Your moment of TrekZen*.

Have a glorious Thanksgiving on your way to the Stove-O-Kor.

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

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Back cover copy for the Star Trek: Legacies trilogy!

What? A second Star Trek books post in as many days? What the hell?

Well, it’s sort of what I do around here, you know.

Simon and Schuster, my esteemed publisher and caretaker of the various Star Trek novel lines and other assorted shenanigans, has seen fit to release to their website and digital catalog the back cover copy for Star Trek: Legacies, a trilogy of novels coming next year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series.

Would you like to know more? BOOM! Here you go:

Legacies, Book 1 – Captain to Captain, by Greg Cox:

An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

Legacies, Book 2 – Best Defense, by David Mack:

Just in time for the milestone 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, an epic new trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another!

A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.

A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.

An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

Legacies, Book 3 – Purgatory’s Key, by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore

The conclusion to the epic trilogy that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission—and from one universe to another—just in time for the milestone 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series!

Eighteen years ago, the Starship Enterprise thwarted an alien invasion from another universe, and Captain Robert April took possession of the interdimensional transfer device that made it possible. Since then, each captain of the Enterprise, from Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk, has guarded this secret with his life.

Now, Romulan agents have succeeded in stealing the device and using it to banish Ambassador Sarek and Councillor Gorkon to an unknown realm in the midst of their groundbreaking Federation-Klingon peace negotiations. With time running out as interstellar war looms in one universe—and alien forces marshal in another—can Captain Kirk and his crew preserve the tenuous peace and reclaim the key between dimensions?


And there you have it.

The Star Trek: Legacies trilogy will be published one book per month, beginning in July 2016 in the run-up to the original series’ 50th birthday on September 8th.

You know, it doesn’t really feel like it’s been ten years since Kevin and I were asked to write a short story that was just one of twelve collected into Star Trek: Constellations the series’ 40th anniversary. That book was one of several Pocket published as part of those festivities, but other, more grown-up writers were doing the epic trilogies and whatnot.

I guess I’ve been having too much fun to really notice how time’s been flying. And now here we are, ten years later, and I’m helping to celebrate the golden anniversary of my all-time favorite show. If you’d told me fifteen years ago that I’d be doing something like this, I’d have looked at you like you had a third eye in the middle of your forehead.

My job is weird, some days. Rewarding, but weird.

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Cover art for Elusive Salvation!

It seems that has rolled out the next batch of cover art. Fellow Trek novelist Christopher L. Bennett has a snazzy cover for his upcoming Star Trek: Enterprise novel Rise of the Federation: Live By the Code, so definitely cruise on over and give it a gander.

Also revealed today? The cover for Elusive Salvation, the sequel to my Star Trek novel from 2013, From History’s Shadow. Take a look at this bad boy:

ElusiveSalvation-cover(Click to Biggie Size.)

This comes to us via artist Alan Dingman, who has done me and other Trek novelists several solids over the years. For example, one of my favorites is his cover for the trade paperback edition of the Mere Anarchy miniseries.

The back cover copy was released a while back, but here it is again, because why the hell not?

The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.

San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.

New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future….

20130421-081940.jpgIn much the same way the cover for From History’s Shadow evoked pulp novels of the 1950s, during which a significant portion of that book is set, I was hoping for something appropriate for the 1980s, which is where a lot of the action takes place this time around. At least to me, this cover salutes SF novel covers of that period, and like Shadow is very atypical for a Star Trek novel.

Elusive Salvation is slated for publication on April 26, 2016. You’ve pre-ordered your copies, right?

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Ask Dayton #113 on the G and T Show: “Picture This.”

Well. Holy shit.

How long as it been since we’ve done of these? “Damned long time,” some of you are saying. Meanwhile, others among you are saying, “Not damned long enough.”

I apologize to those folks. Buckle up.

