on the Word Press blog

Here's what's been on the Word Press blog over the last month or so.....

I posted two final reading lists: stuff in worlds of my own creation and collaborations, shared worlds, and other miscellaneous stuff.

I've also been posting embedded vidoes of my KRAD COVID readings on the Tube of You, in which I've read "Letter from Guadalajara" (from 2011's More Tales of Zorro), "Diary of a False Man" (from 2000's X-Men Legends), "Back in El Paso My Life Will Be Worthless" (from 2015's The X-Files: Trust No One), "When the Magick Goes Away" (from a 2012 crowdfund, reprinted in Tales from Dragon Precinct), "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je" (from 2005's Star Trek: Tales from the Captain's Table), "Arms and the Man" (from 1997's Untold Tales of Spider-Man), "Materfamilias" (from 2020's Bad Ass Moms), the first chapter of 2001's Here There Be Monsters (part of the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series), "Many a Mile to Freedom" (from 2001's Farscape: The Official Magazine #1), "Catch and Release" (from 2013's Tales from Dragon Precinct), and "Ragnarok and Roll" (from 2011's Tales from the House Band Volume 1).

Monday music is "Beautiful Madness" by Robbie Robertson.

More readings from Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles, including Patrick Barb reading "When I'm #64," Beth Patterson reading "Cayenne," Sally Wiener Grotta reading "The Truth Within," and Carol Gyzander reading "Deal with the Devil."

The publisher of my "Precinct" books and Without a License, eSpec Books is having a "stuck at home" sale where all their eBooks are $.99 each!

From the archives: wow, does Daybreakers suck...

The eSpec Books reading series! The first set has Danielle Ackley-McPhail reading "Brothers (from Defending the Future: Dogs of War) and "A Legacy of Stars" (from the eponymous collection), Jeff Young reading "Bucket Brigade" (from Defending the Future: In Harm's Way), and me reading two chapters from To Hell and Regroup, my collaboration with David Sherman. The next bunch includes Danielle reading from Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, her collaboration with Day Al-Mohamed, and also reading her stories "The Heart of the Sun" (from Flashes in the Can) and "Turtles All the Way Down" (from The Die is Cast), Christopher L. Bennett reading an excerpt from Arachne's Crime, James Chambers reading "The Last Great Monologue of Evil Intent" (from The Side of Good/The Side of Evil), Jeff Young reading "Finder" (from The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson), Megan Mackie reading an excerpt from Finder of the Lucky Devil, and Alma Alexander reading from The Second Star.

I say it's my birthday, as I talk about celebrating my 51st birthday in lockdown...

A nice review of A Furnace Sealed.

Shore Leave officially postponed, unsurprisingly.

Laura Anne Gilman and I are interviewed by Mike Zipser for Fast Forward.

Monday music is "Nothin' I Can Do About It" by Michael McCloud.

My talk on the business of writing for the Stay In Place Virtual Writing Conference that was held over Facebook.

I'm a guest on The FBI's Most Unwanted podcast talking about The X-Files.

A general expression of hatred for the state the world is in right now.

A celebratory Mothers Day post for the mothers in my life.

Martin Pasko, RIP.

Irons in the fire update.

From the archives: a most excellent birthday, from 18 April 2008, where I spent my 39th birthday at New York Comic-Con having an amazing time.

Results of an informal poll asking my social media contacts how they first encountered my writing.

I'm on "Morning Flight," the YouTube series from my alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School.

And there's the usual posts pimping the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch (including "Persistence of Vision," "Tattoo," "Cold Fire," "Maneuvers," "Resistance," "Prototype," "Alliances," "Threshold," "Meld," and "Dreadnought") and my Patreon (which has had a crapton of new content over the last few weeks).
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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.
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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!

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two months later.....

Again, I've been bad about updating this blog, since the Word Press blog is the place to go, but last time I did an update, I got some grateful notes on it, so I'm gonna try to be better about keeping this up.

The big things....

With "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" having come to an end, my new regular feature for Tor.com is "The Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch," which I announced on the show's 25th anniversary, 16 January 2020, and which kicked off on the 24th, and has appeared regularly on Monday and Thursday since.

In addition, I've reviewed each episode of the first season of Star Trek: Picard from its debut in late January to its conclusion this past week (with a first-season overview still to come).

With the onset of the coronavirus and a lot of people stuck at home for extended periods, I've started a YouTube channel called "KRAD COVID readings" in which I'm reading various works of my short fiction. Five episodes are up as I write this, and I will be continuing this for a while now. (I've got close to a hundred works of short fiction, so plenty of material...............)

I've also been providing reading lists for fans of my work. I updated my bibliography in January, and I've also provided a list of my Star Trek work, my other TV-related work, and my movie-related work. Still to come is my gaming and comics work, my various original works, and everything that doesn't fit any of those categories.

