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Followup on Cleveland ConCoction

Okay, the convention ended days ago, but I’m only now getting around to posting about it. Let’s see… My last panel on Saturday was about “Shaping the Short Story,” and I was hoping to pick up some tips on how to get better at coming up with short stories, but I don’t think I got the answers I was looking for. I think my problem is that my ideas tend to be big worldbuilding stuff that requires a longer format to explore. I think I’m better at coming up with ideas in universes that are already established and defined, like The Hub or Star Trek. Still, I got to hear from other authors on the panel, including another Analog author, Mary A. Turzillo. Afterward, I ran into Mary and Geoffrey A. Landis in the lobby, and we three Analog veterans hung out for a while in the con suite (a nice perk of the con, a dining area providing free food to guests).

On Sunday morning, I got checked out of my room before my 11 AM panel, “Best Worlds in SF.” I’d thought that would be a discussion of our favorite or most optimistic fictional universes, but apparently it was about “worlds” in a more literal sense, our favorite physical settings and the worldbuilding behind them. Geoffrey Landis was on this panel with me as well, and we both talked about our interest in real planetary science and how that could inform our fiction. There was also some discussion of the worldbuilding process, and I got to talk about The Hub and how pleased I am that its central concept is so simple and distinctive yet provides so many story possibilities growing out of its ramifications. Although that might actually have been in the short story panel the night before. They’ve kind of blended together in my memory.

(By the way, I’ve just discovered that the Internet Science Fiction Database lists my Hub stories under the series title “The Hub Gates.” I guess I can see why they’d think “gates” in terms of instantaneous interstellar travel, a la Gateway or Stargate, but I’m puzzled because I’ve never used that term for it myself — and there’s really only a single “gate,” the Hub itself. I’ve always thought of the series as just “The Hub.” Still, it’s neat to find out I have an ISFDb entry for my own original series. Though my main ISFDb page is in need of updating — it’s missing my non-Analog original stories, Hub Space, and my Star Trek Magazine articles.)

After the last panel, I spent an hour at the guest table in the main hall, trying to sell books, but that can be tough on the last day of a con, when people have spent most of their money already. Plus, I was kind of far from the other guests, since for some reason there was a live rabbit in a cage under the table and I had to move off to the side to avoid kicking it. So I was a little lonely. After that, I moved back to Author’s Alley for a last bout of giveaways and signings before the closing ceremony, and Larry Nemecek took that opportunity to interview me for a podcast. I think he said it was for Trekland, but there doesn’t seem to be a video up there yet.

So then I went off to the fairly brief closing ceremonies, and then I reclaimed my remaining books from the con staff — those from my own stock, at least, since we weren’t sure about the disposition of the remaining giveaway books. (That’s being worked out.) Anyway, it turned out that I didn’t need to bring both my boxes of Only Superhuman hardcovers, since I only sold 3/4 of one box worth. Still, I made a pretty decent haul, better than I’ve ever made at a single convention before.

And then the rough stuff began. First, I had trouble getting out of the parking lot. My car has been having problems accelerating after sitting overnight in cold weather; it takes up to a few minutes before I’m able to get the car moving to any useful degree, though it tends to clear up after that. I then had to endure a drive through heavy rain all the way to Detroit, and I wasn’t feeling too great after all the stress of the convention and lack of sleep, so I had to keep stopping to rest. Under other circumstances, I might’ve just found a motel for the night, but I wanted to get to Shirley and Harry’s home in time for the tail end of their “housecooling” party, as they called the gathering to commemorate their impending move out of their home of over 45 years. I got there in time to see cousins Barb, Mark, and Teddy before they left the next morning. It’s been a while since I’ve managed to see them, since I’ve had to miss the past couple of holiday gatherings at their home.

Unfortunately, their presence meant there was no room at the inn for me that night, so the plan was for me to go stay with Uncle Clarence. Which turned out to be a terrible plan, since getting there was a 40-minute drive through unfamiliar territory in the dark and the pouring rain. There were moments when I was driving on the freeway and could barely see the lane dividers, and it would’ve been so easy for me to have an accident. It was the most terrifying driving experience of my life. I should’ve just found the nearest motel to Shirley and Harry’s house, but I was too tired to think of it. I’m grateful to Clarence for letting me stay over, but in retrospect, it wasn’t the ideal choice in those conditions.

