April 11th, 2020

new crowdfund for two science fiction novels, one of which is by me!


The fine folks at eSpec Books have started a new crowdfund for two nifty new science fiction novels, one of which I co-wrote!

For years, David Sherman's fans have been clamoring for the final part of his "18th Race" trilogy, following Issue in Doubt and In All Directions. I edited those first two books, and David asked me to coauthor the final book, To Hell and Regroup, with him. This final novel in the action-packed trilogy that pits North American Union forces against the invading alien "Dusters" on a human colony world is one of the two books being crowdfunded here.

The other is the first of a planned duology by Christopher L. Bennett. Best known for his Star Trek fiction (the most recent of which is the newly released The Higher Frontier), Arachne's Crime, about a harrowing encounter with new alien species in a twisted tale of blame and redemption where responsibility and motives are not as clear as they may seem.

I know times are really hard right now, and not everyone has extra money to spend on things, but I also know that quality entertainment is one of the things that will get us through this nonsense. So please, consider supporting these projects, even if it's only a $1 pledge. And hey, the first batch of supporters get some free stories, too!

And even if you can't support, any signal-boosting you could do would be hugely appreciated.

Check it out!

  • Current Music
    "He Don't Live Here No More" by Robbie Robertson

on the new blog

Many of the posts on my Word Press blog are pimping my Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch entries (since I last posted here, I've done "Elogium," "Non Sequitur," "Twisted," and "Parturition") as well as my overview of the first season of Star Trek: Picard.

Randee Dawn has been posting readings of the stories in the anthology she and Michael A. Ventrella edited, Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles.

I have also continued KRAD COVID readings, providing readings of my stories "Letting Go" (from 2005's Star Trek: Voyager: Distant Shores), "Improper Procedure" (from 1995's The Ultimate Silver Surfer), "A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar" (from a 2005 issue of Amazing Stories), "Under the King's Bridge" (from 2011's Liar Liar), "We Seceded Where Others Failed" (from 2016's Altered States of the Union), and "Six Red Dragons" (from 2018's Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot).

I provided more reading lists, including of my work based on movies, my work based on games, and my comic-book-related work.

Other posts:

I provided an irons in the fire update for the first time in a while.

Midweek music is Paul Simon and the Jesse Dixon Singers performing "Loves Me Like a Rock" on The Dick Cavett Show.

Friday fanfare is a Japanese version of "Smoke on the Water" that is amazing.

A nice review of my Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Q & A.

On sale now: ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman '66--Season One, with my essay on "Fine Feathered Finks"/"The Penguin's a Jinx."

A sad remembrance of Joe Migliucci, the owner of Mario's Restaurant, one of our favorite restaurants, and also where Wrenn and I got married. Joe died from coronavirus complications at the age of 81.

SHE RIDES! I finished "Materfamilias," my story for Bad Ass Moms.

Please consider supporting the crowdfund for two science fiction novels, To Hell and Regroup by myself and David Sherman and Arachne's Crime by Christopher L. Bennett.
  • Current Music
    "Don't Do It" by The Band