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May 4, 2017

It's was an insanely busy April for me, event-wise, with Galaxy Comics' Anniversary Star Trek Day in Memphis followed by Star Wars: Celebration in Orlando and Planet Comicon in Kansas City — and May starts out busy, too, with two events in the Chicago area May 6...

12 p.m.: Algonquin Public Library

3 p.m.: Arlington Heights Public Library
...and then another at the Portage County Public Library in downtown Stevens Point, Wis., on the 13th.

But there's always time for an announcement — and this one's just been made by the Halo Waypoint blog . Following my first Halo comics story in Halo: Tales from Slipspace , I'm joining the writers on the Halo: Rise of Atriox series, which debuts in August and chronicles the career of the warlord from Halo Wars 2 .

There'll be more details about my specific material in the series later, but the first issue can already be preordered at your local shop and here . The series launches on August 2.
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Published on May 04, 2017 19:24 • 27 views

April 7, 2017

Quite a lot of news to tell! First of all -- teased yesterday as #OperationBlueMilk, Del Rey and StarWars.com have announced my next Star Wars story in the Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View anthology. You can find the official announcement here , and also below:

When Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. 

In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.

The lineup of authors includes...
Ben Acker & Ben BlackerRenee AhdiehTom AnglebergerMeg CabotRae Carson Adam Christopher Zoraida Cordova Delilah S. Dawson Paul Dini Alexander Freed Jason Fry Christie Golden EK Johnston & Ashley Eckstein Paul Kemp Mur Lafferty Ken Liu Griffin McElroy John Jackson Miller Nnedi Okorafor Daniel José Older Mallory Ortberg Madeleine Roux Gary D. Schmidt Cavan Scott Sabaa Tahir Glen Weldon Chuck Wendig Gary Whitta 
Heh! Glen Weldon just interviewed me yesterday for NPR about something unrelated. Small galaxy!

As noted, all author proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. "To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books — valued at 1 million dollars — to support First Book and their mission of providing educational resources to children in need. Over the past 16 years, Disney has donated more than 57 million books to First Book."

Oh, yes, and as to my story? Well, as the headline indicates, I'll be making a return trip to the Jundland Wastes of Tatooine. Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time... a long time.

So that one's available this October. Random House's preorder link is here ; Amazon's link is here . More soon. Next, I have several appearances this month to mention.

• First, on this coming Saturday, April 8, I will be appearing at Shelby County Star Trek Day in Memphis. That's at the Fox and Hound on Sanderlin; it starts at 11 a.m. and I speak at noon.

• Next, there's the ever-popular Star Wars Celebration — my fifth! This returns to Orlando the weekend of the 13th to the 16th. My signing schedule:

Friday, April 14
12:30 p.m. to 1:30
Signing at the Barnes & Noble booth, #2022
Books will be available for sale

Saturday, April 15
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Signing at the Del Rey booth, #2522
Free giveaway of New Dawn mass-market paperback, while they last

I also will be there for a variety of podcasts and other events.

• Finally in April, you will find me at Kansas City's own Planet ComiCon , my first time there. That's from April 28-30. I'll post more info on my Twitter and Facebook pages as it becomes available.

And now, some more Star Trek to speak of. The third and final volume of Star Trek: Prey is now out in audiobook form, once again ably narrated by Robert Petkoff. You can find Book 3 on Audible and iTunes — and you can read my interview about the audiobooks on the official Star Trek site. A sample is below!


And here's something fun: the awesome German covers of the trilogy, coming soon from Cross Cult. The backgrounds form a tryptych!




Very cool. And until the end of the month, my Overdraft: The Orion Offensive book is just $1.50 on Kindle as part of their 150 for $1.50 promotion.
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Published on April 07, 2017 08:23 • 34 views

March 7, 2017

Tuesday this week marked ten years that I've been writing full-time — and 100+ comics and nine novels (depending on how you count them) later, I'm still at it. This week adds a couple of releases to the shelf — or, rather, one book and one audiobook.