And I had car trouble again the next morning, this time with Clarence observing. He later called an automotive-minded friend, who suggested I might need the transmission fluid changed. Anyway, the car finally started moving, as it does, and I went back to Shirley & Harry’s for the rest of Monday. With things finally settled down and the weather improved, it was a good visit. There was good food and conversation, and we went to the local library and I checked out a collection of fun and zany Superman comics from 1958-9, the era when some of the most important elements from the Silver Age debuted, such as Brainiac, Kandor, and Supergirl. And I finally got a good night’s sleep on Monday night, so I was well-rested for my drive home Tuesday. The folks provided me with lunch for my trip, and also let me have a tea ball and a couple of mugs they no longer need.

The drive home was much nicer than my previous two long drives. The weather was great and I was feeling much better. I ran into a long traffic delay due to construction, but it was well-timed to let me eat lunch while traffic was completely stopped or inching forward, and it turned out to be a much shorter delay than the hour and forty-some minutes that Google Maps predicted. When I got home, I found a sticker on my door from UPS saying they’d tried to deliver a package from Simon & Schuster on the day I’d left for the convention — my copies of Live by the Code, of course, in an odd bit of timing. They’d dropped them off at the local bike shop, which I’d used once before to drop off a return to Amazon, so I guess UPS had it in their records as my preferred location. I picked them up the next day, combining it with a grocery trip. My car still seemed to be having some acceleration problems going up hills, so the transmission issue may be getting worse. I was going to take it to the garage then, but I decided I needed groceries first instead, and once I got home from that, I figured I’d wait until today. But today I had to do laundry, and was just generally too tired to do much else. So maybe tomorrow.

And hopefully soon I’ll be recovered enough to get back to that whole writing thing…

Discussing my superhero novels on Sci-Fi Bulletin

October 7, 2013 1 comment

Sci-Fi Bulletin, a British genre site edited by my former Star Trek Magazine editor Paul Simpson, has just published an essay I wrote for them comparing the writing of Only Superhuman and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder, timed to coincide with the release of the OS paperback in the UK. You can read it here:

The Science of Writing Superheroes

Oddly enough, it’s indexed on the site under “Fantasy.” I guess that’s because superheroes are generally treated as a subset of fantasy; my hard-SF approach to the subject seems to be pretty unusual, though as the article points out, sometimes there was more science in Stan Lee and his Marvel cohorts’ creations than you might think.

Only Superhuman MMPB cover    Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder audiobook

Kind of a good week writing-wise…

In the past few days, I’ve gotten two tentative invitations for new writing projects, though one is much more tentative than the other.  I hope they both come to fruition, though.  At least, it’s a good sign that I’ve gotten approached twice this early in the year.

Also, today I finally got paid in full for my latest Star Trek Magazine article (well, latest published, but second-latest written), after the first check got lost in the mail.

Meanwhile, my progress on the spec novel has had a bit of a setback, but in a way that’s progress in itself.  I realized that just trying to keep as much as possible from the old version of the story wasn’t working; there was too much infodump and lecturing and not enough characterization or emotion to make it work, and at the same time I wasn’t making good enough use of the setting and situation at this part of the novel.  I realized there were some things I could do to address both problems at once, so I have to do some major rewriting of this portion and replace a lot of the recycled material with new content.  It entails partly reversing a decision I made before to reduce the number of distinct alien races I used in the story, because the old version was getting too cluttered and unfocused.  So I was initially skeptical of the thought that including another alien race (indeed, one pretty much recycled from some of my old unsold fiction) might be the way to go here.  But it’s okay, because I’ve solved the main clutter/focus problem (by having the central arc of the back half of the novel grow out of an established character and species whose motivations tie into another significant piece of worldbuilding in the novel, rather than tossing in a different antagonist and species that have no connection to any of that), and because I can use this alien race in place of another one that I was planning to use anyway in the final stage of the story (and was on the fence about using at all), so it gives the story more cohesiveness if I set them up here.  Moreover, it lets me showcase the setting more, making it come alive as more than just a backdrop.  So I think that this time it will serve the story integrally rather than sending me off on a tangent like before.  At least, I hope it will.

If nothing else, at least I finally feel my imagination is fully engaged with this project; the ideas are flowing more quickly now and I’m recognizing both problems and solutions that I wasn’t seeing before.

TrekMovie reviews STRUGGLE WITHIN, and new ST MAGAZINE article now out!