So, yes, the, “Ask Dayton” feature returned to the G and T Show yesterday, inflicted upon helpless hosts Terry Lynn Shull, Nick Minecci, and Mike Medeiros during a vulnerable moment while taking a breather as they brought their audience the latest happenings in and around the various neighborhoods of the “Star Trek Universe.”

What we have this time?

Dear Dayton,

We have heard stories about your meme war with a certain member of G & T. Would you care to elaborate on it? What’s the best meme you’ve exchanged? What’s the worst? And have either of you used the Nuclear Option yet?

I’ve come to the conclusion that doing the “Ask Dayton” thing is a lot like working for the CIA. You never really stop doing either, and just when you think you’re out and safe and finally free to live a normal life away from danger and intrigue, they pull you right back in.

Anyway, yes, it’s true: I’ve been known to engage in friendly and occasionally competitive picture and internet meme exchanges with a member of the G&T Show. I’m worried about outing this person and subjecting them to undue scrutiny and perhaps even persecution and online lynch mobs, so for security reasons I’m going to refer to him by the alias “Nick Minecci.”

Wait. Shit. I misread my notes just then. Ah, well. Fuck it.

So, what’s the deal with this? It’s a bit of rude, sometimes crude, but ultimately harmless fun. The same way you don’t watch an R-rated flick or porn while your kids are playing on the living room floor, so too do Nick and I periodically exchange jokes and pics of the sort we both feel aren’t appropriate for all audiences.

Most of the stuff we pass back and forth is military themed, as we poke fun at the establishment we both love while sometimes wanting to punch it in the balls. There are also the diversions into various news items or current events, and the frequent pokes at pop culture, fandom, and the idiots in our midst.

(Psst…there really are a tremendous number of just dumbass people walking around, you know? I mean, a lot. Just sayin’.)

Then there are all the Bill Cosby jokes we’ve been making, which really deserve their own category.

As you might imagine, the stakes can get pretty high in a game like this, where you’re trying to out-meme the other person. You cast caution to the winds. You’re wandering the halls without a pass. You stick your judgment, good taste, common decency, and basic humanity in a lockbox. You’re working without a helmet or a net. Nick even leaves his PT belt at home. That’s when you know this shit is getting real. You go Full Trump, by golly.

Every once in a while, we take a break from that sort of silly shit, like when we find ourselves discussing the comedic stylings of Andrew Dice Clay, engaging in quote wars from favorite films (Midnight Run like a mother fucker, y’all!), and yammering back and forth while watching the same football game. Hey, you deal with your insomnia your way, and leave us to what works for us, all right?

As for the so-called “Nuclear Option,” I actually had to seek clarification on this, and I received this reply:

“I suppose it could mean, exchanged a meme that had brought the “meme battle” to an abrupt end. Perhaps it was so bad it left the other speechless or pissed the other off to the point where there is no way to respond to it. To me, it just seemed like a fun way to describe the meme to end all memes. Something along those lines.”

Yeah, that happens every so often. I’m not going to cite specific examples, because, you know….ew. However, there have been times when the spirited back-n-forth will reach such a fevered pitch that one of us will cull some picture from an obscure corner of the Dark Web or perhaps Satan’s blog, and share it to the utter shock and even revulsion of the recipient. I don’t know that either of us has actually pissed off the other person, but there have been times when the response to a particular picture is something along the lines of “Dude………really? REALLY?” before we both skulk back to our respective corners.

(FYI: When I say “One of us,” I really mean, “Nick.”)

So, there’s your peek into the Secret Meme Wars. I’ve sat here for a couple of minutes trying to find a zinger line to close out this answer, and after careful consideration I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really only one way to go, here:


This question and its answer was read during G&T Show Episode #215 on November 22nd, 2015. You can hear Nick read the answers each week by listening live, or check out the replay/download options when the episode is loaded to their website: The G and T Show. Listeners are also encouraged to send in their own questions, one of which will be sent to me each week for a future episode.

As always, thanks to Nick, Terry and Mike for including me in on their shenanigans.

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Bucs Blog! 2015 Season, Week 11.

