New reviews

Aug. 4th, 2011 09:14 pm
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Two of my reviews have been posted over at Unreality in the last week:

One for Star Trek: Voyager: Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer, and one for Keith R.A. DeCandido' s ( [livejournal.com profile] kradical  ) original Fantasy novel Unicorn Precinct.

I know I haven't been really active here and possibly forgot to link to some reviews, but I have to admit that I'm kind of fed up with Live Journal's lack of stability.

So if you really want to keep up-to-date with not only my contributions, but also Steve Mollmann's ([livejournal.com profile] steve_mollmann ) audio play reviews please consider to follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.



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My interview with Greg Cox is now online over at Unreality SF.

We talked about his recently released Warehouse 13 novel A Touch of Fever, his upcoming TOS novel The Rings of Time, his canceled Star Trek (2009) novel The Hazard of Concealing and more.

Greg’s next project, which he is actually “about halfway through writing” just as we’re doing this interview, is the Star Trek: The Original Series novel The Rings of Time, a “time-travel novel involving Colonel Shaun Geoffrey Christopher and Earth’s first manned mission to Saturn (as mentioned in the old TOS episode Tomorrow is Yesterday.) Shaun Christopher appears briefly in my Eugenics Wars books and I always meant to get back to him someday. It’s also very much a Kirk novel. Probably a good half of the book is told from his POV.”
You can read the full interview here.

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My interview with Corps of Engineers alumnus Aaron Rosenberg is now online over at Unreality SF.

In it we talk about his recent Eureka tie-in novels Substitution Method and Road Less Traveled, his contributions to the original Scattered Earth series and more.

As a result, Aaron has contributed two of the three novels published so far: the very first, Substitution Method,and the most recent, Roads Less Traveled. “Substitution Method takes place between Seasons Three and Four and involves a strange and spreading phenomenon – houses are vanishing from town and being replaced by other houses from other cities!” Aaron explains. “This creates a number of problems, starting with the question of how to prevent the whole town from disappearing. But Eureka’s entire existence is highly classified, so having Eureka residents appear elsewhere and non-Eurekans show up in town is a major security breach! Sheriff Jack Carter heads out of town with Henry to locate the missing dwellings, and both his visiting sister Lexi and Deputy Jo Lupo help with those as well. Meanwhile, Zoe and Fargo make an unlikely team as they try to corral the unexpected visitors, and Allison and Zane work to find out what’s causing the problem in the first place.”
You can read the full interview here.
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My review of Typhon Pact: Rough Beast of Empire by David R. George III is now up at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall, if this novel had only be about Romulus, Rough Beasts of Empire probably could have become one of the strongest Star Trek novels in a while, but as it is the Sisko part drags it down to an only average novel in my opinion."

Read the full review here.


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My interview with David A. McIntee is now online over at Unreality SF. In it we talk about his recent The Next Generation novel Indistinguishable from Magic, his previous Trek works, his upcoming non-Fiction book about Blake's 7 and more.

Indistinguishable from Magic is the first novel set after the Typhon Pact miniseries, and David explains that it’s “about Geordi joining Scotty on the U.S.S. Challenger, to investigate how a ship that couldn’t exist does exist. Guinan is also along, for reasons of her own, and a variety of familiar characters are also on the mission, including Nog, who is a member of the Challenger’s crew. As they go along, the things they’ll discover will revisit some loose ends and give Geordi some development.”


He also reveals that while Indistinguishable from Magic is “fairly standalone”, the Typhon Pact novels had an impact on the novel. “The presence of one guest character had to be tweaked at the copy edit stage to follow on from one of the Typhon Pact books, and obviously Geordi’s relationship from Paths of Disharmony had to be taken into account.”
You can read the full interview here.
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Do you want to tell the world what you think about them?

Then please drop us a line if you’d like to write for Unreality SF. Now that it doesn’t take ten years to post an update, we wouldn’t mind having a few more people contributing.

You can find the contact info here.


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Also:

The nomination period for the Unreality SF Story of the Year poll is still running. If you haven't done so yet, please nominate your three favorite media tie-in stories of the last twelve months here.


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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.

Quote:
"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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To Do List - March 2011

A little late this month, but here it is:

Blue = relevant for Unreality SF
Red : Change since last list

My Stuff put online at Unreality SF since last list:

February 09: Review: The Scattered Earth: The Birth of the Dread Remora
February 28: Review: Supernatural: War of the Sons
March 01: Interview: Dayton Ward interview

To read :


Tie-in:

Star Trek: 

The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various
Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba

Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs
Myriad Universes: Shattered Light by David R. George III / Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster / Scott Pearson

Strange New Worlds VI by various

Eureka:
nothing

Doctor Who:

Only Human by Gareth Roberts
The Stealers of Dreams by Mike Tucker
The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards
Winner takes all by Jacqueline Rayner


Supernatural
nothing

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg

CSI
Shock Treatment by Greg Cox (currently reading)


Fable
The Balverine Order by Peter David


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde


To reread (read, but too much time has passed to review):

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon
by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various


To review (read but no review online yet):


Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire by Michael A. Martin
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III

Star Trek: Thypon Pact: Paths of Disharmony by Dayton Ward

To write for Unreality SF:

Interview with David McIntee
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Planned for later this month


Various other interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

-  a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months
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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.