While Monday music, midweek music, and Friday fanfare don't appear three times a week like they should, they do still show up occasionally. Check out "Boléro" (by the accurately named Highly Irritating Orchestra), "Highway to Hell" (on ukeleles), "Pinball Wizard" (as a sea shanty), "Amazing Grace" and "Mbube" (both as performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, both posted in honor of the passing of the group's founder Joseph Shabalala), "If I Had a Mighty Army" (by my band Boogie Knights), "Room to Move" (one of my favorite songs), "Pizzica di San Vito" (as performed by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi), "Mari Mac" (posted in honor of St. Patrick's Day, as performed by Great Big Sea), "Mambo Italiano" (posted in honor of Italy's current suffering from COVID-19, as performed by Hetty & the Jazzato Band), and "Splendid Isolation" (an eerily appropriate Warren Zevon song).

Other highlights......

Several of the Marvel prose titles I edited in the 1990s are now available as audiobooks, as well as two anthologies I have stories in, The Ultimate Spider-Man and Untold Tales of Spider-Man.

Me on "Misfit Monday."

On a day out for a haircut and beard trim, along with pizza, coffee, and more.

A look at the number of comments each movie got in "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch."

A reminder that you can still support the Indie GoGo for my two upcoming short stories "The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story" and "Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet."

Me on Eating the Fantastic with Scott Edelman.

Pimping the release of a new book by my friend, and fellow karateka, Libby Copeland, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are.

Cover reveal for ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman '66--Season One, in which I have an essay.

A nifty article on Alien fiction, in which I was one of the authors interviewed.

A nice review of Altered States of the Union, which singles out my story in same for praise.

Two reviews of my Star Trek novel Ferenginar: Satisfaction Is Not Guaranteed, one in German, one in English.

Episode 381 of The SciFi Diner Podcast is the Star Trek Mirror Universe panel I was a part of at Farpoint in Feburary.
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six months later.....................

Okay, so I've been bad about updating this blog, which at this point is just a linkdump for the new blog. I suppose there might still be people reading this blog, but you really should be reading the Word Press blog, as that's where I'm keeping up with things.

I'm not going to link everything from the last six months, but here are some highlights:

My Sunday feeling on a particularly crazy few weeks, with things both good and bad.

Highlights from a year's worth of "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" part one and part two.

A report on my KGB reading with the mighty Chuck Wendig plus a link to the audio recording of the reading.

A report on my appearance at Shore Leave 41.

A GISH-inspired plea for the people of Laos. (GISH is the Great International Scavenger Hunt run annually by Supernatural's Misha Collins.)

What Wrenn and I did for GISH as part of Team Inevitable Meta.

On the third anniversary of moving to our current home.

On the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

"Toxic Masculinity and Carol Danvers."

On the 15th anniversary of my starting martial arts.

A report on the book launch of Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles at Brooklyn Commons as part of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series.

Remembering D.C. Fontana and Rene Auberjonois.

My Sunday feeling on a glorious day of food, music, and tea.

My family's Christmas Eve family photos in front of the tree every ten years from 1979 to 2019.

One picture a year of me from 2010-2019.

A look back at the ups and downs of 2019.

Tuesday's dead on a great, if exhausting, weekend.
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on the Word Press blog

Here's the latest on the blog that I actually update regularly...........

DeCandido's Rules!

Thinking about two important people in my life who died, one on the anniversary of his death, the other on her birthday.

Midweek music: "Rock Lobster."

Revealing the table of contents and the cover for Unearthed, as well as the illustration for my story in it, which is a new tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet.

I'm gonna be at Planet Comic-Con. And then when I got back, I wrote about the experience....

Friday fanfare: "Kansas City Papa."

Monday music: "500 Tubthumps."

My HELIOsphere 2019 schedule.

A nice review of my Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novel Enemy Territory.

Trying to figure out what order to do the Phase 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in for "4-Color to 35-Millimeter."

I appear on Literary Treks to talk about my novel Articles of the Federation.

Monday music: "Women with a Y."

Midweek music: "Everybody Knows" by Sigrid.

I will be (or, rather, have been) at AwesomeCon.

Musings on turning fifty and past 0 year birthdays, and then talking about my actual fiftieth birthday celebration.

Friday fanfare: "Everybody Knows" by the Washington Squares.

Kickstarter for In Harm's Way, Footprints in the Stars, and Devil Dancers (which has since been funded successfully!).

Monday music: "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen.

Appearing on Hour of the Wolf on WBAI FM in New York.

My review of Avengers: Infinity War, reprinted from Patreon, where I posted it right after the movie's theatrical release.

My pre-Endgame rankings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

Midweek music: "Come Together" by Gary Clark Jr. & Junkie XL.

Cover reveal: Alien: Isolation.

Talking about A Furnace Sealed on Author Week.

Monday music: "Come Together" by the Beatles.

Midweek music: "Budapest."

Thoughts on the 21st anniversary of my freelance career.

Pimping my stuff on Patreon, including a review of Avengers: Endgame.

My Balticon 53 schedule.

Peter Mayhew, RIP.

A nice review of my Star Trek: Klingon Empire novel A Burning House.

