July 23rd, 2013

fo' shizzle, rifftrax

Shore Leave 35 preview

TrekCore has published a nifty preview of the upcoming Shore Leave 35 convention by interviewing five of the author guests: myself, David Mack, Greg Cox, Christopher L. Bennett, and Marco Palmieri.

An excerpt:
Shore Leave is delightful convention that has a real sense of family. One of the reasons why I never miss the show is because it feels like a family reunion. There's genuineness to the convention that is often missing from the larger cons. And it also puts the guests on the same level as the fans. It's a personal interaction that you don't always get at the larger shows.
  • Current Music
    "Heartattack and Vine" by Tom Waits
ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Cardassians"

A Cardassian war orphan raised by Bajorans bites Garak's hand and much wackiness ensues involving not only Garak, but Bashir, Sisko, Dukat, the O'Brien family, and the guy who played Chester Tate on Soap. The DS9 Rewatch meets some "Cardassians."

An excerpt:
But the biggest issue is that they totally blew the ending. I keep going over the episode and wonder on what Sisko based his decision to separate Rugal from his family and send him to Cardassia to live with his biological father. Pa’Dar wants his son back because that’s what his society tells him to do. Proka wants his son back because he loves him. For that matter, Rugal himself has made it abundantly clear, not once, but many times that he hates Cardassians, loves his parents, and wants to go back to Bajor. O’Brien tells Rugal that his wishes are important, but Sisko shows no evidence of caring about the boy’s desires in his role as arbiter. Is whatever political gain Sisko might get from doing Pa’Dar a favor worth breaking up a loving family? It’s “Suddenly Human” all over again, except without the stabbing-incident-induced realization that nurture is at least as important as nature (and without anybody getting splurted in the face with ice cream).
  • Current Music
    "Johnsburgh, Illinois" by Tom Waits

launch party for Ragnarok and Roll in SoHo

On Tuesday the 20th of August, I will be having a launch party for Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, my new collection of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida featuring rock and roll, folklore, scuba diving, and Norse gods.

The party will be held at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art at 138 Sullivan Street in New York City on Tuesday the 20th of August at 7pm. There will be wine and beer and finger food and good company and a reading by me from the collection. I'll have copies of the collection for sale (as well as copies of my other books as well).

All and sundry are invited! If you want to come, please RSVP either in the comments here or at the Facebook event page.
  • Current Music
    "Jump Start" by Jethro Tull

Tuesday's dead

Busy day that included doing the rewatch, getting the invites out for the Ragnarok and Roll launch, and having my aunt's 69th birthday dinner at a nice steak house in Englewood Cliffs (a bit overpriced, but yummy porterhouse). I also just finished watching the Yankees come back to beat the Rangers and now I need to walk the dog and get some of Gryphon Precinct written. Cha cha cha.

Tomorrow is errand-running, more writing, a wake (for fan Dom Corrado, who died a few days ago), possibly a podcast interview, possibly the Tor.com 5th anniversary party, possibly both. Then I'm off to Omaha on Thursday for OSFest. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
  • Current Music
    the Yankees-Rangers game on Channel 9