Quote:
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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Some of you might remember that there once was an Unreality SF Facebook group that disappeared after a few weeks (mostly due to a miscommunication between myself and the site's webmaster at the time).

Anyway, this weekend I went through my Facbook profile and there it was the USF group with me as its lone member, so I have decided to revive it, sort of.

Back then it was an "official" USF group, this incarnation is more of an inofficial fan group, where I'll link to all the latest site updates (reviews, articles, Interviews), but where you can also talk about the latest tie-in news if you want.

You can find the group here.

New review

Feb. 9th, 2011 08:43 pm
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My review of Aaron Rosenberg's original novel The Scattered Earth: the Birth of the Dread Remora is now onine over at Unreality SF.

Quote:
"Overall, The Birth of the Dread Remora is a bit of a rough diamond. It’s pretty obviously a valuable edition to your (eBook) library, but it's equally obvious that it could be even more valuable with some extra polishing. As it is, the novel is a tasty appetiser for the meal to come, but on its own probably not enough to satisfy your hunger. Nonetheless definitely worth a look for fans of nautically-tinted science fiction."

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In my monthly To Do - Lists I always mention a tentative list of potential interviewees, and I figured I could share it here and ask which of those you want to happen and maybe if you have additional suggestions (I guess now I'll find out if there are still people reading this journal).

In my personal list I also have potential dates, but here I'll only list the names and potential topics.. Keep in mind: This is just a list of potential interviews, there's no guarantee that they'll really happen (as most people on this list don't know about their "luck" yet ;) ).



List of potential interviewees )
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To Do List - February 2011

Due to my laziness another month with little new. :/

Blue = relevant for Unreality SF
Red : Change since last list

Stuff put online at Unreality SF since last list:

January 06: Review: Eureka: Brain Box Blues
January 16: Feature: Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster interview

To read :


Tie-in:

Star Trek: 

The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various
Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba

Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs
Myriad Universes: Shattered Light by David R. George III / Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster / Scott Pearson

Strange New Worlds VI by various
Thypon Pact: Paths of Disharmony by Dayto
n Ward (currently reading)

Eureka:
nothing

Doctor Who:

Only Human by Gareth Roberts
The Stealers of Dreams by Mike Tucker
The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards
Winner takes all by Jacqueline Rayner


Supernatural
nothing

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg

CSI
Shock Treatment by Greg Cox


Fable
The Balverine Order by Peter David


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
One of our Thursday's is missing by Jasper Fforde

To reread (read, but too much time has passed to review):

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon
by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various


To review (read but no review online yet):


Supernatural: War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine & David Reed
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire by Michael A. Martin
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III

To write for Unreality SF:

Interview with Dayton Ward
-
Contacted him earlier today to get it rolling


Various other interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

-  a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months
(more on this in a separate post soon)
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My interview with Steve Mollmann and Michael Schuster is now online over at Unreality SF.

Among other things we talk about their short novel Tear of Eridanus, recently released in Myriad Universes: Shattered Light, their debut novella The Future Begins and their upcoming Original Series novel A Choice of Catastrophes.

A Choice of Catastrophes is “set in early 2268, so smack-dab in the middle of the original series,” as Michael discloses. “The main character is Doctor McCoy, and he has one entire thread almost to himself, whereas Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the landing party have to share theirs,” in which “they get enough danger and action to make up for it.”

Getting a bit more into the specifics of the book’s narrative, he adds that “while McCoy has to find a way to save the lives of a handful of people that have inexplicably fallen into a coma as well as the lives of everybody aboard the Enterprise when the ship is threatened by a destructive space phenomenon, Kirk et al. are exploring a mysterious planet that seems abandoned by the civilisation it was once inhabited by. What they discover is a terrible crime in progress, and they will need all their skills to put a stop to it and capture the perpetrators before they escape.
You can read the full interview here.
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My review of Eureka: Brain Box Blues by Phaedra Weldon (as Cris Ramsay) is now up over at Unreality SF.

