ConGlomeration is excited to announce that prolific sci-fi and fantasy novelist Keith R. A. DeCandido will be our 2018 Author Guest of Honor.
“Novelist” is an inadequate word to describe Keith; he is literally a Grandmaster of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He earned that title by writing over 50 books, a dozen comics, and scores of short stories in his career — while also podcasting, designing tabletop and video games, and co-producing a television show. Keith describes himself as an “author, editor, blogger, podcaster, karateka, musician, and all-around hoopy frood.”
As indicated by his Grandmaster status, Keith is best known for writing media tie-in novels for all your favorite sci-fi and fantasy franchises, particularly Star Trek. Fifteen Trek novels bear Keith’s byline, among them some of the most definitive Klingon stories in all of Trek canon: the I.K.S. Gorkon trilogy, the novel Klingon Empire – A Burning House, and The Klingon Art of War.
Keith’s (overly) full professional bibliography also includes — but is in no way limited to — tie-in works for Aliens, Andromeda, BattleTech, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Farscape, Firefly, Forgotten Realms, Hercules, Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Comics, Orphan Black, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Starcraft, Stargate SG-1, Star Wars, Supernatural, Warcraft, Xena, The X-Files, and Zorro.
Keith also produces original work, most notably his Precinct novel series about ground-level police officers working in a high-fantasy world. It’s Law & Order meets Game of Thrones.
Keith is also living the dream of getting paid to watch the entirety of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG-1, and Batman ’66 and then blog about them for Tor.com.
So far as his own secret origin is concerned, Keith was born and raised in the Bronx and earned his degree from Fordham University. From there he worked for a series of publishing houses as an editor, and then quickly transitioned to writing. A few decades later and he’s nerd-famous and has not one but two podcast shows: Chronic Rift and Dead Kitchen Radio. Today, Keith continues to churn out books and games and podcasts when he’s not too busy explaining how to pronounce his last name (it’s de-CAN-di-do).
You can learn more about Keith at his Wikipedia entry, Facebook Page, Twitter feed, ISFDB entry, LiveJournal blog, ComicBookDB entry, Instagram feed, or his website, decandido.net.
20 Questions with Keith R. A. DeCandido
Keith R. A. DeCandido possesses a staggering knowledge of sci-fi and fantasy franchises gleaned from many a movie and TV rewatch (and many more glimpses at series bibles and licensing guides). What unspoken rules or unrevealed histories of your favorite geek books and movies have you always wanted to know? Ask, and he shall answer — if you are worthy.
We’ll collect the 20 best, most interesting and intriguing questions for Keith posted in the comments below, or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, we’ll compel Keith to answer. If you would know the unspoken truths and hidden insights of the Klingon Empire, the Winchester Brothers, or the Time Lords of Gallifrey, begin your questioning now.
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