Apparently, I always wanted to write Star Trek stories.

Oh, sure. Seems like a no-brainer, now.

But, what if I told you the idea of writing Star Trek stories was something I had to work my way into, oh-so slooooooooooooooooowly?

Don’t get me wrong: the idea of making up adventures for Captain Kirk and his merry band of enterprising voyagers (see what I did there?) goes all the way back to my awkward, scrawny, geeky 1970s childhood. If my friends and I weren’t pretending to be the Enterprise crew at our local playground (or the crew from Moonbase Alpha. That was actually a thing, for a short while), then chances were good I was playing with Star Trek action figures. Many a day during my childhood was spent spinning my very own little Star Trek yarns with little 8″ inch versions of Kirk and company, along with that hilariously wacky Enterprise bridge set from Mego. You know the one:


Awwwwwwwwww, yeah.

Oh, and when I say “Many a day during my childhood,” I also mean “Yesterday.”

Moving on.

As for actually writing any kind of Star Trek story, I recall dabbling here and there with the notion as a teenager. This was at a point when the original cast was on the silver screen, a few years before the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Nothing serious ever came from those haphazard scribbling sessions….certainly nothing I kept for posterity.

Skip ahead to the fall of 1987: TNG has only recently premiered, and I’m checking out a Star Trek convention in Anaheim (I was stationed at Camp Pendleton during this period). How early were we into the new show’s run? We got to see the first season episode “The Last Outpost” a week ahead of its broadcast. Anyway, I’m wandering the dealers room when I spy a copy of this:

Trek-TNG-WritersGuide(Click to enlarge)

Now, I wasn’t completely unfamiliar to the idea of a “writers guide” for Star Trek. I remembered reading something about it/them, perhaps in my dog-eared copy of Stephen Whitfield’s The Making of Star Trek, or David Gerrold’s The Trouble With Tribbles or maybe even an issue of Starlog. I certainly never expected to actually see one, but BOOM! Atop a dealer’s table sat just this very thing, albeit for the still new car-smelling Star Trek: The Next Generation. So, sure, I ponied up the $10 or whatever it was (that’s a pic of my copy, up there).

And it’s not as though I suddenly had delusions of grandeur and writing for the new show. I mean, TV was written by writers, after all. At best, I was an annoyingly well-informed nerd when it came to Star Trek trivia, which included reading the novels that were by now a regular component of Pocket Books’ publication schedule. On the other hand, the idea of writing some kind of Star Trek story had taken root, even if it’d be a while before I actually tried doing anything about it.

Skip ahead several more years, to the far off wonders that awaited us in the 21st century! I’m now writing Star Trek fiction on a semi-regular basis for that same Pocket Books, and there have been three more Trek TV series since TNG came and went. That original TNG series writers/directors guide has gotten some company:

trek-writersguides(Click to enlarge this, too.)

Even now – several more years, a handful of movies, and one additional TV series later – I still don’t have any real aspirations of writing Star Trek for the screen. But, as a writer of the novels and a fan of Star Trek in general, it’s neat to see how the writers for the different series approached their task. Of particular interest to me when I picked it up was the writers guide for the original series, as somewhere along my “fan journey” I’d become very enamored with reading about the actual production of the show, and so I’m always grabbing anything and everything I can get my hands on with respect to this topic.

Why am I babbling about this stuff today? It’s really Michael Okuda’s fault. Over on his Facebook page, he posted a link to something posted last year, making me remember these docs which have been in my files for years:

TrekDocs Artifacts: TNG S3 Writers’ Technical Manual


Upon seeing that, I knew I wasn’t going to be happy until I dug out all of my writers guides….if for no other reason than to make sure I still had the damned things.

Worry not, true believers. You know my reference library runs wide and deep.

Of course, these guides were created with a very specific purpose: assisting both staff and hopeful freelance episode writers to make sure their stories remained consistent with the aesthetic and sensibilities created for each of the series. For outsiders, they offer a peek behind the curtain, though I’ve found the original series references to be particularly helpful when it comes to putting myself in the “mood” to write a new story for Captain Kirk and his crew.

