editorial Interference." From a tale of New York City occupied by magical creatures in "Under the King's Bridge" to a story of Key West filled with Norse gods in "Seven-Mile Race." Plus the short-shorts "A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar," "Wild Bill Got Shot," and "Behold a White Tricycle."

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So, as I said in this post, Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution is nominated for a Scribe Award. It's my seventh book to be so nominated, which is a tremendous honor and I'm thrilled about it.

Having said that, I've been nominated six previous times, and neither Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless, Resident Evil: Extinction, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A, Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, nor Leverage: The Zoo Job won. And my competition this year includes several of the best people working in the tie-in field: Greg Cox, David Mack (who are also two of my closest friends), Tim Waggoner, Christa Faust, John Passarella, and James Sutter. So I'm pretty comfortable in expecting myself to be seven for seven in nominations without a victory.

Having said that -- it really and truly is an honor to be nominated. There are dozens and dozens and dozens of speculative fiction tie-ins published every year, and my little Sleepy Hollow novel is considered one of the seven best among all of them. That's pretty fantastic.

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The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers have announced the nominees for this year's Scribe Awards for accomplishment in tie-in fiction. I'm pleased to announce that I've received my seventh nomination for a Scribe Award, for Best Speculative Fiction Novel for Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution. While I was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAMTW in 2009, none of my previous six nominees have received a Scribe. Will Sleepy Hollow turn the tide?????

Here's the full list of nominees:

Murder, She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Donald Bain
The Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne
Homeland: Saul’s Game by Andrew Kaplan
Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
24: Deadline by James Swallow

Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise by Greg Cox
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Fringe: Sins of the Father by Christa Faust
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed by David Mack
Grimm: Chopping Block by John Passarella
Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine by James Sutter
Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Alex Irvine
Noah by Mark Morris
War of the Worlds: Goliath by Adam Whitlach

Spirit Animals: Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident by Jennifer Brozak
Penguins of Madagascar by Tracey West

Stargate SG-1: "Perceptions" by Diana Dru Botsford
Tales of Valdemar: "Written in the Wind" by Jennifer Brozek
Mike Hammer: "It’s in the Book" by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
Pathfinder: "Queen Sacrifice" by Steven Savile
Pathfinder: "Hunter’s Folly" by Josh Vogt

Doctor Who: Iterations of I by John Dorney
Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow by Nev Fountain
Blake’s 7: Fortuitis by George Mann
Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat by Mark Thomas Passmore
Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders by Cavan Scott

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One of my favorite songs from Dire Straits' eponymous first album, here's the rollicking "Southbound Again."

I will sometimes try to find live versions of some songs, especially if it's an act like Dire Straits who tend to do interesting things with their live performances. Unfortunately, I only found two of this one, and I found them disappointing. Ah, well, this is the original studio version.

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Jackson's back, Anubis is gearing up, Quinn's gone, Fraiser dies, and the groundwork is laid for Atlantis. Plus teenaged O'Neill, Carter and Teal'c both get dates, and hey look, it's the EMH, Jayne, and T'Pol! The Stargate Rewatch does SG-1 season 7.

An excerpt:
Special mention to “Death Knell,” which is actually a great episode on paper, but is a disaster on execution. Not enough time is spent on Carter’s plight, and the collapse of the Tau’ri-Tok’ra-Jaffa rebellion alliance is handled incredibly poorly. Jacob’s being marginalized is actually an interesting plot point, but neither Sebastian Spence’s Tok’ra nor Mark Gibbon’s Jaffa is anyone we give a damn about, so the entire subplot feels oddly removed and inconsequential for something that should be more major. The presence of Bra’tac and of a Tok’ra we actually know would have made this plotline much more convincing; as it stands, it feels irrelevant.

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One of the finest musicians of our time, B.B. King, has died at the age of 89.

I had the pleasure of seeing King perform at the Beacon Theatre here in New York about 25 years ago or so, on an interesting double bill: it was B.B. and Miles Davis. Not a pairing you'd expect, but it was one of the best concerts I've ever attended. He was one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived, and he will be sorely missed.

I posted the Friday fanfare before I learned that he'd died, so here's a bonus: King, alongside four other great axe men, Jimmy Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy doing "Rock Me Baby."

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My latest Cassie Zukav story is called "Down to the Waterline," a title I lifted from this incredibly nifty old Dire Straits song off their eponymous first album. It's always been one of my favorite songs, and here they are performing it on German television in 1979.

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Never did this at the beginning of the month............