First off, Wednesday sees the release from Marvel of Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Old Republic Vol. 2 , comprising issues #19-37 of the Knights of the Old Republic comics series — and some firsts. As with Vol. 1, for example, it includes the six "Holofeed"-style in-universe articles I wrote for the series' second year, located exactly where they should be in continuity. Articles include The Admiral's List, the bounty-hunter blog The Adjudicator, and the Taris Holofeed.

And then — and I'm really happy about this — the book reprints the Knights of the Old Republic Handbook from 2007 in its entirety. (Yes, including Malak's name-that-really-wasn't, a red herring that was only supposed to be in continuity for maybe a couple of months. That was a couple of months too long!) Best of all, it includes Dustin Weaver's amazing cross-sections of the Last Resort and the Moomo Williwaw, which remains one of the crazier things I've ever seen.

The book is available now from your comic shop and Things From Another World ; it'll be out slightly later from Amazon and your mass-market bookseller. I'll also have a supply of these available soon in my shop. You can also check out my notes on the issues in the book here .

In the meantime, something else new: The audiobook for Star Trek: Prey Book 2 - The Jackal's Trick is now available from Simon & Schuster Audio. Narrated by Robert Petkoff, it's an unabridged rendition of the book, and another recording I consulted quite a bit on. You can listen to an excerpt here, but beware spoilers for Book 1 :


Book 3 will be out a month later. You can find Book 2 at Audible and iTunes .

Some quick event notes: over the next few weeks, I'll be at Midsouthcon in Memphis, Galaxy Comics' 10th Anniversary in Stevens Point, Wis., and, yes, at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Actually quite a lot of events to report on, so I'll do a longer post on those soon.
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Published on March 07, 2017 22:16 • 29 views

February 7, 2017

The audiobook for the critically acclaimed first book in my Star Trek: Prey trilogy is now available from iTunes and Audible!

Robert Petkoff narrates the whole trilogy, and it's a lot of fun to listen to. I worked with the producers on a lot of the pronunciations, as did my Klingon-language advisor for the series. You can hear a clip from it below, in which Captain Picard hears a voice from the past:



Books 2 and 3 release a month apart and are available for preorder now. These books represent the fifth, sixth, and seventh audiobooks of my work; it's great to hear my words performed!
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Published on February 07, 2017 13:39 • 8 views

January 17, 2017

Winter is in full swing here in the wilds of Wisconsin, along with a pretty hairy ice storm that's hours old as I write this. Fortunately I'm inside, writing away — and speaking of hairy, I have new reading material in the new Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone anthology from Titan Books!

Edited by Rich Handley and Jim Beard, the book draws upon the original five Apes movies plus the TV material. In the case of my own story, "Murderers' Row," television plays a part, inspired as it was by Escape from Planet of the Apes, in which Cornelius and Zira travel to 1973.

It's The Player meets Planet as a TV producer works to try to get the apes into a series — while only slowly becoming aware of the dire situation that they're in. Folks who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know what a fan of TV trivia I am; this story really gave me the chance to have fun, which is really what writing — and reading! — should be all about.

The book includes stories by Kevin J. Anderson and Jonathan Maberry, as well as fellow Star Trek fiction alums Greg Cox, Robert Greenberger, and Dayton Ward.  You can get Tales from the Forbidden Zone in trade paperback or ebook form; it releases generally on January 24.

Speaking of Kevin Anderson, I appeared for his Wordfire Press outfit at Paradise City Comic Con in Fort Lauderdale in early December. One of the highlights there (besides the warmer weather!) was a nice conversation with Tim Russ, whose Tuvok character plays a major role in the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Another was being inducted into the 1701st Fleet, a costuming organization devoted to Star Trek. Live long and prosper!

I also closed out 2016 with a return trip to Wisconsin Public Radio's Route 51 show, where I got to talk about Star Trek, Star Wars, and science fiction in general. You can hear the archived interview here .

