Production notes and trivia from my experiences on comic books, fiction, and games including
Star Wars: A New DawnStar Wars: Kenobi Star Wars: Knight Errant
Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicStar Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith
Star TrekMass Effect Overdraft Iron Man & more!

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Friday, September 30, 2016

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

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 


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


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.


11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wordfire Press booth signing, for all my works; many will be available
Booth 1232


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.
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