“Ten for Ward” #15 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

Hey, we haven’t done this in a while.

The good folk over at StarTrek.com have once again taken leave of their senses and invited me into their realm to scribble all over their virtual walls with my particular flavor of digital babblings. What happens when they let me do that? A little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with whenever my editor pulls my chain and asks for a new column.

For this latest episode, I pondered the music of Star Trek, its impact on the franchise as well as my personal enthusiasm for it and how it is a major aid to my own writing. As I said over there, I could spend days talking on this particular topic, so it was a major challenge to limit myself to a list of ten favorite pieces.

What did I end up with?

Ten for Ward #15 – 10 Favorite Trek Musical Pieces

doomsdayAs is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn to hit me with your favorite pieces of Star Trek music?

“Ten for Ward” #14 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Childhood Star Trek Toys.

Let’s get the new year kicked off in proper fashion, shall we? Amirite? Awwww, yeah.

My friends over at StarTrek.com, who generally have decent taste in website material, have nevertheless given me free reign of the place so that I might occasionally pollute their digital realm with all manner of stylized blatherings. The result of this online equivalent of writing on a truck stop restroom wall is a little something I like to call “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: Every so often, I’m invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can come up with whenever my editor pulls my chain and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment and since we’re still getting over Christmas 2014, I went and listed ten of my favorite Star Trek toys from my distant childhood (pipe down. It’s not that distant). I have many fond memories in this regard, as I grew up at a time when Star Trek primarily was a source of great fun, rather than an endless stream of annoying internet arguments over crap like what’s “canon” or what constitutes a “real fan” or whatever. sit.

What did I end up with?

Ten for Ward #14 – Ten Favorite Childhood Star Trek Toys

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As is always the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive” list or a rundown of “the best,” and I invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section, either here or over at StarTrek.com. Even though I go to great lengths to say all of tha here and in the actual article, someone will always take me to task because I didn’t include something they feel deserves mentioning. Maybe we’ll break the pattern, this time.

Stop laughing.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, now it’s your turn to hit me with your favorite childhood Star Trek toys and other bits of nostalgia. Who had what?

“Ten for Ward” #13 at StarTrek.com: 10 Favorite Star Trek “Behind the Scenes” Books.

So, it’s been a while since we did one of these.

The good people over at StarTrek.com, having failed to learn from past mistakes, have opened their virtual doors and provided me with a bit of room to run around over on their site. Once unleashed, I wasted no time spray-painting the walls with yet another installment of my semi-regularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who are new to the Fog and need an explanation, here’s the deal: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor rings my bell and asks for a new column.

For this latest installment, I list ten of my favorite Star Trek books that take a peek behind the curtain to show us how the various television series (or films) were made. I’m a sucker for this sort of book, and the development and production of the original Star Trek series in particular has always been a favorite topic of mine to revisit. Obviously there are more than ten such books, but I’ve got a whole theme thing going on over there a StarTrek.com, so I had to stick to my guns…all ten of ’em.

What did I come up with?

Ten for Ward #13 – Ten Favorite Star Trek “Behind the Scenes” Books

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As is the case with these columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive list, so any and all suggestions are more than welcome. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got some favorite books like these?

“Ten for Ward” #12 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Episodes That Can Work As Stage Plays.

The fine folks over at StarTrek.com, having taken complete leave of their senses, have seen fit to allow me a bit of space over on their site, which I proceeded to pollute with yet another installment of my semi-regularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

For those of you who’ve arrived here since the last time we did this, here’s how it goes: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor rings my bell and asks for a new column.

For this latest episode, I offer up a list of ten Star Trek episodes representing all of the television series as candidates to be adapted for presentation as stage plays. In truth, the bulk of Star Trek episodes could probably fall more or less into this category, but I’m of the opinion that some would not work nearly as well as others. However, I also believe a whole bunch of them would work just fine in that medium, and I could’ve listed way more than ten examples. However, doing so would not be in keeping with my columns whole naming shtick thing.

So, what did I come up with?

