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First Destiny Interview

For those who might be interested, has posted an interview with me about my upcoming Star Trek Destiny trilogy.

They’ve already posted an exclusive excerpt from the first book (Chapter 2), and they’ll be posting an early review in the next week or two. The first chapter of Gods of Night is also available on their site (reposted there from the SimonSays site).

More interviews about the Destiny trilogy are forthcoming, on and VoxBomb, the blog of Julio Angel Ortiz. Check back for those links soon.

How to spend a day not writing

I have managed to squander a whole day that should have been spent writing.

First, after sending my wife off to work at 6:45am, I went back to bed, because I had been up writing until 2am the night before and had been unable to fall asleep until around 3am.

Second, I went into Manhattan and had lunch with some of my friends.

Third, I went from lunch to Brooklyn, where I met with my editor Marco and went on a bus ride up Flatbush Avenue and then on a walking tour of Park Slope, as research for the novel that I am currently (supposed to be) writing.

Fourth, on the way home, I traveled one extra stop on the train so that I could go to our favorite Italian specialty store and buy some good prosciutto di parma.

Fifth, I came home and retreated into my office to surf the ‘net and “decompress.” Which is how I stumbled across today’s “American Voices” feature on The Onion and noticed that its fictional names are shufflings of the given names and surnames of famous science-fiction and fantasy authors.

Soon, my wife will be home. Then it will be time to make dinner. Eat. Watch TV until she passes out on the couch. Wash the dishes. Make her lunch and coffee for tomorrow. Put her to bed. Then collapse in it beside her, lamenting another day expended without new words in the book.


Off to Comic-Con….I hope

Well, sports fans, this it: I depart today for Comic-Con International in San Diego.

At least, I hope I do. I have awoken this morning to rain, lightning, and thunder here in New York City. Exactly the kind of weather I do not want to see on a day when I am scheduled to go hurtling through the air in a pressurized aluminum tube.

Assuming I make it to San Diego today as planned (or close to it), my schedule for the con is fairly simple.

Wednesday: Check in to my hotel, pick up my credentials, and go to the Comic-Con Preview.

Thursday: I have a panel at 4pm: “Star Trek Without a Blueprint,” that includes authors and editors from Pocket Books and IDW Comics, as well as blogger, author, and actor Wil Wheaton. At 5:30pm, I will join authors Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and Glenn Hauman to sign copies of the SCE story collection Creative Couplings, which features my novella “Small World.”

Friday – Sunday: Troll the con looking for new work for 2009. Maybe visit the zoo.

Monday: Battle the horde of con escapees and try to make it home in one piece.

Those of you who will be at San Diego Comic-Con International, I look forward to seeing you!

George Carlin, RIP

The New York Times: George Carlin Dies at 71

“I don’t have pet peeves. I have major, psychotic hatreds.”

Throughout most of my teenage years, George Carlin was my favorite comedian. When I was 13, I went to see him perform live in Springfield, Mass. Afterward, I bought several of his albums and began memorizing them. His style of observation, his verbal patterns, and his unique brand of wordplay were a major influence on my own sense of humor.

Little known trivia fact: George and I shared a birthday, May 12.

I had always hoped I might get to meet him someday. Alas, I guess not.

Nothing much will seem funny today, methinks.

Good-bye, George.