Talking Klingons and the Klingon Travel Guide on the Bound By Honor podcast!

You gotta love those Klingons.

I mean, I know I do…enough that I write about them on occasion. Such was the case with last year’s Hidden Universe Travel Guides – Star Trek: The Klingon Empire, in which I did my best to make the Klingon homeworld and various other planets under imperial rule sound like the most awesome vacation destinations you never knew you wanted to visit. My ploy seems to have worked, as I’ve received a number of notes and messages from people who’ve decided that’s where they’re headed for their next anniversary, birthday, spring break, or whatever.

You know…just as soon as there actually is a Klingon Empire, and Southwest Airlines adds it to their routes.

Anyway…

Last week, I sat down with hosts “Juvan,” “Jorn,” and “Ja’Jim” for an interview for Bound By Honor, their podcast devoted to Star Trek and Star Trek books. Our discussion covered several topics, including my early days as a Star Trek fan and my secret writer origin story before we move on to discussing the writing of the Klingon travel guide.

During our talk, I was surprised (and flattered!) that a few Klingon-focused fan groups have actually been using the book along with others such as Keith R.A. DeCandido‘s Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War as resources to help them flesh out various aspects of Klingon culture, world-building, and so on. It’s always fun to hear your work has been well-received by readers, but this is definitely taking things to another level. 🙂

The interview, which runs about an hour, has actually been labeled as “Part 1” of a two-part look at the Klingon travel guide. Part 2, coming in the next week or so, will focus on their review of the book itself. Meanwhile, have a listen to our little chat:

Klingon Assault Group – Bound By Honor Podcast: Dayton Ward Interview

Many thanks to my hosts for having me on. I had a fun time, and perhaps we’ll have reason to chat again sometime in the near future!

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Talking Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 4 with the TrekGeeks!

And now for something somewhat different.

Yes, I sat down with another podcast, and sure…it was another Star Trek-themed podcast, but this one had the rare pleasure of not being about me!

“Whaaaaaat?” I can hear someone shouting from the cheap seats. “I thought he was always about him. The hell is this madness?

This time, I sat down with Bill Smith and Dan Davidson of the TrekGeeks podcast, to act as something resembling a referee, moderator, babysitter, or whatever as we discussed the fourth season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in a rapid-fire “See It Or Skip It” discussion. What’s that about? Essentially, we run down the list of the season’s episodes, and give our quick hit “See It” or “Skip It” recommendations, and why. My job, supposedly, was to keep the show moving and prevent Bill and Dan from descending into mortal combat…or something.

Hardcore Star Trek fans will doubtless note that DS9’s fourth season is pretty strong, pound for pound. It probably won’t surprise you to know that (SPOILERS!) we ended up recommending most of the episodes as “See It.” Which ones did we opt to put in the “Skip It” column? Which ones made us waffle back and forth? Well, you’re just gonna hafta listen, aren’t you? Do that right here:

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 4 – See It Or Skip It

Many thanks to Bill and Dan for inviting me to come and play for a bit. This one was a lot of fun, and I’ve already told them I’d be up for a future installment at some point.

Omega Directive podcast interview, and they’re talking about us over at Literary Treks!

It’s been a busy week, so I’m a bit behind on feeding the Blog Beast. That included all but forgetting that a new interview with me has been posted. Then I felt my ears burning as people who’ve interviewed me in the past were talking about me again, and I guess they figured I wouldn’t find out?

Please. I’m a writer with a fragile ego. I cringe whenever my name is said aloud.

First up? Local Kansas City fan Steve Atwell has launched a podcast, The Omega Directive, which he describes as a place for “Casual discussions & in-depth interviews about Star Trek. We’ll chat with writers, artists, actors, directors, & fans who’ve contributed to the franchise – canon & non, over its 50 year run. We’ll also talk about its cultural impact, & examine the elements within that make it tick.”

For his third episode, Steve reached out to me, and among the various topics of discussion was my book from last year, Hidden Universe Travel Guides – Star Trek: The Klingon Empire. The conversation bounces around a bit, of course, from how I got into writing to being a Star Trek fan and even a trip down Memory Lane and my time in the military. Steve even finds a way to bring up a goofy story I wrote, about four guys sitting in a movie theater waiting for Star Trek V to start. Yeah…we bounced around a bit.

