The Batcave Podcast, Episode 22!

Wait…what?

Yep. I was so busy last week with work, the novel in-progress, and everything else that the latest installment of The Batcave Podcast snuck right past me. Host John S. Drew waits for no fan, you understand. Therefore? BOOM! It’s a new episode!

John continues with his review of the 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, by golly. For the second season’s fourth story (and seventh and eighth episodes), he’s joined by writer/blogger Julio Angel Ortiz as the revisit the episodes that hail the return of the irascible King Tut: “The Spell of Tut” and “Tut’s Case Is Shut.”

From John’s write-up:

“King Tut returns to Gotham City with what appears to be his usual bag of tricks as the Sphinx returns as well with new proclamations. But there’s more to his scheme this time around. He has a plan to subjugate the entire population of Gotham. Can Batman and Robin thwart him?”

Tune in to see what John and Julio thought of these episodes: “The Spell of Tut”/”Tut’s Case Is Shut

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It’s an “Ask Dayton” open thread, because why not?

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and as I’ve continued to receive a steady stream of new followers here as well as on Facebook and Twitter, I figured why not?

The day’s activities call for me to be not all that far from my computer today (writing as well as day job stuff), I don’t see the harm in adding a new “Ask Dayton” open thread to the mix. This shouldn’t be confused with the “Ask Dayton” bit I’ve got going over at the G&T Show, as that’s largely about a curmudgeonly character who barks and snaps his way through all sorts of oddball questions and fanciful queries the askers hope will trip him up, but which usually results in something kinda sorta approaching the realm of “humor.” Even though that dude looks like me, sounds like me, and has the same name as me, we’re two totally different people. He’s sort of like a mirror universe counterpart, except that he–as is the case however many of me there are within all of the countless parallel realities believed to exist–can’t grow a decent goatee to save his ass.

Anyway……

So, here’s the deal, for anyone interested: Ask me anything, if you’re so inclined, and I’ll do my best to provide a brief yet thoughtful answer. If I can’t conjure such a reply, you’ll instead receive a wise-assed comment, created especially for you!

(Though likely written by the other guy. I’m the nice one, remember.)

Asker’s choice, so far as the topic goes, though I reserve the right not to answer anything I deem too personal or inappropriate for this particular venue. Despite setting up this rule, I’ve never actually had to enforce it, but it never hurts to make such things clear up front.

Okey-dokey, then. Who’s got a question?

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Happy Judgment Day!

Celebrating the 17th anniversary of the fall of humanity and the rise of the machines.

Judgment Day: August 29th, 1997. Sunblock optional.

Hope it’s a fun one!

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Point of Divergence

seekers-2-coverStar Trek: Seekers

The Taurus Reach: Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization. The Federation has sent in two of its finest starships on a quest to uncover the secrets it may yet hold…

The Tomol are a primitive civilization occupying a lone island on a remote world. Their culture is an enigma, centered on every member’s commitment to a painful, fiery self-sacrifice upon reaching maturity. But one of their clan has shunned this obligation, triggering a transformation into a new, powerful life form.
Answering the distress call of the U.S.S. Sagittarius—which has crashed on the
planet following a fierce battle with Klingons—Captain Atish Khatami and the
crew of the Starship Endeavour must now attempt a rescue mission…even as they
are locked in battle with the evolving, increasingly malevolent Tomol who, if
allowed to escape their home world, pose an imminent threat to the entire
galaxy!


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Kindle e-Book from Amazon.com
Mass-Market Paperback or Nook e-Book from Barnes & Noble


So here we are: the second Star Trek: Seekers novel.

After more than two years of plotting, planning, scheming, and even the occasional bout of actual writing on the part of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and myself, the first two books and their shared storyline are here, kicking off our new Star Trek fiction effort for Pocket Books. A sequel to our previous Star Trek Vanguard series, our intention with these new novels is to return to some of that old school exploring of strange new worlds, seeking out of new life and new civilizations and so on and so forth, as laid out in the opening narration of the original Star Trek series (TOS).

