On Recommending Star Trek Fiction

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’sContinue reading “On Recommending Star Trek Fiction”

On a Sad Discovery

I made a shocking discovery yesterday — Constellations has been remaindered. Imagine Anakin Skywalker as he’s awoken, encased in Darth Vader’s environment suit. Imagine his scream of “Nooooooooo!” Yeah. I can’t complain, really. I’ve signed a lot of copies. The book’s gone through four printings at least. That Constellations would turn up remaindered somewhere wasContinue reading “On a Sad Discovery”

On an Overseas Constellations Review

While puttering about the ‘net today, I discovered a review of Star Trek: Constellations. No real surprise there — they’ve been showing up on the ‘net for nearly a year now. But this one was different. This one was written in Chinese. 🙂 I don’t read Chinese. I can recognize it. That’s about it. Fortunately,Continue reading “On an Overseas Constellations Review”

On Narrative Conventions

About a week ago the Washington Post ran a feature article on Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient. He’s released a new novel, Divisadero, and the article examines Ondaatje’s working methods: He begins with fragmentary images or situations — a plane crashing in the desert, say, or a bedridden man talking to a nurseContinue reading “On Narrative Conventions”

On the 2006 Psi Phi Awards Results

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 openingContinue reading “On the 2006 Psi Phi Awards Results”

On Mission Accomplished, Plus Four Years

Said President George W. Bush on May 1st, 2003: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country. Wrote I in September 2006, for the Star Trek: Constellations annotations: On May 1,Continue reading “On Mission Accomplished, Plus Four Years”

On the 2006 Psi Phi Awards

Voting for the 2006 Psi Phi Awards has begun and will run through the end of March. The Psi Phi Awards honor excellence in Star Trek fiction–best novel, best short story, best series, etc.–and they are voted on by fans with a presentation to follow in April. My story, “Make-Believe,” is up for Best ShortContinue reading “On the 2006 Psi Phi Awards”

On Annotations

In the spirit of annotations for Star Trek novels such as David Mack’s Harbinger, Keith DeCandido’s Articles of the Federation, and Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster’s The Future Begins, I have compiled and posted annotations for Star Trek: Constellations, the anniversary Star Trek anthology of which I am a part. Not all of the anthology’sContinue reading “On Annotations”

On "Make-Believe"

Constellations, Pocket Books’ anthology celebrating Star Trek‘s 40th-anniversary, has begun appearing in bookstores and shipping from online vendors. My contribution to the volume, “Make-Believe,” closes out the book. When an Enterprise shuttle crashlands on an alien planet, to what ends will Captain Kirk go to find his men? Why is the welfare of his crewContinue reading “On "Make-Believe"”