From the Vault: My Matt Jefferies Story

For any non–Star Trek people reading this, the late Matt Jefferies designed the original Starship Enterprise, its bridge, sickbay, and shuttlecraft interior, the Klingon cruiser, and numerous other sets and props including the phasers. During the shooting of Star Trek: The Original Series, the access tubes Scotty often had to crawl into to save the ship … Continue reading From the Vault: My Matt Jefferies Story

From the Vault: The True Story of a Bench, Data, and Cheese Popcorn

So this just popped back into my head. Sometime around 1990 or so I was waiting to meet a friend in Calhoun Square in Uptown Minneapolis, sitting in the middle of a bench. Two employees from different shops come out of their respective places of employment, one from my left, the other from my right. … Continue reading From the Vault: The True Story of a Bench, Data, and Cheese Popcorn

From the Vault: Arthur C. Clarke Memorial Readathon

After Sir Arthur passed [in March 19, 2008], I got to thinking about all his famous books I own that I haven't read yet. So I just read Earthlight, Childhood's End, and Imperial Earth in rapid succession (although I had to take a break to read The Science of Sherlock Holmes, which I'm reviewing for Author magazine—can't miss my first deadline). Earthlight is … Continue reading From the Vault: Arthur C. Clarke Memorial Readathon

From the Vault: The Long, Strange Voyage of a Novella from Pitch to Publication

Part I: Four Strikes and You're In In honor of the [then] impending publication of my novella Honor in the Night in Myriad Universes: Shattered Light [in December 2010], I've decided to recount the difficult and oft-delayed journey of my first novella from my feverish mind to bookstore shelves. Yes, there still are bookstores, and some of … Continue reading From the Vault: The Long, Strange Voyage of a Novella from Pitch to Publication