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The fine folks at are celebrating their fourth anniversary of reviewing SF/F on the Intertubes by accepting nominations for their latest annual awards extravaganza, the Media Tie-in SF/F Story of the Year trophy.

(It’s kind of like the Scribe Award, except it’s voted on by fans, making it the Tie-in Hugo to the IAMTW‘s Tie-in Nebula. Which is significant, since tie-ins are perennially snubbed by the voters of both those awards.)

The nominating period starts today, March 19, and continues through March 26, 2012. Here are the rules, in their own words:

Starting today, you can nominate three stories. At the end of the week, we’ll count up the suggestions to find the ten that are most popular.

Next Monday, we’ll post that final shortlist and give you seven days to pick one absolute favourite.

And then the authors of the first- and second-placed stories each get a block of glass with their name engraved in it.

Plus, one lucky participant in this process will win a free voucher. Hey, it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, at least.

For a story to be eligible, it must: 1) be an officially licensed literary (prose or comic) tie-in to an existing SF/F property in another medium (TV, film, game, etc.); 2) have been published between March 1, 2011, and February 29, 2012; and, 3) be an individual story, not multiple related works (such as a trilogy or a multi-issue comic-book series).

Why am I telling you this? Could it be that I have published works that are eligible for your consideration? Mayyyyybe.

Seriously, if you want to throw my work into the mix, my two eligible stories are my novel Star Trek Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions and my novella in Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, The Stars Look Down.

Do with that information what you will.

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This post’s title is a fancy way of saying you can listen to a recording of a panel discussion about Star Trek Vanguard.

The panel to which I refer took place this past July at the Shore Leave convention outside Baltimore, Md. The discussion, followed by an audience Q&A, featured me, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore.

It was recorded by soldier and major Star Trek fan Nick Minecci, who posted it on the website for The G & T Show, which he co-hosts each Sunday morning with the velvet-voiced Terilynn Shull.

The recording runs a bit under an hour. If you’re a fan of Star Trek Vanguard, give it a listen!

And in case you’re one of those who needs a visual of who’s speaking in order to appreciate it, you can feast your eyes on this little Photoshop gem:


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I picked up a parcel at the post office today. The delivery notice had said it was from the Deutsche Post, so I was hoping it was a copy of the German-language version of Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, which was published at the same time as the English version. I opened the envelope to find my wish granted—and more:

Enclosed with my copy of Star Trek Vanguard: Enthüllungen was a copy of In Wassermelonen Zucker—a German translation of the Richard Brautigan novel In Watermelon Sugar.

This was a special surprise for me, because Brautigan is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this was the novel that introduced me to his work when I was only a teenager. I currently own copies of all of Brutigan’s published novels, and a few of his published volumes of poetry (which are extremely difficult to find).

During my trip to FedCon XX a couple of months ago, I had mentioned to Filipe, the Cross Cult intern, my affinity for Brautigan’s work, and he had tried to send a copy of this hard-to-find, out-of-print book with some Star Trek books he shipped to me last month, but that parcel had been damaged in transit and the copy of In Wassermelonen Zucker had been lost. But, as further proof of just how resourceful and diligent Filipé is, he found another one.

So, a tip of my hat to mein Bruder, Filipe!

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