Two bits of Star Trek news that I’m happy about:

One, TrekMovie.com’s reviewer Robert Lyons has posted a review of my e-novella Star Trek Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within, and he has some very nice things to say.  My favorite bits:

 Bennett provides a timely story, inspired by very recent real world events, combined with an accessible yet still alien background (in both the A and B story!), that completely engages the reader.

While “Zero Sum Game” may be the best novel in the series, “The Struggle Within” is truly the best story of the five… and an outstanding conclusion to the series….

Very flattering.

Also, Star Trek Magazine #38 is now out, and it contains my entry in the ongoing Star Trek 45s series, examining every 45th aired episode of ST one by one.  My piece is on one of my favorite Voyager episodes, “Concerning Flight,” and it has an absolutely gorgeous title-page illustration of Janeway and Leonardo da Vinci which you can see a small version of here.  My thanks to the magazine’s designer, Philip White, for giving my article such a great accompanying image.

45 years on the final frontier

Forty-five years ago tonight, on September 8, 1966, Star Trek made its television debut.  That’s a big anniversary, though not as big as the one coming up in five years.  I hadn’t even realized it was approaching, though.  I’ve been too preoccupied with writing Star Trek to think about celebrating Star Trek.  Probably the only thing I’ll do to commemorate the anniversary is to get some more work done on Forgotten History (hopefully a lot of work, though I didn’t get enough sleep last night so I’m not sure how much I’ll manage to get done today).

However, I am a participant in Star Trek Magazine‘s 45th-anniversary celebration in a couple of ways.  STM is doing a 2-issue “Ultimate Guide” to all the episodes and films, with an overview of each season (plus the movies as a group) done by a different author.  I’m doing Voyager‘s third season (my favorite year of that show) in the second issue, #37, which should probably be going on sale quite soon.  Also, throughout the year, STM has been doing a series of articles called “Star Trek 45s” which focus on every 45th episode of the franchise in the order they aired.  I did a piece on Voyager: “Concerning Flight,” which I think will be in issue #38, after the Ultimate Guide is done and the magazine resumes its regularly scheduled programming.

Good grief, 45 years.  Maybe one reason I don’t like to pay much attention to these anniversaries is that it reminds me that I was born during TOS’s original run (though in the latter half thereof, at least).  I can’t possibly be that old!  Well, you’re only as old as you feel.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough sleep so I’m not exactly brimming with youthful energy today.  But don’t mind me.  Happy anniversary and all that.

Shore Leave 33: my schedule

The author guests for next week’s Shore Leave convention in Hunt Valley, MD (near Baltimore) have now been issued their schedules for the con, so I can announce what panels and events I’ll be attending.  This is tentative, of course.

Friday, July 8:

10PM-midnight: Meet the Pros (corridor outside Hunt & Valley ballrooms): The annual mass autograph event by the authors in attendance.

Saturday, July 9:

4 PM: Christopher L. Bennett Q&A (Salon A): An hourlong panel devoted entirely to me, because I’ve got a lot to talk about this year.  Star Trek Magazine editor Paul Simpson (a first-time Shore Leave guest) will join me as moderator/interviewer, since this is the first one of these I’ve done and I could use the helping hand.   Topics will likely include discussion of DTI: Watching the Clock and other former works, plus new information about my upcoming Trek projects Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within and Forgotten History, and of course my original novel Only Superhuman, coming next year from Tor Books.

Sunday, July 10:

11 AM: Writing Superhero Novels (Salon E): Another opportunity to talk about Only Superhuman, alongside Greg Cox (my editor for OS, and the author of multiple Marvel & DC superhero novels), Keith R.A. DeCandido,  Michael Jan Friedman, Alan Kistler, David Mack, and Kelly Meding.  Between us, we’ll no doubt cover both original superhero prose fiction and adaptations of comics heroes.

12 noon: Time Travel in Trek (Salon F):  I’ll be joining Greg Cox, A. C. Crispin, Alan Kistler, and Paul Simpson.  Naturally I expect to be discussing Watching the Clock and Forgotten History.

2 PM: From Tie-In to Original (Salon F): One more chance to tout Only Superhuman, and to compare stories with other authors who’ve made the transition from tie-in fiction to original fiction: David Mack, Aaron Rosenberg, and Dayton Ward.

