Before all the moments go asunder…..

So, here we are. The eve of the official release date for Moments Asunder, the first book in the Star Trek: Coda trilogy.

Along with its two companions – James Swallow’s The Ashes of Tomorrow and Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack – this is the culmination of more than two years of planning, plotting, scheming, writing, sweating, agonizing, doubting, cursing, and maybe even a bit of crying. It was a difficult path to navigate for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the sense of responsibility and obligation the three of us felt as we developed the story and then went to our corners to write our books, reconvening as necessary to discuss some plot point or weird idea one of us conjured late some evening. Then came the reading each of our respective manuscripts, poring over page after page to ensure consistency. I’m abolutely certain there’s something in there somewhere missed by at least one of us, but I promise you it wasn’t for lack of trying.

All of that’s done, now, with nothing for us along with our editors to do but wait.

Oh, and perhaps also offer links to where you can pre-order each of the books: Follow the links below for each book in trade paperback, e-Book, and audiobook editions:

Book I: Moments Asunder by moi
Book II: The Ashes of Tomorrow by James Swallow
Book III: Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack

Continue reading “Before all the moments go asunder…..”

Come see us at Planet Comicon this weekend!

At long last, after traversing the odyssey that has dilated time beyond all ability to comprehend, Kevin and I are finally attending our first in-person convention in nearly two years. We’re emerging from our hidey-holes today and venturing into the (hopefully) warm and welcoming environs of Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City for this weekend’s Planet Comicon, the Midwest’s largest pop culture convention!

(No, they didn’t pay me to say that.)

What will be doing all weekend? Most of the time, we’ll be manning tables in the Artist/Creator Alley area of the con’s main exhibitor floor. If you’re attending the show, feel free to stop by booths 1639 and 1641 and say “Howdy.”

A number of our writing friends will also be in attendance, including our neighbors on our Artist Alley aisle, Jeni Frontera and Jason Arnett. Located elsewhere on the floor will be Kevin J. Anderson, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and John Jackson Miller, with them and others setting up shop at the Bard’s Tower booth. And we can’t forget Elizabeth C. Bunce, Dennis Young, and the incomparable Timothy Zahn, who will have their own tables in the alley.

As I write this, Kevin and I are confirmed for at least one discussion panel: “My Search History Is Interesting.” Conjured and to be moderated by Jeni Frontera, this one promises to be informative and funny as hell as we recount the trials and tribulations of being a writer while conducting research by tunneling into the deepest, darkest corners of the internet. Elsewhere, during past Planet cons Kevin and I sometimes have gotten drafted into other activities such as playing announcer/host for trivia contests, costume contests, and the like. I have no idea if anything like that will happen this time around, but I’ve learned to never say, “Never.”

Other than that? Pushing books, and wandering the con seeing what’s what. I have one daughter who’s absolutely beside herself that members of the cast from the Supernatural TV series will be in attendance, and another who just loves the vibe of a good con.

For those of you traveling to Kansas City for the con, please note that our mayor has re-instated a mask mandate for all indoor public activities, and this certainly qualifies. Masks will be required for all attendees, including staff and guests. No worries, though. I’m ready to receive visitors.

Welcome to Kansas City, Earthlings.

Maybe we’ll see you there!

Shore Leave 41.6 panels via the Tube of You!

For those of you unable to join us during this past weekend’s Shore Leave 41.6 Convention, you probably know the whole thing was conducted virtually. One of the upsides of this online undertaking is that all of the panels were recorded, which makes them available for future viewing long after the con itself is over and we each meander back to our regular lives.

The fine folks involved with supporting the con this past weekend have done a whole truckload of extra good deeds by uploading videos from the various panels to the Shore Leave YouTube page. That’s right, folks! Come see what all we talked about. And there’s also bonus content with each video in the form of awkward pauses, scratched noses, extreme closeups of beverage consumption, wandering eyes as attentions are distracted by other screens, phones, pets, or family members moseying past cameras, and whatever else happens when you do these things live and leave everything to chance.

And although I suspect at least some of the various panelists participated in their respective discussions while not wearing pants, I was not one of them. Or, was I?

Speaking of my panels, here are links to each of the four discussions in which I took part:

“The New Age of Star Trek – Moderated by Keith R.A. DeCandido, and featuring fellow authors Derek Tyler Attico, Kirsten Beyer, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and David Mack.

