For those who are even casual visitors, I think the secret’s out that I have this peculiar habit of writing Star Trek books every so often. Indeed, writing Star Trek fiction has done wonders for funding my kids’ future college tuitions, among other things. There are those who view the writing of such stories with disdain, or consider it a waste of time and energy, but here’s the deal: I have fun doing it, and people pay me to have that fun. Unless the naysayers are wanting to kick in for my mortgage or the food I put in my kids’ faces, I’m liable not to care much about their opinions on this topic.
Now, while Star Trek constitutes a rather large chunk of my writing credits, I’ve also got some original novels and shorts stories here and there (and with luck, more of that, sooner rather than later. Stay tuned). As for other tie-in properties, Kevin and I wrote that novel for the The 4400 some years back, and we’ve each contributed to other creator-owned or work-for-hire projects like a role-playing game or the ReDeus anthology), and of course I’m hip deep in writing that 24 novel for Tor.
Every so often, I get asked if there’s a TV, film, or game property for which I like to write. I got an e-Mail posing just that sort of question today. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything but respond privately to such a query, but every so often I like to come here and turn the question around. It’s been at least a couple of years since I launched such an exercise, and when we consider the sorts of TV shows, movies, and games that have come along just in that brief span of time, there’s all sorts of things to consider that wasn’t on the menu, last time.
For example, we had recent news that there is to be a new take on The Six Million Dollar Man with a big budget film adaptation of the concept, starring Mark Wahlberg and (as of now) titled The Six Billion Dollar Man. Given my fondness for Colonel Steve Austin and his bionics, it goes without saying that I’d be keen to write something utilizing this premise. Such fanboy wish-listing also makes good fodder for well-played April Fool’s jokes, you know (see pic).
Anyway, now that I’ve answered the original question-poser via e-Mail, I figure I’ll once again put it to you all, assuming you’re a reader and fan of such books (and really…who isn’t? Tie-ins are like porn…nobody cops to them, but they keep selling. Odd, that.). For what properties would you like to see me write? It can be anything–TV show, film, game, whatever. It can be something for which novels or other tie-ins are currently being written, something new that doesn’t (yet?) have such books, or perhaps an older property that’s fallen by the wayside but still burns hot in your fanboy/fangirl heart.
The only rule for this little thought exercise is that it can’t be any flavor of Star Trek, even if it’s one of the shows/permutations for which I’ve not written. Otherwise? Everything’s fair game, and there are no “wrong” answers.
I’d also be interested in hearing why you think I’d make a good fit.