Volume 1 Episode 40: The Klingon Art of War

My first coffee-table book was published in the spring of 2014, and in honor of its release, I read a bit from it on DKR: The Klingon Art of War: Ancient Precepts of Ruthless Honor, a guide to how to live your life as a proper warrior. I often call it a violent self-help book. Find out all about it…


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Volume 1 Episode 39: Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental

Bad-Ass Faeries: It’s Elemental was delayed in its release until 2014, and in honor of its finally being published in the spring of 2014, I re-presented my reading of “Undine the Boardwalk,” the Cassie Zukav story I wrote for the anthology (and which wound up appearing first in Ragnarok and Roll due to its delay).

(To my irritation, this publication date snafu cost me a review, as there was one web site that refused to review reprints, so it skipped over “Undine the Boardwalk” for that reason, even though I wrote the fershlugginer story for BAF, and it’s not like the site could be arsed to review Ragnarok and Roll…)


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Volume 1 Episode 37: Star Trek: A Time to…

In 2004, Pocket Books published a nine-novel series that chronicled the year leading up to the final Star Trek: The Next Generation movie Nemesis. Featuring work by John Vornholt, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Robert Greenberger, David Mack, and me, this miniseries set the tone for the post-Nemesis fiction that would be published thenceforth.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series in February 2014, I took a look back at the series, its genesis, its execution, its influence, and just generally how much fun we all had putting it together.


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Volume 1 Episode 35: Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary

Another lengthy delay between episodes happened in the fall of 2013, but I managed to break it by realizing that I hadn’t celebrated Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary! So in December 2013, getting it in just under the wire, I discussed my various bits of Who fiction written over the years, and read one of them, the 1996 short story “UNITed We Fall” in Decalog 3: Consequences (an anthology that also has a story by future Who show-runner Steven Moffat).


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As of this episode, I decided to make “Have Another Drink On Me” by Steve Rosenhaus (on which I play percussion) the official theme music of DKR. So it’s the music used from this point forward.


Volume 1 Episodes 33 & 34: Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet

By 2013, I’d cut back to a monthly schedule, since I was unable to maintain the twice-a-month schedule I’d intended on (and managed the first year or so). However, August 2013 saw the release of Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which collected the extant Key West-based urban fantasy tales, and also had several more new ones as well. In these two episodes, both released the month of the collection’s release, I read two of the original ones, both of which feature figures from Norse mythology.

Episode 33: “Love Over and Over,” which chronicles the love affair between Loki and Sigyn.

Episode 34: “God of Blunder,” in which Thor comes to Key West, and creates quite the impression…


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Music: “Last of Your Line” by Boogie Knights (Episode 33) and “Have Another Drink On Me” by Steve Rosenhaus (Episode 34).


Volume 1 Episode 32: the Marvel novels

From 1994 to 2000, Byron Preiss Multimedia Company teamed up with the Boulevard imprint of what was then Putnam Berkley, and they published more than 50 books (mostly novels, plus a batch of short story anthologies) featuring Marvel Comics superheroes. I was the editor in charge of that line — which included fiction by such luminaries as Diane Duane, Peter David, Tom DeFalco, Kurt Busiek, Ann Nocenti, Adam-Troy Castro, Dean Wesley Smith, David Michelinie, Jason Henderson, and tons and tons more — and in this July 2013 DKR, I look back on the project that remains one of my proudest professional accomplishments to date.


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Music: “No Trousers” by Boogie Knights.