Posts Tagged ‘Marco Palmieri’

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 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.

My Sensei Has Left the Building

As reported on and posted on kradical‘s LJ, Marco Palmieri, a senior editor at Pocket Books who was responsible for acquiring, developing, and/or editing nearly two-thirds of the Star Trek books published from 2005 through the end of next year, has been laid off from his job as part of a corporate-ordered general layoff of 35 workers at his company.

The bulk of my work as an author has been for Marco; he took chances on me as a new, untested writer that few (if any) other editors would have. He rolled the dice and acquired my first original novel when no one else in town would.

He has been not only my editor, but my teacher, my coach, my cheering section, my counselor, my brother, and my friend. I have for years called him my sensei; this is an honor I have afforded to no other editor.

The selfish part of me worries over how his departure might hinder my own future prospects as an author, but the more serious matter is that Marco was the sole provider for his family — for his wife and two children. And now, three weeks before Christmas, he has been deprived of employment.

So far, he remains upbeat and optimistic. It has always been his nature to look on the bright side. I recall vividly a quote that I will always associate with him: “Pessimism is a misuse of imagination.” Good advice. I wish that I were wise enough to heed it.

None of us knows what will come next. All I can do is hope that Marco will find gainful employment in his field, so that his wonderful talents and energy do not go to waste. I hope he finds something better than what has been taken from him. And I hope that he and I will have the pleasure and privilege of working together again, crafting books and stories, very, very soon.

Writing Star Trek books will not be the same without him there to guide my imagination. The annual Shore Leave convention will not feel right without him. But I know that he will find a way to go forward and roll with this change, so I will, too.

Cover Art for The Calling

I held off on posting this until I had a chance to check with my editor, who assures me that it's okay for me to share this with the world at large. Behind the cut is the preliminary art for the cover of my upcoming original supernatural thriller, The Calling.

Cover Art sketch for THE CALLING

The art is by Cliff Nielsen.

The remaining adjustments will mostly be to the figure in the center; I've asked that he not be wearing a suit but rather a workman's jacket of some kind, and be a bit broader-shouldered. But this is basically “it.”

Hot damn, I love this cover!