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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Of royalty lost: Remembering Carrie Fisher

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; TourĂ© 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 Carrie
Whenever 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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Star Trek Prey concludes! Enter... The Hall of Heroes!

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My first Halo comics appear in Tales from Slipspace!

http://bit.ly/TFAWHaloHalo 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.

http://bit.ly/MassEO1Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon. Now available as well in audiobook!
And don't miss my first Halo prose story, in

One more video game comic offering to report on: while it releases two weeks later in the mass market, comics shop patrons today can get the Mass Effect Omnibus Vol. 1, which contains the first three graphic novels I did for the series, Redemption, Evolution, and Invasion. That one's also from Dark Horse Comics.

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trick or treat! STAR TREK: PREY Book 2: THE JACKAL'S TRICK now on sale!

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:


You can also order signed copies of the book from my online store.

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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

John Jackson Miller signings and events scheduled for New York Comic Con

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!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Qapla'! Star Trek: Prey Book 1 - Hells Heart lifts off!

It's here! The first part of my first novel trilogy, Star Trek: Prey Book 1 - Hell's Heart is now available from Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books as a mass-market paperback and in e-book format.

You can find the book at your local bookstore — and also here:


As the back cover will tell you: "When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray—and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance.

Practicing my Klingon snarl with my new letter opener.
"Now, one hundred years later, while on a diplomatic mission for the United Federation of Planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise are snared in the aged Korgh’s trap—and thrust directly in the middle of an ancient conflict. But as Commander Worf soon learns, Korgh may be after far bigger game than anyone imagines, confronting the Federation-Klingon alliance with a crisis unlike any it has ever seen!"

I've been doing plenty of interviews and podcasts in support of the trilogy, with more to come — but you can check out a few of them here:

Bombad Radio
G+T Show 
General Geekery
Literary Treks
Radio Free Tatooine 
Star Wars Stacks


I've also appeared on a pair of television interviews, including the CBS Sunday Morning show in Milwaukee. Click to see me on CBS 58.
 
And don't forget that the next two volumes will be out in October and November! Preorder them now!

In other news, my first Halo anthology is out! Look for Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon out now from Gallery Books — and check out the interview about the book on Den of Geek is the official Halo Waypoint blog!

I'll be at New York Comic-Con in early October; I'm signing three days and speaking on a panel. I'll have dates and times up shortly.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Star Trek at 50 — and Star Trek: Prey Book 1 - Hell's Heart lands in the office!

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek — a major moment in the pop cultural firmament to be sure. Certainly it's important to me, having spent most of my life as a fan — and the last couple of years writing in the milieu.

There are enough think pieces about Star Trek online today to create a singularity, as well as many thoughtful essays by other authors who've worked longer with the franchise. I strongly encourage checking out as many of them as you can. In my case, after spending more than a year and a half working on the Star Trek: Prey trilogy, I would frankly point to it as being the best expression of my deeper thoughts on the series, and what I liked about it.

Star Trek: Prey Book 1 — Hell's Heart, which ships September 27 from Pocket Books and which just arrived in my offices (as seen at left) — spans a hundred years, from the days after Star Trek III: The Search for Spock to the current post-Nemesis Next Generation era in the novels. That range gave me the chance to play upon the interactions between characters that drew me to all the various series. Between Kirk and Spock and McCoy; between Riker and Picard and Worf; and more. It's also a testament to the actors and the characters they created that interactions between characters who never met on screen were so fun to write.

In addition to that, the Star Trek films and movies gave us a universe rich with detail — enough to inspire the imagination and to provide any writer with plenty to work with. I've mentioned that I kept an entire library cart of books beside me while writing the trilogy; that was just the non-digital material. The Klingons, as I've mentioned elsewhere, may have been the subject of more background material than any nonhuman species I've encountered in my tie-in work. It was fun to build a political thriller around them — and to to find some interesting blanks about them to elaborate upon.

A few of the books that went into researching PREY.
But it all goes back to the original series, and the wide-open sense of promise that it communicated. Star Trek isn't a saga, in the sense of a story with a beginning, middle, and end — but a continuing journey, an endless series of missions. It's been a delight to spend a good part of Year 49 and 50 commuting to the Beta Quadrant. Live long and... well, you know the rest!

You may notice the website has gotten a much-needed facelift; included in that are many essays on books that have never had essays on the site, including the Star Wars short stories "Orientation" and "Bottleneck". I'll have more posts up on the other upcoming books in the days to come.

In the meantime, if you're looking to get a signed copy of the first Prey novel when it comes out, check out my Shop page. You can also preorder all three parts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Marvel slates THE OLD REPUBLIC Vol. 2 for March release!