And finally, I at long last launched my newly redesigned Comichron website, the world's largest public database of comic book sales figures for the North American market. Tables on new pages have searching and sorting capabilities, something which has been on my wish list for a very long time. Be sure to pop over and take the site for a spin!

There'll be more news as the year progresses — just as soon as I can get to my mailbox without ice skates!
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Published on January 17, 2017 10:45 • 36 views

December 27, 2016

We all learned a few hours ago that Carrie Fisher passed away today, following a heart attack on Friday.

Photo by Riccardo Ghilardi My initial response — on social media and off — was that I had no words. In fact, I probably have too many. I will try to organize a few now. It probably won't help, but it's better to do something than nothing.

This has been a trying year for many people I know on a number of scores; the seemingly large number of well-known people dying has been salt in the wound. It's easy to reason intellectually about that: we're now more than sixty years out from the spread of television across the country, and with it, a vast explosion in the number of entertainers, sports figures, and others who are Household Names. But understanding where storms come from doesn't do much to assuage your feelings about those they sweep away.

An hour out from learning the news — and knowing that we're in the end-of-December period for the news media during which canned articles on the year past are everywhere — I'm already dreading seeing headlines about how 2016 claimed both a Prince and Princess. It's the sort of coy cleverness that repackages grief into something snappy for a news-network chyron or soundbite. It also gets at me because I had a harder time with Prince's death than any celebrity passing to date — and I can see what's coming in the days and weeks ahead. It might be the same — or it might not. I'll tell you why.

People didn't know how big a Prince fan I was. Purple Rain was the album playing on my first date, Prince's songs the ones the cover band was playing at my junior prom. For the Generation X'er with an MTV subscription, he was ever-present; Touré has written a great book about that. Losing someone so young — just two days older than my sister — wrecked me for a good while, and I know why: All my other fandoms I live out publicly, but when it comes to music, I've always kept my tastes to my headphones and the inside of my car. In part, that's because I like so much eclectic stuff that as a kid I figured I'd get hassled; my comics and science fiction fandoms were similarly under wraps for a long while.

Eventually those wrappings did come off for comics and science fiction, with me able to celebrate my likes in fanzines and at conventions — and later by writing my own material professionally. Music, however, I kept personal; apart from one article for Comics Buyer's Guide deconstructing Prince's Batman album and the comics he'd licensed — how delighted I was that he not only did something related to my other world, but took it seriously! — I never wrote anything about his music, or the man himself.

I never wrote Leia Organa as a character, either — nor did I ever meet Carrie Fisher, whom I saw many times at conventions, always across the venue, surrounded by a crowd of her admirers. But by contrast, I feel like I've expressed my thoughts about her Star Wars performance plenty of times, in a lot of different ways.

Certainly through my writing: has anyone not noticed that in all the Star Wars stories I've done — from Knights of the Old Republic through New Dawn, the female leads are tougher than all the guys? That comes from somewhere, from the strength and attitude Carrie gave to Leia. Even Rae Sloane — ostensibly a villain — trades on the archetype of confidence and competence that Carrie Fisher created. I'm thankful to have had that example.

So to an extent, I've had at least some opportunity to put my feelings about the character she played into words. I haven't had the same chance when it comes to talking about the woman herself and her other work, though — and I'd like to rectify that. I'm big into Hollywood history, as a lot of people know, and as Debbie Reynolds' and Eddie Fisher's daughter, Carrie lived a life surrounded by it and part of it. Practically every other entertainment biography I've read covering the 1970s forward has her in it somewhere, being fascinating around other fascinating people, in fields from comedy to music. (Just look at the wide range of reactions from names you know here. )

She's everywhere on screen as well — the kids and I watched When Harry Met Sally just the other day — and her own writing is terrific. I've been meaning to watch Postcards from the Edge again for a long time. I have several of her books on my shelves.

