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Here's what I've been writing about on the new blog:

Day 2 of my promotion to sandan (third-degree black belt).

Day 3 of the promotion, which ended with me being awarded my sandan.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Lethe."

Tuesday's dead, on recovering from the promotion.

Midweek music is "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Edwards, because what else could it be after a black belt promotion?

Buy my books!

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

A complete list of my writing that's been released in 2017.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad."

A special Hallowe'end edition of 4-Color to 35-Millimeter, covering The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.

See me in November, listing my appearances the first three weekends of the month (one of which has already happened.............).

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.

My Philcon 2017 schedule.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "Wild-Eyed Willy" by Michael McCloud

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Several of my books are for sale from me -- and I'll autograph 'em, too! If you want any of the books listed below, send me the amount of the cover price(s) of the book(s), plus an additional $6 for postage (inside the U.S.; outside the U.S., just send the cover price and I'll invoice you for the postage after I send it). You can PayPal the money to me at krad at whysper dot net or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Be sure to let me know to whom you wish me to inscribe the autograph.

Here's what I got:


Marvel's Thor: Tales of Asgard (omnibus collecting Thor: Dueling with Giants, Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Warriors Three: Godhood’s End) -- $25


SCPD: The Case of the Claw -- $15


Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $17


Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal (ruled notebook) -- $19


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (with my essay on the books vs. the movie Blade Runner) -- $40


Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace -- $8

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House -- $8

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A -- $8


Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars -- $8


Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors -- $3

Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance -- $3

both Young Hercules books -- $5

Please note that the Precinct books and Without a License are temporarily unavailable while we're in the process of transitioning those books from Dark Quest to eSpec. Other books I'm temporarily out of stock on, like Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report, the Supernatural novels, and various anthologies I'm in, but I'm hoping to restock soon.

If you have any questions, post them here or e-mail me at krad at whysper dot net.


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Current Music: "I Shall Be Released" by The Band et al

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the Word Press blog (and sorry for not updating here for so long, but seriously, y'all should just keep an eye on there, as this blog will really only be a link dump for the new blog going forward):

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Michael Keaton/Tim Burton Batman movies from 1989 and 1992.

I'm all excited that the Yankees won the first wild card spot in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and I give my rooting interests for the postseason (which is amusing to read now that the championship series are almost over).

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Context is for Kings" at Tor.com.

With my promotion to third-degree black belt pending, I present the essays I wrote for my first- and second-degree promotions.

Midweek music is "Cross-Eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull, including the original studio version, a live version from 1977, and Iron Maiden's cover of the song.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Joel Schumacher Batman movies from the 1990s starring Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

The Precinct books have a new publisher!

Irons in the fire update for October.

From the archives: Happy Bartolomé Day!

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry" at Tor.com.

My Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution is on sale for two bucks in eBook.

Yet another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead (latest in a series, collect 'em all!).

I sit down with the folks at Next Trek Podcast and talk about all things Trek, from Discovery to my own work.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Incredible Hulk pilots starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

I totally nerd out over the new Black Panther trailer.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Choose Your Pain" at Tor.com.

The X-Cast is doing a "podwatch," with short daily podcasts covering two episodes each of The X-Files as we head toward season 11 of the show. I was on two of them, episode 5 discussing "Ice" and "Space" and then again on episode 7 discussing "Fire" and "Beyond the Sea."

As I said above, I'm going for my third-degree black belt in karate. I discuss day 1 and day 2 of the promotion.

A review of Pop Punk High, now playing every Thursday at the Parkside Lounge on Houston Street.

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Current Music: "The Boogie Bumper" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Here's what I've been talking about on my Word Press blog:

Friday fanfare: "Fire on the Bayou" by Trombone Shorty and Cyril Neville.

My Sunday feeling, on a good RocCon 2017 weekend.

Monday Music: "Walk on Boy" and "Crossroads," two blues classics covered by the great Jim Byrnes.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing.

I never could get the hang of Thursdays, on being sick, which sucks.

Friday fanfare: "Cadillac Ranch" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

My review on Tor.com of Star Trek Discovery's first two episodes.

The full table of contents for Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: The Next Generation Stories by 174 Writers, which is now on sale.

Talkin' Star Trek Discovery on Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund, John J. Ordover, Dan Persons, and Wrenn Simms.