“40+ Years Later: Is Star Trek: The Motion Picture Better Than We Recall?” – Moderated by Howard Weinstein, and featuring Derek Tyler Attico, T.A. Chafin, Kevin Dilmore, and David Mack.

Star Trek Adventures Roleplaying Game Update” – Moderated by Jim Johnson, and featuring fellow STA contributors Derek Tyler Attico, Christopher L. Bennett, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Scott Pearson.

“What’s New In Star Trek Literature” – Moderated by Scott Pearson, and featuring Christopher L. Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, John Jackson Miller, and James Swallow.

And of course there are so many other awesome panels featuring these amazing friends of mine along with so many other wonderful people I wish I’d gotten to see at some point over the weekend. Be sure to check out the Shore Leave YouTube page for all of those.

I can’t say it enough, but I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to Aaron Rosenberg, who helped wrangle me and other writer guests into little herds for our panels, Inge Heyer for doing her usual bout of heavy lifting to make sure we all got where we needed to be, and to the rest of the Shore Leave technical support team and other volunteers for all of their tremendous hard work over the weekend.

Here’s hoping we all get to gather next July in Hunt Valley and make up for all of this lost time!

My Shore Leave 41.6 schedule!

“41.6?” I can hear someone calling out from the nosebleed seats. “What the heck is that about?”

So, it’s like this. The annual Shore Leave convention has been navigating some tricky obstacles over the past…what? Fifteen or sixteen months? At least? The 2020 show was supposed to have been Shore Leave 42 but when it morphed into a virtual event thanks to COVID restrictions on mass gatherings, the online edition of the con was dubbed “Shore Leave 41.5,” with the expectation that this year’s show would be given the official “42” designation, and we could celebrate Life, the Universe, and Everything as originally intended.

With COVID restrictions and guidelines lingering far enough into 2021, a decision had to be made at some point a few months back, and with the information available to them at the time the valiant members of the con’s committee made the hard decision to keep things within the virtual realm again this year. Hence, “Shore Leave 41.6,” and we all hope we can be back together in the real world for 2022’s show, where we really can celebrate, Life, the Universe, Everything, and everything else we’re not getting to do this year.

And so it goes.

Anyway, a pretty stuffed schedule has been put together to fill out the con’s two days of programming for this coming Saturday and Sunday (July 10th and 11th), and I glance at the doc sent my way tells me I’ll be on four discussion panels – three on Saturday and one on Sunday. These and all of the other panels will be available for viewing via Zoom, Discord, or other “webinar” platforms, with links and such to be provided as we get closer to the con. I’d suggest bookmarking the Shore Leave Programming Page so you don’t have to keep hunting for such things, as that’s where you’ll find all the juicy deets.

Meanwhile, here’s a rundown of the mischief and shenanigans for which I’ve enlisted this weekend:

(All Times Eastern)
Saturday, July 10th

“The New Age of Star Trek” – 11am-12pm: Join the authors as they discuss the new age of Star Trek we’re living in, and talk about Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, Strange New Worlds, and Prodigy, and how these new series connect to the legacy series and carry the torch for new generations of fans. Moderated by Keith R.A. DeCandido, and I’ll be joining fellow authors Derek Tyler Attico, Kirsten Beyer, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and David Mack.

“40+ Years Later: Is Star Trek: The Motion Picture Better Than We Recall?” – 5pm-6pm: The Motion Picture: Better than we recall, or worse? The answer is “Yes,” but sure; let’s talk about it for an hour. Moderated by Howard Weinstein, and I’m hanging with fellow guests Derek Tyler Attico, T.A. Chafin, Kevin Dilmore, and David Mack.

Star Trek Adventures Roleplaying Game Update” – 7pm-8pm: Modiphius Entertainment’s Star Trek Adventures RPG heads into its fifth year. Check in for the latest news on current and upcoming releases and Q&A with the STA project manager and several STA writers. Moderated by Jim Johnson, and I’m joining fellow STA contributors Derek Tyler Attico, Christopher L. Bennett, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Scott Pearson.