I’ve decided to drive to Shore Leave this year — cheaper than flying, more comfortable than taking the bus — so I took my car in for a checkup today.  They found the drive belt was falling apart and put in a new one.  And I noticed the difference, I think.  The car seemed to accelerate substantially more easily.  It felt like it wanted to go faster.  I’m hoping that’ll improve my fuel efficiency.  I assume a new drive belt (with “grooves,” I’m told, that had worn away on the old one) would have better traction on the shafts or gears or whatever, so there’d be less wasted energy.  They also did some kind of cleaning or purging of the fuel induction system which they said would help the mileage a bit.  We’ll see when I hit the road next week.

Some DTI DeTaIls

The new issue of Star Trek Magazine is reportedly out, and it announces some new information about Pocket’s ST publishing schedule for 2011.  Among the information are two new bits of info about Star Trek DTI, one of which I knew already, one of which I didn’t.

The thing I knew already, because I thunk it up, is the book’s subtitle.  It’s not just Star Trek DTI, it’s Star Trek DTI: Watching the Clock. I haven’t announced it because I wasn’t sure whether to use it.  If the title was Star Trek DTI: Department of Temporal Investigations, then adding the subtitle would make it unwieldy, and if we left off the Deparment of… part, would that be too vague?  I figure DTI:WtC is the best way to go, though.

The thing I didn’t already know is that a release date has been scheduled.  It’s now lined up for May 2011.

So now that you know when the book’s coming out, you can begin… umm… perusing the, uh, chronometer.  Or something like that.  I know there’s a better phrase for that, it’s right on the tip of my tongue…

STAR TREK MAGAZINE now available in digital form!

I’ve just learned thanks to TrekMovie.com that Star Trek Magazine is now being offered for purchase in a digital format for PC, Mac, and iPad from Zinio Digital Magazines.  The first issue available in this format is the current Movie Special issue, containing my feature article “The Remaking of Star Trek,” an evaluation of the 2009 film.  You can preview the digital reader and purchase the issue here at Zinio.com.  There’s also a subscription page here.

ST Magazine 26 regular cover

How many words? (UPDATED)

Today in a thread on the TrekBBS, someone asked my colleague David Mack whether his published word count to date had topped one million words.  That got me wondering how many words I’ve gotten published (i.e. stuff I’ve been paid for).   It might also just be useful for my future reference to have a list of all my word counts.  So here goes:

ORIGINAL FICTION

  • “Aggravated Vehicular Genocide”: 12,000 words
  • “Among the Wild Cybers of Cybele”: 9400
  • “The Hub of the Matter”: 9300
  • “The Weight of Silence”: 7600
  • “No Dominion” (upcoming): 7900
  • “Home is Where the Hub Is” (upcoming): 9800

Total original fiction count: 56,000 words

MARVEL NOVELS

  • X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: 83,500
  • Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder:  71,000

Total Marvel novel count: 154,500 words

STAR TREK NOVELS

  • Ex Machina: 110,000
  • Orion’s Hounds: 105,000
  • The Buried Age: 132,000
  • Places of Exile: 55,000
  • Greater Than the Sum: 78,500
  • Over a Torrent Sea: 89,000
  • Seek a Newer World (sold but unpublished): 82,000

Total ST novel count: 651,500 words

STAR TREK SHORT FICTION

  • “Aftermath”: 26,000
  • “…Lov’d I Not Honor More “: 12,000
  • “Brief Candle”: 9800
  • “As Others See Us”: 9100
  • Mere Anarchy: “The Darkness Drops Again”: 28,900
  • “Friends With the Sparrows”: 10,300
  • “Empathy”: 11,000

Total ST short fiction count: 107,100 words

STAR TREK MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • “Points of Contention”: 1040
  • “Catsuits are Irrelevant”: 1250
  • “Top 10 Villains #8: Shinzon”: 820
  • “Almost a Completely New Enterprise”: 800
  • “The Remaking of Star Trek“: 1350

Total article count: 5260 words

All told:

  • Novels: 806,000 words (724,000 to date)
  • Short fiction: 163,100 words (145,400 to date)

Total fiction: 969,100 words (869,400 to date)

Add in nonfiction and the total goes to 974,360 words sold,  874,660 published to date.  Include everything but Seek a Newer World and I’ll have at least 892,360 words in print by the end of the year, probably more.

So I’m within 110,000 words of my million-word mark.  As it happens, I’m aiming for 100K with my Star Trek DTI novel, and I have stories on the market that could add another 12K if they sell.  So there’s a very good chance that DTI could put me over the top.