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Current Music: "The Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head" by Cat Stevens

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Here's what I've been babbling about over on Word Press.....

Friday fanfare is "Chasin' the Wind" by Key West troubadour Michael McCloud, with thoughts of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does the 1979 TV movies Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon.

The planned schedule for the rest of 2017's entries in 4-Color to 35-Millimeter.

An excerpt from "Six Red Dragons," my story in the upcoming Baker Street Irregulars 2: The Game is Afoot, which is now available for preorder from Amazon.

Len Wein, RIP.

A link to past commentary (much of it on this blog) regarding the events of 11 September 2011 on that day's sixteenth anniversary.

The trailer for my buddy Bryan Talbot's graphic novel Grandville: Force Majeure.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does 1974's Wonder Woman, 1975's The New Original Wonder Woman, and 1984's Supergirl.

I'll be at RocCon 2017 this weekend, and this post lists what I should have for sale and who else will be there.

MINE!: A Celebration of Freedom & Liberty for All Benefitting Planned Parenthood has achieved its funding goal! So now if you pledge, you're guaranteed to get something!

Midweek music is "Crazy Train" like you've never heard it before and it's the BEST THING EVER!!!!!

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Current Music: "St. Louis Tickle" by Arlo Guthrie

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the new Word Press blog:

On 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch, I look at the 1970s versions of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, God help us all.

Folks from my karate dojo are running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to support breast cancer research here in NYC, and I urge all and sundry to pledge support.

The irons in the fire update for the top of September.

A gratuitous cover post!

Another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead.

My Dragon Con 2017 report.

Midweek music is "The Storm" by Big Country, eerily appropriate for this nasty hurricane season.

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Current Music: "The Storm" by Big Country

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Here's what's been happening on the new Word Press blog:

An open letter to the Dragon Awards urging them to include a category for media tie-in novels.

The latest, and probably last, GISHWHES -- the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen -- has come to an end, and I show off the stuff that Wrenn and I did for our team, Inevitable Innuendo.

ComicMix is crowdfunding Mine!, an anthology comic to benefit Planned Parenthood, with stories by Neil Gaiman, Gail Simone, John Ostrander, Mike Grell, Devin Grayson, Trina Robbins, Mark Waid, and tons more -- including me! Please support it.....

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch takes a look at all four of Christopher Reeve's Superman films.

From the archives: James Cameron pisses on movie novelizations (from 2010).

My tentative schedule for Dragon Con 2017 over Labor Day weekend.

On sale now: Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report.

Finally, I did two reviews of Marvel's The Defenders for Tor.com. On Friday the 18th, the day it went live, I did my first impressions of the first three episodes. Then on Monday the 21st, I reviewed the entire eight-episode season.

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Current Music: "Bella" by Carlos Santana

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Here's the latest stuff on my new Word Press blog:

Announcing the table of contents for Kingdoms Fall, edited by Jonathan Maberry, and including a sorta-kinda Dragon Precinct story by me.

Monday music is "The Ragin' St. Mae: The Meow Mix" by the wonderful Colorado-based a cappella group Pandora Celtica.

From the archives: about our move to our current home, one year later.

A rant: I've never won an award, and I'm okay with that.

A happy look back at the Ghost Town Writers Retreat in Georgetown, Colorado last weekend.

Midweek music is "Baby I Love You" by the Yayhoos.

The debut of "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" on Tor.com is a look back at the first two superhero feature films: Superman and the Mole Men and Batman (1966).

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Current Music: "Nobody's Got the Gun" by Mark Knopfler

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Here's what's happening on the Word Press blog...............

My full schedule at the Ghost Town Writers Retreat this weekend in Georgetown, Colorado.

This month, my three Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon novels are available for only two bucks in eBook form.

My last Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch -- and also my last Star Trek Rewatch entry after six years -- is up on Tor.com.

My new feature on Tor.com starting next week: "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Superhero Movie Rewatch."

I'm going for my third-degree black belt in October!

In honor of my impending promotion test, midweek music is Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting."

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: "Silent Night" by Uncle Bonsai

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Here's what I've posted lately on the WordPress blog:

Midweek music is Rhiannon Giddens & the Elftones singing "Henry Martin."

A review of Nights of the Living Dead on the HorrorTalk.com web site.

