Posts Tagged ‘Dayton Ward’

Today’s shameless roast DVD plug

Fun fact about the new Bob Greenberger roast DVD: For a number of reasons that are explained in the producers’ commentary track, I decided to produce this show in classic-looking black-and-white, with color footage only for the opening and closing credits.

Has the experiment proved a success? Watch the teaser clips I’ve uploaded to YouTube and decide for yourself. Here’s the first one, featuring some of the opening remarks by roastmaster Alan “Sizzler” Kistler, the creator of host of Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Series.

To buy a copy of the DVD, go to my website:

Vanguardian Discourse

This post’s title is a fancy way of saying you can listen to a recording of a panel discussion about Star Trek Vanguard.

The panel to which I refer took place this past July at the Shore Leave convention outside Baltimore, Md. The discussion, followed by an audience Q&A, featured me, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore.

It was recorded by soldier and major Star Trek fan Nick Minecci, who posted it on the website for The G & T Show, which he co-hosts each Sunday morning with the velvet-voiced Terilynn Shull.

The recording runs a bit under an hour. If you’re a fan of Star Trek Vanguard, give it a listen!

And in case you’re one of those who needs a visual of who’s speaking in order to appreciate it, you can feast your eyes on this little Photoshop gem:


Vanguardian Discourse

The fine folks over at have just posted a new, lengthy “roundtable interview” with Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Marco Palmieri, and yours truly regarding the just-released anthology Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified.

So, if you’ve never had the pleasure of being trapped in the hotel bar with the four of us while we talked shop, now you can get a sense of just how truly excruciating that experience is, but without the mitigating effect of alcohol. Unless you’re drinking in front of your computer as you read it. Which I would probably recommend, actually.

Seriously, we talk about the origin of Declassified anthology project, how it developed, and what readers can expect from the stories therein. If you’re a Star Trek Vanguard fan, this one’s for you.

Vanguard: Declassified signed book giveaway!

Quick refresher for those just tuning in: Today is the bound-book date for Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, an anthology that comprises four brand-new novellas spanning the entire time frame of the Vanguard saga to date:

“Almost Tomorrow” by Dayton Ward

“Hard News” by Kevin Dilmore

“The Ruins of Noble Men” by Marco Palmieri

“The Stars Look Down” by David Mack

To commemorate the book’s imminent release to bookstores everywhere, my friend, former editor, and Vanguard collaborator Marco Palmieri is hosting a contest on his blog at Otherworld Editorial. He’ll be giving away three copies of the new anthology, each one autographed by all four of its authors.

Check out his blog for all the details!

Then keep your eyes open for some kind of clever promotional effort on my part (not to mention Dayton’s) at some point in the very near future…

Vanguard anthology? We’ve got it covered.

Fresh from the inbox, it’s the final cover for Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified!

This anthology of brand-new stories will feature four novellas:

  • “Almost Tomorrow” – by Dayton Ward. Set before the events of the first Vanguard novel, Harbinger, and the Star Trek: Corps of Engineers novella Distant Early Warning.
  • “Hard News” – by Kevin Dilmore. Set just after the events of the third novel, Reap the Whirlwind.
  • “The Ruins of Noble Men” – by Marco Palmieri. Set after the events of the fifth novel, Precipice, but telling a dual story through the use of flashbacks.
  • “The Stars Look Down” – by David Mack. Also set after Precipice.

For those of you attending Shore Leave this July, be sure to get your copy and bring it to the show, as all four authors will be in attendance for the Friday night signing event!

Big props and thanks to digital artist extraordinaire Doug Drexler for creating this cool render.

Low marks for “The Mark of Gideon”

I’ve been so busy today checking the digital copyedit on my upcoming Star Trek Vanguard novella “The Stars Look Down” that I nearly forgot to pimp this week’s Star Trek Re-watch column on

Today, the indefatigable Dayton Ward and I give low marks to The Mark of Gideon,” a third-season Star Trek episode that’s all about overpopulation, skewed priorities, and flawed premises.

All I can say is that all of you out there should be very happy that Dayton and I watched this episode, because now you never have to. As always, please leave all comments on the article. It creates the illusion for our editors that our blogging fees aren’t just money down a rat hole.

But wait, there’s more! Leave a comment on this thread by noon on Friday 1/21 EST for a chance to win a copy of Dayton’s new Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel, Paths of Disharmony.


That’s my rhyme. Catch y’all on the bounce next week when Dayton and I figure out whether That Which Survives is also that which sucks.

The ep that launched a thousand snarks

Welcome to yet another Thursday and, with it, another piping-hot installment of the weekly column Star Trek Re-watch by yours truly and Dayton Ward. This week, I’m on recap duty, and Dayton’s in charge of analysis.

This week’s episode of interest is Elaan of Troyius.” Jeez, talked about mixed metaphors: the title references Helen of Troy, the plot is cribbed from Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, and the costumes are swiped in equal parts from Antony & Cleopatra and your grandmother’s kitchen.

This is actually kind of a fun episode … but it’s not what one would call one of Star Trek‘s more “enlightened” hours of entertainment.

Catch up on our recaps of third-season Star Trek with this handy index:

  1. Spock’s Brain
  2. The Enterprise Incident
  3. The Paradise Syndrome
  4. And the Children Shall Lead
  5. Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  6. Spectre of the Gun
  7. Day of the Dove
  8. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
  9. The Tholian Web
  10. Plato’s Stepchildren
  11. Wink of an Eye
  12. The Empath

Make sure you remember to leave comments on the articles at, so that Dayton and I can convince ourselves that this gig isn’t merely an exercise in futility.

Be sure to watch this space next week, when we bring you Dayton’s play-by-play and my color commentary on Whom Gods Destroy.” (Watch it for free on the CBS website.)

Until then, here’s wishing everyone a very happy, safe, and prosperous New Year!