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Contestpalooza - 3 Geeky Online Contests

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CONTEST #1
Time to get in touch with your inner Zombie and or Trekkie and win some geeky prizes. All you need to do is create something with the following theme – Zombie Trekkie Holiday. It can be a picture, drawing, song, painting, flash fiction, fan film, cell phone video, diorama, sculpture, interpretive dance, poem, body art, limerick, haiku, just about anything, as long as it has the Zombie Trekkie Holiday theme.

The details - All entries are due eight days after Michael Dorn’s Birthday on December 17th. Entries can be e-mailed to KevWasHere@aol.com. Entries may be displayed on several web sites/blogs/Facebook. Judges will announce the winners on December 20th. In the event of a tie judges will face off in the arena armed with batliffs and lirpas until a clear winner is decided.

All contestants must be human, living or dead – no exceptions. Prizes can not be exchanged for latnum or any other form of galactic currency.

First Prize – autographed printed galley collectors addition of Ni…

Princess Leia from Night of the Living Trekkies

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Night of the Living Trekkie fan and artist, David Naughton-Shires, produced this amazing image of Leia, our six foot tall, Star Wars quoting heroine from Night of the Living Trekkies.
Here is a little bit about David:
Within hours of David Naughton-Shires birth his parents found a crayon in his hand and from that point forward the world would never be the same. David, the family man is the proud father of three wonderful children and shares his love and passion for art with his beautiful wife. Authors from around the world have taken notice of David’s creative genius and contracted with him to provide original cover art for their novels.

Not a one dimensional man, when he is not working as an Event Planner or in the world of security, he follows his other interests which include photography and writing. David is an avid reader of multiple genres and a fan of the great Super Hero Batman. David is a master at his craft and longs for a successful career change to work as an illustrator ful…

Support your fellow Geek!

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Zombie fan and host of Geekscape (the official media sponsor for the now legendary ZomBcon 2010 zombie culture convention) Jonathan London, and brother Paul, needs some support. They are strong finalists in Ford's social media campaign for its 2012 Ford Focus; Focus Rally America. The more fans & followers They have, the more likely we are to be selected to compete! If chosen, 10 of their closest followers may win a 2012 Ford Focus. All of the episodes will be airing on Hulu! They are CLOSE, Facebook, so let's keep it rocking! Follow Team London on FaceBook
Support your fellow GEEK!

Zombiepalooza! ZomBcon 2010

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ZomBcon was not only the first event centered solely on zombie culture, but an amazing gathering of horror icons. George A Romero, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, the ladies of Evil Dead, actors from Day of the Dead, and Dawn of the – basically any really memorable movie made in the 70’s or 80’s with the word “Dead” in the title was represented. A real Halloween treat not just for zombie fans but for horror geeks of all kinds.
Just a few highlights:
• Kick off event was an 80’s styled prom, where only the dead danced at the Prom Night of the Living Dead. Molly Ringwald and Ducky were not in attendance.
• Max Brooks gave an entertaining and informative Zombie Survival seminar followed by Roger Ma’s Zombie Combat training – we all left informed and better prepared for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
• Bruce Campbell conducted a mass wedding of the dead – allowing dozens of zombie couples to renew their vows so their love may continue into the rotting hereafter.
• Malcolm McDowell hosted a Zombi…

Sandeep Parikh as Gary

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Last Saturday I finished up the first of two BORDERS’ Night of the Living Trekkies book signing in Southern California, and I learned that the only thing I like more than writing about a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention is meeting people who love to READ about a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention. Talking zombies, Star Trek and Sci-fi with people that live eat and breathe those genres is more fun than a Klingon Feast, or even tribble lined underwear. I got a dozen suggestions for sequel titles, scenarios, new characters, and a lot of urging for the follow up to have more Star Wars!

Questions ranged from, did we research everything or were we fanboys enough to know what a Lurpa was, to did Elvis Borgsley survive? But I think that the most common question I got over and over was, when is the movie coming out?!. With at least half of the folks that stopped by first having heard of Night of the Living Trekkies because of the amazing book trailer that debuted on YouTube in S…

Are You Ready to Prosper!!