The table of contents for Baker Street Irregulars Volume 2: The Game's Afoot, including my own "Six Red Dragons," the second Shirley Holmes-and-Jack Watson story, following "Identity" in Volume 1.

Throwback Thursday is a picture of me and three fellow karate students on a hike in New Paltz in 2006.

Friday fanfare is ZZ Top's snarlin' blues classic, "La Grange."

My schedule for Florida SuperCon in Fort Lauderdale this coming weekend (hope to see some of y'all there!).

Monday music is "Then the Music Begins" by Steven L. Rosenhaus, which also features me on the bongos.

A nice review by JL Gribble of my Supernatural novel Bone Key.

The Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch does its last piece: Star Trek Beyond (though there will be an overview/wrapup next week).

I will be in the next Outside In collection, entitled Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: TNG Stories by 174 Writers.

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Current Music: "The Jasmine Corridor" by Ian Anderson

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It's a limited supply at the moment, as I'm low on inventory, but I do have a bunch of my books for sale. If you wish to buy them, you can PayPal me the total of the cover prices for the books you want, plus $6 shipping (if you're in the U.S.; if you're outside the U.S., just send the cover prices and I'll bill you for the shipping after I go to the post office, as international shipping rates vary wildly) to keith at decandido dot net, or mail a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Let me know who you want me to autograph the book to.

Here's what I got:


Aliens: Bug Hunt -- $17

Baker Street Irregulars -- $17

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars -- $8

Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report -- $50 (this is a preorder for the hardcover, which will be available in mid-August)

Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $17

SCPD: The Case of the Claw -- $15

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido -- $15

Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors and Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance -- $3 for one, $5 for both


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Current Music: the Yankees-Reds game on Channel 11

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Stuff on the new WordPress blog:

A nice review of Nights of the Living Dead written by my buddy Jay Smith on GoodReads.

George Romero and Martin Landau, RIP.

Remembrances of George Romero by the contributors to Nights of the Living Dead: David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Carrie Ryan, Craig Engler, Chuck Wendig, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, John Skipp, Jay Bonasinga, Brian Keene, Ryan Brown, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Neal & Brendan Shusterman, Isaac Marion, David Wellington, John Russo, and me.

Today San Diego Comic-Con starts and I won't be there.

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Current Music: "Candles in the Dark" by Rhiannon Giddens & Elftones

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Mickey Smith blows up an archive on behalf of Sherlock Holmes in order to get revenge on RoboCop. It's up to Steve Trevor, Sylar, Julius Caesar, Benji Dunn, Harold Lee, Neytiri, and Jacob Clarke to save the day! Or, uh, something. And the only reason Nicholas Meyer isn't turning over in his grave is because he's still alive. The TOS Rewatch takes a Star Trek Into Darkness.

An excerpt:
Khan has Vengeance crash into San Francisco, causing obscene destruction. Khan himself survives the crash and tries to lose himself in the San Francisco crowd. However, Spock beams down and goes after him, chasing him through the streets. (Why he doesn’t alert the planet-bound authorities or other Starfleet ships to assist him is left as an exercise for the viewer.)

In sickbay, McCoy discovers that the dead tribble that he injected Khan’s blood into to test it is now alive again. (By the way, the tribble hasn’t moved from the place on the table where we saw it the first time, even though in the interim the ship tumbled into Earth’s atmosphere with the gravity out. Did McCoy nail it to the table, or what?)

McCoy puts Kirk in a cryotube to preserve his brain function, then tries to call Spock to tell him that they need Khan’s blood. (Why he doesn’t see if any of the other 72 genetically enhanced folk he’s got lying in his sickbay also have magic blood is also left as an exercise for the viewer.)

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Current Music: "Like a Rolling Stone" by John Mellencamp

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Stuff that I've posted to the Word Press blog:

A nice review by JL Gribble of my Supernatural novel Nevermore.

The workshops I'll be doing at the Ghost Town Writers Workshop in Georgetown, Colorado next month.

Midweek music is my favorite version of Lord Kitchener's calypso classic, "Jump in the Line," to wit, the one by Da Vinci's Notebook. ("I'M NOT WEARING PANTS!")

From the archives: Articles of the Federation ten years later.

A look back at the New York City blackout on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, as well as the time I used it in a work of fiction, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel Blackout.

