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Happy 2024 Birthday to Diane Duane!

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Happy birthday to Diane Duane!

Diane Elizabeth Duane is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including The Wounded Sky, Doctor’s Orders and Spock’s World (Pocket TOS), Dark Mirror and Intellivore (Pocket TNG), and the Rihannsu series – My Enemy, My Ally, The Romulan Way, Swordhunt, Honor Blade, and The Empty Chair. She also created a Romulan language for the Rihannsu novels.

Duane is the co-writer of TNG: “Where No One Has Gone Before”, which was loosely based on The Wounded Sky.

Trek comics she has written include “Double Blind, Part One” and “Double Blind, Part II”, “The Last Word”, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation – Ill Wind mini-series.

Diane Duane has worked with Star Trek in perhaps the most forms of anyone alive. Besides comics, novels and TV, she has adapted her own work for audio, has written for the Star Trek manga series by Tokyopop, has written short Trek fiction for anthologies, and plotted and wrote the first Star Trek computer game, Star Trek: The Kobayashi Alternative.

Duane has also written more than thirty non-Trek books; among these she is probably best known for the Young Wizards series, which is currently in its eighth volume. Other books include the “Feline Wizardry Sequence” and the Door… series. She makes a habit of including Star Trek references in her non-Trek books.

Born in New York City, Duane now lives in County Wicklow, Ireland with her husband Peter Morwood, who has collaborated with her on several books and also on some film and television projects.

A character in “Debt of Honor”, a comic from DC, was named for Diane Duane – a Diane Morwood was the third-in-command of the engineering section of the USS Farragut, and a colleague of Lieutenant James T. Kirk, in 2254.

Check out the Diane Duane author page to view more author updates and a full list of books!

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Eisner Awards 2024: IDW Earns 13 Nominations; Two for Star Trek!

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 16, 2024) – IDW Publishing is immensely proud and honored to announce it has earned a total of 13 nominations in the 2024 Eisner Awards, the prestigious event celebrating the best storytelling and creatives from the comic book industry over the past year. This recognition of IDW’s efforts includes nine solo nominations and four shared nominations. The solo nominations for IDW are…

Best New Series: BENEATH THE TREES WHERE NOBODY SEES by Patrick Horvath (IDW)

Best Limited Series: GODZILLA: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS by Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda (IDW)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: STAR TREK: DAY OF BLOOD – SHAXS’ BEST DAY by Ryan North and Derek Charm (IDW)

Best Short Story: ‘Friendship is Forever’ in MY LITTLE PONY 40TH CELEBRATION by Sam Maggs and Keisha Okafor (IDW)

Best Writer: Stephen Graham Jones for EARTHDIVERS (IDW)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Inaki Miranda for GODZILLA: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS (IDW)

Best Graphic Album – New: ASHES by Álvaro Ortiz, translation by Eva Ibarzabal (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best U.S Edition of International Material: ASHES by Álvaro Ortiz, translation by Eva Ibarzabal (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books: MICHAEL GOLDEN’S MARVEL STORIES ARTIST’S EDITION, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

The shared nominations for IDW are…

Best Writer: G. Willow Wilson for Poison Ivy (DC); THE HUNGER AND THE DUSK (IDW)

Best Coloring:

Jordie Bellaire for Batman, Birds of Prey (DC), DARK SPACES: THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL (IDW)

Lee Loughridge for Red Zone (AWA), Edgeworld, Grammaton Punch, Nostalgia (Comixology); The Devil’s Cut, Gone, Somna (DSTRLY); STAR TREK (IDW); Killadelphia (Image); Hunt. Kill. Repeat. (Mad Cave)

Best Lettering: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou for The Unlikely of Felix and Macabber, The Witcher: Wild Animals, and others (Dark Horse); Batman: City of Madness, The Flash, Poison Ivy, and others (DC); Black Cat Social Club (Humanoids); BENEATH THE TREES WHERE NOBODY SEES (IDW); The Cull, What’s the Furthest Place from Here? (Image); and others.

“I’m incredibly proud of all of our nominees and all of the hardworking people behind the scenes at IDW who helped make all these books happen,” said IDW Publisher Mark Doyle. “The only people more passionate than comic fans are the hardworking people who tell all of these amazing stories. The Eisners represent the best of the best on one special night where we all celebrate their hard work and talent, so it’s a thrill to be a part of this. These comics and graphic novels show the wide spectrum of stories and talent that IDW Publishing has to offer, and it’s an honor to be included among all of these terrific nominees!”