I've been busy doing proofreading rounds on three novels at once — the Star Trek Prey trilogy, out this fall — so I haven't had much time to post. But I can share some news works upcoming and already out!

http://bit.ly/TORMarv2
Marvel has just announced a March 21, 2017 release date for Star Wars Legends: The Old Republic Epic Collection Vol. 2, containing the middle third of my Knights of the Old Republic comics saga. In addition to issues #19-37, it includes my in-universe text pages, reprinted for the first time — and also for the first time, the volume reprints the rare KOTOR Handbook that we did in 2007. Great art from Brian Ching, Dustin Weaver, and many more! The book is available for preorder from Amazon and will be at your local bookseller. I hope to see copies before Midsouthcon later that month in Memphis, which I usually attend.

Cover to come, but at right is the cover to the Handbook, which you can read more about here.

You can also get the first volume from Amazon or, if you want an autographed copy, directly from my shop. Once the third volume is released, we'll finally have the complete comics KOTOR including all the text pages in one nice set.

I also have a couple of pieces in Entertainment Weekly's new Star Trek commemorative issue.

My next appearances are at GeekKon in Madison, Wis., in August, and DoDecaCon in Columbia, Mo., in September. 

Update concluded — back to work!

Friday, May 13, 2016

My first HALO prose appears in September's HALO: FRACTURES!

https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/blog-posts/canon-fodder-the-write-stuff
I had announced earlier this spring that my first Halo comics story would be in the new Halo: Tales from Slipspace hardcover coming from Dark Horse on October 12, 2016. Just as I did both Star Wars comics and prose, I can now announce I've done the same for Halo. My first Halo prose appears in Halo: Fractures, a short story anthology releasing September 20 from Simon & Schuster.

Halo Waypoint has the complete list of authors here, but you will find me among Star Wars and Star Trek alums Troy Denning, Christie Golden, and James Swallow, as well as Matt Forbeck and a lot of other fine folks. It appears to be a trade paperback collection.

So it will be a busy fall for me release-wise, as the anthology comes out the week before Star Trek: Prey Book 1 comes out. And then there's the Dark Horse book. Here's your place to preorder that one:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indiebound

I expect to have preorder links available for Halo: Waypoint shortly.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Indiana Comic Con!

Just a quick post to alert the masses: I will be a guest at Indiana Comic Con, signing April 29-May 1 at the Wordfire Press booth, number 243.

I will also be doing a panel discussion version of my Rule the Galaxy Together: Writing in a Shared Universe presentation Saturday at 3 in Room 140 with special guests Jody Lynn Nye and Eric Flint.

It's my first Indiana convention since Gen Con in 2008, so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!


Friday, March 11, 2016

My first HALO comics story is in October's TALES FROM SLIPSPACE!

Continuing my string of weekends where news of my new projects breaks, I am pleased to announce my return to Dark Horse Comics with my first story set in the Halo universe!

From the Dark Horse news release today:

"343 Industries and Dark Horse Comics are set to release a brand-new Halo® graphic novel anthology based on the massive video game franchise later this year. Halo: Tales from Slipspace will feature all-new stories from some of the comic industry’s best — including Jonathan Wayshak, Eric Nguyen, Alex Irvine, Kody Chamberlain, Dave Crosland, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Goff, Simon Roy, and Halo: Escalation writer Duffy Boudreau — as well as 343 Industries’ own Franchise Creative Director Frank O’Connor and Franchise Producer Tyler Jeffers."

"This action-packed anthology is essential reading for all Halo fans! 343 Industries and Dark Horse have also produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical story lines written by writers from the video game franchise (Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation) and will rerelease the graphic novel Halo: Fall of Reach in March. Halo: Tales from Slipspace is in stores October 12, 2016."

Here's your place to preorder the book:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indiebound

And, of course, at your local comic book store, where it should appear in the August-for-October issue of Previews. Find your local comic shop here!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Star Trek: Prey trilogy titles, release dates announced!

I am delighted to announce the titles and descriptions for Star Trek: Prey, my trilogy releasing in this fiftieth anniversary year of Star Trek from Pocket Books!

Star Trek: Prey - Book One: Hell's Heart releases September 27. Preorder it here!

Star Trek: Prey - Book Two: The Jackal's Trick releases October 25. Preorder it here!

And Star Trek: Prey - Book Three: The Hall of Heroes releases November 29. Preorder it here!

All three books form an epic event that spans both the Original Series and the Next Generation. Here's the description for book one. The others are online and don't spoil much, but you might still prefer to just read the first teaser: 

Star Trek: Prey - Book One: Hell's Heart

"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!

"When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray—and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance.

"Now, one hundred years later, while on a diplomatic mission for the United Federation of Planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise are snared in the aged Korgh’s trap—and thrust directly in the middle of an ancient conflict. But as Commander Worf soon learns, Korgh may be after far bigger game than anyone imagines, confronting the Federation-Klingon alliance with a crisis unlike any it has ever seen!"


"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!"

This has been my major project for the last year and a half and I am delighted to see it coming to fruition. It'll be a book a month next fall — a fun adventure for all. Covers coming soon!
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