(All Times Eastern)
Sunday, July 11th

“What’s New In Star Trek Literature” – 3pm-4pm: Authors of current and upcoming Star Trek titles discuss their work. This is where we’ll chat about the various novels and other publications coming out over the next several months, and also discuss what was published since last year’s show. Moderated by Scott Pearson, I’ll be there along with Christopher L. Bennett, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, John Jackson Miller, and James Swallow.

One programming note for this Sunday panel: I’m also doing my volunteer thing at the National World War I Museum and Memorial that morning, so I’ll be racing home to get back in time for the panel. Worry not, though: the team sitting in for this one can more than cover for my silly ass if I happen to be running a few minutes late.

And there we go! Many, many thanks to the good folks at Shore Leave – in particular, Inge Heyer and Aaron Rosenberg – for navigating the thankless task of organizing the programming and making sure the rest of us make it to our appointed places at the proper time. If any of us show up without pants or whatever, you can rest assured that won’t be Inge or Aaron’s fault.

(Okay, we might still blame Aaron, but not Inge. Never Inge.)

I hope to “see” a bunch of your smiling faces sometime during the coming weekend, and I’m very much looking forward to an in-person con next summer!

Announcing the 2021 Scribe Awards and…hey! Whaddayaknow?

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) recognizes the wide range of authors who work on media tie-ins. Often overlooked, these writers craft exciting tales using beloved characters and settings of franchises including the likes of Mike Hammer, Firefly, Murder She Wrote, James Bond, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. These stories can be original adventures, or adaptations of movies or television episodes. They include all genres and a wide range of lengths and formats.

To recognize the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field, the IAMTW sponsors the annual Scribe Awards. This year’s awards have six categories to highlight excellence in Novels: Adapted and Original–General, Original–Speculative, Short Stories, Audio Dramas, Young Adult/Middle Grade works, and Graphic Novels:

Audio Drama
Doctor Who: The Enemy of My Enemy by Tracey Ann Baines
Doctor Who: Out of Time by Matt Fitton
Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 by Tim Foley
Torchwood: Save Our Souls by Scott Handcock
Doctor Who: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Carrie Thompson

General and Adapted Novel
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  by Rae Carson
Masquerade for Murder by Max Allan Collins
Mindgame by David J. Howe
Watch Dogs Legion: Day Zero by James Swallow & Josh Reynolds

Graphic Novel
Blade Runner 2019 by Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Doctor Who: Two Doctors by Jody Houser
Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1 – Dark Heart of the Sith by Greg Pak
Horizon Zero Dawn by Ann Tool
Life is Strange by Emma Vieceli

Original Novel – Speculative
Marvel’s TheAvengers: The Extinction Key by Greg Keyes
Firefly: The Ghost Machine by James Lovegrove
Star Trek (Kelvin Timeline): More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack
Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing  by John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: The Original Series – Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward

Short Story
Overwatch: “Stone by Stone” by Christie Golden
Warhammer 40,000: “A View from Olympus” by Gareth Hanrahan
KeyForge: “Useful Parasites” by M. K. Hutchins
KeyForge: “Extermination Examination” by Robbie MacNiven 
Wraith: The Oblivion: “Scritch, Scratch” by Monica Valentinelli

Young Adult/Middle Grade
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari
Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Archer-Illager by Matt Forbeck
Marvel’s Xavier Institute: Liberty and Justice for All by Carrie Harris
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Michael Kogge
Clue: In the Study With the Wrench by Diana Peterfreund

Congratulations to all the nominees!

IAMTW President Jonathan Maberry will announce the winners on Friday July 2 at 4pm Pacific time via Facebook Live on the organization’s group page at

Congratulations also to the IAMTW’s 2021 Faust Award Recipient, this year’s Grandmaster: Max Allan Collins!

As the saying goes, “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” but make no mistake: I am truly thrilled to be nominated for Agents of Influence. As a lifelong fan of the original Star Trek series, it’s always a treat for me to get to write a new story featuring Captain Kirk and his merry band. That this one was strong enough for the judges to include in their list of nominations is – in point of fact – a genuine honor as well as a point of supreme personal satisfaction for me.

However, I’m also keenly aware that the “Original Novel – Speculative” category of the Scribe Awards features a strong list of nominees. That’s pretty much been the case every single year since the Scribes were founded. The other categories are no cakewalk, either, but there’s just something about this particular grouping always seems like it carries an extra level of intensity. I’m both proud and petrified to be listed alongside people I consider friends and colleagues. No matter who wins, I’ll be applauding their success. Meanwhile, other friends and fellow word pushers have recieved nominations in the other categories, and I’ll be cheering them on, as well.