Ten for Ward #12 – Ten Star Trek Episodes That Can Work As Stage Plays

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As is the case with each of the previous columns, mine is not intended to be a “definitive list, so any and all suggestions are more than welcome. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

You can also check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got some favorite candidates?

“Ten for Ward” #11 at StarTrek.com: Ten Insane Star Trek Crossovers

It’s been a while since we last did this…so long, in fact, that I was beginning to think I’d somehow angered the good folks over at StarTrek.com. But, my fears were eased when I received an e-Mail a few weeks back asking about my interest in contributing yet another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series, “Ten for Ward.”

Recapping for you new people: I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor throws a rock at me and asks for a new column.

For this newest entry, I decided to do a little of that “What if?” thing, and ponder what might happen if Kirk or one of the other Star Trek captains and their crews were to cross paths with characters from other science fiction or comics-based franchises. The result?

Ten for Ward #11 – Ten Insane Star Trek Crossovers That Would Still Be Awesome

And yes, if you’re wondering, this one did indeed make the list, BECAUSE REASONS:

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As always, this isn’t intended to be a “definitive list” for such things, so the floor’s open to any and all suggestions. Feel free to offer your ideas here or in the comments section for the column itself.

In related news, it actually looks like this “irregular” thing will become somewhat more “regular” as I’ve been asked to provide columns for StarTrek.com on a bi-monthly basis going forward. Thanks very much to my editor and the rest of the staff over there, for letting me play in their sandbox every once in a while. You can check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

Okay, then. Who’s got a good crossover notion?

Peaceable Kingdoms previewed at StarTrek.com!

PeaceableKingdoms-coverWith Peaceable Kingdoms hitting shelves and its “official” publication due on the morrow, StarTrek.com continues its regular preview of the latest Star Trek novels with a quick look at the new book.

As is their habit, the editors at the site ask the author to help introduce the book with some brief comments about its story as well as–in this case–how it fits with the other four books comprising Star Trek: The Fall. On the latter, I also offer some quick insights into how it was to work in concert with my friends and fellow word pushers David R. George III, Una McCormack, David Mack and James Swallow, how challenging it was to bring to a close everything they put into motion, and hopefully doing so in a manner that lives up to their work.

So, you know…no pressure, or anything.

StarTrek.com: Dayton Ward Previews The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms

Many thanks to the folks from StarTrek.com for giving up a bit of their virtual real estate to promote the new book. There are some other interviews scheduled for in the coming weeks, including a return visit to the gang from Trek.fm for a new installment of their “Literary Treks” podcast series. More on these as details firm up.

You’ve all already bought your copies of the book, right?

“Ten for Ward” #10 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Episodes As Movies

Yep, the good people over at StarTrek.com managed to corral me one more time before we ring out 2013, letting me loose in their sandbox to scribble down another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series for them, “Ten for Ward.”

For those who haven’t yet checked out my blatherings over there, I’m invited every so often to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor throws a rock at me and asks for a new column.

For this newest entry, I once again solicited outside assistance, this time taking to my Facebook page and asking which Star Trek episode–from any of the series–might make a good candidate for wholesale re-adaptation/re-imagining/re-booting/re-whatevering in order to make it work with the current incarnation of Captain Kirk and his Enterprise crew. I already had a few ideas of my own, of course, but I wanted to see what other people might be thinking. While most of the discussion ended up revolving around original series episodes, a few candidates from the spin-off shows were offered up, as well.

What did I end up with? Well, check it out, sports fans:

Ten for Ward #10 – Ten Star Trek Episodes As Movies

As I said over there, this isn’t meant to be “The List,” so if I didn’t mention an episode you think makes for good movie remake fodder, feel free to offer it and your reasons in the comments.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer up suggestions, and thanks as always to my editor and other fine folk at StarTrek.com who let me run around loose on their playground once in a while. You can check out all of my “Ten for Ward” columns just by clicking on this logo-ish looking thing right here:

So, who’s got more suggestions for the list?

