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Well, I’m back from my long-anticipated trip to Deutschland, and Europe’s largest Star Trek/SF convention, FedCon — and what a fantastic trip it was!

First off, I need to thank my German publisher, Cross Cult, and one of its top executives, Andreas Mergenthaler, for inviting me to attend FedCon as their guest, for paying my airfare and hotel costs, feeding me and buying me drinks for five days, and for helping me to really enjoy my first visit to Germany.

The rest of this post is going to be rather long, so I’ll put it behind the cut to spare the disinterested. Read the rest of this entry »

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As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, it’s a natural time to feel thankful for who and what we consider blessings. To see what I’m thankful for, read my guest post today over at the blog of my literary agents, The Knight Agency.

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The wait is over! (Okay, it’s only been seven days, but it was still a wait. Kind of.) The latest installment of the Tor.com Star Trek Re-watch, by myself and Dayton Ward, is now live. See what we think of the third-season TOS episode The Paradise Syndrome.” (You know, the one where Kirk goes and lives with the Indians? “Dances with Obelisks”? Yeah, that one.)

In a new feature, I will present here two uncensored versions of paragraphs from our column that were expurgated by the eminently tasteful folks over at Tor, with the censored bits in boldface type:

#1:

The trio seeks out the nearest group of life-forms, who appear to be Native Americans—a colony comprising traits of the Navajo, Mohican, and Delaware tribes, according to Spock’s expert eye (and online subscription to Naughty Squaws magazine).

#2:

On the planet, Kirk—excuse me, Kirok—gets cut in a knife fight with Salish, who growls, “Behold a god who bleeds!” Never mind that—behold a grown man who can’t get over a bad breakup. Someone get this jackass a mug of fire water and send him on a vision quest before he hurts himself.

Good cuts or bad cuts? I’ll leave that call to the readers. Go read the full article and decide for yourself!

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