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shimmery goodness

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, a new short story of mine was just published in a small press fantasy magazine, this time Shimmer magazine. I certainly feel lucky that my story “All the Lonely People” is in issue # 13, now available for order (in electronic and print editions). I’ve wanted to be published in Shimmer since I saw the second issue, which gives you an idea of how long I’ve been sending them fiction and the value of persistence.

Some of you may recall that I read “All the Lonely People” at the Altered Fluid reading at NYRSF last June, where people didn’t hate it. Here’s a brief excerpt:

I found the woman in the last train car; her kind is usually drawn to the edges of things, wherever they can be alone, wherever they can go unnoticed. She was reading a poster on the back wall, both hands gripping the seatbacks on either side of the aisle as if they were holding her up. I could see through her to the poster, an ad for classes at some community college.

She was a fader.

That’s what I call them, those caught in that limbo that claims more and more people every day. I don’t know what that makes those of us who can see them. I assume there are others like me, but it’s not like I got a membership card and a list of instructions the day I discovered my ability. No one told me what it’s for.

You should also pick up the magazine to check out great stories by other authors: K.M. Ferebee, Erik T. Johnson, L.L. Hannett, Richard Larson, J.J. Irwin, Georgina Bruce, Stephen Case, Ferrett Steinmetz, and Poor Mojo’s Giant Squid.

And if you want to read something free while you wait for the issue to arrive in your mailbox or inbox, you can always read an interview with me at Shimmer or my shortish essay on my history with Star Trek in today’s series wrap-up at TheViewscreen.com.

the star trek re-re-watch

Torie and I enjoyed re-watching Star Trek so much, we decided to do it again. So much has changed since we launched the original re-watch last year, we thought it might be in need of a massive update, so we’re remastering every re-watch post, in original publication order. If you missed us the first time around, this is your chance to follow along. And if you did read all the old posts, we promise there’s a lot of added value. We like to think of this as the way the re-watch was always intended to be, if we’d been given free editorial reign and the right resources at the beginning.

Please check out our new look at The Viewscreen: Read more about the exciting new direction of the Remastered Re-Watch, and our first post is already up–only a day late–for the first episode of the series, “The Man Trap.” As Torie puts it, we’ve made it “saltier” and “more vampire-ier!” Here’s a glimpse at some of our enhancements. Please let us know what you think–like the internet, this is a work in progress. And tell your friends!

all good things…

3 seasons. 79 episodes. 1,771,561 tribbles.

We’ve watched and re-watched them all.

Almost two years ago, Torie Atkinson and I began an ambitious project to review every episode of the original Star Trek, and today we’ve finally come to the end with the last broadcast episode of the series, “Turnabout Intruder.” A lot has happened since we embarked on our own mission, with the prime directive of analyzing the show critically and honestly: We moved our Re-Watch from Tor.com to our own site, The Viewscreen. I moved from New York City to Philadelphia. We sat through interminable repeat screenings of “Spock’s Brain” to bring you our Laugh Treks audio commentary. (Now free on iTunes!) Torie hand-stitched dozens of tribbles. Hell, I think she’s still making those.

As Captain Kirk said at the end of his own journey in Star Trek: Generations: “It’s been fun.” (Sorry for the spoiler!) When I was a geeky, 13-year-old Trekkie, I never thought I’d do something useful and interesting with my love for the show, and it’s been a pleasure working with Torie on this. In fact, we already have something new in the works for The Viewscreen, after our usual bit of bookkeeping, so stay tuned. But for now, please check out our final Star Trek Re-Watch, for one of the worst episodes of the series. *sigh* Meanwhile, I’m celebrating with Jim, Bones, and Spock (on my Star Trek tie today, the first time I’ve worn it since high school), and looking forward to having a little more time to revise a couple of novels…

bonus content!

I totally meant to include this image in my Star Trek Re-Watch post this week for “All Our Yesterdays,” but then I forgot–repeatedly. But I can’t let my masterful photo editing and the roughly thirty seconds of work go to waste, so here it is, with the accompanying text from my review:

Kirk’s also lonely in his cell, but soon a prosecutor visits to interrogate him about the spirits he’s been consorting with. Kirk defends himself, saying he was just minding his own business in the library when he heard the woman scream. At the mention of the library, the prosecutor pulls a serviceable Dramatic Chipmunk take. This subtle clue tips Kirk to the fact that the man knows where he’s from. The woman in the cell across from him unhelpfully insists Kirk is a witch and the lawman who arrested him confirms he was talking to spirits. Thanks, guys.

Yes, that dramatic music and abrupt zoom on the prosecutor’s face is one of the more ridiculous moments in the episode, but hey, this is just another example of how Star Trek was ahead of its time, even anticipating internet memes before there was an internet. (Speaking of which, you’ve seen “What’s in Spock’s Scanner?”right? Mildly NSFW.)

Even though “All Our Yesterdays” sounds like some kind of soap opera, and plays like one much of the time, it’s a solid episode. It’s the last voyage of the original series chronologically, and would have allowed the show to end on as high a note as the third season could muster. Instead, due to the whims of production schedules and air orders, we’re getting “Turnabout Intruder” next week, in which Captain Kirk body-swaps with a woman, with predictable results. But never mind that for now. This week’s re-watch was my last TOS review (as the main author, which I switch with Torie), so please take a look and let us know what you think. And you should absolutely make an effort to watch it for yourself.

It’s hard to believe we’ve finally made it to the end of the series! Torie and I started the re-watch nearly two years ago, and it’s been some of the most fun and lucrative writing of my career so far. Thanks for following along and putting up with all my blog posts about it. (It may not seem like it, but there’s more to my life than Star Trek–a claim I couldn’t have made when I was 13. Ahem.) If you’ve enjoyed this little project, please consider following The Viewscreen on Twitter (@theviewscreen) and becoming fans of our Facebook page–and blog, tweet, and share with your friends!

“the way to eden” is through hell

Excerpted from my comments on this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch:

I’ve been dreading this day for nearly two years, since Torie and I started this re-watch.

When I first saw “The Way to Eden” as a teen, I thought it was the worst episode ever and vowed never to watch it again. A couple of years later, when the pain had finally faded, I decided to give it another try–surely it wasn’t as bad as I’d remembered. Damn you, selective memory! I found it just as awful as before, and once again I decided never to watch it again. And I blissfully stuck to that promise… until now.

In case anyone thinks I’m exaggerating the sheer pain this episode brings me, I watched it on my laptop so I could record my facial expressions. The accompanying four images sum up my experience better than mere words can, but I hope you’ll drop by The Viewscreen anyway to read Torie’s excellent recap–so much more entertaining than the episode itself!–and share your thoughts on my least favorite hour of Star Trek so our sacrifices won’t have been in vain. (I considered adding the corresponding time codes to the images, but I’ll leave it to you to figure out what horrors elicited these responses.)

Guys, I watched this crap for free. I’m stupid.