Jens Deffner of Unreality SF approached me recently to participate in a round-table discussion/interview about the new Star Trek film and Pocket Books’ reaction to the film, both this year and into next year when they have a series of four sequels to the film on the schedule. Entitled Trek XI: Did the books miss … Continue reading On a New Trek Literature Discussion
Unless you’ve been living under a rock — or living in abject denial — you probably know that there’s a new Star Trek movie opening nationwide tomorrow. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, the 23rd-century, boldly going, all that jazz. Don’t ruin it for me. I won’t see it until maybe Sunday. I got to thinking. Let’s suppose … Continue reading On Recommending Star Trek Fiction
Over on the bulletin board run by Simon & Schuster, the parent company of Pocket Books, I’ve recently rated as an “Author.” Take a look. My name is in blue, and rather than a title of “Member,” I am now an “Author.” I’m an author. How does this happen? One of the sysadmins there dropped … Continue reading On Rating Notice
I realized, while shaving yesterday, that it was ten years ago, this very week, that I discovered online Star Trek fandom. And it was a very narrow part of fandom that I found. It was Star Trek novels fandom. On the old Pocket Books Bulletin Board. A bunch of people I “met” ten years ago … Continue reading On Looking Back Ten Years
As seen on Julio Angel Ortiz‘s website: What are you reading right now? Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, Chris Bennett Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that?Nope. What magazines do you have in your bathroom right now?None. What’s the worst … Continue reading On Reading Reflections
The Psi Phi Awards honor excellence in Star Trek publishing. Named after PsiPhi.Org the Psi Phis are voted on by Star Trek readers in a number of categories–Best Novel, Best Short Story, Best Series, Best Cover, etc. The awards for 2006 were just announced over the past two days. The winners are (with links opening … Continue reading On the 2006 Psi Phi Awards Results
I stopped at Barnes & Noble this evening on the way home from work in the hope that they had a book I wanted. They did! Crucible: Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering, the final book in David R. George’s anniversary Star Trek trilogy, was on the shelf. Oh, happy day! It was an instant … Continue reading On a New Book
I like David R. George. He sent me today a very nice e-mail. I've always liked David. I think his work's just phenomenal. If you haven't read Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows yet, what are you waiting for?
Steve Roby wrote on his blog yesterday regarding decade-old Star Trek novels that he can “[look] at the front cover art and the back cover text and realiz[e] I remember next to nothing about a lot of these books. I don’t have a great memory anyway, but how is it I can remember so much … Continue reading Reaching Down into the Memory Hole
Something occurred to me last night. I was unpacking a box of books, and one of the book was a collection of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poetry, which, oddly enough, comprises fully half of the poetry I own. (The other book of poetry I have is O Holy Cow: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto, a … Continue reading Elias Vaughn Observations
K.W. Jeter’s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Warped goes in for a lot of abuse within fandom–the story was inaccessible, the writing was bizarre, the take on the Trek universe was unbelievable, the book sold so poorly that Pocket wouldn’t think of doing another DS9 hardcover. I’ve heard all of these arguments, I’ve thought … Continue reading In Defense of Warped
On Friday, October 11, 2002 Michael Edward Johnson wrote: I have read Star Charts and it is great. However some included information has once again raised a question in my mind. There is a chart that lists the founding memebers of the Federation as Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Tellar and Alpha Centauri. Okay what does the … Continue reading Alternity! Once again to Centauri dear friends.