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Fangoria - America's Horror Magazine gave Night of the Living Trekkies a wonderful review. Which you can read here. The first of two book signings in Southern Ca. is coming up - This Saturday, October 16th at the BORDERS in Mira Loma, beginning at 2pm. I visited the story today and was very impressed. There is Night of the Living Trekkies promotional posters up, and an entire end-cap dedicated to Quirk's latest mash-up novel. It's also in a beautiful location and my son really enjoyed the Toys R'us outlet store next door. And truth be told, so did I. For more info about this Saturday's signing click here

Geeky Inspiration

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Just found this on the interwebs and I was so jazzed. Night of the Living Trekkies inspired a designer in the UK to create a Halloween card. I wish I could have thirty, or so.
EmKay Designs.


If you are in the Southern California area, and would like me to scribble my name on a copy of Night of the Living Trekkies for you then you're in luck.

We have two Book signings coming up at Inland Empire Borders, in October.

October 16th, 2010
Borders - Book Signing
12423 Limonite Ave.
Mira Loma, CA 91752
Starting at 2 pm

October 23rd, 2010
Borders
- Book Signing
3615 Riverside Plaza Drive
Riverside, CA 92506
Starting at 4 pm

No info on ZomBcon in Seattle yet. I think I'm going. We'll see. Okay, back to work.

Book Trailer - Night of the Living Trekkies

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I'm gonna make this fast because I feel horrible. My kids are sick, I'm sick - lots of fun here at the Anderson homestead. But I dragged myself to the laptop to blog because the book trailer was released today, and honestly, its everything I'd hoped it would be. Blood, Guts, and Trekkies - Click to watch The folks over at Techland did a review of the trailer - Book Trailer Bloody Good Fun. The Press Enterprise (largest paper in the Inland Empire -S.Cal) ran a piece on me this mooring. Star Trek, Zombies Mix in Inland Man's Novel - I really need to get some professionally taken - head shots. Okay, that's enough, back to bed.

Raise the Shields! Unnecessary Close-Up!

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Warning: Noses in newspapers may appear larger than they really are.

Night of the Living Trekkies is officially out, and there have been some very nice write-ups and reviews.

Articles Zombies plus Trekkies. What could go wrong? The L.A. TimesTrekkie goes where no zombies have gone before The NC Times / The CalifornianRomero meets Roddenberry in ‘Night of the Living Trekkies’ The L.A. Times
Reviews The ZombiePhiles - Book ReviewSciFi London - Book ReviewSciFi Guy - Book ReviewSFX - Book ReviewThe Inside Trekker - Book ReviewAfter looking at my picture in the NC Times I really wished I’d spend the $60 it would have cost to get a professional head shot taken. My wife says I’m a cheap bastard, but I prefer the term “thrifty” – derived from the name of the Roman Emperor, Thrifticus Maximus, who of course was a cheap bastard.

I’m extremely excited about the Book Trailer coming out in a week or so. Yes, Book Trailer! Quirk Books has done an amazing job with these trailers, my favorite being the …

The Story So Far

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Trekkies is on the shelves. At Barnes and Noble you can find it in the New Science Fiction section, top shelf. There is a nice review of Night of the Living Trekkies up on Amazon, and here is another great review from The Necromancer Bog.

Promotions will be starting soon, some interviews being scheduled including one for my alma mater for Fresno State Magazine. There has been some talk about a few more signings and events, but nothing nailed down yet. In the meantime I'm doing my best to ignore all that and stay focused, and write. Currently I'm polishing the first draft of a new zombie novel proposal which I think, like Trekkies, will have a new spin on the genre. I'm in the middle of a rewrite of a YA novel based on some insightful suggestions from my agent, and I'm waiting to hear back on my Pseudopod submission, which I'd love to hear them produce. I haven't been on the pod since 2008 with Blood, Gridlock and PEZ - the short story that got me thinking about …

Comic Con 2010 - NOTLT Book Signing

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My first Mind Meld!
My head is still spinning from Comic Con. What an amazing, wild, strange, bizarre, and inspiring event. Not only did we hold the first book signing for Night of the Living Trekkies, but I got to meet a lot of wonderful people. I met my editor face-to-face for the first time, Jason Rekulac, the creator of Quirk Classics and the idea man behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Brett Cohen, VP of Marketing at Quirk Books, the people putting on ZomBcon in Seattle this Halloween weekend, Johnathan London from the Geekscape podcast, and lots of folks during the signing who loved talking zombies and Star Trek. My two favorite subjects.