If you’re needing something to stick in your ears during a work commute or while you toil in the yard, feel free to have a listen:

The Omega Directive: Trek Travel Take 1

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the digital space, Literary Treks hosts Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther have devoted a recent episode of their podcast to mine and Kevin’s first novel-length collaboration, A Time To Sow, the third in the 9-book Star Trek: A Time To… series published by Pocket Books during 2004. Talk about your blasts from the past? It’s actually been a long time since I gave any serious thoughts to this series, let alone this book and its companion, A Time To Harvest, so it was nice to hear about it from someone who just recently read it. Have a listen to Bruce and Dan’s conversation about the book:

Literary Treks Episode #235: Make it Sow!

Many thanks to Steve to for having me on his show, and to Bruce and Dan for their continued coverage of the ever-expanding Star Trek literary universe.

Talking Drastic Measures at Discovery Debrief!

Brace yourselves. I’m babbling again.

Look,  I had to get at least one more of these in before you all head out for summer vacations and whatnot, right?

DD-logoThis time, I have a sit-down with Chris Clow, Rachael Clow, and Cicero Holmes over at the Discovery Debrief podcast.  As their name might imply, these folks have been discussing, reviewing, and examining Star Trek: Discovery, and that includes the occasional foray into the “other stuff” connected to the new series. You know, books and comics and whatnot.

Enter: me. Well, me and Drastic Measures.

For this latest installment and after having already had an extensive discussion about the book itself in a prior episode, they invited me to chat with them about my writing as well as how I came to be involved with writing Drastic Measures and the unique challenges (and opportunities!) it presented. There’s also a larger conversation about the fun and challenges of writing within the Star Trek universe and some descent into geekery as we talk favorite episodes, films, “dream  writing projects” and so on and so forth.

So, you say you wanna hear all of this? Give it a listen:

Discovery Debrief #22: A Conversation with Dayton Ward

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Many thanks to Chris, Rachael, and Cicero for having me on for such a fun chat. Here’s hoping we have reason to do it again, some time. 🙂

Talking about Star Trek III on the SciFi Diner Podcast!

scifidinerpodcastWhat’s that? You want me to join the search for Spock? Okay. Sure. Count me in.

It’s been a while since I last visited the SciFi Diner Podcast and hung out with friends and hosts Scott Hertzog and Miles McLoughlin. In the past, we’ve talked about some of my writing projects, but the real fun has come when they invite me to talk about something unrelated to anything I’m doing. We’ve had fun conversations about Rogue One, for example, and I’ve participated in a couple of sessions where we lay out our “Geeky Christmas Present” wish list.

This time, Scott and Miles invited me to sit in for an episode of their “SciFi Rewind” feature, where they take a look at an older science fiction film or TV show. For this installment, we took a nostalgic look back at Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Released in the summer of 1984, this third of the Star Trek films featuring the original series cast picks up not long after the events of the previous movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and the (SPOILER ALERT!!) death of Spock. Of course, this is Star Trek, where death as often as not is little more than an inconvenience of one sort or another. And so it goes that Admiral Kirk and the remainder of his merry band soon find themselves on a quest to retrieve Spock’s body from the Genesis Planet. There, they find more than they bargained for when they discover Spock is…wait for it…alive.

Duh duh DIHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a common fan stance that the “odd-numbered” Star Trek movies aren’t as good as their even-numbered companions. I don’t know that consigning Star Trek III in with the rest is a totally fair move. Sure, it’s not as good as its predecessor or the other “evens,” but it’s not as though it’s the worst Star Trek story ever told. Watched in concert with Star Trek II and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, this film holds its own as one component of a larger story arc spanning the three movies.

Listen to my discussion with Scott and Miles, over at the SciFi Diner:

SciFi Rewind 328: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Many thanks to Scott and Miles for having me back to the diner!

Talking Drastic Measures and other stuff at Discovering Trek!

Everybody look out! I’m talking. Again.

This time, I join Dan Davidson and Bill Smith, hosts of the Trek Geeks and Discovering Trek podcasts for a special installment of the latter show. Why? Well, as you may have heard, I wrote this one little Star Trek: Discovery novel called Drastic Measures, which came out a little bit ago.

Yeah….

In addition to the book and how it was developed (with the able assistance of Discovery‘s own Kirsten Beyer and my editor, Margaret Clark) and how the story’s events affect the characters of Philippa Georgiou and Gabriel Lorca ten years before the events of the series’ first season, we talk about the show itself and “Star Trek canon” and how my head explodes whenever that word comes up, how I got into writing Star Trek stories for Pocket, favorite Star Trek projects like the Vanguard novels, reading the novels as a fan before getting into the whole writing thing, and the close-knit circle of friends that is the Star Trek writing cabal.