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido. My short story collection is done and proofread and be-covered. It's off at the printer, and I really really really hope we'll have copies in time for Balticon next weekend. You can preorder an autographed copy of the collection from me, and it'll be up on the usual online ordering sites in June.

Stargate. I finished Kali's Wrath last week, read it over this week, and now it's with three beta readers so it can go to Fandemonium on Monday. When it will be published depends on how long it takes MGM to approve it. I have another collaborative Stargate project that we're still waiting for notes on......

Dragon Precinct fiction. I'm diving back into "Baker's Dozen," the Kickstarted story of Danthres & Torin's second case (the sequel to "When the Magick Goes Away") tomorrow, and hope to have it out to my editors next week and available to the long-suffering waiting backers by the end of the month. There's a new "Precinct" story in Without a License called "Partners in Crime," and I have an idea for another story that I will run through Kickstarter as soon as "Baker's Dozen" is done (I refuse to start up another crowdfunding thing until the current one is fulfilled), tentatively titled "Prison Break." And at some point I will write Mermaid Precinct. No, really!

Cassie Zukav stories. "Down to the Waterline" is up on Buzzy Mag, and Without a License will have a new Cassie story called "Seven-Mile Race." I have an idea for a story that I may also submit to Buzzy, and I also have been asked to do a story for my buddy Jessica Brawner's "Story of the Month Club," which will be a Cassie story.

Tie-in novella. Still doing the research for this, which I should finish up soon, and then I need to get a proposal to the editor. This will be out some time this fall as an eBook, and be collected with other novellas into a single edition some time next year.

Tie-in trilogy. This has been approved, and I start writing these three 50,000-word books next week. These will be most of what I'm doing between now and October (with a break to do the novella above once it's approved), and will be kicking off a very exciting new tie-in line that I hope will be announced soon.

Anthologies. I've got two anthologies that I'm going to be doing via Kickstarter, but they're still in the formative stages. More on them when there's more details.

Tie-in novel. I sent the pitch in back in January, and have heard nothing back, so this is probably dead in the water.

Short story editing. I've got four client edits that can finally be dealt with now that Kali's Wrath is done -- my inability to do that quickly really borked everything else...

Tie-in novel. This is very preliminary, as I've had an initial conversation with the company in question, but it hasn't gone much beyond that. We'll see.

SCPD. I've got a short story in the works for this for an anthology. The next novel, Avenging Amethyst, is backburnered.

Icarus. I've done my part for this graphic novel adaptation of Greg Wilson's novel. Matt Slay's working hard on the artwork......

Original fiction. The mystery, the urban fantasy, the space opera, the historical novel, the fantasy -- all in my head, all with absolutely no time to work on them. Maybe some day after we win the lottery or something.....

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This is your regular reminder that I have bunches of my books for sale, which I will gladly autograph and send off to you. You can get any of the books listed below from me by sending me the cost of each book you want plus $5 for postage, along with your mailing address and to whom you wish the books inscribed. The money can be sent via PayPal to krad at whysper dot net or by check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido mailed to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976.

In addition, you can also pre-order a copy of my new short story collection Without a License, which will be available to the general public in June.

Defending the Future Volume 5: Best-Laid Plans -- $15
Liar Liar -- $15
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido -- $15 PREORDER

Cassie Zukav
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $15

Command and Conquer
Tiberium Wars -- $8

Dungeons & Dragons
Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun -- $8

Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda
Destruction of Illusions -- $10

"Precinct" books
Dragon Precinct -- $15
Unicorn Precinct -- $15
Goblin Precinct -- $15
Gryphon Precinct -- $15
Tales from Dragon Precinct -- $15
any 3 "Precinct" books -- $40
any 4 "Precinct" books -- $55
any 5 "Precinct" books -- $65

Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Genesis -- $7

The Case of the Claw -- $15
With Great Power -- $15

Star Trek
A Time for War, a Time for Peace -- $8
The Klingon Art of War -- $26
Klingon Empire: A Burning House -- $8
Q & A -- $8

Nevermore -- $8
Bone Key -- $8

Tales of the Scattered Earth
Guilt in Innocence -- $15

Young Hercules
Cheiron's Warriors -- $3
The Ares Alliance -- $3
both YH books -- $5

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Sugar and spice and nothing nice! The TOS Rewatch meets up with Chapel's fiancé, a sexy android, and Ted Cassidy with a shaved head, while asking the question "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

An excerpt:
Kirk manages to escape by threatening Korby with rope he pulls off the fancy wooden chair he’s sitting on. Ruk goes after him; Chapel, appalled at what Ruk might do, goes after Ruk. Kirk arms himself with a stalactite that doesn’t look at all like a giant dildo. (It totally looks like a giant dildo...) Kirk hits Ruk with the stalactite, which proves futile, and Ruk knocks him over a cliff. Then, having been ordered by Chapel not to harm Kirk, Ruk pulls him up.

