May 12th, 2013


a nice piece on the Star Trek "expanded universe"

"Expanded universe" is usually a term reserved for Star Wars fiction, but some have used it to apply to the Star Trek novels that go beyond the TV series.

Empire Online has done a nice roundup of that type of Trek fiction. They've included some stuff I've contributed to, most notably my Klingon Empire and Starfleet Corps of Engineers series (and kudos for singling out one of our more esoteric stories, Cory Rushton's Fables of the Prime Directive, which pleasantly surprised me as their "if you must read one" choice), as well as stuff I've contributed to, including The Lost Era, the post-finale DS9 fiction, and the Typhon Pact books.

An excerpt:
The vast majority of Star Trek expanded universe novels are Starfleet-centric, so this series, written solely by Keith RA De Candido, is unusual in focusing entirely on the Klingons. Initially a series about the crew of the IKS Gorkon (“to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations… and to conquer them for the glory of the Klingon empire!”) it expanded to take in the entire Klingon culture in the fourth book. Sadly, there was never a book five. The series fleshed out a Klingon underclass both in the inner cities and rural communities of home planet Qo’Onos [sic], whilst also taking in higher-level political intrigues and the High Council. We even learn something about the Klingon medical establishment through the interesting Doctor B’Oraq.
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updated guide to Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast

Here's an updated guide to Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast. All the episodes are available from iTunes (just enter "dead kitchen radio" into the search field of the iTunes store, and there it shall be), or the DKR pages on either Mevio, or The Chronic Rift site. DKR is part of The Chronic Rift Network.


Episode 1: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun: Under the Crimson Sun. Talking about my D&D novel, part of the "Abyssal Plague" crossover, and reading a chapter from it.

Episode 2: Unicorn Precinct. Discussing the second book in my "Precinct" series of high-fantasy police procedurals, plus reading a chapter.

Episode 3: SCPD: The Case of the Claw. On writing about cops in a city filled with superheroes, plus reading a chapter from it.

Episode 4: Guilt in Innocence: A Tale of the Scattered Earth. Talking about the Scattered Earth shared-world science fiction universe in general and my own contribution to it in particular, and I, natch, read a chapter.

Episode 5: Farscape comics. As the monthly series comes to an end, I look back on three years of continuing the story of the cult science fiction TV show in comic book form in collaboration with its creator, Rockne S. O'Bannon.

Episodes 6/7: Liar Liar. A double-episode as I talk about the writers cabal known as the Liars Club (of which I'm a proud member) and our anthology Liar Liar. I also read my story in the anthology, "Under the King's Bridge."

Episode 8: Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers. A look back at the monthly Star Trek eBook series that I co-created, edited, and sometimes wrote for, which ran from 2000-2007.

Episode 9: Tales from the House Band Volume 1 (Part 1). Talking about the Deborah Grabien-edited anthology of stories about music, and reading the first half of my contribution, "Ragnarok and Roll."

Episode 10: Tales from the House Band Volume 1 (Part 2). More on the anthology and writing about music, and reading the second half of "Ragnarok and Roll."

Episode 11: KRADitorial Services. I talk about my lengthy and varied career as a professional editor as well as my current editorial service for personal clients.


Episode 12: Irons in the fire update. After a jury-duty-induced delay, I kick off 2012 with a look ahead at what I plan to be working on. (Might be amusing to listen to this now and see how spectacularly wrong I was...............)

Episode 13: Supernatural novels. Discussing the CW TV show and the three novels I wrote in that universe, Nevermore, Bone Key, and Heart of the Dragon.

Episode 14: A musical interlude. Find out how I got the nickname "Bongo Boy," as I talk about my career as a musician, both as a member of the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players and Boogie Knights, as well as backing up other musicians here and there.

Episode 15: Viral. I talk about Steven Savile's series of shared-world thriller novellas Viral, and read from my contribution, -30-.

Episode 16: Ramblin' on. A somewhat random episode recorded while I was feeling ill, talking about life, death, and my Leverage novel, among many other things.

