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Edited and amended on 31 October 2007, with updates on 18 March 2008, 3 June 2008, 7 April 2009, 8 June 2009, 8 December 2009, 24 December 2010, 9 October 2011, 25 November 2012, and 12 January 2015: I thought an introductory post was in order to let new readers of this here blog know what they're getting themselves into.

My name is Keith R.A. DeCandido. I am sometimes referred to in Internet circles as "KRAD" (my initials), and I respond to that, as well as "Keith." ("Hey you" and "long-haired hippie weirdo freak" work, too.) Thanks to my mistaken thinking in June 2004 that being on LJ required a cutesy-tootsy nickname, I went with almost-clever "kradical" (a mix of KRAD and "radical"), which I'm now more or less stuck with.

I also have a web site at DeCandido.net, which is a handy-dandy portal to many of the things I'm involved with: podcasts I do, novels I've written, organizations I'm involved with, other social media I do, and a ton more (including this blog, amusingly), and more. Do check it out.

Here's some stuff about me, any and all of which are fair game for discussion hereabouts. I should add that you can generally tell the subject of the post from the icon that I use.

I am an author of more than fifty novels, many of which are media tie-ins. I've also written a mess of novelizations, short stories, eBooks, novellas, nonfiction, and comic books, and many of those are tie-ins as well. I posted my bibliography most recently here. The tie-ins are in the worlds of (alphabetically) BattleTech, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Command and Conquer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, The Executioner, Farscape, Firefly/Serenity, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Kung Fu Panda, Leverage, Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Comics, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Star Trek, StarCraft, Stargate, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, The X-Files, Xena, Young Hercules, and Zorro. I've also got my own worlds to play in. There's the world I created for the high-fantasy police procedural Dragon Precinct, which has spawned sequels (Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Gryphon Precinct, and the forthcoming Mermaid Precinct) and a number of short stories (most of which were collected in Tales from Dragon Precinct in 2013). I've written a bunch of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida that have appeared in several anthologies and in Buzzy Mag Online, many of which were collected in the 2013 tome Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I've also got Super City Police Department (one novel, The Case of the Claw, and one short story in With Great Power), "the Human Finder" (one short story in Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans), and Bram Gold (one short story in Liar Liar), plus I've been part of three shared worlds: Aaron Rosenberg & David Niall Wilson's "Tales of the Scattered Earth," for which I wrote the novel Guilt in Innocence, Jonathan Maberry's V-Wars, for which I've written two short stories ("The Ballad of Big Charlie" in V-Wars and "Streets of Fire" in V-Wars: Night Terrors), and Steven Savile's "Viral," for which I wrote the novella -30-.

I also write comic books. I was the scripter of the monthly comic book based on the TV show Farscape, a series of "season five" type stories taking place after The Peacekeeper Wars in collaboration with show creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. I've also written a variety of four-issue story arcs, including a Star Trek one in 1999-2000 from WildStorm, three D'Argo-focused Farscape miniseries from BOOM! Studios from 2009-2010, and the first story arc in the Cars: Adventures of Tow Mater comic based on the Pixar film from BOOM Kids! in 2010. IDW has also published two of my Star Trek one shots over the past couple of years, and I wrote Volume 1 of the StarCraft manga Ghost Academy. My comics adaptation of Gregory Wilson's novel Icarus is due out in 2015, and I've got some more comic book stuff in the works.

I'm also an editor, both of dozens of anthologies (the ones released in this millennium include Liar Liar, Doctor Who: Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table, and Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction) and several book lines (the Marvel Comics novels published by Berkley from 1994-2000, the monthly Star Trek eBook line published by Pocket from 2000-2008). I'm currently offering editorial services to any writers who might need some professional work on their novels and/or short stories via KRADitorial.

I am also a musician, a percussionist by trade. I have been with two bands, the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players (1994-2000) and the Boogie Knights (2006-present), and have also backed up several others (the Randy Bandits, Steve Rosenhaus, the late David Honigsberg, etc.). My work has appeared on six CDs (two DQYDJP, two Boogie Knights, one each by Rosenhaus and Honigsberg), and I continue to perform with the Boogies at various places.

I am a practitioner of karate, specifically the Kenshikai discipline. I am currently a second-degree black belt, having achieved that rank in March 2013. I absolutely love karate, and have found it to be incredibly useful and beneficial in tons of ways. In addition to training, I also teach, both in the dojo (a kids sparring class and filling in to teach other classes as needed) and out (two afterschool programs, each once a week).