Wait. What? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



Bucs 45 – Eagles 17

Somebody put something in the Gatorade, amirite?

To say Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston had a good day would be something of an understatement. If you’ve watched him since the beginning of the season, you’ve seen him continue to steadily if sometimes slowly improve his game. He’s obviously taking the hard lessons he’s learned to heart, and you see him get just a little better week to week. Even when the Bucs were getting beat, there more often than not has been something positive about Winston’s performance, even if it’s learning how to endure defeat and figuring out how to correct mistakes.

But let’s talk about the good stuff: 19 completions on 29 attempts for 246 yards, including five–count ’em–five touchdown passes on the day. That ties an NFL rookie QB record, by the way. Oh, and no interceptions. Again. Nice.

Meanwhile, Tampa running back Doug Martin lit up the Eagles defense for 235 rushing yards. That’s insane. Elsewhere, the Bucs defense hounded Philly QB Mark Sanchez all day, picking him off three times, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

The win gives the Bucs two in a row. Granted, it was a victory against the Eagles, who are also struggling this season, but this is the sort of game–a team win grounded by several notable performances by key players–that can give an ailing team an awesome shot in the arm, and maybe give them some badly needed mojo to help them finish out the year on a high note. Besides, have you seen the NFC standings? The Bucs are still really in the hunt, if you want to get picky with the math and stuff.

Tampa improve to 5-5 on the year, and have pulled themselves out of the NFC South Division basement, slipping past New Orleans who sits at 4-6 and nursing a two-game losing streak while on their bye week. Atlanta got beat today, dropping their third game in a row and are now just one game ahead of the Bucs at 6-4. Carolina, meanwhile, refuses to lose, notching their tenth victory today and remaining undefeated.

Next up for the Bucs? Travelling to Indianapolis to take on the equally sputtering Colts. They’re at 5-5, too, and on paper this is a very winnable game for Tampa, and then suddenly, a Wild Card berth doesn’t seem quite so outlandish.

That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

Go Bucs!

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New interview with Literary Treks!


And this time it’s a two-fer!

That’s right! My hetero life mate, Kevin Dilmore, and I join hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther for another episode of Literary Treks, a podcast from the gang at that focuses on the realm of Star Trek books, comics, and other storytelling venues that aren’t tied to the films and television series.

This time around, Kevin and I were invited to join Matthew and Dan for a rousing discussion of our latest assault against the written word, All That’s Left (aka Star Trek: Seekers #4). We discuss the development of this latest novel, the various Seekers topics such as those gorgeous covers and what the future might hold. Along the way, we also bounce off several topics ranging from what Roddenberry might do with Star Trek if he were creating it in 2015 vs. 1964, how the ever-increasing availability of information has made us dumber, and why Kevin should never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt a sports metaphor. Ever.

Give it a listen, whydontcha:

Literary Treks #129: “Spectre Octopus”

Many thanks to Matthew and Dan for having us on the show, and to the rest of the crew for being such great supporters of the Star Trek books and those who write them. I’m pretty sure we’ll be talking again soon. Right?



Dayton-Kevin-ShoreLeave2016 (Photo by Janice Sanborn.)

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NaNoWriMo 2015: Week 3 check-in.


All righty, then. Home stretch?

Here we are, three weeks into National Novel Writing Month, and writers all over are continuing to pound keys like there’s no next month. A few I know have already hit the 50,000-word goal. Meanwhile, here in Daytonland, things are still moving along at something just under cruising speed. The good news is that from this point forward, the only project on my plate is the novel-in-progress. I’ve cleared all the other pending items from my list of Stuff To Do.

Last week was when a lot of that stuff was being addressed. First, there was finishing up revisions to the manuscript for 24: Trial by Fire in order to address notes from my editor on that book. I also had the copyedited manuscript for the Mars Attacks novella show up mid-week, requiring attention. Finally, I had to finish going through the review galley pages for Elusive Salvation, the Star Trek novel that will be the sequel to 2013’s From History’s Shadow.

