I love coincidences. Lately, my husband and I have been re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes via Netflix. Tonight, the episode "Elementary, Dear Data" has arrived. I've been enjoying the episodes, and this one in particular is a kind of silly joy. It's a fun little romp - though it does make one wonder why the Holodeck has ever freaking been allowed on a Starfleet vessel.
Perhaps I'm being too geeky? Is that possible?
Speaking of geeky - today, all the copies I ordered of This is How You Die arrived for the event I'm having on Sunday July 21st at D'Arcy McGee's. So now I have enough copies (I hope) for everyone coming, and I can relax other than being nervous about the event instead.
Even more geeky? My Trek, Holmes and Death Machine intersect today!
"Apitoxin," by John Takis
I love, love, love this story. John Takis (who wrote stories for some of the Strange New Worlds Star Trek anthologies) takes the Death Machine and pops it into a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Cleverly written, the story spins around the device itself - is it a real device, is it a part of something more sinister? And, of course, Watson tells the tale.
Takis does Watson's voice beautifully, and I couldn't help but geek out all the way through it. I've said it before, and often, but the range of stories in this collection go in so many different directions from that one commonality of the death machine. Damn I'm proud to be a part of this anthology.
A further note: If you do head on over to the official site for This is How You Die you'll see those awesome editors are trying to make this book a New York Times Bestseller. That would make the editors and authors New York Times Bestselling Editors and Authors, which means I'd get to say those words out loud, often, at parties - even when it made no sense! In and of itself, that is an awesome goal. But more than that, the work these guys did to make this launch a success has been incredible. So if you do plan to nab a copy, if you were to pre-order it at your local store, or online, or wherever you purchase books, and make it a moment of your day on or before the 16th, that'd be awesome.