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Here's what I've been babbling about on the new Word Press blog....

From the archives: talking about Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."

An overview of my first two months on Patreon followed by a whole bunch of new stuff I added around the end of January.

Monday music: "The Last DJ" by Tom Petty.

Midweek music: "Til the Money Runs Out" by Tom Waits.

My Farpoint 25 schedule (that was this past weekend, so it's of less use now....).

Friday fanfare: "Central Park and West" by Ian Hunter.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Generation X and Justice League of America.

Monday music: "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" by Paul Thorn.

An archive of my live-tweets of the Super Bowl.

Midweek music: "The Boy in the Bubble" by Paul Simon.

Plugging two Kickstarters by friends of mine, Michael Jan Friedman's Empty Spaces and eSpec Books's Steampunk trio of books.

I found a nifty set of reviews of the entire "A Time to..." series of Star Trek novels, culminating with my own A Time for War, a Time for Peace.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Spirit (1987) and The Spirit (2008).

Friday fanfare: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

My convention report on Farpoint 25.

From the archives: my review of The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

And, finally, my last three reviews of Star Trek Discovery's first season: "What's Past is Prologue," "The War Without, the War Within," and "Will You Take My Hand?"

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Here's what I've been babbling about over on my Word Press blog:

Friday fanfare is a hilarious mashup of Billy Joel and H.P. Lovecraft.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Howard the Duck and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

After being a week behind for several weeks, I finally catch up on my Patreon weekly TV reviews with a piece on Black Lightning's first episode and a look back at 2011's Breakout Kings.

Speaking of 2011, here's a new review of my novel from that year, SCPD: The Case of the Claw.

From the archives: Waiting for Godot with Sirs Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Vaulting Ambition."

Tuesday's dead on a productive weekend and all the work I've fallen behind on since Dale died.

Ursula K. Le Guin, RIP.

Midweek music is Robbie Robertson's "He Don't Live Here No More."

A guide to what's coming on "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" over the next few months.

Friday fanfare is Rhiannon Giddens doing "Waterboy."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Captain America (1990) and Fantastic Four (1994).

On a very busy Thursday.....

A signing for Mine!, which is actually this afternoon!

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A memorial drink-up for our roommate, brother, and friend Dale Mazur will be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018 at 1pm at one of Dale's favorite watering holes, the Rambling House in the Woodlawn Heights section of the Bronx. Details at the Facebook event page.

Some crash space will be available, also, for folks who might be coming in from out of town. We will be there, as will Dale's daughter, at the very least.

If you're coming along, please RSVP at the Facebook page or by e-mailing me at krad at whysper dot net, so we can give the Rambling House a nose count.


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Here's what I've been babbling about on the Word Press blog:

A review of Mine!, the Planned Parenthood benefit comics anthology that I also contributed to.

Midweek music on the 10th of January: Arlo Guthrie's "Darkest Hour," which opens with the line, "It's the 10th of January...."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Steel and Spawn.

A guide to what conventions I'm attending in the first three months of the year, as well as some others I'm planning to hit in 2018.

From the archives: The Matrix is some overrated nonsense.

Why we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Midweek music is Iron & Wine's "He Lays in the Reins."

A belated January irons in the fire update.

Coming in June: DC Comics: Poison Ivy Hardcover Ruled Journal, with text by me!

A very nice review of Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, one that singles out my story "Ganbatte" out for praise.

My latest Star Trek Discovery reviews: "Despite Yourself" and ""The Wolf Inside." Plus I also posted a guide to all my reviews of the show, since Tor.com doesn't have an index page for them.

And finally, updates on what I've posted to Patreon here and here.

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Here's what I've posted on my Word Press blog:

As is traditional, I posted Susan Cooper's "The Shortest Day" on the Winter Solstice on 21 December.

Friday fanfare: more holiday songs, including "The Boar's Head" performed by Magpie Lane, "The Sussex Mummers Carol" performed by the folks from The Christmas Revels, "Carol of the Bells" performed by Pandora Celtica, and Tom Lehrer's "(I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica" performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

My Sunday feeling on Christmas Eve.

40 years of Christmas Eve! The Christmas Eve family picture at my parents' house from 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, and 2017.