Now we just have to wait for July 2nd, when Jonathan Maberry announces the winners!

Announcing The Four ???? of the Apocalypse, an anthology that needs your help!

Friend and fellow word-slinger Keith R.A. DeCandido and his wife, Wrenn Simms have started their own small-press publishing house, Whysper Wude! What do you do when you start a new small-press publishing house? Why, you start curating stories for a new anthology!

(Sure, there are other things you might do, but this is where they’re starting so just roll with it, all right?)

So, what is Whysper Wude’s inaugural offering gonna be? Well, let me just let Keith and Wrenn describe it:

We all know about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence, riding on pale horses and all that Book-of-Revelation stuff.

But why does it have to be guys on horses? Why can’t it be the Four Cheerleaders of the Apocalypse? Or the Four Customer Service Reps of the Apocalypse? Or the Four PTA Moms of the Apocalypse? Or the Four Squirrels of the Apocalypse?

For our inaugural project with the brand-spanking-new very-small-press publisher Whysper Wude, editors Keith R.A. DeCandido & Wrenn Simms are putting together The Four ???? of the Apocalypse, in which we get nifty alternate takes on this very old (like, biblically old) concept.

Keith and Wrenn have assembled a pretty kick-ass roster of authors to fill out this anthology. Check out this list:

Jonathan Maberry, David Gerrold, David Mack, Peter David, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Jan Friedman, Laura Anne Gilman, Aaron Rosenberg, Gail Martin, Mary Fan, Derek Tyler Attico, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Adam-Troy Castro, Kathleen O’Shea David, Randee Dawn, Robert Greenberger, Gerard Houarner, Gordon Linzner, Megan Mackie, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Michael A. Ventrella, and Keith R.A. Decandido & Wrenn Simms.

Some of these awesome word pushers have already their stories for the book, while others (:: raises hand:: :: raises Kevin’s hand ::) are still working the kinks out of theirs, but worry not! All of these apocalyptic tales will be ready by the time Keith and Wrenn are ready to start putting the actual book together.

Which is where YOU come in!

To fund this all-new venture, Keith and Wrenn have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising enough money to pay the writers for their stories and cover the anthology’s other production costs. This means those eager folks who opt to support this endeavor will receive some pretty nifty perks for their part in bringing this project to life. In addition to the book itself, there are special packages that will include copies of books by the anthology’s various contributors, the chance to have your name be a character in one of the stories, receive audio adaptations of certain stories, and so on.

If the campaign exceeds its $6,000 goal, then the focus turns to unlocking several “stretch goals” such as a nifty cover by artist J.K. Woodward and others Keith and Wrenn are keeping close to the vest to surprise folks when the time’s right.

But none of that can happen without backers, and maybe that’s you! Head on over to Kickstarter and give the campaign’s overview a gander. Peruse the list of perks and see if any of that strikes your fancy and – if you’re willing ad able to do so – I hope you’ll consider supporting us. This is gonna be hella fun!

Click This Here Link:

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse: An Anthology of Biblical Proportions!
A Kickstarter Campaign for the End of the World

Talking Trek collectibles on The Divine Treasury podcast!

Yes, you know what this means: I babbled. Out loud, and someone recorded it so that others might listen to it.

And so it was that Mike Bovia and Jamie Rogers, hosts of The Divine Treasury podcast, became the latest victims of my unchained blatherings about various things Star Trek. This time, rather than discussing my latest book or whatever else I might be working on, we turned the clock back to childhood and how watching the original series and collecting various things based on the show – toys, models, books, etc. – pretty much laid the groundwork for how I ended up as a writer of Star Trek stories and my current involvement with so many cool Star Trek things.

Mego action figures? Check. AMT Enterprise model? Yup. Those early Star Trek novels and comics? Of course. Do I still collect anything? Yes, but I’m pretty targeted with what opt to buy, these days. Am I still chasing some long-sought collectible from my youth? Maaaaaaaaybe.