Ringo and CarrieWhenever I meet actors I always try to ask something new, something they don't always hear about, so as not to be the thirty millionth person to ask about their best-known project. In her case, I've long been struggling to pick out just one thing to ask about when I got to meet her. I was leaning toward the 1978 Ringo TV special, where she costarred with Ringo Starr (playing a double role as his twin Ognir Rrats) — or perhaps asking about her and Penny Marshall's adventures. I wish now I had figured something out, and made a point to cross the room and simply thank her for being herself — in addition to playing Leia and so many other characters. You always think there's time.

She'll be getting many memorials written over the next few days, many far more personal and informed than this. I urge you to read them. I can't describe the anguish on my social media feeds right now; hopefully, those pieces will help. For myself, I'm hoping the fact that I've been able to celebrate Star Wars and her performance in print will make this easier this time around — but I just don't know. I'm just thankful I had her inspiration to draw from. I'm also thankful she came back for the sequel films, and that hopefully we'll have another performance to see.

But there should have been many more.
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Published on December 27, 2016 12:29 • 44 views

November 28, 2016

http://bit.ly/STPrey3The quest is complete! The third book of my monthly trilogy for fall, Star Trek: Prey - The Hall of Heroes, is now on sale everywhere in paperback and e-book form.

I've written a lot about the trilogy — including, most recently, on the official Star Trek blog, where I discussed the "Emperor without Victories: The Case of Kahless the Clone . I've also done quite a lot of podcasts in recent days, including the latest one, with JediBrian . But here's the cover copy as a quick summation:

Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—an epic new trilogy that stretches from the events of The Original Series movie The Search for Spock to The Next Generation!

The Klingon Empire stands on the precipice. In the wake of violence from the cult known as the Unsung, paranoia threatens to break Chancellor Martok’s regime. Klingons increasingly call for a stronger hand to take control...one that Lord Korgh, master manipulator, is only too willing to offer.

But other forces are now in motion. Assisted by a wily agent, the Empire’s enemies secretly conspire to take full advantage of the situation. Aboard the USS Titan, Admiral William T. Riker realizes far more than the Federation’s alliance with the Klingons is in danger. With the Empire a wounded animal, it could either become an attacker—or a target.


Yet even as hostilities increase, Commander Worf returns to the USS Enterprise and Captain Jean-Luc Picard with a daring plan of his own. The preservation of both the Empire and the Federation alliance may hinge on an improbable savior leading a most unlikely force....


http://shop.farawaypress.comThe book is now out in bookstores everywhere, and you should be able to find the first two volumes where they are sold: Click to find The Hall of Heroes:

Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-a-Million Indiebound
You can also order signed copies of the book from my online store — and while they last, I'm offering signed sets of all three books. Just in time for the holidays!

I'll have production notes on the trilogy up... well, before 2386. But hopefully not too far into the future.
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Published on November 28, 2016 22:00 • 22 views

November 15, 2016

http://bit.ly/TFAWHalo Halo turned fifteen on November 15 — so it's fun to be right there kicking off Year 16! I'm delighted to announce that my first Halo comics story has just arrived in comics shops.

The Halo: Tales from Slipspace hardcover contains "Undefeated," a post- Halo: Guardians story by myself and artist Eric Nguyen — with colors and letters by my Knights of the Old Republic colleagues Michael Atiyeh and Michael Heisler. 

You can find the book at your local comics shop — or at Things from Another World. It will also be available on November 29 from Amazon and in your local bookstore. And you can get signed copies from me now at my shop .

And don't miss my first Halo prose story, in Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon. Now available as well in audiobook!

Next signings for me are at House of Heroes in Oshkosh, Wis., on November 19 from 1-4 p.m. Then I'll be in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. December 9-11 for Paradise City Comic Con . Look for me at the Wordfire Press booth.
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Published on November 15, 2016 22:00 • 29 views

October 24, 2016

http://bit.ly/STPrey2Trick or treat — or trick and treat! The second part of my novel trilogy, Star Trek: Prey Book 2 - The Jackal's Trick has just released from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books as a mass-market paperback and in e-book format.