Professionals in the industry will be able to vote online, and the winners will be revealed during the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International on July 26. IDW wishes the best of luck to all of the nominees after an incredible year of comics.

About IDW Publishing

IDW (NYSE AMERICAN: IDW) is a leading media company providing uniquely compelling stories and characters in various genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms. The award-winning IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment divisions holistically evaluate and acquire IP for franchise development across comics and graphic novels, television, theatrical, merchandise, and other entertainment platforms, in addition to bringing world-renowned storytelling to life with our creative partners.

“Star Trek #20” Review by Trekcentral.net

Trekcentral.net has added a new review for Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing‘s “Star Trek #20”:

IDW’s Star Trek #20 delivers a mind-bending new issue, with Captain Benjamin Sisko leading a refit of the Theseus. This is all to give the ship the ability to breach the galactic barrier and enter the realm of the gods, a place named Pleroma. The crew quests to save the Organians, a god-like species whose remaining member inhabits the body of Ensign T’Lir.

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New Star Trek Book: “Star Trek Video Games”

Star Trek Video Games by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi has been added to the Star Trek Book Club!

Star Trek video games have been around almost as long as Star Trek itself. From humble beginnings as an unofficial text-based game playable on mainframe computers to modern multi-million dollar spectacles, Star Trek video games span the history of gaming itself.

In Star Trek Video Games: An Unofficial Guide to the Final Frontier, author Mat Bradley-Tschirgi dives into notable Star Trek games across a variety of genres in his fun, humorous style with loads of aplomb. Whether they are based on the live-action or animated TV series, movies, or crossover scenarios, dozens of games (some memorable, some not so memorable) are covered in rich detail with proper historical context along the way.

Aside from its sometimes snarky text, this book features over 100 color photos showing off the wide variety of Star Trek video games covered within. There’s also interviews with game designers, writers, producers, and gaming journalists on select titles offering a behind the scenes look or color commentary on such fan favorites as Star Trek: Starfleet Command, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, Star Trek: Legacy, Star Trek: Resurgence, and more!

Relive memories of playing Star Trek games on Mac, PCs, consoles, handhelds, and mobile phones or discover new favorites to add to your collection. Whether you’ve played all the Star Trek games or are curious as to what the world of Trek gaming holds, Star Trek Video Games: An Unofficial Guide to the Final Frontier will make a fun addition to your home library.

The book is currently scheduled to be published on June 30, 2024

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Out Today: “Star Trek #20”

Out today: “Star Trek #20“, by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing.

Having revealed their true godlike identity, T’Lir is relying on Captain Sisko to help repair Kahless’ damage to space-time and save their species from extinction. Despite the Prophets’ eerie warning that Sisko is forbidden at the Pleroma-a meeting place for god-level species at intersecting space-time coordinates-he and his crew head to the Utopia Planitia Federation Shipyards for a retrofit to the Theseus in preparation to boldly take on the unknown. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure from Section 31 approaches Lily with a mission, claiming the Federation’s future is in her hands.

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Star Trek Books Coming In The Next 30 Days, as of May 14, 2024

Fiction

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pliable Truths
By: Dayton Ward
May 21, 2024A thrilling new Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine adventure from New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward! 2369: Shortly after Starfleet thwarts a Cardassian attack on a Federation star system, the Cardassian government orders an end to its fifty-year occupation of the planet Bajor. As a result, a newly installed Bajoran […]