All of that and more awaits you if you click on the pic or the link below:

The Divine Treasury Podcast, Episode 13: “The Dayton Ward Collection”

Many thanks to Mike and Jamie for having me on their show. I have a sneaky suspicion I might be back there sooner than later…….

I went and Trekked myself YET AGAIN.

Because it’s been a minute since the last time I babbled incoherently into a microphone and someone recorded it, I sat down a couple of weeks ago with Darrell Taylor and J.K. Woodward, hosts of the Go Trek Yourself podcast. I’ve been a guest on their show a couple of times already, and it’s always fun to catch up with Darrell and J.K. as our conversations bounce from topic to topic.

Such was this case this time. Things started off well enough, with the guys asking me about my “secret origin story” and how being a childhood Star Trek fan eventually put me on the path to being someone who gets to write Star Trek novels and other fun stuff for something resembling a living. We also spent some time talking about my most recent Star Trek novel, Agents of Influence (available at fine brick-n-mortar and online booksellers everywhere, you know), as well as a little bit of teasing about Star Trek: Coda, the trilogy on which I’m working with friends and fellow word pushers James Swallow and David Mack. Our discussion focused on how the project came about as an outgrowth of the “Star Trek novel continuity” that’s been a real thing for the last 15-20 years. Don’t worry, though! No spoilers lay within. Additionally, I’m a big fan of J.K.’s comic work including his numerous contributions to Star Trek via IDW Publishing, so of course we have to chat a little about that. It’s easy to get lost in these sorts of discussions when there’s a great shared affection for this thing from which we’ve derived such immense enjoyment and which has been responsible for so much of our individual successes.

And if that’s not enough? We even manage to talk about sports a little. Because of course we did.

So, if that sounds like something you’d want to stick in your ears for an hour or so, just go right ahead and click on the handy link I’ve provided:

Go Trek Yourself Episode 91: Dayton Ward and the Agents of Influence

Many thanks to Darrell and J.K. for having me on yet again to shoot the breeze and have some fun talking about our shared nerd love. I’m sure we’ll find a reason (excuse?) to do it again sometime down the road!

Margaret Wander Bonanno, 1950-2021.

Today I was shocked and saddened to learn about the passing of author Margaret Wander Bonanno. According to information shared by her family, she died unexpectedly of natural causes. There’s precious little information available at this time, but my thoughts now are for her family and friends.

Though she wrote more than a dozen other novels of fiction and science fiction, I came to know her back in the mid-1980s thanks to her first Star Trek novels, Dwellers In the Crucible and Strangers from the Sky. I greatly enjoyed the latter book when I read it soon after its initial publication, and to this day it remains one of my all-time favorite Star Trek tales. She was one of the great contributors to that era of Star Trek publishing and — though I didn’t know it at the time — an inspiration for me years before the silly notion of becoming a writer entered my head.

While she’s credited with writing five other Trek novels, she’d be the first to tell you one of them really isn’t hers. How one novel, Probe, came to be is a story only she can tell the way it deserves to be told, and you can find that account on her website’s bio page. As for the novel from which Probe is derived, Music of the Spheres, it is just what you’d expect it to be: a wondrous tale told by a master, that just happens to also be a Star Trek story. My copy of the original manuscript is one of the true prizes of my rather disturbingly large library.

She was a gifted writer with a wicked sense of humor, but also a kind soul, warm and welcoming when upstarts like me started showing up on the Star Trek fiction scene. I still remember the first time I met her at the Shore Leave convention, already established as a writer but still smiling like a fanboy as I handed over my copy of Strangers for her to sign. This happened soon after one of the true highlights of my Star Trek writing career, when Margaret joined Kevin Dilmore and I as we teamed up with writers Mike W. Barr, Dave Galanter, Christopher L. Bennett, and Howard Weinstein along with editor Keith R. A. DeCandido for Mere Anarchy, the six-part eBook novella series published to coincide with Star Trek‘s 40th anniversary in 2006. From the beginning of that project’s development, it was a no-brainer that she would write the sixth, concluding piece of our little celebratory saga, and one has but to read her contribution to understand why she was perfect to anchor the series.

