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A lot has happened since my last update:

First, my review of David Mack's Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game is online.

"Zero Sum Game is a well-written novel, no doubt about that, but in my opinion the reader has to accept one thing at face value from the start to really be able to appreciate it in the end: that Sarina Douglas is the love of Bashir’s life and he really believes that she is his soulmate. If you are not able to accept that with the little exposure she had on the show and in other novels, you probably will have a hard time accepting some of the things Bashir does in the later parts of the novel."

You can read the full review here.

If you have followed the link you will have noticed that the site has changed, learn more about the reasons for the change and what's new here.

And for the third year in a row Unreality SF is searching for the media tie-in story of the year. Nominate your favorite three stories of the last twelve months now. You can find more specific information and the link to the nomination form here.

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My newest article is online at Unreality SF now.

In it I talk to long-time S.C.E. / CoE contributors Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kevin Dilmore, David Mack and Dayton Ward about S.C.E., from its beginnings to its hiatus, and the chances for its future.

And since John Ordover has taken over the site we will release it as a trilogy. ;)

Just kidding, but the final article came up a tad long, so we have decided to release it in three chunks over the course of this week. Today the first part was released:

Among the first to learn about the series outside of Pocket Books itself was Kevin Dilmore, then writing for Star Trek-related magazines and websites, who was to become one of the most regular contributors to the series along with writing partner Dayton Ward. “In the summer of 2000, John Ordover, who then was executive editor of the Star Trek line at Pocket Books, had talked to me several times about his projects in my capacity as a contributing writer for Star Trek Communicator magazine as well as for,” he recalls. “He asked whether I wanted to break an exclusive story about an agreement between Simon & Schuster and Microsoft that would result in a monthly series of original fiction in eBook format.”
You can find the full first part of the article here.


Also online now:

My review of the Star Trek antholgy Seven Deadly Sins.

"Overall, Seven Deadly Sins is a very solid anthology. There's only one story which is really sub-par and one story which is the epitome of mediocrity, but all the other stories are decent to good. Maybe a real home-run is missing, and sometimes the race-sin ties are somewhat superficial, but I would have no problem to recommend this anthology to anyone seeking for a bunch of entertaining shorter Star Trek stories."

You can read the full review here.
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My review of Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon is now online at Unreality SF.

"Overall an entertaining novel that conveys the Supernatural feel very well, despite the fact that two thirds of the novel actually don’t feature (much of) the boys, who are inarguably the cornerstones of the TV show. So if this novel proves one thing, it's that the Supernatural series can do well without them once in a while, and I for one would like to see a full novel focusing on the Campbells, preferably written by Keith R.A. DeCandido."

You can read the full review here.

Also online :

My review of the expanded version of David Mack's Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire

"Overall The Sorrows of the Empire is a very well-written account of the fall of the Terran Empire at the hands of Spock, and well worth a look even for people who have already read the short novel in Glass Empires."

Read the full review here.

P.S.: I know I already have linked to the The Sorrows of Empire review a few days ago, but I needed a link with both links in it for my Trek BBS sig. ;)
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My new interview with David Mack is now online over at

The main focus is Star Trek Vanguard - there's discussion of the recently-released Precipice, and talk about the series' future - but the conversation also takes in the forthcoming Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game and Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire.

David also talks about More Beautiful Than Death, his 2010 followup to this year's Star Trek movie...

"The Enterprise crew is ordered to escort Ambassador Sarek to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron, which has sent out a planetary distress signal. When the Enterprise crew reaches Akiron, they find that the planet is under siege by dark-energy creatures that some of the planet’s more religious denizens believe are demons. In short order, one calamity after another puts our heroes in jeopardy. Sarek begins trying to pull diplomatic rank so he can pull the plug on the mission, and young Captain Kirk must fend off this unexpected challenge to his still-fragile command authority.

As Kirk sinks himself, his crew, and his ship deeper into danger with each passing minute, he finds his own beliefs in a rational universe challenged by a mystic who insists it’s no coincidence that has brought Kirk to Akiron but rather the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt. Meanwhile, one of Sarek’s young Vulcan aides has a sinister agenda - and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock."

Read the interview in full here.


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