“Ten for Ward” #9 at StarTrek.com: Ten Star Trek Novels for the New Star Trek Novel Reader

It’s been a while since I last polluted the aether over at StarTrek.com, but the good people there have decided the time was right to let me have the run of the place for a bit. With that in mind, they gave me license to offer up yet another installment of my irregularly recurring blog series for them, “Ten for Ward.”

For those who haven’t yet sampled the so-called “column,” I’m periodically invited to provide a list of ten favorite (and hopefully interesting) Trek-related whatevers based on…well…whatever I can think up whenever my editor asks me for a new column.

For this latest entry, I solicited the help of regular readers of this here blog-thing, asking them to offer suggestions as to what Star Trek novel might make a good entry point for the Trek fan who hadn’t yet seen fit to sample the books. I received several good suggestions, and mixed in a few of my own to round out the list I eventually wrote for the article.

The result? That would be this right here:

Ten for Ward #9 – Ten Star Trek Novels for the New Star Trek Novel Reader

If we didn’t mention a title you think makes for a fine introduction to Star Trek novels for the first-time reader, feel free to offer it and your reasons in the comments section at the bottom of the article. The more, the merrier!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer up suggestions, and thanks as always to my editor and other good people at StarTrek.com who let me play in their sandbox every so often. You can check out all of the “Ten for Ward” columns just clicking on this rather swank-looking logo-type thing:

So, who’s got more to add to the list?

“Assignment” for the class.

I’m contemplating a new column for my irregularly recurring “Ten for Ward” series over on StarTrek.com, and I’m thinking I might want do to some kind of “intro to Star Trek books” thing.

Basically, what I want to do is come up with a list of Star Trek novels that are great entry points for such reading. Opinions vary on such things, of course, so I’d like to hear yours.

spock-must-dieWith that in mind, and assuming you feel like playing along, here’s the deal: Take some time, give it some thought, and give me the title of ONE Star Trek novel that you would give to a friend or relative who had never before read such a book, in the hopes of engaging that person’s interest in reading more titles in this vein. In order to qualify for consideration, you must also explain why you think this book meets the criteria. Why, as a single title, does this book, working on its own and without a net, serve as an “ambassador to Star Trek fiction?”

ST-FederationIt can be any novel from any of the series, past or present. Exceptions on a case by case basis will be considered for limited multi-book projects (examples: the Crucible or Destiny trilogies, the Eugenics Wars duology, etc.), but not entire series like Vanguard or New Frontier. If a single book is suggested from one of those series and I end up using it, I’ll supply any additional information on those series as needed.

If I end up using your suggestion in the article, your contribution will of course be cited, and you’ll be eligible for a percentage of my payment on the piece. Since that usually involves undying gratitude from my editor, you’ll get a slice of that. A small one. Just one.

Besides, we’re doing this for the love of the game, right? Who’s with me?

UPDATE: Something I didn’t think to add when writing up the original posting is that for purposes of this exercise, you may assume that the recipient of your hypothetical Star Trek novel/Ambassador to Star Trek Fiction is familiar with any/all of the series, or even is a fan of same, but just hasn’t yet sampled the novels. Example: “You like Captain Janeway? Then you should read Mosaic, because it’s her whole life story, dude!”

YMMV.

Two new interviews.

On the heels of From History’s Shadow, a couple of new interviews with me have been posted to prominent Trek-related sites.

The first comes from StarTrek.com, with a quick spotlight on the book. They caught up with me to offer up a few quick comments to weave into the piece, in which I describe the project’s beginnings and how long it took to go from idea to reality (Hint: Damned long time).

StarTrek.com: From History’s Shadow Unveiled

The second comes from popular fan site TrekCore, featuring an extended interview where we talk about the new book as well as my upcoming book for Star Trek: The Fall, Peaceable Kingdoms, working on the Star Trek: Vanguard series and other fondly remembered projects.

TrekCore: Dayton Ward Interview – Star Trek TOS “From History’s Shadow

There are a couple of other interviews slated over the next several weeks, including a return visit with the gang from Trek.fm for a new installment of their “Literary Treks” podcast series. More on those as I get additional info.

We now return you to your lives, already in progress.