Preorder links for Alien: Isolation.

Monday music: "Walk This Way."

I will be at MegaCon Orlando!

I'm on The Next Trek Podcast talking about the second season of Star Trek Discovery.

Midweek music: "Further On Up the Road."

Happy Mothers Day!

From the archives: the ending to How I Met Your Mother was perfect and good.

June's KGB Fantastic Fiction readers are me and Chuck Wendig!

On sale now: Unearthed. Plus an interview with me about my story in the anthology.

A nice review (in German) of my Star Trek novel Articles of the Federation.

Midweek music: "Superman (I Want to Fly Like)."

Preorder the eBook of Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos, with a new story by me!

My fiction writing by year, plus a breakdown of each year by type of fiction.

Video of the Star Wars panel I did with Amanda Cherry, Leo Roberts, Gibbitt Rhys-Jones, and Jeff Ayers at Emerald City Comic Con.

Gratuitous cover post!

I will be at Indy PopCon.

Me on Hangin' With Web Show!

Tor.com stuff:

Star Trek Discovery reviews: "Perpetual Infinity," "Through the Valley of the Shadow," "Such Sweet Sorrow" Parts 1-2, and second season overview.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, Modesty Blaise and My Name is Modesty, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Losers.

Other stuff: all the callbacks to previous MCU movies in Avengers: Endgame, a guide to Star Trek Discovery's tie-in fiction, and did Avengers: Endgame assassinate the character of Steve Rogers?
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on the new blog

Sorry for not updating in a while, but here's what's been happening since early January over on Word Press......

A new pinned post that lists some of the regularly updated guides on the blog, including my bibliography, the Cassie Zukav stories, the great superhero movie rewatch, and my Star Trek: Discovery reviews.

An excerpt from Release the Virgins!

It's official: I'll be back at Dragon Con in 2019!

Friday fanfare: "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

The good folks on Literary Treks discuss my Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novel Enemy Territory.

Talking about Kagami Biraki, the new year's workout at the dojo.

Happy book birthday to the latest from my brother from another mother, David Mack: The Iron Codex.

Announcing the Kickstarter for Thrilling Adventure Yarns! Plus updates including the table of contents, an article on CBR about the anthology, an interview with editor Robert Greenberger on SciFi4Me, (This Kickstarter has since ended and was funded at almost 250% of its goal.)

I'm on "My Favorite Things" on the Speculative Chic blog.

My Farpoint 2019 schedule, with an update here. (This convention has already come and gone.)

Reprinting my review of BlacKkKlansman from Patreon in honor of that movie's several Academy Award nominations.

The compleat bibliography of Keith R.A. DeCandido.

From the archives: two Grits, on both movie adaptations of True Grit.

A video of Sir Jon reviewing the "Precinct" novels on Pint O' Comics.

The Bronx is a nifty place, or, how pictures can fool you.....

Literary Treks talks about me again, this time focusing on the Star Trek: Klingon Empire novel A Burning House.

A belated irons in the fire update for February.

Reprinting my review of First Man from Patreon, in part prompted by a discussion of the movie on Adam-Troy Castro's Facebook page (not to mention the approach of the 50th anniversary of the events described in the film).

An interview with me on Fast Forward from 2016 that finally goes live.

Another Kickstarter anthology: Across the Universe, alternate takes on the Beatles, with an update saying that it's been funded! (This one's still going on, so you can still pledge...)

I'm gonna be at Emerald City Comic-Con! (That convention has also come and gone.)

A listing of all the stuff I've posted to my Patreon since the start of the new year.

A nice review of my 2003 Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novel Honor Bound.

I have autographed books for sale!

A nice review of my 2004 Star Trek novel A Time for War, a Time for Peace.

Mermaid Precinct stuff: front and back cover reveal, Amazon preorder information, an excerpt, Barnes & Noble preorder information, a post that includes all the preorder links, an excerpt, and the cover, an announcement that there were advance copies at Farpoint, and Publishers Weekly's review of the book.

A Furnace Sealed stuff: ordering links for the book, plus an excerpt, me discussing the book on John Scalzi's "The Big Idea" feature on his Whatever blog, some more ordering links, getting my author copies in the mail, an excerpt on Tor.com, and me discussing the book on Mary Robinette Kowal's "My Favorite Bit" feature on her blog.

Then both books: I talk about both Mermaid Precinct and A Furnace Sealed on Raymond Bolton's "The Write Stuff."

And my stuff for Tor.com:

"4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch": Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Darkness, Deadpool, Deadpool 2, 1990's The Flash, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Star Trek: Discovery reviews: "Brother," "New Eden," "Point of Light," "An Obol for Charon," "Saints of Imperfection," "The Sound of Thunder," "Light and Shadows," "If Memory Serves," "Project Daedalus," and "The Red Angel."

Other stuff: reviews of Marvel's The Punisher season 2 and The Umbrella Academy season 1.
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war peace

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    "Monkey Man" by the Mint Juleps

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    "Still Crazy After All These Years" by Paul Simon