Let’s do another “Ask Dayton Anything” thing.

Why? Because it’s been a while, and I’m in the midst of pushing words around a screen in a somewhat haphazard fashion at the moment, and I actually (:: gasp! ::) have a bit of free time as I move between major writing projects.

So, here’s the deal: 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 and tailored especially for you! It’s sort of like an “AMA” over on Reddit, but without the requirement of me needing to drown myself afterward in a vat of Purell.

ward-fingerAlso, this little exercise shouldn’t be confused with the “Ask Dayton” bits that I’ve done every so often over at the G&T Show. The guy who answers those queries is a rather surly dick who likes to growl and snap his way through whatever oddball questions the show’s listeners throw his way. While that guy looks like me, sounds like me, and has the same name as me, we’re two totally different people. Really. I mean, look at this face. Does this look like lovable, cuddly me?

Didn’t think so.

Asker’s choice, so far as the topic goes. We can talk about writing, pop culture bullshit, deep thoughtful musings on the duality of man and the blurred line between good and evil, the tragedy of a classic 80s show like Dynasty getting a truly godawful reboot while Dark Matter fans are left holding a bag with a hole in the bottom, whatever.

I reserve the right not to answer anything I deem too personal or inappropriate for this particular venue, but this is a rule I’ve never actually had to invoke. Still, it never hurts to make such things clear up front.

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


15 thoughts on “Let’s do another “Ask Dayton Anything” thing.

    1. Wow. How much time do you have? 😀

      I’d love to have done something with any of the NCIS shows. As goofy as it can be at times, I’d also get a kick out of doing something with the rebooted Hawaii Five-0, because I like the characters. The new Lethal Weapon has possibilities, too.

      As for movie franchises, I’d love a shot at Aliens, Predator, Planet of the Apes, etc.


    1. One of my Strange New Worlds stories, “The Aliens Are Coming,” contains the seeds for what became From History’s Shadow. I’d always loved shows like The X-Files and Dark Skies, and “Assignment: Earth” is one of those ideas from Star Trek I’d always wanted to see explored more. Authors like Greg Cox and Howard Weinstein have revisited the premise in novel and comic form, and I wanted to do so, as well. So, FHS in particular is sort of my Trek-flavored salute to those types of stories. 🙂



  1. Was Vanguard considered a success when it came out? I skipped it when it first came out due to the DS9 relaunch and I feel it could have been marketed better.


    1. Vanguard was a critical success, and so far as I know it sold very well. It was regarded well enough by Pocket and CBS Licensing that when we proposed wrapping it up, they tried to talk us out of it. But, we (editor Margaret Clark, Dave, Kevin, and myself) wanted to end it at a particular point, and go out on a high note after “leaving it all on the field,” so to speak.

      When we suggested Star Trek: Seekers a couple of years later, that was perhaps the easiest approval of a concept pitch that I’d even been a part of. 😀


  2. How do you keep from falling behind on all your projects? And what do you do on days when you didn’t get enough sleep or whatever, and the ideas and words just aren’t coming?


    1. I’m sorry. What is this “sleep” thing you mentioned?

      As for the days when the words are harder to come by, I switch projects and work on something else. Or, I’ll go for a walk or work in the yard. Deadlines do a lot to help motivate reluctant muses, however. 🙂


  3. Several questions, all related. Do you have an NDA when writing Discovery novels? Have they brought you in the circle for the season 1 arch so your book doesn’t mess anything up? That said with your forthcoming tos/disc tie in do you feel Discovery is in the prime timeline?


    1. Yes, I’ve been under an NDA for all Discovery-related matters for well over a year. I’ve been given access to scripts and other production materials for reference purposes, and also have access to Kirsten Beyer and – through her – the show’s other writers as needed.

      The show’s producers and writers have said from the beginning that the show is in the prime timeline. Writing my novel, along with numerous conversations I’ve had with Kirsten over the course of the show’s development have given me no reason to believe otherwise.


  4. I had collected several of your MMPB books, but before I could read them, I suffered the great loss of my entire library to a fire four years ago right after I discovered your work via The Last World War. I am now in the process of building a new collection in eBook form. For long winded reasons, I refuse to purchase eBooks from Amazon. Are your stories available anywhere else? I use Calibre to manage my collection, so format isn’t an issue unless it is DRM.


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