And sure, we’ve even created the odd “writers bible” for some of the novel lines, as well. Keith DeCandido and David Mack deserve special shout-outs, as they drafted guides for writers of, respectively, the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers series and Star Trek Vanguard. Though I never had need to print out my copy of the SCE bible (it, or the “23rd century version” I did up for me and Kevin to use), I did so for Vanguard, and indeed I still have my copy along with the tech specs and such, all stored in a 3-ring binder:

Trek-VanguardBible(Yes, you can enlarge this one, as well.)

What can I say? Trek dork, remember?

So, thanks very much to TrekCore and Mike Okuda for spurring this little field trip down Memory Lane.

Wait…I’ve been doing this writing thing for how long?

It hit me today while reading a Facebook thread featuring comments from one of the responsible parties: I’ve been doing this writing thing….well, the “paid for my writing” thing…for twenty years, now.

Twenty. Years.

Holy. Shit.

snw1Okay, okay. In truth, I’d been writing for a few years at that point, but it wasn’t until the fall of 1997 that somebody actually decided for the first time – after reading a story I’d submitted to their writing contest, of their own free will and without the assistance of mood altering substances – to pay me for my writing. That someone was editor John Ordover at Pocket Books, and the story was “Reflections,” which I’d sent to be considered for inclusion in the very first Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthology.

Most of you know what happened after that. Secret origin story. Never-ending battles. Truth, justice, and the American Way and so on and so forth. Blah blah bah.

Twenty. Years.

Holy Shit.

Of course, the anthology which was the result of that first contest wouldn’t be published until the following summer, but I mark the letter I received from John as the starting point for what has become my “writing career.” He, along with editor Dean Wesley Smith and Paula Block (who at the time was working for Star Trek‘s licensing department), put me on the path I continue to walk to this day.

(Oddly, the letter is undated, and I find myself unable to recall the date the first contest’s winners were announced. All I remember for sure is “fall 1997,” so I guess a ballpark guess will just have to do. Sucks getting old(er), amirite?)

honor-coverThis is something of a retcon on my part, as back then I had no real aspirations of being “a writer.” It wasn’t a path I’d remotely considered, as at the time I was neck deep in my career as a software developer, having made the transition from military service to the private sector just a year previously. That feeling didn’t change during the next two years, as I submitted stories to the next two SNW contests (and earned a place in the table of contents for the resulting anthologies). Only when John called me and asked if I wanted to write a full-blown Star Trek novel for him did start to wonder – just a bit – if there was something to this whole writing thing.

To be honest, I still wonder that, pretty much all the time, all these years later. And yet, here we are, twenty years later, and I think there’s a chance I might stick with it.

So, yeah: Twenty years. I’m not a “big name” or anything. I’m not one of those writers who will ever be recognized or remembered in passing. There won’t be any big movie or TV deals waiting in the wings for anything I write, but none of that really matters. I’m having fun, and I have a readership who makes up for their modest numbers with their unrelenting enthusiasm and support. I’m totally good with that.

The biggest thing to come out of that first contest was my meeting Kevin Dilmore. What began with him interviewing me as one of the contest’s eighteen winners has become an enduring friendship that I treasure. Indeed, he’s ‘ohana; a member of my family. There a many, many other people I’ve met and befriended since then; people I’d never know if not for this rather odd adventure, which began with that first short story.

I’ve benefitted from several opportunities which I’d otherwise never have received, including a handful of genuine, “Are you kidding me? That that just happen?” moments. There have been a bunch of novels and other short stories during these past twenty years, and there are countless people to thank for this journey I’ve undertaken, so many of whom have expended time, energy, and money in some manner on my behalf. Most important among that group: the readers who’ve accepted the invitation to travel with me every time there’s a new story with my name on the by-line. To anyone who at some point took a chance on me, you have my heartfelt thanks.

Then there’s my wife, Michi, of course. She’s been with me every step of the way, my biggest supporter and loudest, most enthusiastic cheerleader. I literally couldn’t have done any of this without her in my corner.

What will the next twenty years bring? Damifino. Guess we’ll just have to see what we see.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish reviewing this latest novel manuscript.


The things you find.

Yesterday, I was helping my wife do a few things as she continues preparing for an estate sale at her mother’s place. We removed a few things from the house to bring here, and sorted through some papers and other items.