Back to Strangers from the Sky for one more bit of reminiscing: For those unfamiliar with the novel, it depicts humanity’s first encounter with Vulcans in the early 21st century, with Kirk and Spock traveling through time and keeping the fugitive Vulcans safe until they can secure transport away from Earth and back to their home planet. Part of the book involves events from a fictional novel Kirk is reading, also called Strangers from the Sky, and it becomes apparent that the supposedly fictional story is chronicling real events in which he and Spock somehow took part.

While Margaret’s story was later superseded by the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, which depicts the “canonical version” of the first visit by Vulcans to Earth in the mid-21st century, her novel has remained a fan favorite since its initial publication in 1987. Skip ahead to 2003, when I was working with Kevin on our first Star Trek novel collaboration, A Time to Sow. I was writing an early scene in that book when I made an impulsive decision to reference Strangers from the Sky. In this case, it was in the form of Will Riker giving Captain Picard a copy of the fictional novel Kirk was reading. As Riker and Picard were both involved in the film’s events and that version of first contact, it’s a bit of an in-joke on my part.

When I inserted the reference, I had no real idea I might do it again, but a few years later I was in the midst of writing another Star Trek: The Next Generation novel and found a way to drop in another nod to Margaret’s book. Then I did it a couple of more times as circumstances allowed, such as it becoming a book Picard read to his young son. A few months ago while writing Moments Asunder, my latest Trek novel which will be published later this year, I once again found a way to work in a reference. Even though I never call out the book by name in any of these instances, sharp-eyed readers still catch the “Easter egg,” which I once explained as a recurring tip of the hat to Margaret. Like I said earlier: Strangers remains a personal favorite.

At some point, she caught wind of what I was doing and wrote me a private note on Facebook, thanking me for acknowledging her in that way and how much it meant to her. As I told her at the time: “I know it sounds corny, but you and the others writing Trek novels back in those days inspired me to try my hand at writing. I have you all to thank for where I am now.

It’s true. Along with her contemporaries, Margaret Wander Bonanno helped to set the bar for Star Trek novels, elevating them to something more than simple “tie-in fiction” and establishing a standard my colleagues and I strive to emulate. It’s an honor to be in her company, and she will truly be missed.

Thank you, Margaret. For everything.

Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021: Now available in hardcover and trade paperback!

So, it’s like this: Back on March 16th, Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 was released by Crazy 8 Press in eBook format. As editor Bob Greenberger explained at the time, the eBook was obviously easier to format and make available as a download, helping him to start sending digital perks to those folks who supported the Kickstarter campaign to secure the funds required to publish the book. At the same time, preparations were being finalized to have the book made ready to offer in hardcover and trade paperback formats.

Well, they’re now available!

Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 is yet another celebration of those exciting pulp fiction stories of yesteryear, but with something of a modern twist. The book is jammed to overflowing with 27 stories told in classic pulp style, each one filled to overflowing to action, adventure, excitement, thrills, chills, mystery, romance, humor, and all sorts of juicy pulpy stuff.

Several of the writers from the original Thrilling Adventure Yarns return for the new volume, spinnning all-new tales with characters created for the first go-around. Others take on popular characters who now lurk and quest in the public domain, such as Sherlock Holmes himself! There are also new additions to roster, which explains Kevin Dilmore and myself teaming up for a new story, “Protocol 23,” which might very well be the first such yarn featuring characters we created. Plus, the cherry on top has to be a never-before-seen story by legendary pulp writer Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage. That alone has to be worth the price of admission, but buy your ticket and you still get 26 more stories as a bonus, amirite?

The roster for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 includes: Michael A. Burstein, Russ Colchamiro, Greg Cox, Paige Daniels, Lester Dent, Mary Fan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Heather E. Hutsell, Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, William Leisner, Jonathan Maberry, David Mack, Ron Marz, Danielle Ackley McPhail, Stuart Moore, Will Murray, Jody Lynn Nye, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Richard C. White, and Sherri Cook Woosley.

The book also contains all-new art to go with each story, so readers be treated to the artistic stylings of June Brigman, Kerry Callen, Gary Carbon, Mike Collins, Daerick Gross, Matt Haley, Karl Kesel, Peter Krause, Luke McDonell, Ron Randall, Dan Schkade, Bart Sears, Daniele Sera, Jeff Weigel, and Mark Wheatley.

The book’s page at has been updated to reflect the availability of the hardcover and trade paperback editions along with the eBook version, so go and get your pulp on, whydontcha?