40 years of Keith on Christmas Eve! I made a collage of my image from 29 of the 40 Christmas Eve pictures (picture above).

Announcing the publication of the Planned Parenthood benefit comics anthology MINE! and a signing at the Forbidden Planet (which went very well).

A most excellent holiday season.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: talkin' Mystery Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on the great superhero movie rewatch.

Looking back at 2017, focusing on the positive (highlighted by Wrenn's and my wedding and my elevation to third-degree black belt).

A karate Christmas! Showing off several karate-related gifts I got for the holidays.

A new years day post.

The fifty-four first lines of my fifty-four novels.

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Here's the latest stuff I've put on Patreon:

For $2/month and up:
---Kaylee being ka-yooooot
---the cats on Christmas
---Louie in a sunbeam
---sleepy Louie
---Louie & Stitch
---cats onna bed

For $5/month and up:
---a review of The Librarians
---a review of "Twice Upon a Time," the Doctor Who Christmas Special

For $7/month and up:
---excerpts from A Furnace Sealed: from Chapter 6 and from Chapter 1

For $10/month and up:
---"A Windy Night in December at Mayor Fred's Saloon," a vignette featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet

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Twenty-seven years ago, Jo, a fellow member of the Society for Creative Anachronism introduced Wrenn to Dale and announced that they were brother and sister. Jo died a few years later, but Wrenn and Dale continued to be siblings in all but blood.

Ten years ago, Dale lost his leg due to complications relating to his diabetes. He moved in with his daughter and son-in-law and grandkids in Delaware.

Nine years ago, Dale's son-in-law moved to El Paso. Dale wanted to stay with his doctors and friends, and Wrenn offered him a place to live with her. She was a few years out of a divorce and living in a small house also in Delaware.

Eight and a half years ago, Wrenn started dating me. Eight years ago, we agreed that we would move in together, and she and Dale moved to New York.

Dale was really happy being a New Yorker. With his prosthetic, he couldn't drive, and in Delaware Wrenn had to drive him everywhere, but here, he could get around on his own thanks to our robust mass transit system.

Despite his health problems -- diabetes, vascular issues, Epstein-Barr, back pain, muscle spasms, high blood pressure -- Dale lived as active a life as he was capable of. He became a mainstay of the local burlesque scene, and made friends literally everywhere he went. Every party we threw, every gathering we went to, he was always sitting in a big chair telling stories, and he had plenty of them.

A little more than a week ago, his daughter -- who went from El Paso to Anchorage to Seattle -- called and said that she and the family were actually in the area. They had driven across country and surprised all their family in New York and Pennsylvania, and was Dale free Tuesday or Wednesday night? So they came over Wednesday, Dale made his famous macaroni and cheese, and a good time was had by all.

That night at 2am, Dale was having trouble breathing. I put him in the car and drove him to the local emergency room. We stayed there all night, and then they admitted him. He had fluid in his lungs and a kidney infection, and they spent the last week taking care of that before giving him an angiography that would determine what was wrong with his heart.

It turned out there was quite a bit wrong. They were going to schedule him for a quadruple bypass. They sent him back to his room, and he complained of back pain, so the nurse went to get him some meds. Moments later, he collapsed. He was in the cardiac unit, so he couldn't have been in a better place, but despite thirty minutes of work, they couldn't revive him (except briefly for a few minutes where he said he had no idea what happened, then he crashed again).

Wrenn and I are both total wrecks -- Wrenn especially. He was always there, always telling stories, always being cranky about something, always there to talk politics or nerdery or television or movies or whatever.

I'll miss him more than it's possible for me to say.

Rest in peace, my dear brother-in-law, my dear housemate, my dear friend.


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Been a bit dilatory in updating the blog. Sorry about that!

On Thanksgiving, as always, I posted a YouTube video of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the song.

Also on Thanksgiving, I made a lengthy list of the things for which I'm thankful, which started with the woman I married this year....

From the archives: my thoughts on Doctor's Who's 50th anniversary special, which I reprinted on the occasion of the show's 54th anniversary.

Friday fanfare: the Muppets' version of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Cover reveals: Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, an anthology that includes my story "Six Red Dragons," and Mine!, a comics anthology that includes the story "In Defense of Self" by me and Tom Daly.