I am a huge baseball fan in general, and a fan of the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees in particular, something I come by honestly, since it runs in the family, I was born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, and have been following them religiously since 1976, through both good times (1976-1981, 1996-present) and bad (between those two; just the mention of Stump Merrill's name makes me break out in hives). In 2002-2003, I had season tickets in the bleachers, and chronicled that in the bloggish "Bleacher Creature Feature," which is archived on my web site. I have contributed to assorted blogs and books, including the Replacement Level Yankees Weblog, Pinstripe Alley, In the Dugout: Yankees 2013, Yankees Yearly 2012, The Maple Street Press Yankees Annual 2010, and The Red Sox Fan Handbook 2005.

Politically, I lean rather far to the left, and make no apologies for it. The only times I voted for the winner in a presidential election were 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012 (though one could make an argument for the fact that Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election, even though he conceded it and never took the Oath of Office).

I love books, TV shows, music, movies, and comic books. Finances have forced me to curtail the comic book reading, and lack of time keeps me from seeing as many movies as I'd like, but I still talk about all five of these things quite a bit.

In 1998, I became a full-time freelancer, which meant I didn't go into an office, but worked entirely from the sweat of my own brow. The economy tanking in 2008 made that difficult to maintain for a while, so I took jobs where I could for a few years there -- first working for the U.S. Census Bureau on a variety of operations, then part-time as a library clerk at a high-school library -- while continuing to write and edit freelance. Things have settled to the point where I am back to full-time freelancing again, however.

Finally, on a personal note, I share my apartment and my life with Wrenn (wrenn), our housemate Dale, and a menagerie: Scooter -- a 15-year-old Golden Retriever and the happiest dog on Earth -- and two cats, Kaylee and Louie. I am also very close to my parents, who share their house and lives with two others whom I consider my third and fourth parents; one of those four, my mother (girasole), posts here regularly, and you may see the other three (bronxbob350, helgabee, and the LJ-less Infomancer) show up once or twice.

This journal is pretty open. I've yet to delete a post here (save for obvious pieces of spam), and anonymous posters are welcome, too. Trolls are generally ignored, which is the best way to get rid of them. I ask that everyone be polite. I endeavor to be informative and helpful and entertaining, and sometimes I even succeed at one of those things. I'm glad to have you here for the ride.

I think that covers the high points. If you have any questions, post 'em in the comments here.

And welcome!

Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: "Boy Mozart" by Canadian Brass

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tweedledbud From: tweedledbud Date: April 10th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for introducting yourself! i'm one of the newbie Supernatural fans that just recently latched on! ha! Congrats on the Engagement! And I never liked Bush either... I always voted for the OTHER guy LOL Apparently I shouldn't bother... Voting never gets me anywhere in American Idol either!
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And welcome!

And don't stop voting. It still matters, because if people who care don't vote, than only peole who don't will, and that would suck even worse.
meharet From: meharet Date: April 10th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
did you know that KRAD is DARK spelled backwards? I just noticed this...hrm....
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I did, actually. Don't really draw too much attention to it, though. *laughs*
sl_podcast From: sl_podcast Date: April 10th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy to hear about your upcoming marriage! I wish you many many blessings.
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

soleta_nf From: soleta_nf Date: April 10th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Did PAD fans come up with 'KRAD', or have you always gone by those initials? I vaguely remember a conversation like that on a PAD listserv more than a few years ago.

Also, thanks for the intro post. I've been here for a while, but it's still nice to learn more. I really have to find that Buffy novel, and I look forward to the SPN one. Be sure to remind us when it comes out! :) Also, you should consider putting a link to your bibliography on your user lookup. That would be very handy.
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, folks just were too lazy to spell "DeCandido." *laughs* Many of the same people who use "PAD" use "KRAD," but that's mainly because we both write Trek fiction.

I mean, yeah, I was called "like the second coming of Peter David" by Cinescape.com back in 2002, but still.... *laughs*
troll_bridge From: troll_bridge Date: April 10th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks to my mistaken thinking in June 2004 that being on LJ required a cutesy-tootsy nickname

Wha... you mean, it doesn't?

Aw, damn...
daytonward From: daytonward Date: April 10th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
:: taps mike ::

"Check, check. Check 1...check check..."

I'm just looking to see if the "Long-Haired Hippie Weirdo Freak" summons actually works. Do I have to, like, say it three times or something?
bill_leisner From: bill_leisner Date: April 10th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Hail, hail, fire and snow
Call the Long-Haired Hippie Weirdo Freak, we will go
Far away, for to see
Long-Haired Hippie Weirdo Freak, come to me!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
long-haired hippie weirdo freak,

You are going to use your pull with the fine people at pocket books to get my "Star Trek: Captain Q" novel publish, right? The Q in question isn't DeLancie's Q but a different Q that looks just like me and actually prefers to be called my my name. His power activating eccentric hand gesture is to flash the 'V for Victory' sign at himself so that the back side of his hand is facing everyone else...
hhertzof From: hhertzof Date: April 10th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Just waving hello. I'm new here, but that's more of a coincidence than anything. I've been slowly adding people to my friends list, and when I saw you had one, I added you.