EDITED TO ADD: What about breakdowns by word count?  It comes out to 9 novels (over 40,000 words), 2 novellas (over 17,500 wds), 11 novelettes (over 7,500 words), and 0 short stories.  I guess “The Weight of Silence” is right on the borderline, though; the magazine it appears in, Alternative Coordinates, technically has a cutoff of 7,500 words, but I guess it’s not absolutely rigid.  So TWoS might end up being classed as a short story in bibliographies, if anyone considers it worth cataloguing.  The two stories I currently have on the market are both short stories, at 6900 words and 5200 words.  Another I’ve been shopping lately is 4200 words, but a recent rejection letter suggests that the opening could use some revisions which might add to that.  (I’ve been trying to produce shorter fiction lately because there are more markets for shorter works.)

New article in ST Magazine Movie Special (UPDATED)

I kinda forgot that I had an article coming up in Star Trek Magazine #26 (aka #153 in the UK), until I came upon a post about the issue on Allyn Gibson’s LiveJournal.  I then saw the issue on the shelf at the grocery store this afternoon, so I figured I’d better update my homepage and my blog to announce it.

ST Magazine 26 regular coverRegular cover

The issue is billed as “The Ultimate Movie Guide” and has features on all eleven ST films.  My article is the last one in the bunch, covering the 2009 J. J. Abrams Star Trek film.  It’s called “The Remaking of Star Trek,” as a nod to Stephen E. Whitfield’s seminal book The Making of Star Trek, about the production of the original series.  The thrust of the article is to evaluate the movie as a movie, and to address its place in the context of the ST franchise’s history and in the context of the era in which is was made.

So this is some consolation for the shelving of my Abramsverse novel, which would’ve been out within the next month if plans hadn’t changed.  This way I still get something in print based on the new movie.

Star Trek Magazine‘s site is here, though it hasn’t been updated to issue 26 yet.

ST Magazine 26

Alternate cover

EDIT: I’m disabling comments to this post, because for some reason it’s attracting tons of spam.

Contracts again!

I just received the contract for Star Trek: DTI, mere minutes after posting the announcement!  How about that?  That’s two contracts I’ve gotten in two days, and three in the past month.  Both are records for me.  And this is after a long drought with hardly any paid writing work coming my way (except for a couple of Star Trek Magazine articles, for which I’m very grateful to editor Paul Simpson).  Now I’m going from famine to feast.  Which is rather thrilling.  Still, it would’ve been nice if I could’ve managed to pace the income more regularly.

My problem, I think, was that by the time I realized my savings wouldn’t last me as long as I thought, I was already pretty close to the brink.  So it took me too long to get into gear and start pursuing things that could get me money (whether writing and submitting stories or applying for jobs).  So maybe it’s not surprising that it’s all starting to pay off around the same time.

Of course, it would still be good if one of those job applications could pay off and I could start building up some additional savings.  Here’s hoping my recent good luck continues.

My new STAR TREK MAGAZINE article is out!

I saw Star Trek Magazine #23 on the shelf at the grocery store today.  It’s a look back at Star Trek: The Motion Picture on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, and I’m glad I got to participate in a small way.  And small is the word.  My piece is a sidebar essay, and it’s found within the Jon Povill interview.  It’s a rumination on TMP’s legacy to the Trek franchise and what might have been if more of that legacy had been embraced.

You can subscribe to the magazine here, or buy the issue through Amazon.com, or check your local newsstand or comics shop.

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE: Happy 30th Anniversary!

December 7, 2009 3 comments

It was 30 years ago today that Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuted in theaters.  For all its faults, all the criticisms fair and unfair, the film was revolutionary in its effects on the Trek franchise, and its importance to Trek history deserves to be acknowledged.  I talk about this some in my upcoming Star Trek Magazine article, and Mark A. Altman has an excellent essay on the film over on TrekMovie.com:

http://trekmovie.com/2009/12/07/december-7th-1979-star-trek-the-motion-picture-began-30-years-of-star-trek-movies/

Here’s a quote:

Now, in the cold light of day, it’s easy to see why people don’t love Star Trek: The Motion Picture, it’s a virtual remake of the episode “The Changeling” with the NOMAD probe that confuses Kirk as its creator, and has a glacial pace that today’s movie viewers are not accustomed to, especially watching it on television, and in the aftermath of The Wrath of Khan. But the fact is, in many ways, ST:TMP is a magnificent film. Spock faces his own humanity in a much more organic and real way than in a more recent Star Trek movie, Kirk has to come to terms with losing his ship and doing anything to reclaim his first best destiny and McCoy is just a hoot throughout. The redesign of all the ships, not just the Enterprise, have never been topped and the visual effects are quite simply awe-inspiring (take that, CGI). Although greenlit in the aftermath of Star Wars, ST: TMP owes far more of a thematic debt to 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sense of awe of the cosmos than Star Wars.