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Dark Quest Books is planning to launch my short story collection Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido over Memorial Day weekend at Balticon. The collection will have eleven pieces of short fiction by me, including a new Dragon Precinct story, a new Cassie Zukav story, two never-before-published short-shorts, and seven reprints. (Full table of contents below.)

And now it has a cover, by the wonderful Angela McKendrick!

Here's the full table of contents:
    "Partners in Crime" -- a Dragon Precinct story (written especially for this collection)
    "The Ballad of Big Charlie" -- a V-Wars story (originally published in V-Wars)
    "A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar" (originally published in Amazing Stories #205)
    "Under the King's Bridge" (originally published in Liar Liar)
    "The Stone of the First High Pontiff" (originally published in Defending the Future Vol. 5: Best-Laid Plans)
    "Seven-Mile Race" -- a Cassie Zukav story (written especially for this collection)
    "Editorial Interference" (originally published in Fedoras Literary Review Vol. 1 #2)
    "Sunday in the Park with Spot" (originally published in Furry Fantastic)
    "Wild Bill Got Shot" (never before published)
    "-30-" -- a Viral story (originally published as part of the Viral miniseries)
    "Behold a White Tricycle" -- a story of the Four Clowns of the Apocalypse (never before published)

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From the Paul Simon and Friends DVD commemorating Simon's receiving the first-ever Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, here's Simon, Stevie Wonder, and the Dixie Hummingbirds doing "Loves Me Like a Rock." Just some great great gospel singing here.

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Current Music: "Loves Me Like a Rock" by Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, & the Dixie Hummingbirds

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Last year, our dojo entered an agreement with a local business called Little Red Rocket. LRR's thing is to, basically, keep kids occupied with nifty activities and learning between the hours of 3 and 6. They do their thing at a local school, and also at their own facility. Last year, they added karate at the school, and this year (in January, actually) they added it at their facility. I teach both those.

The school group is actually two classes -- one of twenty four-, five-, and six-year-olds, and another of fourteen seven-to-ten-year-olds. Yesterday, they went for promotion -- some to advanced white belt, some to blue belt, some to advanced blue belt.

These kids aren't like the ones at the dojo -- they're not taking karate because they want to, they're taking it because it's part of the afterschool program they've been signed up for. So the levels of enthusiasm are variable among them, and there are times when I wonder if they're even paying any attention to me.

Yesterday, in the auditorium with Shihan running the promotion and with their parents all watching, they did superbly. They all knew their punches and kicks and blocks and strikes, and they all did their kata extremely well. At the end, they all broke a board.

Words cannot describe how incredibly proud I am of my kids. They performed amazingly well, and I was just beaming as the promotion went on.

I still have them for another month and a half this school year, so I get to teach them some new stuff. Oughtta be fun....

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Current Music: "Golden Vanity" by Pete Seeger

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Me at a Hallowe'en party in 2009 dressed as Silent Bob.

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Current Music: "Further to Fly" by Paul Simon

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Hey, look, it's Jason Carter's Treklanta​ report, complete with a very sweet mention both of me and of The Klingon Art of War!

Jason and I have been guests together at bunches of cons in the past, mostly in the first five years of the 21st century, but it had been ten years since that last happened (at the Big Damned Flanvention in Burbank). We picked up as if no time had passed, and it was a joy to bask in his company once again.

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The other guest, Keith R. A. DeCandido, I had met at several conventions in the past and we still get on quite well. I purchased a copy of his book "The Klingon Art of War" for my wife Tara, which she blazed through on Sunday and reported back to me how enjoyable it was, relating how in her words "it reflected both familiar elements in spiritual codes of conduct combined as well as teachings found in several martial arts disciplines". So now, though a much slower reader, I too have embarked on reading much of Klingon wisdom and honor. Thank you Keith.

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Current Music: "My God" by Jethro Tull

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With the caveat that the lyrics don't really apply -- I just really like the driving guitar-based melody -- here's my attempt to get back into the Monday music/midweek music/Friday fanfare groove with Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

(The tune has been used by one of the networks for their football theme song, with new lyrics sung by some blonde country singer or other, and it always makes me wince, but I figure Jett got a nice big check for it, so good for her.)

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Current Music: "I Hate Myself for Loving You" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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