MY NOVEL STUFF
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny. The followup to the epic Destiny trilogy by David Mack, this novel deals with the aftermath of the Borg invasion and sows the seeds for the future of 24th-century Trek.
I had a great time writing this book, as I really enjoy doing this sort of "okay, then what happens?" type of thing. To me, the aftermath of a conflict is of more interest than the conflict itself, and through the character of Sonek Pran -- a diplomat that I'm particularly proud of -- I got to do that. And I got to write some of my favorite characters as well (Klag, Stevens, Bacco).
"What I enjoy about A Singular Destiny is how DeCandido manages to span the events along the different worlds and cultures, and not just the Federation alone, who must face a difficult task after a brutal apocalypse. It’s interesting to read this novel and see the mirror held up to our own society to reflect its current events on the worldwide arena. It’s hard to put down the mirror and see the obvious real-world parallels that DeCandido has brilliantly portrayed in A Singular Destiny, everyone is affected by the same problems, and no matter what the solution may be, no one is happy with the results." ---Trek Nation
Supernatural: Bone Key. My second Supernatural novel, this one takes the Winchester Brothers to Key West, Florida, where they have to deal with a demon messing with the many spirits that inhabit the island. But one of the spirits winds up getting too big for its britches, and Dean and Sam have to make a deal they don't want to make to save everyone's lives...
Key West is one of my favorite places to visit, and the place is crazy with ghost lore, so it seemed the perfect place for a Supernatural story -- especially given the live music on Duval Street, which is right up Dean's alley. I love writing Los Bros Winchester, and I love writing about Key West, so this definitely was a labor of love.
"DeCandido imbues the Keys with a mystical exoticism and reminds stodgy sticks-in-the-mud like me that not everyone gets to live in paradise. The bar scene on Cayo Hueso smacks of hedonism and painless pleasure, and he constantly underscores the supernatural tension on the island with music and the ever-present and indestructible presence of the tourist trade. Yes, a vengeance spirit of the Calusa is sucking the life force from hapless white folks and discarding them like desiccated orange slices, and yes, a pair of demons are slicing tipsy tourists for their own ends, but beyond the insular bubble of the story, life goes on. The bars still beckon and the haunted isle hucksters keep peddling their wares. By anchoring the hyperreality of the Brothers Winchester to the mundane reality of the rest of the world, DeCandido creates a surreal, bizarre, and often sublime carnival atmosphere." ---the 14th Precinct blog
A Gutted World in Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions. In an alternate timeline where the Cardassians never pulled out of Bajor, the Federation faces war on two fronts. Even as they're drawn into a Klingon-Romulan conflict, the Cardassian Union starts making aggressive moves on their border -- and then a Bajoran woman named Kira Nerys sneaks out from behind the lines to bring news of a strange conspiracy of shapeshifting aliens....
This is easily the darkest story I've ever written, as basically everything goes wrong. In a lot of ways, this was inspired by the notion of doing the Dominion War in such a way that it really hit home. After all, even Deep Space Nine couldn't do rampant death and destruction centering around main characters with TV contracts. But in an alternate timeline, we can do whatever we want, so I was able to raise the stakes a bit.
"The interwoven strands of conspiracy, treachery and desperation create a rich and fascinating tapestry. Everything connects, and everything has its purpose. The story is a constant escalation of events - a growing sense of impending doom pervades the early chapters, before that doom is unleashed upon the page." ---Musings of a Fandom Geek blog
Don Pendleton's The Executioner: Code of Honor. The Black Cross is an elite group of assassins who leave behind no evidence. When someone begins targeting retired American spooks, Stony Man sends Black Cross a new recruit: Mack Bolan. Bolan must infiltrate the cell of skilled assassins, taking the entire organization apart, body by body.
This book was a departure for me, also, and much more of a struggle, but having gotten some distance, I'm actually pleased with how the book came out.