For those who don’t know, my mother-in-law was Japanese, and most of the reading material she kept in her home was published in her native language. During my tour on Okinawa back in the 1980s, I made a rather pitiful attempt to learn Japanese – both spoken and written – and failed spectacularly on both fronts. Along the way, I purchased a few pop culture/film/TV books and magazines from local merchants, thinking that a familiarity with the original source material would aid in my learning. So, yeah, among other things, there are one or two Japanese Star Trek books in my library, including a translation of Vonda McIntyre’s novelization of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home from 1986.

At some point after returning home and marrying Michi, I showed her mother some of the books I’d brought back with me, and she asked to borrow them. Over time, I forgot about them, but yesterday as I was perusing her shelves, I stumbled across a few titles which stuck out like sore thumbs from the rest of her very much not science fiction or TV/film book collection:


Yep, those are indeed Japanese translations of the novelizations for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Along with several other books of this sort – many of which I ended up giving away here and there over the years, these were purchased at local bookshops near my base on Okinawa between July 1988 and July 1989. Despite my horrific attempts to learn the language, I still got a kick out of having them on the shelf, alongside or in proximity to their English-language counterparts.

(In hindsight, I don’t think my mother-in-law was impressed with my attempts to understand her language by reading…for example…a Japanese novelization of Robocop. 😀 )

Anyway, I’ll soon be returning these to my own bookshelves, and no….I still won’t be able to read them.

Star Trek: “Mesin Waktu Mr. Spock”

“Excuse me?”


TrekVM-05Old school Star Trek fans likely know that View-Master, the wonderful company which has been offering since 1939 all sorts of photographic and (later) stereoscopic imagery goodness for education and entertainment, has not forgotten the Final Frontier.

View-Master dipped its toes into the Star Trek pond no fewer than five times, which packets of stereoscopic “3D” images showcasing the original series episode “The Omega Glory” and the animated episode “Yesteryear” (packaged as “Mr. Spock’s Time Trek”) along with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Finally, the second-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “A Matter of Honor.”

Of these, the “Yesteryear” adaptation is the most interesting. Rather than rely on set or publicity photography as was the case with its live-action counterparts, “Mr. Spock’s Time Trek” benefits from Filmation’s having rendered special recreations of the selected images designed for use with the View-Master format.

Way back when, the resulting packets of three “card wheels,” each featuring 7 images (2-each, working together to achieve the intended 3D effect), was accompanied by a booklet summarizing the story being told. The text was partnered with illustrations, which in this case are different from those depicted in the images. View-Master actually issued this in two versions: the “regular” edition, and one with a soundtrack narrating the text from the booklet.

You’d think that would be enough glomming onto one bit of Trek lore, right?


A few weeks ago, friend Rich Handley alerted me to the existence of a book he’d never seen in all his travels as a researcher of all things obscure Star Trek. He came across it while searching for rare copies of Indonesian and other foreign language Trek comics, at which time he asked if I was interested in it.

Hell yeah. I love this quirky stuff. So, what did I end up with?


Published in 1979, “Mesin Waktu Mr. Spock” (loosely translating to “Mr. Spock’s Time Machine”) appears to be exactly what it looked like when I first saw it: an Indonesian adaptation not of the “Yesteryear” episode,” but indeed the View-Master presentation of that same episode.

It contains almost but not all of the images from the original reels, accompanied by text which – so far as I can tell – is far more detailed than the story summary provided with the original View-Master booklet. Hardcore Trekkies will grind their teeth and clench their jaws upon realizing that every single image is flipped/reversed/inverted/wrong. Personally, I think it’s hilarious:

And so it was that yet another bit of oddball Star Trek publishing weirdness found its way to my disturbingly large library.

Many thanks to Rich for turning me onto this little nugget of nostalgia. It makes me want to start digging to see what else is out there.

Phaser Daser! Leaf’s 1967 Star Trek card set.

When I was a kid in the 1970s and early 80s, I collected all sorts of trading cards. Baseball and football cards, for sure, but also a ton of “non-sports” cards. Star Wars had major representation in my house, of course, due in no small part to the three…four…six bazillion sets Topps produced just for the first film, followed by multiple sets for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Then there were all manner of sets for a variety of films and TV shows. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Space: 1999, Planet of the Apes, Alien, The Six Million Dollar Man (actually a set of card-sized stickers) to name just a few, along with…naturally, Star Trek.

I don’t have much in the way of card sets, anymore. However, Topps in recent years has seen fit to release special books revisiting some of the more popular non-sports sets. The 1976 Star Trek set along with Star Wars and Planet of the Apes, for example. These have proven to be an inexpensive means of revisiting these fondly remembered cards from yesteryear, as finding original sets can be challenging, and pricey.