When I got to the Quirk Books' booth before the signing
I was very happy to see people lined-up, waiting to get their
signed copy of Night of the Living Trekkies

Me and my editor, Jason, after signing the first copy.

Can't see her in the shot but the woman I am signing a copy for is
wearing an awsome black and gold Jedi costume.


This is Ma…

www.KevinDavidAnderson.com

After two years of frustration with my old web site host, I've finally got around to moving my site. New domain http://www.kevindavidanderson.com/. The old domain still forwards, http://www.kevin-anderson.net/, but if anyone has bookmarked the old site it won't work. I put up a redirect page at the old location but it looks like the host removed it. Just rude.

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!

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With Comic Con just a few days away Zombie Walk: San Diego has put together a list of Zombie related happenings over the four day event. Download the PDF at: http://www.sdzombiewalk.com/?p=476
Comic Con Zombie Book Signings Night of the Living Trekkies Friday (7/23) at 2pm - Quirk Books booth 1637
Pride and Prejudice and Zombie Saturday (7/24) at 2pm - Quirk Books booth 1637 PPZ author Seth Grahame-Smith will also be making appearances earlier in the day. Check the Zombie Walk: San Diego Schedule for details.

Comic KHAAAAAAN!

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The San Diego Comic Con is an event that defies description. I'm very excited to be going this year, signing advance copies of Night of the Living Trekkies. If you are going please stop by the Quirk Booth and if you haven't decided on a costume yet, may I suggest Zombie Trekkie. Event: Comic Con International: San Diego 2010 Where:Quirk Books - booth 1637 When: Friday, (July 23rd) at 2pm
Seth Grahame-Smith will be sighing copies of his New York Times Best Seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on Saturday at 2 pm at the Quirk Book's booth #1637

SFWA

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I was notified last night that I am now an Active Member of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) Wooohooo!

I've been a member of the HWA (Horror Writers of America) off and on for a few years, and have enjoyed the membership, and am now looking forward to being apart of SFWA.

Finally got info about Night of the Living Trekkies up on my web site, with some new graphics. A little bloody, but hey, we're talkin' Zombies here http://www.kevin-anderson.net/

Victory and Failure

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Victory because I finished the first draft of a short story this morning. Failure because I sat down to write something in the flash fiction category for a market like The Drabblecast and it ended up being 5,000 plus words. I don’t think I’m ever gonna get that brevity back – that ability to tell a good and satisfying story with an economy of words. Maybe I should stop trying.

Well anyway, a first draft is done and now its time to put it away and let it simmer for a month or two. Cook on its own, let it develop beyond my preconceived notions of what it’s suppose to be. When I come back to it, with fresh eyes, I can focus on what I actually wrote and not what I tried to write. It’s a process. Forget what you expect and fine tune what you have. Hopefully there is enough good stuff on the page, between what you wanted and what’s really there, to mold it into something worth reading.

Submitted a few reprints the other day. Something I have not done in a while. I have some unpublished short …

I have a short story up at The Dunesteef

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The guys at the Dunesteef have produced my short story, "The Day Hypnotism Died", and have included it in their latest episode along with a ghost story from Rick Kennett, "All on St. Mark's Eve." The best part, its all free.

Posters are being snatched up

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I'm told at events like BookExpo 2010 that the poster is moving fast. Quirk had 400 on hand and they disappeared very quickly.

I Grok William Shatner

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Remember the first time you saw or heard William Shatner’s rendition of Rocket Man? If your initial thought was, “The man is brilliant!” then, most likely, you were drunk or high. But if you weren’t, then, like me, you are an unquestioning, devoted fan of the man who brought to life the greatest Starfleet Captain of all time – James Tiberius Kirk. Great White North born William Alan Shatner is my favorite celebrity (living or dead), and is simply the finest contribution Canada has made to the pop culture continuum.