That said, we also plan to infuse these new adventures with a little bit of the modern storytelling sensibilities we gave to the Vanguard books. We’ve been calling this the “TOS-plus” approach. Future novels will be more standalone in nature, with Dave taking the books focusing on the crew of the Sagittarius, while Kevin and I will be handling the Endeavour stories. We’ll likely bring the two ships together again at some point, when we come up with a story that calls for it.

I guess we’ll see if this crazy idea works.

So, be sure to get your hands on a copy of the series’ first book, Second Nature written by our co-conspirator, Mr. Mack, before diving into this one. Trust me…it’ll hurt less.

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this entry also will serve as our book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

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Your moment of TrekZen*.

Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Spock, the Enterprise‘s entry for the annual Starbase 11 talent show definitely raised the bar.

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(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

 

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The Book Fairy visits again!

Hey, you guys!

With all the stuff going on during the weekend, I almost forgot to show you all the big box of sexy the Book Fairy dropped on me on Saturday.

So, you know….BOOM.

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You’ll have to forgive the crappy photography. All I had available was my phone, but it’s not like any of you didn’t know this book was coming like any day now, right?

Actually, I’m already getting reports of sightings and purchases at stores to and fro, including Down Under. Yeah, they got the books in the frappin’ Outback before a box made its way to my house. Sorry, Book Fairy, but that’s comin’ out of your tip.

Point of Divergence‘s official publication date is this coming Tuesday, August 26th, and for those of you who’ve been wondering if there will be some kind of contest coinciding with the book’s release? Yeah, get ready. It’s coming, but it won’t be a simple scavenger hunt/go find the book in a store kind of thing. I also can’t guarantee that nudity or signing a waiver absolving me of any responsibility for your injury or death won’t be required.

So, you know…plan accordingly.

 

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Lost Days: A Kickstarter project by Michael Jan Friedman.

So, my friend Mike Friedman is busy again.

It’s been almost a year since Mike launched his first-ever Kickstarter project in the hopes of seeking funds to support the publication of a novel he’d hope to write and publish, I Am the Salamander. He ended up exceeding the modest funding goal he’d set for the project, and I can attest that he made good on all the rewards for those who backed him. I have my copy of the book, and my signed print of the cover art. So, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Anyway, Mr. Friedman is now attempting to replicate that success from last year, with another small Kickstarter he hopes will cover the costs of writing and publishing an all-new young adult fantasy novel he’s calling Lost Days.

LostDays Lost Days
A veteran author wants to bring
the Italian Renaissance alive for reluctant readers
through a unique fantasy adventure.

Instead of me stealing all of the man’s thunder, I’d rather let Mike tell you about his new novel all by his own self:

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued a decree that Christendom would no longer count time according to the old Julian calendar, which–over the course of centuries–had allowed movable feasts like Easter to slip back a week and a half. From that point on, Christians would follow a new, more accurate calendar, which–because Pope Gregory was the one who made it happen–would come to be known as the Gregorian Calendar.

Oh, one other thing. To put the holidays back where they belonged, Pope Gregory eliminated ten days in October, 1582. Friday, October 5th became Friday, October 15th. This made landlords happy and tenants grumpy, but there it was.

Now, you might say the erasure of ten days was just a clerical formality, a logistical convenience. We didn’t actually get rid of those ten days, did we?

Or…did we?

What if something happened in the course of those ten days? Something so bad, so horrifying, so breathtakingly evil that the only way the world could survive was if those two hundred and forty hours were wiped from the face of the earth? Which, as you’ve probably guessed by now, is the conceit at the center of my young adult novel, Lost Days.”

You can learn more about the novel and what inspired Mike to write it, as well as the Kickstarter campaign, over at the page he’s set up: Lost Days. Mike’s also posted a short video in which he talks about the book and what he hopes to accomplish with it.

Mike’s name is one that’s probably known to a lot of you who read Star Trek novels, or Star Trek comics, or comics in general. As I said the last name his name popped up here, he’s written some of my favorite Trek stories over the years, and he’s also one of the genuinely nice guys in this business. If you’re a fan of Mike and/or cool things that inspire kids and maybe even those with a little kid still lurking deep inside us, I hope you’ll give Lost Days a gander and–if you’re able and willing–help him out a bit.

Good luck, Mike!

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