One set I never expected to see in the flesh is the very first collection of Star Trek trading cards. Produced by Leaf in 1967, they were apparently distributed in limited quantities and were of course long gone from store shelves by the I time was wandering around with loose change in my pockets. I’d seen a few individual cards, sold by dealers at cons over the years, and suffered sticker shock when I saw how much a complete 72-card set might cost me.


Like so much other Star Trek merchandise from the 1960s and early 70s, this card set is fun and at least a little goofy. The card images are black and white, which by itself is rather retro and cool. Publicity photos — including a few which had to be taken before the show’s premiere — are mixed in with what look to be stills taken during filming of various episodes. Most if not all of the images are naturally from Star Trek‘s first season, including a good number from the pilot episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

What kills me about this set are the captions on many of the cards. They only rarely have any connection to the image or the episode from which said image was taken, and a few have no link to any episode at all. For example:

I know, right?

Flash forward this year’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. I’m wandering the exhibitor hall and come across a dealer selling stacks of card sets. Sitting on the table was a set of the Leaf cards for a rock-bottom price. I was informed this was a reprint set, and that was good enough for me, as I just had to have it.

I’ve since learned Rittenhouse created a different reprint set back in 2006 for Star Trek‘s 40th anniversary, and even included a special subset of “new” cards to go with the originals. I may have to see about hunting those down.

If you’re a Trek or card collector and don’t have these, I’d recommend tracking down a set. They’re like a wacky little time capsule from a period when the original Star Trek was still in production, and therefore hold a charm forever lost to card sets that came years later.

In the meantime, call me “Big Joker.” I have no idea why.


Talking “Run, Steve, Run” with The OSI Files!

OSI-Files-LogoIt’s been a while since I last chatted about various things bionic with John S. Drew, but hey! The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman never seem to be far from either of our thoughts, and John had been talking about corralling me for an episode of his bionic-themed podcast The OSI Files for a while, now. At long last, he makes good on his threat, and has me sit down for a chat with him about The Six Million Dollar Man‘s first season finale, “Run, Steve, Run.”

This episode is the midpoint of a loose trilogy of episodes that begins with “Day of the Robot,” the first season’s fourth episode, and ends with the second season’s “Return of the Robot Maker.” I call it “loose” because the only robots we see in this episode appear in flashback sequences from “Day of the Robot.” However, the robot’s creator, Dr. Jeffrey Dolenz (later changed to “Chester Dolenz”) is on hand, with the story focusing on his obsession with learning the secret of how Steve Austin was able to defeat his robot in the first episode (hint: Steve’s bionic). Once Dolenz realizes what makes Steve tick, he’s like a kid in a candy store….or maybe a Radio Shack, as he contemplates the possibilities of exploiting Steve’s bionics to improve the army of robots he wants to build.

While the other episodes–admittedly dated and even ridiculous by modern TV standards–retain huge nostalgic appeal for me as favorites from my childhood, I’m less enamored with this installment. Part of that is that I always thought the Dolenz character was criminally underserved, in all of these stories. Unlike other bad guys who decide they need to teach Oscar Goldman and the OSI a lesson for overlooking their genius when it comes to tech goodness like robots, Dolenz never really gets a chance to shine with this role. That’s a shame, as veteran character actor Henry Jones creates in Dolenz one of those “recurring nemesis” characters like Star Trek‘s Harry Mudd you want to see every so often.

That said, “Run, Steve, Run” is certainly not the series’ worst offering, and full credit to John for helping me soften my stance, as I went into this chat with this episode most definitely not on my “ones I’ll watch on a rainy day” list.

Check out the conversation, which is followed by an interview with “Run, Steve, Run” guest star Melissa Greene, here:

The OSI Files Episode 004: “Run, Steve, Run”

Many thanks to John, with whom I always enjoy talking all things bionic, for having me on. We’ve already discussed possibilities for follow-up chats, so who knows?


“The Secret of Bigfoot, Part 2” on Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast!

At long last….the cliffhanger is resolved!

Back in October(!), hosts John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson of Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast, continued their retrospective of The Six Million Dollar Man by plunging headlong into the series’ third season by taking a long look at the first half of the epic, landmark two-part episode, “The Secret of Bigfoot.” I yammered all about that installment of the podcast right here.