Throwback Thursday is a picture from the Star Trek: Mere Anarchy panel at Shore Leave 28 in 2006, with Dayton Ward, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Christopher L. Bennett, me, and Kevin Dilmore's left arm.

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Current Music: "Mother Goose" by Jethro Tull

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


The original crew gets rebooted as Pine, Urban, Pegg, Cho, Saldana, Yelchin, Cross, and Ryder replace Shatner, Kelley, Doohan, Takei, Nichols, Koenig, Lenard, and Wyatt, while both Quinto and Nimoy do Spock. Is it a reboot or a boot to the head? The TOS Rewatch does the 2009 Star Trek.

An excerpt:
Overall, the performances elevate the film considerably. Nobody ever went wrong casting John Cho or Anton Yelchin in anything, Simon Pegg is a delight as Scotty, Zoë Saldana is a fine Uhura, Bruce Greenwood brings gravitas to the role of Pike, and Faran Tahir, Chris Hemsworth, and Jennifer Morrison do excellent work on the tension-filled prologue (I wish I could say the same for Ben Cross and Winona Ryder, but they make almost no impression as Sarek and Amanda except to make us long for Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt, the only re-cast roles where I felt that way). Plus, of course, you have Leonard Nimoy, who can not only put lipstick on a pig, but make the pig look good.

Unfortunately, this film needs all the elevating it can get, because while it succeeds in pacing and mostly in acting, everything else is a total mess. For starters, one person I didn’t list in the previous paragraph is Eric Bana. Nobody went right casting Bana in anything, and I have yet to see him give a performance where I actually gave a rat’s ass about the person he was playing. That streak remains intact with his lifeless performance as Nero, which does a great deal to suck the life out of the plot.

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Current Music: "Tryin' Not to Think About It" by the J. Geils Band

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Other stuff on the Word Press blog:

A detailed report on a most excellent Shore Leave 39 convention weekend.

Pictures from Shore Leave 39.

Monday music is "History of Lovers" by Calexio and Iron & Wine.

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Current Music: still "Light of Day"

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Originally published on Keith's Word Press blog.

ZOMBIE DAY IS HERE! Or something................


Out today in print, eBook, and audio: Nights of the Living Dead, an anthology of original zombie stories edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero his own self! The stories take place around the events of the seminal 1968 zombie flick that changed the face of horror forever.

Here's the lineup, in alphabetical order:

Jay Bonasinga, New York Times best-selling author of The Walking Dead novels.

Max Brallier, author of The Last Kids on Earth and Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Ryan Brown, author of the zombie sports novel Play Dead.

Mike Carey, award-winning writer of comics (Lucifer, Hellblazer, etc.) and novels (the Felix Castor series, The Girl with All the Gifts).

Keith R.A. DeCandido, best-selling author of three Resident Evil novels, as well as fiction in the worlds of Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sleepy Hollow, V-Wars, Limbus Inc., and more.

Craig Engler, cocreator and writer of the Z Nation TV series.

Mira Grant (a.k.a. Seanan McGuire), New York Times best-selling author of the Newsflesh series.

Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rising.

Joe R. Lansdale, best-selling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of 45 novels, plus comics and short stories, including "On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks" in Book of the Dead.

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Patient Zero, Rot & Ruin, Dead of Night, and Zombie CSU, cowriter of Marvel Zombies Return.

Isaac Marion, New York Times best-selling author of Warm Bodies.

George A. Romero, the godfather of the dead, writer/director of Night of the Living Dead and its four sequels.

John Russo, cowriter of Night of the Living Dead and author of the novels Night of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead.

Carrie Ryan, international best-selling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

David J. Schow, author, screenwriter and editor, and winner of the International Horror Guild Award.

Neal Shusterman & Brandon Shusterman, respectively a winner of the National Book Award and a best-selling author, and a filmmaker who often collaborates with his father (like here).

John Skipp, best-selling author of The Light at the End, filmmaker of Tales of Halloween, editor-in-chief of Fungasm Press, and coeditor of Book of the Dead.

David Wellington, best-selling author of the Monster Island series and Positive.

Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Aftermath.

You can order the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.


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Current Music: "Light of Day" by Bruce Springsteen

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Originally posted to the Word Press blog.

Three pictures taken by Arwen Rosenbaum from a 4th of July party in 2001. Hard to believe that was sixteen years ago..............