A Cyber Monday post urging people to buy my books.

The Avengers: Infinity War trailer.

On sale now in English: Star Trek: Prometheus Book 1.

Irons in the fire update for the beginning of December.

Urging people to nominate stuff for the Dragon Awards -- ideally my stuff, but whatever.....

A brief revival of Holy Rewatch, Batman! to review Batman vs. Two-Face.

Doug Jones is the new senator from Alabama, thank fuck.

People writing nice reviews of my work: the Marvel's Thor: Tales of Asgard trilogy on Amazon and SCPD: The Case of the Claw on a book review blog.

Monday music: The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.

The latest 4-Color to 35-Millimeter posts on Tor.com: Tank Girl and Barb Wire; Judge Dredd and Dredd; and The Mask and Son of the Mask.

Finally, as I posted here and elsewhere, I'm on Patreon now! Update posts include my review of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a cat photo, the first excerpt from A Furnace Sealed, more cat pics, the second excerpt from A Furnace Sealed and more cat pics, my review of MacGyver (the new one), my review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and yet still more cat pics, and the third excerpt from A Furnace Sealed and yet another cat pic. I'm also glad that Patreon isn't revising their fee structure the way they initially announced, especially since it was costing folks patrons right and left....

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All the cool kids are doing it, and now so am I!

I've joined Patreon. If you support me there you can get all kinds of neat stuff, from a monthly movie review to a weekly TV review to excerpts and/or drafts of works in progress to cat photos to exclusive vignettes featuring my original characters to getting to be my convention buddy.

Go ye forth and be supportive and stuff!


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Here's what I've been talking about on the new blog over at Word Press:

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Si Vas Pacem, Para Bellum" (the first script by my buddy and fellow Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer!).

The essay I wrote for my promotion to third-degree black belt.

I'm on The X-Cast's "podwatch" episode 25, discussing "Our Town" and "Anasazi."

A review of Nights of the Living Dead that singles out my story "Live and On the Scene" for high praise.

A review of Aliens: Bug Hunt that singles out my story "Deep Background" for praise. (I could get used to this...........)

From the archives: my 2014 blog post about the 20th anniversary of my fiction writing career getting started.

My traditional Veterans Day posting of the poem "In Flanders Fields."

My Atomacon 2017 schedule. (This actually happened last weekend, so the post is kinda pointless now, but I like to be complete..............)

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Into the Forest I Go."

From the archives: a remembrance of Shuseki Shihan William Oliver, who founded the karate style I train in, written in 2014 on the tenth anniversary of his death in November 2004.

And finally a triple shot of reviews of adaptations of Marvel's The Punisher:

For my 4-Color to 35-Millimeter feature, I covered The Punisher (1989), The Punisher (2004), and Punisher: War Zone. Then I gave my first impressions of Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix after the first three episodes, followed by my review of the entire first season of the show.

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Here's what I've been writing about on the new blog:

Day 2 of my promotion to sandan (third-degree black belt).

Day 3 of the promotion, which ended with me being awarded my sandan.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Lethe."

Tuesday's dead, on recovering from the promotion.

Midweek music is "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Edwards, because what else could it be after a black belt promotion?

Buy my books!

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

A complete list of my writing that's been released in 2017.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad."

A special Hallowe'end edition of 4-Color to 35-Millimeter, covering The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.

See me in November, listing my appearances the first three weekends of the month (one of which has already happened.............).

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.

My Philcon 2017 schedule.

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Several of my books are for sale from me -- and I'll autograph 'em, too! If you want any of the books listed below, send me the amount of the cover price(s) of the book(s), plus an additional $6 for postage (inside the U.S.; outside the U.S., just send the cover price and I'll invoice you for the postage after I send it). You can PayPal the money to me at krad at whysper dot net or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Be sure to let me know to whom you wish me to inscribe the autograph.