And now here we are, with Part 2!


As was the case with Part 1, covering the second half of this legendary episode was too big a job for John and Paul to handle on their own, or even with the assistance of a single guest host. With that in mind, they enlisted the help of three guests to help shoulder the burden. In addition to my dumb geeky ass, the podcast features Matt Hankinson (chief creative consultant for Time-Life’s definitive The Six Million Dollar Man DVD collection), and bionic guru Joe Burns, webmaster of The Six 1973.

Do we really need to recap this episode? Hell no. It’s a classic slice of 1970s TV sci-fi cheesy goodness, most of it presented in slow motion. What’s to know? What’s not to love? Let’s just get on with it, all right?

Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast – “The Secret of Bigfoot, Part 2″

As always, many thanks to John and Paul for inviting me back to the podcast. They’re always fun to do. Here’s hoping I can get back there again, one of these days.

We’re gonna Die Hard again?

Seems that way.

Last night, I saw this bit of news flash across my Facebook feed:

ComingSoon.Net: Die Hard 6 Planned as Both a Prequel and a Sequel

To say that I was bitterly disappointed in the previous outing, 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard, would be an epic understatement. That came after being left somewhat entertained though very much wanting in the wake of 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard. What the hell had happened to one of the greatest action heroes of the 1980s and 90s? I mean, even Rambo managed to make a decent comeback after lying dormant for two decades, so John McClane should’ve been able to get in there for another round or two, right?

Maybe not.

Even though U.S. audiences chewed up and spit out A Good Day to Die Hard, it did excellent business overseas, which is why we’re now sitting here talking about a potential sixth movie. Okay, I admit it: I’m a sucker for nostalgic shenanigans like catching up with older heroes/stories that haven’t been visited in a while. That whole “Return of _____” genre of TV movies from the 1980s was made for people like me, for crying out loud. Hell, I’ll even watch The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission if it happens across my TV screen in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. The struggle is real, people.

So, Die Hard 6.

According to the Coming Soon piece, the idea is to make this new installment both a sequel and a prequel, with Bruce Willis returning to the role of John McClane to bookend a story that will take place in 1979, when McClane was still a uniformed cop for the NYPD. The basic premise of a Die Hard prequel isn’t new; BOOM! Studios published a short-lived (8 issues) comic series, Die Hard: Year One, which covered some of the same ground. I’ll admit, the setup here intrigues me: Will something from his younger days come back in the Here and Now to bite McClane on the ass? That sort of thing’s already been done once (see Die Hard With A Vengeance), but that story hinged on what we all loved about the original film: namely, McClane sending Hans Gruber for a long walk off a tall building.

This prequel idea would (you’d think) provide an opportunity to delve deeper into McClane’s past and a part of his life about which we know little. Hell, how meta would it be to get Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play the younger McClane? He already portrayed a younger version of Willis’ character Joe in 2012’s Looper, and totally owned the role. That would be insane. Plus, Levitt’s riding high right now (see what I did there?) with his new film The Walk.

Look at me, being all optimistic, and shit.

john-mcclane(Photo collage courtesy of GeekNation.)

For my money, there’s no topping the original Die Hard. Not only do I think it’s the best 80s action movie, but I think it holds its own against just about anything that’s come before or since. It is–in my mind, anyway–a clinic on how to plot a perfectly paced action film with compelling characters, including a hero you cheer on and a villain you can’t wait to see get what’s coming to them. The only sequel to even come close to hitting that mark is the third film, Die Hard With A Vengeance. The second movie is serviceable, the fourth film is tolerable, and the fifth just makes me want to punch things.

Would I go see Too Young to Die Hard another Die Hard? Hard to say at this point, but I’m obviously not rooting for this thing to fail. I was pretty sketchy on the idea of a fourth Rambo flick, and I was happy to admit my wrongness on that one. Now I’m sitting here, waiting for the oft-rumored fifth movie to get on with it.

Yeah, shit. Bring it on, McClane.

Yippee Ki Yay, Mr. Falcon!

“A Time to Reminisce” – Looking back at Star Trek: A Time to…

Back in 2004, Pocket Books launched a rather ambitious “mini-series” focusing on Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise-E and designed to fill in some of the time gap between the last two Next Generation feature films, 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection and 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis.