Episode 17: Movie novelizations. I talk about my movie novelizations: Gargantua, Darkness Falls, Serenity, and the first three Resident Evil films, and the trials and tribulations thereof.

Episode 18: V-Wars (Part 1). The Jonathan Maberry-edited shared-world vampire anthology V-Wars is the subject, as I read the first half of my story "The Ballad of Big Charlie."

Episode 19: V-Wars (Part 2). More on the anthology with a very new, yet very old, twist on vampires, with me reading the second half of "The Ballad of Big Charlie."

Episode 20: Goblin Precinct. Celebrating the release of the third "Precinct" book, and also reading a chapter from this latest in my series of fantasy police procedurals.

Episode 21: Star Trek Klingon novels. A look back at my novels featuring Captain Klag and the crew of the I.K.S. Gorkon, including Diplomatic Implausibility, The Brave and the Bold Book 2, A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound, Enemy Territory, A Burning House, and A Singular Destiny.

Episode 22: This is Todd Rage... Talking about my voiceover acting on assorted audio dramas, including the Parsec Award-winning HG World, Rift Network standby The Dome, and an oldie but semi-goodie, The House at Morning Heights Drive.

Episode 23: Remembering Josepha Sherman. Following Jo's tragic death, I look back at our friendship and professional collaborations, from Urban Nightmares to various bits of Star Trek fiction, to conventions and parties.

Episode 24: Tales from Dragon Precinct Part 1. The first of several readings of stories from the collection of "Precinct" short stories. Tales includes six reprints and four original stories appearing for the first time in the book, and this and the subsequent episodes under this header have me reading one of those. This time 'round it's the Danthres solo story "Brotherly Love."

Episode 25: Couch Potato Salad. With the "in-review" episodes of The Chronic Rift on hold for a while, I catch up on some TV reviews, including Elementary, Revolution, Vegas, Last Resort, The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Person of Interest, 2 Broke Girls, and Castle.

Episode 26: Tales from Dragon Precinct Part 2. This time I read "Heroes Welcome," the semi-sequel to the novel Dragon Precinct.


Episode 27: Tales from the House Band Volume 2. The second of Deborah Grabien's music-themed anthologies has yet another story by me in it, this one called "I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down."

Episode 28: Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental. I talk about the award-winning anthology series co-edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail talking about my contributions to the first and fourth volumes, and reading the latter, "Undine the Boardwalk."

Episode 29: Leverage: The Zoo Job. I read from my novel based on the TNT TV series, and also talk about how awesome that series was.

Episode 30: Tales from Dragon Precinct Part 3. Reading the story that focuses on Iaian (and honestly one of my favorites in the book) "Catch and Release."


Episode 31: Tales from Dragon Precinct Part 4. Reading "Blood in the Water," the Dru-and-Hawk story that at last reveals "the Corvin case" mentioned in Goblin Precinct. Going live this week.

Episode 32: the Marvel novels of the 1990s. With Marvel Comics adaptations all over the movie screens (and soon TV, too!), I talk about a line of Marvel adaptations to another medium that I was responsible for from 1994-2000: the Marvel novels, 45 novels and a mess of anthologies about Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and more. Going live in June.

Episode 33: Ragnarok and Roll Part 1. The first of two episodes with readings from my urban fantasy short-story collection taking place in Key West, Florida. This one will see me reading "Love Over and Over." Going live in July.

Episode 34: Ragnarok and Roll Part 2. The second reading from this collection, "God of Blunder." As with most of the stories in the book, this involves some heavy Norse mythological influence, as well as rock and roll music, scuba diving, and folklore. Going live in August.

Episode 35: Dragon*Con. A look at my time at Dragon*Con in general and at D*C 2013 in particular, possibly with some recordings of me from there. Going live in September.

Episode 36: Doctor Who at 50. On the month of Who's golden anniversary, I look at my own brief history of Who fiction from Decalog 3, the charity anthology Missing Pieces, and the Short Trips anthologies. Going live October.
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