Here's what I got:


Marvel's Thor: Tales of Asgard (omnibus collecting Thor: Dueling with Giants, Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Warriors Three: Godhood’s End) -- $25


SCPD: The Case of the Claw -- $15


Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $17


Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal (ruled notebook) -- $19


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (with my essay on the books vs. the movie Blade Runner) -- $40


Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace -- $8

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House -- $8

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A -- $8


Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars -- $8


Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors -- $3

Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance -- $3

both Young Hercules books -- $5

Please note that the Precinct books and Without a License are temporarily unavailable while we're in the process of transitioning those books from Dark Quest to eSpec. Other books I'm temporarily out of stock on, like Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report, the Supernatural novels, and various anthologies I'm in, but I'm hoping to restock soon.

If you have any questions, post them here or e-mail me at krad at whysper dot net.


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Here's what I've been babbling about on the Word Press blog (and sorry for not updating here for so long, but seriously, y'all should just keep an eye on there, as this blog will really only be a link dump for the new blog going forward):

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Michael Keaton/Tim Burton Batman movies from 1989 and 1992.

I'm all excited that the Yankees won the first wild card spot in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and I give my rooting interests for the postseason (which is amusing to read now that the championship series are almost over).

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Context is for Kings" at Tor.com.

With my promotion to third-degree black belt pending, I present the essays I wrote for my first- and second-degree promotions.

Midweek music is "Cross-Eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull, including the original studio version, a live version from 1977, and Iron Maiden's cover of the song.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Joel Schumacher Batman movies from the 1990s starring Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

The Precinct books have a new publisher!

Irons in the fire update for October.

From the archives: Happy Bartolomé Day!

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry" at Tor.com.

My Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution is on sale for two bucks in eBook.

Yet another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead (latest in a series, collect 'em all!).

I sit down with the folks at Next Trek Podcast and talk about all things Trek, from Discovery to my own work.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Incredible Hulk pilots starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

I totally nerd out over the new Black Panther trailer.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Choose Your Pain" at Tor.com.

The X-Cast is doing a "podwatch," with short daily podcasts covering two episodes each of The X-Files as we head toward season 11 of the show. I was on two of them, episode 5 discussing "Ice" and "Space" and then again on episode 7 discussing "Fire" and "Beyond the Sea."

As I said above, I'm going for my third-degree black belt in karate. I discuss day 1 and day 2 of the promotion.

A review of Pop Punk High, now playing every Thursday at the Parkside Lounge on Houston Street.

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Friday fanfare: "Fire on the Bayou" by Trombone Shorty and Cyril Neville.

My Sunday feeling, on a good RocCon 2017 weekend.

Monday Music: "Walk on Boy" and "Crossroads," two blues classics covered by the great Jim Byrnes.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing.

I never could get the hang of Thursdays, on being sick, which sucks.

Friday fanfare: "Cadillac Ranch" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

My review on Tor.com of Star Trek Discovery's first two episodes.

The full table of contents for Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: The Next Generation Stories by 174 Writers, which is now on sale.

Talkin' Star Trek Discovery on Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund, John J. Ordover, Dan Persons, and Wrenn Simms.

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Here's what I've been babbling about over on Word Press.....

Friday fanfare is "Chasin' the Wind" by Key West troubadour Michael McCloud, with thoughts of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does the 1979 TV movies Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon.

The planned schedule for the rest of 2017's entries in 4-Color to 35-Millimeter.

An excerpt from "Six Red Dragons," my story in the upcoming Baker Street Irregulars 2: The Game is Afoot, which is now available for preorder from Amazon.

Len Wein, RIP.

A link to past commentary (much of it on this blog) regarding the events of 11 September 2011 on that day's sixteenth anniversary.

The trailer for my buddy Bryan Talbot's graphic novel Grandville: Force Majeure.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does 1974's Wonder Woman, 1975's The New Original Wonder Woman, and 1984's Supergirl.

I'll be at RocCon 2017 this weekend, and this post lists what I should have for sale and who else will be there.

MINE!: A Celebration of Freedom & Liberty for All Benefitting Planned Parenthood has achieved its funding goal! So now if you pledge, you're guaranteed to get something!

Midweek music is "Crazy Train" like you've never heard it before and it's the BEST THING EVER!!!!!

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the new Word Press blog:

On 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch, I look at the 1970s versions of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, God help us all.

Folks from my karate dojo are running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to support breast cancer research here in NYC, and I urge all and sundry to pledge support.