These are all from a volleyball game. We start with me serving while David Mack looks on in amusement:



Then we have me off-balance while Rik Cleary, Peter Liverakos, and Lucienne Diver look on in amusement:



And finally, me having fallen on my ass, and neither Rik nor the late David Honibsberg, nor Glenn Hauman evince any interest in helping me up. Bastards.......


Current Mood: nostalgic nostalgic
Current Music: "Pink Houses" by John Mellencamp

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


I will, as ever, be at Shore Leave this weekend at the Hunt Valley Inn, as I have been each of the past seventeen years. I will be both an author guest and a musical guest, the latter in my capacity as a member of the Boogie Knights. The Knights will be debuting a new song called "Young Master Frodo," written by me! It's to the tune of the a cappella Irish folk song "General Taylor," and it's gonna be awesome.

Anyhow, here's my full schedule for this weekend:

5-6pm: "Why We Write," w/Laura Ware, Heather E. Hutsell, Melissa Scott, and Peter David (Salon A)
6-7pm: "What's Your Favorite Trek?" w/Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, Dave Galanter, Scott Pearson, and Amy Imhoff (Salon A)

11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Valley)
12-1pm: "Wonder Woman," w/Rigel Ailur, Simantha Galanter, Hildy Silverman, Amy Imhoff, and Susan Oleson (Salon A)
4.30-5pm: practical self-defense workshop (Concierge)
5-6pm: "The Batman," w/John Coffren, Robert Greenberger, Derek Tyler Attico, Richard C. White, and Michael Jan Friedman (Salon A)

11am-noon: "Where No Tale Has Gone Before," w/David Mack, Dayton Ward, Christopher L. Bennett, and Scott Pearson (Chase)
1-2pm: "Mixing and Matching Genres," w/Greg Cox, Stephen Kozeniewski, Melissa Scott, and Roberta Rogow (Chase)
2-3pm: "Ye Gods!" w/Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Amy Imhoff, and Kathleen David (Chase)


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Current Music: "Like a Rolling Stone" by John Mellencamp

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Over on the Word Press blog, I've been a busy bee.................

Enter a sweepstakes to win a copy of Nights of the Living Dead, the anthology edited by George A. Romero (yes, him) & Jonathan Maberry, and also with a story by me.

Midweek music is Wilson Pickett joining Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in a rousing rendition of "Midnight Hour" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in 1999.

Reviews of Nights of the Living Dead in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and BookList.

July's irons in the fire update.

My convention schedule for the rest of 2017.

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Current Music: "Hide and Seek" by Howard Jones

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident," they said, "that all men are created equal." Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had ever bothered to write that down.
---President Bartlet,
The West Wing

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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On the new blog: midweek music is "Paul Cézanne" by Five Chinese Brothers -- never mind the fact that they aren't brothers, they aren't Chinese, there are four of them, and Cézanne isn't actually the father of cubism................

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.

I'm gonna be on the road all day tomorrow -- Wrenn and I are heading out at about 3am tonight/tomorrow morning to drive to Indianapolis for InConJunction -- so I want to post this now, as I found it in my Facebook memories, and it's awesome: Bob Greenberger, me, and Peter David serving as George Takei's backup singers at Shore Leave 30 in July 2008. It was part of the opening skit for Mystery Trekkie Theatre 3000 and it was empirical proof that white men can't dance. I was subbing for Michael Jan Friedman, who also can't dance, and who had to leave the convention early that year.


Photo by Dawn Swingle.

And, heck, here's the actual song in full. George is singing "Seven Lonely Days." Don't say I didn't warn you.....

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Originally posted to Keith's Word Press blog.


Kirk and Picard together again for the first time! Victorian children! A cabin in the mountains with a dog! Guinan surrounded by candles! The Enterprise-B with a doofy captain! Worf walks the plank! Data's emotion chip installed! And lots of other stuff that don't actually add up to a good movie as the TOS Rewatch does Generations.

An excerpt:
When I first saw this movie in 1994, my first thought was that it was a promising first draft that was rushed into production. This is mostly because it was a promising first draft that was rushed into production. Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga wrote this in about seven-and-a-half minutes, at the same time that they were writing the (much much better) “All Good Things…” and then the movie was slammed into production right after TNG wrapped production as a TV show.

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Here's my schedule for InConJunction this weekend in Indianapolis, where I will be serving as Toastmaster.

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