Book Club Choice #8 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #8 Lower Deck Tales: Celestial Fire Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with CeJay and we’re here to talk about Lower Deck Tales: Celestial Fire. Why an Expanded Universe? How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone? First of all let me thank the Ad Astra community for choosing this story for this month’s spotlight and giving me the opportunity to talk a little bit about my work. To be honest, I don’t entirely remember why I decided to start out writing in an expanded universe many moons ago. I suppose I’ve always been a big fan of the Star...

Book Club Choice #7 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #7 Author Q & A An Accipiter tale – A Question of Survival Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with Miranda Fave and we’re here to talk about An Accipiter tale – A Question of Survival. Why an Expanded Universe? How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone?   A Question of Survival was an origin story for the character of Caitlyn Ryan who featured in my very first original fan fiction crew, The Accipiter. Yes, my fetish for bird of prey like names for my ships existed from the very start.Alas, said series was filled with fan...

Book Club Choice #6 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #6 Author Q & A Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with M C Pehrson and we’re here to talk about Matters of the Heart. Why the Original Series? I saw that you have a number of stories already, and this one is toward the middle. How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone? I write about the original series because it’s my first love, from way back when it premiered on television. Spock, Kirk, and McCoy. Great stuff! “Matter of the Heart” is just one step of Spock and Lauren’s life journey in my series. It is an...

Book Club Choice #5 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #5 Author Q & A Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with Funngunner and we’re here to talk about Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Part One and Their Finest Hour: Fire and Rain, Part Two. Why an Expanded Universe? How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone?   Their Finest Hour was placed in the expanded universe for several reasons. The first, quite simply was it provided more freedom of movement than focusing on the existing characters, and it allowed more facets of the characters to come out. The characters are – I hope – not always...

Book Club Choice #4 Author Q & A

Book Club Choice #4 Author Q & A Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with Niobium and we’re here to talk about Indiscriminate Dust. The Alternate Original Series is sometimes a tough sell. A lot of people don’t feel it is Trek. With your work, you seem to respect AOS and TOS and meld the two, more or less seamlessly. Is that your intention?   It definitely is. I love the AOS for bringing TOS back in a very different way, at a time when our relationship with technology is much closer to how TOS imagined it, and as our understanding of science in general and space in particular is pushing new boundaries. AOS is far from...

Book Club Choice #2 Author Q&A

Book Club Choice #2 Author Q & A Once again, we find ourselves sitting in a book-lined library, a crackling fire nearby (none of the books are on fire), a tray of lovely canapés nearby. I am sitting here with Michael Garcia and we’re here to talk about Agamemnon. Q: Why an Expanded Universe? How does this story fit in with your own plans for your universe? Is this a corner, or more of a cornerstone?   A: I think in order to answer that, I have to talk a little bit about why I wrote Agamemnon in the first place. Just prior to writing The Quarterdeck Breed, I had finished writing The Misadventures of January McKenna, which was an alternate universe novella about a young ensign starting her career right as the entire universe is yanked out from under her....