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My interview with James Swallow is finally online over at Unreality SF.

In it we talk about his recent Star Trek novel Cast No Shadow, his work
in the Warhammer 40K universe, his involvement with the Deus Ex Human
Revolution and more.

Regarding her lack of appearances elsewhere, James is “not sure why
it is other writers didn’t tackle her – apart from a single comic book
story, she doesn’t appear anywhere else – but I always found her
compelling. The reason I chose to write a story that filled in Valeris’s
past and carried her beyond her last on-screen moments was because I
was intrigued by the central mystery of her – what would make a Vulcan
take part in a conspiracy on the scale of the one in STVI?”
You can find the full interview here.


Also online now is my review of Keith R.A. DeCandido's ( [ profile] kradical) The Scattered Earth novel Guilt in Innocence.

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My interview with Dayton Ward is now online over at Unreality SF.

In it we talk about his latest novel, Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony, the state of the Star Trek Universe post-Destiny, the two upcoming Vanguard books and his original endeavors.

How far ahead is the future of Vanguard planned out at the moment? “David Mack’s next book, which will follow ours sometime in 2012, has been plotted from a general, high-level standpoint,” Dayton tells us. “In the past, Kevin and I largely did our own thing, working with the editor to plot our own books, while Dave did the same for his books. We shared info back and forth, of course, just to make sure we weren’t stepping on any toes. With the sixth and seventh novels, there’s been a lot more communication and shared brainstorming as we helped each other to develop the overall plots for both books. Based on the conversations Dave and Kevin and I have been having over the past year or so, we know most of the major beats and how his book will end. What hasn’t yet been determined is how he’ll navigate all the wickets from beginning to end. Knowing Dave, I expect it will be quite the ride. As for what might happen after that? That’s another discussion to be had down the road.”
You can read the interview here. Please note that the first few paragraphs of the interview contain spoiler for Paths of Disharmony. If you want to avoid spoilers for Paths of Disharmony please click here to jump to the non-spoilerish parts of the interview.

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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 Margaret Wander Bonanno's latest Star Trek novel Unspoken Truth is now online over at Unreality SF.

"Unspoken Truth is a perfectly enjoyable read, just not quite as good as most of Margaret Wander Bonanno’s previous works quality-wise. But given her usual quality, Unspoken Truth being not quite as good still means it is an above-average novel recommended especially to any fans interested to see more of Saavik."

You can read the full review here.

In other news: Unreality SF is undergoing a redesign at the moment, so why don't you hop over and take a look.
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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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