Podcasters are getting wise to my antics, though. They’re smart enough to ask fairly open-ended questions, knowing that I’ll ramble and yammer long enough for them to run to the bathroom, pick up dinner, get their car detailed, or head out for a weekend in Vegas. Such is the case here, though Dan and Bill exercised great patience and grace by remaining with me throughout my answers, even staying conscious long enough to drop in the occasional “Uh-huh,” “yeah,” or, “oh, right.”

Thanks for indulging me, guys.

Anyway, the results of this latest stream-of-conscious babbling can be found here:

Discovering Trek Bonus Episode: Drastic Measures

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Many thanks to Dan and Bill for having me on the show. I had a great time talking to these fine gents. With any luck, our paths will cross again in the near future at Vegas or some other swank con. 🙂

Hear me yammering on the Mission Log Podcast!

Tired of me and interviews yet? No? Well, let’s test those limits, shall we?

Last night, I was a guest on a live edition of the Mission Log Podcast. Hosts Ken Ray and John Champion have been doing a bang-up job as they proceed on their years-long mission to examine, discuss, and debate each episode of the ever evolving Star Trek saga. They’ve already gone through the entire run of the original series, its animated offspring, and The Next Generation. Deep Space Nine is in the queue, and they also did a weekly after show following each new episode of Star Trek: Discovery.

However, every once in a while, they shift gears and talk about other things, or to other people. Enter: Me.

Whoops.

I’ve known John for several years now, and have run into Ken at the odd convention here and there. We’ve talked about having me on the show at various points and the planets all seemed to align this time around, and so it was that I ventured into Mission Log’s virtual lair via the wonder that is the internet. What did we talk about? Well, as the show’s capsule description put it, we talked about writing, Star Trek, and writing Star Trek.

Go figure.

Discovery was a decent part of the conversation of course, but we also drifted into such topics as the what is and isn’t “Star Trek canon” and why some people insist on making a big deal out of this distinction, and what types of Star Trek stories I like to write and watch (or read!). We also fielded questions from the audience, which to me is always fun.

Though the show was a live broadcast, the playback is available at the Mission Log website:

Mission Log Podcast: Say Hello to Dayton Ward!

Many thanks to Ken and John for having me on the show, and to all of the audience members who participated in the accompanying line chat and/or sent in questions. It was a fun conversation, and I’d definitely be up for a return visit at some point.

 

 

 

Whaddaya know? It’s another DRASTIC MEASURES interview!

Consider this your first official warning that there is yet another new interview with me, floating in the aether and ready to assault your ears.

This time, I “sit down” with William Conlin and Marty Allee, hosts of the Reading Trek podcast, to discuss….wait for it….Drastic Measures, by still somewhat minty fresh Star Trek: Discovery novel.

William and Marty, joined by big Disco fan Heather Barker, spent the better part of not one but two episodes of this new program discussing the book. Incredibly, after putting themselves through that ordeal, they still wanted to talk to me. Go figure.

What did we end up with? A 40-45 minute chat about the book and its development along with a few forays into other aspects of my writing journey. Yes, you read that right: I’m totally calling this shit a “journey” from now on. Sounds cooler than “career,” right?

Don’t stop believin’, yo.

Anyway, those of you interested in hearing their 2-part review discussion about the book and/or the conversation with me are encouraged to check out both episodes at the Reading Trek website:

Episode 003: Kodos the Remorseful
Episode 004: Hate is Conquered by Love (including interview with me)

Many thanks to William, Marty, and Heather for their thoughtful discussion about the book, and for inviting me to talk with them for a bit. Maybe we can do it again, one of these days!

 

They told me to “Go Trek Yourself,” so I did!

DrasticMeasures-CoverHey! I’m babbling again.

This time, it’s with hosts J.K. Woodward and Darrell Taylor and their podcast Go Trek Yourself. Though the focus of the show is Star Trek: Discovery, with the show taking its winter break J.K. and Darrell are expanding their horizons a bit an reaching out to talk to other people with peripheral connections to the series. In their last episode, they interviewed my occasional partner in literary mischief, David Mack, and talked about his Discovery novel Desperate Hours.

Next up? Moi.

During this extended episode (which is a kind way of saying, “That Ward guy just. Won’t. Shut. Up.”), J.K. and Darrell ask me about my own forthcoming Disco novel, Drastic Measures, as well as my writing partnership with Kevin and our various collaborations. It’s a rollicking hour+plus of Trekkie goodness, including gushing on my part as I’m a big fan of J.K.’s comics artwork.

So, if you’ve got 75 or 80 minutes to kill, go and stick this in your ears:

Go Trek Yourself Episode 25: Dayton Ward

Many thanks to J.K. and Darrell for having me on to yammer for a bit. We’ve talked about a return engagement at some point, so I guess we’ll see what we see!

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?

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