Conceived by then-editor John Ordover, the original plan was for twelve books, released one per month for the entire year, and lending detail and context to several of the notable changes we see in the status quo that are evident at the start of the latter film. For example: Worf, who at the end of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine television series, had taken up the duties as Klingon ambassador to the Federation, was now inexplicably back in a Starfleet uniform and with Picard and the gang. Commander Riker was about to be promoted to captain before assuming command of the U.S.S. Titan, which would be bound for a new region of unexplored space. He also was getting married to Counselor Deanna Troi, with whom he had rekindled a romantic relationship as a result of the events of Insurrection. Beverly Crusher was bound for Starfleet Medical (again)…or was she? And why the hell was Wesley Crusher there (in a deleted scene), in a Starfleet uniform when he was last seen as having evolved into a cosmos-hopping “Traveller?”

These and other questions and changes were worth exploring, right? John certainly thought so, and the result of that idea hatching was a little something he decided to call Star Trek: A Time to…


What began as an idea encompassing twelve novels eventually was whittled down to nine. After a couple of authors from the original roster had to bow out, John contacted me and my writing partner, Kevin Dilmore, and asked if we were interested in participating. At that point in time, I’d only published three Star Trek short stories (in the first three Strange New Worlds anthologies), two Star Trek: Corps of Engineers novellas (co-writing with Kevin), and one full-length Star Trek novel. For us, getting invited to partake of this high-profile project was the Star Trek writing equivalent of being called up from the minors to play Major League Baseball. The A Time to… series marked our “promotion” to the starting lineup in Pocket’s Star Trek writing stable, which is where we’ve been ever since.

(He says, knocking on any and all wood within reach.)

atts-cover atth-cover

And so it was that we joined fellow Star Trek scribes John Vornholt, Robert Greenberger, David Mack, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, and the rest is…well, you’ll have to read and decide for yourself.

Now, after more than a decade, Unreality SF columnists Jens Deffner and Daniel Tostevin have decided to take a long, hard look at the mini-series and its eventual, lasting impact on Pocket’s entire Star Trek fiction line. We didn’t know that was going to happen at the time, of course…it just sort of snuck up and surprised most if not all of us. Here we are, all these years later, and the continuity that “began” with these and other novels published during that same period is still expanding, almost with each new book. It’s been a hell of a ride to this point, I must say.

So, wanna see what all the fuss was about? Check out this three-part retrospective penned by Jens and Daniel, over at Unreality SF:

“A Time to Reminisce” Part 1
“A Time to Reminisce” Part 2
“A Time to Reminisce” Part 3

Many thanks to Jens and Daniel for putting this together. It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to really talk about these particular books, and what it ended up meaning for my writing career. Besides, it gives me another reason to drag these gag cover mockups out of mothballs…..


“The Secret of Bigfoot, Part 1” on Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast!

Holy cow! How long’s it been since I got to do one of these?

We’re here, folks. This is it! The one episode of The Six Million Dollar Man that everybody knows, even if they’ve never seen the show. Some argue that this is where the series “jumped the shark,” but what those people say is unimportant, and we do not hear their words! What are we talking about?



Hosts John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson bring us yet another scintillating edition of Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast, continuing their bi-weekly retrospective of The Six Million Dollar Man‘s third season. This installment was just too big to be shouldered by them and a single guest host, so this time John and Paul bring in three–count ’em, three–guests to fill up steve-bigfootthe roundtable. Along with my nerdy self, we’ve got bionic gurus Joe Burns (webmaster of The Six 1973) and Matt Hankinson (chief creative consultant for Time-Life’s definitive The Six Million Dollar Man DVD collection) on hand as we all discuss the first half of the classic two-part episode, “The Secret of Bigfoot.”

Does this story even need an introduction? Hell no. Steve Austin fights Bigfoot, and finds aliens living in the California mountains. What more do you need? Let’s just get on with it, amirite?

Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast – “The Secret of Bigfoot, Part 1”

Thanks as always to Paul and John for inviting me back to play. These podcasts are always a gas to do, and you know Part 2 has to be coming soon, right? We actually recorded both parts as one show, and even with Paul’s editing the first part still comes in over 1 hour and 45 minutes. That’s a lot of bionic babbling, right there, y’all. Stay tuned for news about the second part of “The Secret of Bigfoot!”