The irons in the fire update for the top of September.

A gratuitous cover post!

Another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead.

My Dragon Con 2017 report.

Midweek music is "The Storm" by Big Country, eerily appropriate for this nasty hurricane season.

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Here's what's been happening on the new Word Press blog:

An open letter to the Dragon Awards urging them to include a category for media tie-in novels.

The latest, and probably last, GISHWHES -- the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen -- has come to an end, and I show off the stuff that Wrenn and I did for our team, Inevitable Innuendo.

ComicMix is crowdfunding Mine!, an anthology comic to benefit Planned Parenthood, with stories by Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, John Ostrander, Mike Grell, Devin Grayson, Trina Robbins, Mark Waid, and tons more -- including me! Please support it.....

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch takes a look at all four of Christopher Reeve's Superman films.

From the archives: James Cameron pisses on movie novelizations (from 2010).

My tentative schedule for Dragon Con 2017 over Labor Day weekend.

On sale now: Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report.

Finally, I did two reviews of Marvel's The Defenders for Tor.com. On Friday the 18th, the day it went live, I did my first impressions of the first three episodes. Then on Monday the 21st, I reviewed the entire eight-episode season.

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Here's the latest stuff on my new Word Press blog:

Announcing the table of contents for Kingdoms Fall, edited by Jonathan Maberry, and including a sorta-kinda Dragon Precinct story by me.

Monday music is "The Ragin' St. Mae: The Meow Mix" by the wonderful Colorado-based a cappella group Pandora Celtica.

From the archives: about our move to our current home, one year later.

A rant: I've never won an award, and I'm okay with that.

A happy look back at the Ghost Town Writers Retreat in Georgetown, Colorado last weekend.

Midweek music is "Baby I Love You" by the Yayhoos.

The debut of "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" on Tor.com is a look back at the first two superhero feature films: Superman and the Mole Men and Batman (1966).

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Here's what's happening on the Word Press blog...............

My full schedule at the Ghost Town Writers Retreat this weekend in Georgetown, Colorado.

This month, my three Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novels are available for only two bucks in eBook form.

My last Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch -- and also my last Star Trek Rewatch entry after six years -- is up on Tor.com.

My new feature on Tor.com starting next week: "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Superhero Movie Rewatch."

I'm going for my third-degree black belt in October!

In honor of my impending promotion test, midweek music is Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting."

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Here's what I've posted lately on the WordPress blog:

Midweek music is Rhiannon Giddens & the Elftones singing "Henry Martin."

A review of Nights of the Living Dead on the HorrorTalk.com web site.

The table of contents for Baker Street Irregulars Volume 2: The Game's Afoot, including my own "Six Red Dragons," the second Shirley Holmes-and-Jack Watson story, following "Identity" in Volume 1.

Throwback Thursday is a picture of me and three fellow karate students on a hike in New Paltz in 2006.

Friday fanfare is ZZ Top's snarlin' blues classic, "La Grange."

My schedule for Florida SuperCon in Fort Lauderdale this coming weekend (hope to see some of y'all there!).

Monday music is "Then the Music Begins" by Steven L. Rosenhaus, which also features me on the bongos.

A nice review by JL Gribble of my Supernatural novel Bone Key.

The Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch does its last piece: Star Trek Beyond (though there will be an overview/wrapup next week).

I will be in the next Outside In collection, entitled Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: TNG Stories by 174 Writers.

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It's a limited supply at the moment, as I'm low on inventory, but I do have a bunch of my books for sale. If you wish to buy them, you can PayPal me the total of the cover prices for the books you want, plus $6 shipping (if you're in the U.S.; if you're outside the U.S., just send the cover prices and I'll bill you for the shipping after I go to the post office, as international shipping rates vary wildly) to keith at decandido dot net, or mail a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Let me know who you want me to autograph the book to.

Here's what I got:


Aliens: Bug Hunt -- $17

Baker Street Irregulars -- $17

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars -- $8

Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report -- $50 (this is a preorder for the hardcover, which will be available in mid-August)

Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $17

SCPD: The Case of the Claw -- $15

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido -- $15

Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors and Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance -- $3 for one, $5 for both


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Stuff on the new WordPress blog:

A nice review of Nights of the Living Dead written by my buddy Jay Smith on GoodReads.