Even with all of that, I still managed to gain ground on the work in-progress, which currently stands at 29,654 words. That’s still behind where I’d rather be, but there’s still plenty of time on the game clock.

All right, fellow NaNoWriMo-ers, how’s it going? As always, there’s no judging in this space. We’re all friends, here.

Write on, right?

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New interview at The Bronze Review!

So, I’m babbling again.

This time, the unfortunate soul forced to bear the brunt of my aimless yammering is Rich Schepis over at The Bronze Review. What do we talk about? Just all sorts of things, from my secret origin story, my past projects and what I’m working on now, what a day is like in the life of Dayton Ward, Professional Wordsmith, and even how Ice Road Truckers inspired one of my Trek novels.

Yes. That happened.

Rich took on the challenge of transcribing my stream-of-consciousness ramblings and other nonsensical blathering into something resembling coherent answers to his questions. At last report, the DoD was investigating his case and recommending him for the Crimson Keyboard. Give it a look, whydontcha:

The Bronze Review: Launching A Career on A Dare


Many thanks to Rich for the chance to chat for a bit, and to be featured on The Bronze Review!

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Comin’ at ya: the 1960s/1970s UK Star Trek comic strips.

O. M. G.

Back in 2013, IDW Publishing granted the wish of uncounted Star Trek fanboys (including the one who wrote this blog thing you’re reading right now) when they published Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, a gorgeous two-volume oversized hardcover  set collecting all of the Star Trek daily comic strips that ran in various newspapers between 1979 and 1983. Due to limited circulation, most of these things had never even been seen by the majority of fans, and getting them collected was something of a Holy Star Trek Grail item. Credit uber Trek fan Rich Handley with spearheading the effort to round up the strips.

Not content to rest on his laurels and soon after declaring victory in this rather hard-fought campaign, Rich decided there was another rare jewel out there, waiting to be unearthed and brought into the light for all Trek fans to see. What could this be? Well, it’s like this: Years before the U.S. strip, Star Trek comics were appearing in a handful of different magazines published in the United Kingdom. Never published here in the U.S., these strips represent yet another all but long-lost chapter of Star Trek history. I’ve seen them, thanks to Rich, but only in digital form. What was required was an effort similar to what he put forth with the U.S. strips. So, a little over a year ago, he launched another grassroots campaign.

And damn if he hasn’t pulled it off again.


In what looks to be a format similar if not identical to the previous newspaper strip collections, IDW will be publishing Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics – Volume 1 in March 0f 2016.

EDIT: After reading John Freeman’s article about this upcoming release, I had to add in a sampling of comics you can expect to see, because SWEEEEEEEEET:

Trek-Joe902(As included in John’s article. Click to Biggie Size for the full effect. You know you want to.)

Of course I’ve pre-ordered my copy. You’re insane even for asking. I can’t wait to make my already overloaded book shelves sag just a bit more by adding this baby to the lineup. If you’re a Star Trek fan and a comics fan, you know you’re going to want your own copy. Go on, click on the pic, or the link I made a couple of sentences ago, or even this one right here. Go on. Dooooo eeeeeeet.

Big thanks go to IDW for taking a chance on this, and kudos, hats off, and glasses raised to Rich Handley for helping to bring this to fruition. Given what he’s been able to accomplish so far, I can’t wait to see what else he might have up his sleeve.

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Novel Spaces – “My Adopted Hometown”

writerAnother month, another 17th day of that month. Funny how that works, right? And with the 17th comes my next at bat over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This time around, all of us are taking turns responding to a theme prompt. In this case, it’s “Where I Live.” So, hey! You get to read about me sweet-talking the city that’s been my home for more than two decades, and some of the cool stuff you could be doing if you were here with me.

Novel Spaces – “My Adopted Hometown”

Oh, and I meant what I said about leaving here hungry. Seriously. That shit’s on you.

My Novel Spaces archive.

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