If you don't recognize the username (which I've been using most everywhere since the days of GEnie), I'm Hilary Hertzoff.
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Heya Hilary, good to "see" you!
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From: duowolf Date: April 10th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi, thanks for the welcome:)
I came here via the fanfic discussion and thought I'd stick around as you seem like a fun kind of guy.
On a side note I also a Resident Evil fan and loved the novels you wrote for it.
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sticking around!

If you liked the novelizations of the first two movies, then you'll love what I did with Extinction. I had a lot of fun with that one, and I think folks will really enjoy it....
hillarygrad2006 From: hillarygrad2006 Date: April 10th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice to meet you, KRAD and I'm so excited to read Supernatural: Nevermore!
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
From: culttvgirl Date: April 10th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Keith! *waves*

I'm new here and I love your tie-in books for Buffy, Serenity and Andromeda - and I'm really looking forward to reading your new Supernatural novel.

I'm also a writer myself, so I'm hoping I'll pick up some tips from you along the way! ; D

Any plans for a new Serenity/Firefly tie-in novel? I heard that some original novels were going to be released, but that was some time ago and I've heard nothing else since.
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're not going to happen, and if that disappoints you, I point you to Joss Whedon, who killed it with inaction.

Pocket signed a contract to do three Serenity novels: my novelization and two original novels. Several proposals were sent to Universal, who sent them on to Whedon's office.

And there they sat. After a year of waiting, Pocket cancelled the contract. Whedon said in an interview that he didn't want novels because they could do things he wouldn't approve of and he couldn't do anything about it. This was patently false, and meant that he was either unaware that he had approval over these novels (which seems unlikely, since he knew his inaction killed them) or he was unwilling or unable to sit down and read them to approve them.

Either way, it's on Joss. So talk to him. *grin*
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dinpik From: dinpik Date: April 10th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Found you from the clairvoyant wank link. I liked your post, and found the number of people who knee-jerked in response amusing but predictable.

If you ever want a Journalfen account, by the way, let me know. I can give away lots. :)
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there've been the usual knee-jerking. It's the Internet, it's to be expected, and to be fair, most have been willing to engage in a reasonable discussion.
astridv From: astridv Date: April 10th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also came here via the metafandom'd post and thought I'd stick around for a while. FWIW, I thought that post was as balanced as they come. There were plenty of points where I'd disagree, but I don't see how it was inflammatory in any way.

kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And welcome!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is there any sort of resource for finding out differences between the various genre literary magazines (Asimov's, Analog, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, etc.) to decide which one would be the best match for a submission? I've obviously listed two different genres, but if I had a mystery short story that I wished to sell, how would I decide between EQMM and AHMM for first submission? EQMM and AHMM are both by the same publisher so I'm assuming that they focus on different areas but after reading the newest issue of each I couldn't for the life of me tell what those areas are!? Is there any resource that would help me or do I have to just pick up a handful of issues and try to figure out what the (perhaps subtle) difference between the two magazines are on my own?
kradical From: kradical Date: April 10th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd suggest checking the web sites for those magazine and looking for their submission guidelines. That's always your best bet (the issues of the magazines themselves should also have those guidelines, or a way to obtrain them).
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two questions:

1) Are we allowed to know the details behind this: there aren't anymore novels on the horizon due to Stupid Circumstances Out Of My Control which have nothing to do with the book itself, but which has crippled my ability to sell more novels in this universe. If so what are they, if not...

2) If you could pick one Shakespeare character or a whole play to write a "Gregory Maguire" style retelling of, which character/play would you pick?
kradical From: kradical Date: April 11th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
1) Pocket Books decided to do an original SF/F line. Among those were Peter David's Sir Apropos of Nothing trilogy, Susan Wright's Slave Trade trilogy, Dayton Ward's The Last World War, my own Dragon Precinct, my anthology Imaginings, etc.

Then they decided to kill the line out of nowhere. This is why Peter isn't doing anymore Apropos books, why Dayton hasn't done a sequel to The Last World War, and why Unicorn Precinct hasn't seen the light of day. No publisher wants to pick up the series with the second book, and Pocket's still keeping Dragon Precinct in print. So I'm screwed.

2) Honestly, I can't think of any one I'd want to do what Maguire's done with. One thing I would like to see is a good movie version of Macbeth. Over the past twenty-five years, we've seen excellent films based on a good chunk of Shakespeare's oeuvre, in particular from Kenneth Branagh doing his modern-day Olivier act, but nobody's tackled Macbeth, which would make a great movie....
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