George Romero and Martin Landau, RIP.

Remembrances of George Romero by the contributors to Nights of the Living Dead: David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Carrie Ryan, Craig Engler, Chuck Wendig, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, John Skipp, Jay Bonasinga, Brian Keene, Ryan Brown, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Neal & Brendan Shusterman, Isaac Marion, David Wellington, John Russo, and me.

Today San Diego Comic-Con starts and I won't be there.

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Mickey Smith blows up an archive on behalf of Sherlock Holmes in order to get revenge on RoboCop. It's up to Steve Trevor, Sylar, Julius Caesar, Benji Dunn, Harold Lee, Neytiri, and Jacob Clarke to save the day! Or, uh, something. And the only reason Nicholas Meyer isn't turning over in his grave is because he's still alive. The TOS Rewatch takes a Star Trek Into Darkness.

An excerpt:
Khan has Vengeance crash into San Francisco, causing obscene destruction. Khan himself survives the crash and tries to lose himself in the San Francisco crowd. However, Spock beams down and goes after him, chasing him through the streets. (Why he doesn’t alert the planet-bound authorities or other Starfleet ships to assist him is left as an exercise for the viewer.)

In sickbay, McCoy discovers that the dead tribble that he injected Khan’s blood into to test it is now alive again. (By the way, the tribble hasn’t moved from the place on the table where we saw it the first time, even though in the interim the ship tumbled into Earth’s atmosphere with the gravity out. Did McCoy nail it to the table, or what?)

McCoy puts Kirk in a cryotube to preserve his brain function, then tries to call Spock to tell him that they need Khan’s blood. (Why he doesn’t see if any of the other 72 genetically enhanced folk he’s got lying in his sickbay also have magic blood is also left as an exercise for the viewer.)

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Stuff that I've posted to the Word Press blog:

A nice review by JL Gribble of my Supernatural novel Nevermore.

The workshops I'll be doing at the Ghost Town Writers Workshop in Georgetown, Colorado next month.

Midweek music is my favorite version of Lord Kitchener's calypso classic, "Jump in the Line," to wit, the one by Da Vinci's Notebook. ("I'M NOT WEARING PANTS!")

From the archives: Articles of the Federation ten years later.

A look back at the New York City blackout on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, as well as the time I used it in a work of fiction, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel Blackout.

Throwback Thursday is a picture from the Star Trek: Mere Anarchy panel at Shore Leave 28 in 2006, with Dayton Ward, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Christopher L. Bennett, me, and Kevin Dilmore's left arm.

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Current Music: "Mother Goose" by Jethro Tull

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


The original crew gets rebooted as Pine, Urban, Pegg, Cho, Saldana, Yelchin, Cross, and Ryder replace Shatner, Kelley, Doohan, Takei, Nichols, Koenig, Lenard, and Wyatt, while both Quinto and Nimoy do Spock. Is it a reboot or a boot to the head? The TOS Rewatch does the 2009 Star Trek.

An excerpt:
Overall, the performances elevate the film considerably. Nobody ever went wrong casting John Cho or Anton Yelchin in anything, Simon Pegg is a delight as Scotty, Zoë Saldana is a fine Uhura, Bruce Greenwood brings gravitas to the role of Pike, and Faran Tahir, Chris Hemsworth, and Jennifer Morrison do excellent work on the tension-filled prologue (I wish I could say the same for Ben Cross and Winona Ryder, but they make almost no impression as Sarek and Amanda except to make us long for Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt, the only re-cast roles where I felt that way). Plus, of course, you have Leonard Nimoy, who can not only put lipstick on a pig, but make the pig look good.

Unfortunately, this film needs all the elevating it can get, because while it succeeds in pacing and mostly in acting, everything else is a total mess. For starters, one person I didn’t list in the previous paragraph is Eric Bana. Nobody went right casting Bana in anything, and I have yet to see him give a performance where I actually gave a rat’s ass about the person he was playing. That streak remains intact with his lifeless performance as Nero, which does a great deal to suck the life out of the plot.

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Current Music: "Tryin' Not to Think About It" by the J. Geils Band

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