"I liked this book, one main reason being the villains were a different than usual bunch compared to other Bolan titles. The bad guys in this book were named after colors, like the movie Reservoir Dogs. Yep, there is even a Mr. Pink! I also liked the fact that there is a smaller cast of villains. Too many Executioner books have generic bad-guy generating machines that pop out targets for slaughter. This book has a limited number of villains, and as Bolan takes them down, the group recognizes the pieces of their organization falling apart. I liked Bolan's undercover role in infiltrating the Black Cross, and his southern accent was rather amusing." ---MackBolan.com
MY COMICS STUFF
Farscape Vol. 1: The Beginning of the End of the Beginning. Farscape returns in this miniseries that picks up where The Peacekeeper Wars left off. Moya brings Rygel home to Hyneria to finally reclaim his throne -- but standing in the way is Scorpius...
Working with Rockne S. O'Bannon has been one of the joys of my career, and we're having a great time continuing the story of Farscape forward. And it was especially nice to explore the Hynerian homeworld, something they could never have done on a TV show budget.
"Farscape is probably the best TV series made into comics I have seen so far." ---The Independent Comics Site
"Farscape (the comic series) is everything that made Farscape (the TV series) a cult hit and fan favorite, successfully translated to a new medium." ---WatchFarscape.com
Farscape Vol. 2: Strange Detractors. Farscape continues, as a trip to a commerce planet wreaks havoc on Moya's crew, with a virus setting friend against friend, lover against lover -- even Pilot against Moya! And the key to survival is -- Grunchlk?
This was a lot of fun to work on, partly for Crichton's dream sequence, partly for the opportunity to write Grunchlk, who's so much fun to script, partly because I had the chance to bring Sikozu back. Plus puke -- lots and lots of puke...
"Suffice it to say, the writing is solid; and the art and coloring are satisfying. If you’re a fan of the TV series and, like me, have been missing it since it was cancelled; you’ll enjoy this mini-series." ---Cosmic Book News
"I'm still undecided what I want from a first issue in general, torn between exposition and an attention-grabbing incident worthy of a Bond film opener. Here we have something between the two that more sets a tone that's fun, not too serious, and wholly enjoyable." ---io9
Farscape: Uncharted Tales Vol. 1: D'Argo's Lament. An untold adventure of Ka D'Argo, as he and Jool travel to a moon to find a substance that Moya needs to survive -- but the moon is enmeshed in a gang war that D'Argo must bring to a conclusion to save Moya. Standing in his way, however, is a ghost from the Luxan's past that may prove difficult to lay to rest.
I always liked D'Argo, and my biggest regret in the comics gig was that D'Argo's death in The Peacekeeper Wars meant I couldn't write him -- at least until BOOM! decided that the fans would feel the same way, and so commissioned this miniseries (as well as two followups). This miniseries also follows up on a short story I did for the Farscape magazine in 2001, and the hardcover reprints that story.
"It keeps the Farscape pace at an appropriate level (foot firmly planted on the accelerator), every action the characters take turns a mess into a hot mess, then into a really BIG hot mess, and it’s all very satisfying for fans of the series." ---Fandomania
MY SHORT STORY STUFF
"Family Matters" in Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows. Alliance convoys are being targeted, and Klingon Captains Kargan and Kurn are joined by Cardassian Gul Macet to try to catch the pirates. But anomalies turned up by Macet and Kargan's first officer Klag may lead to disaster for the Alliance...
This was my Mirror Gorkon story -- kind of -- as many of the same characters from my Klingon books are seen in the form of their MU counterparts. The story was inspired by David Mack throwing Macet and Klag together as fast friends and comrades in his DS9 novel Warpath, and I figured I'd show how that started. I also did it as an epistolary story (told as log entries, transcripts, letters, etc.), which was kinda fun.
