Happy 10th Birthday, Star Trek Vanguard.



It’s been ten years already? How the hell did that happen?

Yep, ‘fraid so, kids. Today, July 26th, marks the tenth anniversary for the official publication of Harbinger, the first novel in what would become “the saga of Star Trek Vanguard.”

vanguard-harbingerFor those of you who might not be familiar with these books, Vanguard as created by editor Marco Palmieri and author David Mack is a series of books that served as a “literary spin-off” of the original Star Trek television series. Running in parallel with the original show, Vanguard was set aboard a space station in a hotly contested area of space called “the Taurus Reach.”

Dave set events into motion with Harbinger, after which Kevin Dilmore and I were invited aboard to help continue the story. Over the course of seven novels and a handful of novellas, the series’ cast of characters found themselves in increasingly larger and dire piles of shit as they learned more about the Shedai, the ancient race who once commanded the Taurus Reach, and generally were kinda sorta pissed that people were stomping around their old haunt like they owned the place.

And hilarity ensues.

We’re not going to ruin it all here with spoilers, but suffice it to say we got to have quite a bit of fun with those books. Vanguard still ranks as one of the most creatively rewarding endeavors in which I’ve ever played a part. Being able to combine elements of my favorite incarnation of Star Trek with a serialized, epic storyline that unfolds over several books was like having – if you’ll pardon the Trekified expression – “the best of both worlds.”

(Note: Learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about Vanguard by clicking on this link-type thing right here: DavidMack.pro – Star Trek Vanguard)

Once the three of us and our editor decided to put the series to bed, we thought that would be it. Of course Vanguard begat Star Trek: Seekers, which has allowed us to “get the band back together” while doing something a bit different.

But, Vanguard? Yeah, it was and remains something special, at least to those of us who worked on it. If you haven’t yet given the series a try…well…what are you waiting for?

Which brings us back to…t’s been ten damned years? Man, I feel old.


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Your Moment of TrekZen*

Gotta watch out, you horn dogs on the command track.


This was created by illustrator and designer Travis Pitts, who has a pretty cool gallery of pop culture art. Check him out.

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

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Talking Writing and Trek With the G & T Show!

So, I was babbling again, and somebody recorded it.

The “somebody” this time was Terry Lynn Shull, Nick Minecci, and Mike Medeiros, my friends over at The G&T Show, who preserved our disordered ramblings as an episode of their ancillary podcast, Supplemental Logs.

We’ve danced this dance before, they and I, and this time around we talk about my recently published Star Trek novel, Armageddon’s Arrow, as well as Trek in general, writing as a full-time vocation, conventions, and Melissa McCarthy, for some reason. The discussion drifts all over the map, really…sort of like a pub crawl of nerdity…complete with me answering a handful of listener questions, including a couple about writing, and stuff. The result?

G&T Show Supplemental Logs – Dayton Ward, Professional Writer

Many thanks to Terry, Nick, and Mike for having me yet again on their show. It’s always fun talking to you all, even if we never seem to actually get around to whatever it was that made you want me to sully your podcast in the first place. Let’s do that again, some time!



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“Houston, Tranquility Base here….”

“The Eagle has landed.”

JULY 1969 A.D.

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Novel Spaces – “Writing for ‘Exposure?’ We’re Still On That?”

writerWe’ve started a new posting season over at the Novel Spaces blog, and beginning this month, my regular posting date has shifted from the 16th each month to the 17th.

(Hey, it’s still the 17th where *I* live.)

So, what shall we talk about this time around? Why, it’s one of my very favorite writing topics in the history of Ever: writing not for pay, but for the “exposure.” People who know me or who’ve read my previous comments on this subject can probably guess how this is going to go down.

Novel Spaces – “Writing for ‘Exposure?’ We’re Still On That?”

All right, now come on: Just about every writer at any level has stories about this sort of thing. What are yours?

My Novel Spaces archive.

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UPDATED! Marvel Movie Tip: Stay through the credits. Yes, it’s still true.

Okay, movie fans. You’d think we’d been doing this long enough to know better, but one person’s Facebook status update regarding an early screening of the new Marvel flick Ant-Man demonstrates that this is a warning we need to repeat often:

“Stay through the credits.”

We last visited this topic when Captain America: The Winter Soldier was just getting ready to light up screens, so let’s take a look at an updated picture, all right? What have we got so far? Since 200

Iron Man
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers
Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Avengers: Age of Ultron*

And tomorrow (tonight, if you’re lucky enough to hit one of those early screenings), we add Ant-Man to the list. After that, we’ll have just about ten months or so to wait until next spring’s Captain America: Civil War as “Phase 3″ officially gets underway.

What’s the one rule that applies for each of these movies? Say it with me:

“Stay for the credits.”

(* = Age of Ultron actually does not have a credits/post-credits scene)

And yet, we still have people, following screenings of tonight’s Ant-Man early premiere, getting up and leaving as the credits roll, even though there’s not one but two–count ’em…two–scenes: One during the credits, and one just after.


Forgive them, Stan Lee, for they know not what they do.


You stay for the credits, people.


Friends don’t let friends leave a Marvel movie early.

If you’re catching these flicks for the first time at home with disc or digital download, then you fast forward if you have to, but the rule is the same: “Stay for the credits.”

With that in mind, I’ve instituted a checklist of tips to help Marvel moviegoers avoid missing out on the important stuff lurking in and around a given film’s end credits. Consider this a public service, movie nerds:

1. You stay for the credits.

2. You stay after the credits.

3. You stay until the lights come up.

4. You stay until they start the slide show between screenings, and you make sure you sit through the entire slide reel at least once.

5. And look on the back of your ticket and the underside of your popcorn. Just in case. (via Bernie Kopsho on Facebook)

6. Then run across the hall and sit through the credits of the non-Marvel movie. LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE.

7. Then run outside and look for skywriting, because who knows? (via Bernie)


In summation: “Stay for the credits.”


Okay, now we’re done. You can go home now.

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Jade Helm sitrep: D-Day.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely know that today, July 15th, was the first day of the “controversial” military training exercise Jade Helm 15. Now, depending on whom you ask, this is either the latest in a long string of such exercises that the military has performed over years and years, or a plot by the Obama Administration to launch a federal takeover of certain “enemy states,” such as Texas.

For those of you who lack a basic understanding of United States history and politics, Texas has been a member of our union since well before Obama became president, and for more than a century before he was even born, but let’s not let facts and logic start to pull at the threads of this particular tapestry, all right?

Anyway, if you’ve clicked on the handy link I provided up above, you’re now familiar with what Jade Helm is supposed to be (or what its disinformation campaign wants you to think it’s supposed to be, etc.). Today was the first day of fun for the folks in uniform participating in the exercise, and of course attention from all over was focused on it to see if Obama’s nefarious plot would unfold before our very eyes.

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