The second act of our Klingon opera ramps up the tension significantly, with the Klingon-Federation alliance in peril as never before. Lord Korgh has seized control of the House of Kruge, executing a plot one hundred years in the making. The Klingon cult known as the Unsung rampages across the stars, striking from the shadows in their cloaked Birds-of-Prey. And the mysterious figure known as Buxtus Cross launches a scheme that will transform the Klingon Empire forever.

Into danger flies Admiral William T. Riker and the USS Titan, charged with protecting the peace forged nearly a century before during the Khitomer Accords. Aided by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the USS Enterprise, Riker and his officers scour the stars, seeking to find the Unsung and uncover the truth behind the conspiracy before time runs out.

Yet even as Commander Worf departs on a deeply personal mission of honor, hidden sinister forces seek to turn the crisis to their advantage. And the conspirators plans threaten to spiral out of control, jeopardizing the very empire they aspire to rule.

You can find The Jackal's Trick at your local bookstore — and also here:

Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-a-Million Indiebound And don't forget that the first book of the trilogy is on shelves now — and at Amazon — and then book three, The Hall of Heroes , out on November 29, is accepting preorders.

And here's a bit of news that's also welcome: Simon & Schuster plans an unabridged audio presentation of the entire trilogy, due on February 7, 2017. I'll post order links for it once they're available.
I have a couple of shop signings in Wisconsin coming up: I'm at Powers Comics in Green Bay from 1-4 on Saturday, October 29 for the Halloween Comicfest event. Then on November 19 I'm at House of Heroes in Oshkosh from 1-4 for Local Comic Book Store Day. Plus I have a whole bunch more podcasts online — check out my Twitter at @jjmfaraway to see as they're posted.
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Published on October 24, 2016 22:00 • 27 views

September 30, 2016

http://bit.ly/STPrey2Busy week alert! At New York Comic-Con, I'll be doing no less than eight signings for four publishers — and I'll also be moderating a panel at Book Con, the convention's sister show devoted to fiction. And in addition to that, we'll have the world premiere of Star Trek: Prey Book 2: The Jackal's Trick at the Simon & Schuster booth!

Here's my schedule:

THURSDAY, OCT. 6
1 p.m.
Dark Horse signing with the Halo team behind Halo: Tales from Slipspace . 
Booth 1636 

4 p.m.
Wordfire Press booth signing, for all my works; many will be available

Booth 1232 

FRIDAY, OCT. 7

1 p.m.
Simon & Schuster booth, signing Star Trek Prey Books 1 and 2 and Halo: Fractures
Booth 2128


4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Wordfire Press booth signing, for all my works; many will be available
Booth 1232


SATURDAY, OCT. 8

11 p.m.
PANEL at BookCon: "Nostalgia and Reboots in Literature."

I'm moderating this one, with Max Brallier, Elizabeth Eulberg, Gareth Hinds, Christina Henry, Jonathan Maberry, and Paul Tremblay.

BookCon takes place at the Hudson Mercantile Exchange located on 36th and 10th Ave., two blocks directly up from the Javits Center.

12:15 p.m.
Signing at BookCon:
This takes place with the above authors in the autograph area at BookCon.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Wordfire Press booth signing, for all my works; many will be available
Booth 1232

4 p.m.-5p.m.
Star Wars Booth Signing for Del Rey with James Luceno: Free copies of A New Dawn will be available, as will a poster for James's new book Star Wars: Catalyst.


SUNDAY, OCT. 9

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wordfire Press booth signing, for all my works; many will be available
Booth 1232

Whew!

And as if that's not enough, I can now announce the weekend after, I'll be talking Star Trek, Star Wars, and Halo and signing at Barnes & Noble in Grand Chute/Appleton, Wisconsin , at 5:30 p.m. This is during the Star Wars Reads Day month and I've done many B&N signings during it — but this time we'll also be doing Star Wars gaming at 7 as part of the chain's National Game Night.

And don't miss my latest interview on the Geek Dad podcast !
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Published on September 30, 2016 13:29 • 38 views