Whenever I’m faced with a difficult decision, a fork in the road, I often ask myself, “What would Shatner do?” I let my ego take over, my smugness rises to the surface, and the answer always comes to me. My wife usually slaps me if I try to act on the Shatneresq-decision, prompting me to do the right thing, but that’s not the point. My heart and moral compass are always pointed at due Shatner, and if yours is too then I have a few books you might enjoy. Got a little bit of e…

Switching Gears

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I sat down this morning determined to write a short story, (or at least start one) something I have not really done, with serious effort, in almost two years. The last few years have been filled with longer novel length projects. With a novel on its way to the printer, a proposal under consideration, and a rough draft of a new novel on its way to some first time readers, I thought I'd switch gears and write a short piece that I've wanted to get to since last summer. Although I've been thinking about this story for a long time, the blank page just stared up at me - mockingly. Ha, ha, its been two hours and you have written diddly squat! Its not that I didn't write anything, its just that it was harder than I thought to think in terms of shorter, less details, and no subplots. I'd get a few paragraph in and think, oh, this will be a nice direction and add details that would develop the characters. But then I'd realize that none of it moved the plot forward. All f…

Spring is in the Air

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Its that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and the fairy collectors are renewing their tiny folk hunting licenses. Now is the perfect time to review the article How to Mount and Frame Fairies by Dr. Morgan Z Vile - how-to author, expert pixie slayer, and former President of the Fairy Hunters of America. This Severed Wing Award Winning how-to article, is brought to life via audio podcast, by the fine folks at the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.



Happy Hunting!

Kevin David Anderson audio story FREE this week

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My story "Fear Factor" is available as a free download, for the next week only, at Sniplits.com. Fear Factor - When Nog the dragon tries to put his destructive ways behind him, the Guild of Magical Creatures is not amused.
Sniplits is featuring two free stories this week, mine and Return of the Warrior By Laird Long - A mighty, reluctant warrior is forced to re-arm and do battle with an exasperatingly evil Wizard, all in the name of fairer taxation.

The narrator of both of this week's free Sniplits stories is Malcolm Rothman

www.Sniplits.com

Odd Rejection

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Rejections come and rejections go, but this one will be with be a while. Finally got a desicion from Andramada Spaceways Magazine about a submission they have had for 5 months. After making it through several rounds here is what they sent me:

Thank you for submitting to Andromeda Spaceways.

Unfortunately, while we liked your submission, so far we
have not found a place for it ... and it is against
our policy to hold onto a story indefinitely. Much as we'd
like to, we just don't have the room to print all the stories
we get -- not even all the good ones. So sadly, I'm going
to have to very reluctantly let this one go.

If it got this far, you can rest assured that your story
is of high quality and you should be able to find a home
for it. I look forward to hearing from you again.

Better luck next time!

I have supplied some notes from the readers, in case you find them useful.
(All these are only the opinions of the readers.)

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Very well written, an enjoyable story.…

How do I Celebrate?

This week I became an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association. I have no idea how one should celebrate such a thing. Any ideas?

What the Frak?!

Sorry, but I went to reset the comment settings on my blog this morning, and for whatever reason it deleted every comment on every post on the entire blog. Son of a Borg!

Kevin Anderson is no more

Sad but true. (not really) I'm being replaced by the new and improved Kevin "David" Anderson. It's not that much of a change but it does have that new by-line smell. For reasons that will be clear soon I have had to make the change to avoid consumer confusion. So from now and for the publishable future I will be Kevin David Anderson.

It's going to take a little getting used to, as the only one who ever called me Kevin David Anderson, was my mom, and it usually meant I was in trouble.

In Short Story news my humorous fantasy story “Fear Factor” has made it to the final round of reading at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, a Sci-Fi and Fantasy publication produced in Australia. Not to excited about this as I have yet to ever have a story make it into print if the selection process involves multiple rounds of reading. It’s happened to me at least a dozen times. I have the same luck with job interviews. In the last three years I’ve been the prospective em…