Quote:

"Overall Brain Box Blues is one of the worst written pieces I have read in the last few years. Abysmal writing, dreadful characterisations or poor humour - you name it, Brain Box Blues has it. One can only hope that this novel doesn't hurt the chances for a continuation of the line, since Aaron Rosenberg, who fortunately is writing the third novel Road Less Traveled, has proven with Substitution Method that it is possible to write good, engaging novels set in the Eureka universe."

You can read the full review here.
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To Do List - January 2011


Blue = relevant for Unreality SF
Red : Change since last list

Stuff put online at Unreality SF since last list:

December 16th: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase


To read :


Tie-in:

Star Trek: 

The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various
Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire by Michael A. Martin (currently reading)
Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba

Starfleet Academy: The Edge by Rudy Josephs
Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire by David R. George III
Myriad Universes: Shattered Light by David R. George III / Steve Mollmann & Michael Schuster / Scott Pearson


Eureka:
nothing

Doctor Who:

nothing

Supernatural
nothing

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

To review (read but no review online yet):

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various

Supernatural: War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine & David Reed
Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack
Eureka: Brain Box Blues by Phaedra Weldon (as Cris Ramsay; review is with the editor)

To write for Unreality SF:

Interview with Michael Schuster & Steve Mollmann
- my draft of the interview is with the editor

Interview with Star Trek author(s) scheduled for early 2011
-
I already have the agreement of the participant(s),
plan to write down the questions in the next few days

Various other interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

- So far I basically just have a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months
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To Do List - December 2010

Last month was a pretty bad period for my Unreality SF work, as I was sick for most of the month and wasn't really able to do much reviewing or work on onterviews.  :/


Blue = relevant for Unreality SF
Red : Change since last list

Stuff put online at Unreality SF since last list:

November 5th: Doctor Who: Nuclear Time by Oli Smith
November 30th: Eureka: Substitution Method by Aaron Rosenberg (as Cris Ramsay)


To read :


Tie-in:

Star Trek: 

The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various
Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game by David Mack (currently reading)
Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire by Michael A. Martin
Starfleet Academy: The Delta Anomaly by Rick Barba


Eureka:
Brain Box Blues by Phaedra Weldon (as Cris Ramsay)

Doctor Who:

nothing

Supernatural
nothing

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)

To review (read but no review online yet):

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various
Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase by Gary Russell
Supernatural: War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine & David Reed

To write for Unreality SF:

Interview with Star Trek author(s) hopefully sometime this month
- haven't made much progress on this one, so I really hope to get it rolling sometime early this month

Interview with Star Trek author(s) scheduled for early 2011
-
I already have the agreement of the participant(s), will start to write down the questions sometime this month


Various other interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

- So far I basically just have a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months
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Blue = relevant for Unreality SF
Red : Change since last list

Stuff put online at Unreality SF since last list:

October 3rd: Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins by various
October 4th: Miracle Workers - Remembering S.C.E. (Part 1 of 3)
October 8th: Miracle Workers - Remembering S.C.E. (Part 2 of 3)
October 10th: Miracle Workers - Remembering S.C.E. (Part 3 of 3)

October 18th: Doctor Who: Apollo 23 by Justin Richards
October 25th: Doctor Who: Night of the Humans by David Llewellyn
October 25th: Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin


To read :


Tie-in:

Star Trek: 

The Children of Kings by David Stern
Academy: Collision Course by William Shatner
Strange New Worlds 10 by various

Doctor Who:
The Glamour Chase by Gary Russell (currently reading)

Supernatural
War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine & David Reed (currently reading)

Marvel Universe:
Spider-Man: Requiem by Jeff Mariotte
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between by Peter David
Wolverine: Road of Bones by David Mack

DC Universe:
Infinite Crisis by Greg Cox

Monk
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants
by Lee Goldberg


Original:

The Calling by David Mack
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
New Blood by various
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Klonk! by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Thud!)
Ab die Post by Terry Pratchett (German translation of Going Postal)

To review (read but no review online yet):

Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon by various
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past by various
Doctor Who: Nuclear Time by Oli Smith (review sent to editor yesterday evening)

Eureka: Substitution Method by Aaron Rosenberg (as Cris Ramsay)

To write for Unreality SF:

Interview with Star Trek author(s) hopefully sometime this month
- started to think about questions, when that is done I'm gonna contact the person(s) in question if they're interested (as a rule I like to have the questions ready before I make the contact)

Interview with Star Trek author(s) scheduled for early 2011
- I already have the agreement of the participant(s) (the exception of the rule mentioned above I guess ;) ), will start to write down the questions sometime in December


Various other interviews which are in a very,very, very early stage of development

- So far I basically just have a rough schedule who I would like to interview over the next few months
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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 StarTrek.com,” 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.

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Also online now:

My review of the Star Trek antholgy Seven Deadly Sins.

Quote:
"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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