You know, everyone makes the “Changeling” analogy, but I’ve always found TMP to be more derivative of the animated episode “One of Our Planets is Missing.”  The story structure is virtually identical: A vast, destructive cloud entity is on course for an inhabited planet; the Enterprise is sent to intercept it; the ship travels through the cloud to its brain core; Spock makes telepathic contact with its consciousness, a mind that has no conception that the little organic things swarming around on the planet are sentient beings; the cloud is “persuaded” to leave at the last second before it destroys the planet.  And Alan Dean Foster novelized “One of Our Planets” years before he wrote “In Thy Image,” the story premise that became TMP.

However, it turns out this is a coincidence.  When I read Foster’s original outline for “In Thy Image” (reprinted in the book Star Trek Phase II: The Lost Series), I discovered it didn’t even include a cloud; the huge alien object was just a gigantic ship.  And of course Spock wasn’t part of the original story, since Nimoy wasn’t involved with the project at that point.  So if “One of Our Planets” did have an influence, it probably wasn’t through Foster.

I didn’t get to see TMP right away.  As with many movies at the time, I read the novelization first — and memorized the soundtrack album.  However, that was still the time when movies stayed in theaters for months or longer, so I did eventually get to see the movie in a theater.  I wish I could describe the revelatory impact it had on me or some such thing, but the fact is I have virtually no specific memory of the first time I saw the film.  I think it was when my family was visiting relatives in Detroit, my aunt and uncle, who were less stingy about buying movie tickets than my father was.  I have a memory snippet of a conversation we had in the car, but I’m blanking on the film experience itself.  That’s weird.  Maybe I’ve just seen the movie so many times that it’s overwritten the specific contextual memories of my first viewing.  Or maybe it’s just that my real introduction to TMP came through the book and soundtrack, so that the film itself was just a part of the process.  So I really don’t have any anecdotes to offer in commemoration of the event.

I guess most of my experience of TMP comes in the 30 years since — reading and rereading the novel; listening to the soundtrack countless times; seeing the extended version on TV, laser disc, and VHS; reading the Marvel adaptation and eventually collecting the comics that followed; buying the refit-Enterprise model kit which I never actually got around to building; finally seeing the film completed properly in the Director’s Edition; reading the occasional novels set in the post-TMP era and being disappointed that they never really dealt directly with the consequences of the film’s events, even when I enjoyed them otherwise; and of course engaging in my own speculations about those consequences, eventually leading to Ex Machina and Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again; and all the gratifying praise and encouragement I’ve gotten from fans of ExM, people who share my love for TMP, up to and including a couple of digital artists who played key roles in creating the Director’s Edition itself.

So TMP has had an undeniable impact on my life, even if I don’t have vivid memories of how it started.

I just regret that I didn’t get the chance to commemorate this anniversary with a new novel set in the post-TMP era.  At least I have my ST Magazine article coming up.

New article in STAR TREK MAGAZINE #23

December 7, 2009 1 comment

Over on the TrekBBSStar Trek Magazine editor Paul Simpson has just announced the contents of the upcoming issue #23, including a new article by yours truly:

This issue we concentrate on the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with interviews with Walter Koenig, producer Jon Povill and story creator Alan Dean Foster. Christopher L. Bennett wonders how Star Trek would have continued had TMP been a success, while Scott Pearson compares and contrasts the first and fifth movies.

There’s an excerpt from S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison’s new novel Inception, featuring both Carol Marcus and Jim Kirk (plus one of his old flames) as well as reviews of the latest comics from IDW, as well as a detailed examination of the three different versions of the Star Trek movie…

And for fans of the movie (particularly those who would like to see what the engine room would have looked like, had different decisions been made) there’s the second and final supplement of extra material to complement the Art of The Movie book from Titan.

All this available technically from December 22nd in North America, and from New Year’s Eve in the UK…

Hey, this is my first blog post announcing a new project!  Plenty more to come in the future, I hope…

This is also the first time I’ve had articles in two consecutive ST Mag issues, another situation that I hope will repeat itself.

Here’s the link to the ST Mag site, though it’s still showing issue 22 for the moment (but then, I’m in that one too!):

http://titanmagazines.com/app?service=external/Product&sp=l640

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