"Damn fine stuff, as usual, from the Klingon Master, Keith R.A. DeCandido in his tale Family Matters. He’s taken the usual Gorkon/Klingon Empire series suspects and tossed them into the ‘Land of the Goatee’ to provide us with a unique look at corruption within the Alliance, and in the heart of one of the noble houses of the Klingon Empire. Abandoning traditional prose, DeCandido weaves this story of setup, betrayal, and advancement through a series of communiqués, transcripts, and personal correspondences to give a unique story with a unique view of the inner workings of the Klingon High Council, and Alliance politics in general. Pay close attention… this story moves by fast, and a lot of interesting and fulfilling details can be missed if one reads it too fast." ---TrekMovie
"Three Sides to Every Story" in BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction. Mariko Guardado's pirate 'casts give the inside story of the Regulan Hussars' attempt to liberate Gibson from the hold of Word of Blake, an alternative to the Blakists' propaganda. But the awful truth lies somewhere between...
Returning to the Guardado character, who was the centerpiece of my previous piece of BattleTech fiction ("Meiyo" on Battlecorps.com), this story -- part of a huge coffee-table book that celebrates the artwork of BattleTech -- examines the uses of propaganda and how fluid the truth can be.
MY ESSAY STUFF
"Not Just a Prety Face (or Two)" in In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural. My introduction to this collection of essays about the CW TV series looks at how the show is so much better than it needs to be.
The essays in the collection are also excellent, though they were written before the revelations (word specifically chosen) of the fourth season, so some speculations turn out to be way off base. Still, it's a fine examination of a fine show.
"Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and find that it can be more than meta gold for those over-analytical fans that dream of that Comparative Literature degree. For any fan that wants to read about how heroism relates to Sam and Dean, how damaged they could be psychologically, how awesome the Impala is, how supernatural lore, traditional horror, or other shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer relate to two fictional brothers fighting evil on the road, or how this show relates to many elements of pop culture in general, then this book has plenty to offer." ---Blogcritics
"Avengers Assemble--in the Bookstore!" in Assembled! 2: The Unauthorized Guide to Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Their Foes. An overview of the novels and short stories that have chronicled the Avengers in prose form, with occasional bits of commentary.
All proceeds from this excellent essay collection -- which covers a wide range of topics about Marvel Comics's finest super-team -- benefit the Hero Initiative charity, so not only is it a good read, it's noble, too!
MY EDITING STUFF
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy. The planet Mestiko is ravaged by a natural disaster that nearly wipes out the entire populace. Over the course of three decades, James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise revisit Mestiko -- whether to keep them from falling prey to the machinations of the Klingon Empire or to deliver a new method of replenishing the planet's ozone -- through trials and tribulations, hardship and strife, love and death.
This project, which I edited and which was originally published as six eBooks, was great fun to work on, and was specifically designed to take advantage of the lengthy history of the original series crew, through the TV and movie eras. It was also a great joy to work with authors Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Mike W. Barr, Dave Galanter, Christopher L. Bennett, Howard Weinstein, and Margaret Wander Bonanno.
"Unique to this series was that, over a six month period, one was able to follow the story of the people of Mestiko from the pre-pilot era of The Original Series through and beyond the ‘death’ of Jim Kirk aboard the Enterprise-B. On the whole, 'Mere Anarchy' is a really engaging and interesting reading experience." ---TrekMovie
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Wounds. The crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci deals with the aftermath of the Dominion War, from a planet occupied by the Jem'Hadar during the war to a weapon created by a Vorta with a need for vengeance. This collection of eBooks also guest stars the crew of Deep Space 9, and has critical turning points for the characters of Lense, Gomez, Corsi, and Soloman.
I also wrote one of the tales in this one, "Security," which has several revelations about the Domenica Corsi character, including answering questions that have surrounded the security chief since the very first story. The CoE stories kept getting better, and I still regret that the series was cut short. Sigh.
"With no dud sections, this is one of the strongest collections of SCE tales to date." ---Total Sci-Fi
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