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Next month, Simon & Schuster will publish Storming Heaven, the final volume in the Star Trek Vanguard saga I helped develop, and for which I’ve written four novels and a novella. I have three complete sets of the saga, with each volume autographed by its authors, and I’m about to tell you how you can become eligible to win one of them.

As part of the big send-off for this literary juggernaut I unleashed with the help of editor/author Marco Palmieri and authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore (with a Mirror Universe assist from James Swallow), I am planning to record an audio podcast of an authors-and-editors roundtable.

And I’m going to let you, the series’ fans, ask the questions.

All of us involved in the saga have spoken quite a bit about it over the last several years, and we’ve answered the same questions many times. This time, we’re looking for really intriguing questions. Ask us anything about the series, its characters, our creative process, the saga’s in-jokes, and anything else related to the eight-book series. We’ll answer the most compelling and interesting questions during the audio podcast.

To submit a question for our consideration:

I’ll choose one winner from among all those who send in questions that we don’t use; I’ll select another winner from among those whose questions are selected for the podcast.

As for that third complete set of autographed books … I’m still thinking about how to give those away. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Stay tuned for that, and for more news about special Vanguard-related content and glimpses behind the scenes into the development of the saga, all coming in March 2012!

Bring on the questions, Vanguard fans! We’ll be accepting questions until 11:59PM ET  Tuesday, March 13, 2012. My hope is to record the podcast and have it posted in time for the books scheduled release date, Tuesday, March 27.

(Book giveaway is limited to residents of the United States, because I’m willing to cover domestic shipping costs for a box full of books — but not international costs. Sorry!)

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Quick refresher for those just tuning in: Today is the bound-book date for Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, an anthology that comprises four brand-new novellas spanning the entire time frame of the Vanguard saga to date:

“Almost Tomorrow” by Dayton Ward

“Hard News” by Kevin Dilmore

“The Ruins of Noble Men” by Marco Palmieri

“The Stars Look Down” by David Mack

To commemorate the book’s imminent release to bookstores everywhere, my friend, former editor, and Vanguard collaborator Marco Palmieri is hosting a contest on his blog at Otherworld Editorial. He’ll be giving away three copies of the new anthology, each one autographed by all four of its authors.

Check out his blog for all the details!

Then keep your eyes open for some kind of clever promotional effort on my part (not to mention Dayton’s) at some point in the very near future…

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I’ve been so busy today checking the digital copyedit on my upcoming Star Trek Vanguard novella “The Stars Look Down” that I nearly forgot to pimp this week’s Star Trek Re-watch column on Tor.com.

Today, the indefatigable Dayton Ward and I give low marks to The Mark of Gideon,” a third-season Star Trek episode that’s all about overpopulation, skewed priorities, and flawed premises.

All I can say is that all of you out there should be very happy that Dayton and I watched this episode, because now you never have to. As always, please leave all comments on the Tor.com article. It creates the illusion for our editors that our blogging fees aren’t just money down a rat hole.

But wait, there’s more! Leave a comment on this thread by noon on Friday 1/21 EST for a chance to win a copy of Dayton’s new Star Trek: Typhon Pact novel, Paths of Disharmony.

Boo-yah.

That’s my rhyme. Catch y’all on the bounce next week when Dayton and I figure out whether That Which Survives is also that which sucks.

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