Non-Fiction

Star Trek: Discovering The TV Series
By: Tom Salinsky
May 29, 2024How well do you know Star Trek? Lifelong science fiction fan, podcaster and author Tom Salinsky decided that the answer was “not well enough,” and so at the beginning of 2022, he embarked on a two-year mission to watch everything from the start of The Original Series to the end of Enterprise, at the rate […]
The Most Human: Reconciling with My Father, Leonard Nimoy
By: Adam Nimoy
June 4, 2024Even before Star Trek I’d see him popping up in bit roles on some of my favorite TV shows like Get Smart, Sea Hunt, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And then one night he brought home Polaroids of himself in makeup and wardrobe for a pilot he was working on. It was December 1964 and […]
Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer
By: Terri Potts-Chattaway
June 15, 2024Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer is the story of the twentieth-century Emmy Award-winning American composer behind the scores of hundreds of beloved Star Trek television episodes. Jay rose from humble beginnings in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he grew up along the banks […]
Star Trek and the Tragic Hybrid: Children of Two Worlds from Spock to Soji
By: Carolyn Burlingame-Goff
June 25, 2024Spock, Data, Worf, B’Elanna Torres, Seven of Nine, Odo, Michael Burnham, Soji. Many of Star Trek’s most beloved characters are children of two worlds, the products of competing biologies, materials, and cultures. Their popularity is unsurprising: authors mine conflicted identities for dramatic effect, and viewers see their own struggles reflected in the challenges of individuals […]
Star Trek Video Games
By: Mat Bradley-Tschirgi
June 30, 2024Star Trek video games have been around almost as long as Star Trek itself. From humble beginnings as an unofficial text-based game playable on mainframe computers to modern multi-million dollar spectacles, Star Trek video games span the history of gaming itself. In Star Trek Video Games: An Unofficial Guide to the Final Frontier, author Mat […]

Comics

Star Trek #20
By: Collin KellyJackson Lanzing
May 15, 2024Having revealed their true godlike identity, T’Lir is relying on Captain Sisko to help repair Kahless’ damage to space-time and save their species from extinction. Despite the Prophets’ eerie warning that Sisko is forbidden at the Pleroma-a meeting place for god-level species at intersecting space-time coordinates-he and his crew head to the Utopia Planitia Federation […]
Star Trek: Defiant #15
By: Christopher Cantwell
May 22, 2024It’s a good day to die! Left with no other choice, the crew of the Defiant assists Hugh in assimilating B’Elanna in hopes of reclaiming control over the parasite embedded in her brain stem. But it’s a race against time and the undead as hordes of infected Starbase crew bang on the hangar doors, demanding […]
Star Trek: Celebrations #1
By: Hannah Rose MayMagdalene VisaggioSteve OrlandoVita Ayala
May 29, 2024“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but to celebrate differences in ideas and differences in life forms.” -Gene Roddenberry IDW proudly presents a one-shot anthology centering and celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters from across the Star Trek universe! Join […]
Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #3
By: Morgan Hampton
June 5, 2024In a-SNAP!-turn of events, Q Jr has kidnapped three of Starfleet’s eldest sons and transported them to an alternate reality.By way of a bold maneuver with Lieutenant Jadzia at the helm, the U.S.S. Avery crew finally avoided being turned to shrapnel by the Breen… for now. But the crew now face a new challenge: The […]
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: Scorpius Run TPB
By: Mike JohnsonRyan Parrott
June 5, 2024Set course with Captain Pike and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise to the Scorpius Constellation as they become the first Federation vessel to explore this uncharted region of space! In this romp across the stars, the Enterprise crew learn what it truly means to explore the strange and unfamiliar when they lose contact with […]
Star Trek #21
By: Collin KellyJackson Lanzing
June 19, 2024Welcome to the Pleroma, a place outside time and space where god-level species have gathered to discuss the fate of the universe! It’s up to Captain Sisko and his valiant crew of the U.S.S. Theseus to persuade the gods to allow them to help repair Kahless’ unraveling of space-time-but will they listen to mere mortals […]
Star Trek: Defiant HC #2
By: Christopher Cantwell
June 19, 2024Still reeling from the battle on Qo’noS, Worf and the Defiant crew have been ordered to return to Starfleet headquarters. Despite their heroic actions, the Federation can’t celebrate the crew’s involvement in the fight against Kahless and the Red Path. In fact, they’re forced to discharge Worf and his crew! With the unspoken, unwritten agreement […]
Star Trek Annual 2024 #1
By: Collin KellyJackson Lanzing
June 26, 2024With no one but himself to blame for his brother’s sudden escape during the Klingon Day of Blood, Lieutenant Commander Data sheds his Starfleet uniform for an ensemble inspired by none other than Sherlock Holmes to track down Lore’s whereabouts… and figure out what sinister plans he’s been scheming. With the one and only Miles […]
Star Trek: Defiant #16
By: Christopher Cantwell
June 26, 2024It’s now or never for the Defiant crew if they are to survive the parasitic infestation on the isolated Section 31 outpost Starbase 99. But with B’Elanna still connected to both Borg ally Hugh and the parasite hivemind, Nymira nowhere to be found, and a giant portal connecting their reality to a horde of hellish […]

New Star Trek Book: “Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer”

Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer by Terri Potts-Chattaway has been added to the Star Trek Book Club!

Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer is the story of the twentieth-century Emmy Award-winning American composer behind the scores of hundreds of beloved Star Trek television episodes. Jay rose from humble beginnings in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he grew up along the banks of the Monongahela River, simultaneously discovering his talent for music and his love of the open water. This passion for the aquatic-seen in his naval career and his adventures sailing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans-blends seamlessly with his passion for composing original compositions and film scores.

In Journey to the Inner Light, the author celebrates Jay’s successes and, at the same time, reveals some of the challenges he faces as he moves through five decades of the music industry. She also opens a window into his private life for a three-dimensional portrait. Additionally, Journey to the Inner Light explores the creative process as Jay attempts to answer the question most asked of him: “Where does the music come from?”

The book is currently scheduled to be published on June 15, 2024

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“Star Trek: Prodigy: A Dangerous Trade” Review by Shastrix.com

Shastrix.com has added a new review for Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s “Star Trek: Prodigy: A Dangerous Trade”:

Having finally managed to catch up on all the episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy’s first season, I felt comfortable starting my dive into the three novels that have been published.

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“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage” Review by Lessaccurategrandmother.blogspot.com

Lessaccurategrandmother.blogspot.com has added a new review for David R. George III‘s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage”:

The Long Mirage picks up from the last David R. George III Deep Space Nine novel, Ascendance, following up on the stories of Quark, Ro, Nog, Kira, and Odo, most prominently. And this is absolutely going to sound like damning with faint praise, but… it is a book about people with goals trying to accomplish them! After my frustrations with Ascendance (“Can you really write sixty pages of a novel with no clear narrative direction? Apparently so.”), this is a blessed relief. Quark wants to find Morn… and sets out to do so. Ro wants to avoid her boyfriend and figure out her relationships with Quark… and sets out to do so. Nog wants to fix Vic Fontaine’s program… and sets out to do so. Kira wants to figure out the mystery of the falsework and help with unrest on Bajor… and sets out to do so. Odo wants to find out what’s going on with a Dominion ship approaching the station… and sets out to do so! Amazingly competent plotting. I’ll tackle each of these in turn, and talk about the extent to which they work.

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“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warpath” Review by Atboundarysedge.com

Atboundarysedge.com has added a new review for David Mack‘s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warpath”:

It’s been a long while since I dived into the Deep Space Nine relaunch. Partly because my attention has been elsewhere, but also because the books are just so hard to find. That latter reason also makes it a bit difficult to fully immerse oneself in the series. Much like the TV show that spawned it, the DS9 relaunch novels are heavily serialised. Warpath picks up from one cliff-hanger and ends on another, both of them from books I have not read. I don’t mind that too much. The story is still good, there’s just a whole lot of missing context that would have enriched it even more.

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“Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer” Review by Warpfactortrek.com

Warpfactortrek.com has added a new review for Terri Potts-Chattaway‘s “Journey to the Inner Light: The Life and Musical Voyage of Jay Chattaway, Star Trek, Jazz, and Film Composer”:

Jay Chattaway is a name well known to those both in and outside the music industry, and his life and achievements have now been committed to writing, in a new biography authored by his wife, Terri Potts-Chattaway, an accomplished writer, producer, poet and more. As a “Graduate of the School of Star Trek” where her start as a production assistant on Star Trek: The Next Generation began, it is no surprise and highly appropriate that she has chosen to cite “The Inner Light” in the book’s title, considering it has arguably become Jay’s best-known work.

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Happy 2024 Birthday to Edward Gross!

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Happy birthday to Edward Gross!

Edward Gross is an author and journalist. Gross is the (co-)author of several unauthorized Star Trek reference books. His first Trek work was as a contributing free-lance writer for Starlog Press, the former O’Quinn Studios, for whom he started working from 1986 onward, submitting numerous articles. His articles were published in their Starlog magazine as well as the 1986-1988 publications Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – The Official Movie Magazine and several issues of The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine.

For Starlog, Gross specialized in tracking down and interviewing the more peripheral contributors to the franchise, such as guest actors, directors, and writers, as well as lesser known production staffers, that were rarely, if at all referred to in other, later publications covering the franchise. Building upon the knowledge and experience garnered there he started writing his unlicensed reference books, most of them in cooperation with Mark A. Altman. In them he expanded upon the interviews he had done with said contributors, resulting in point of view works that were somewhat outside the more “political correct” ones utilized in the officially licensed works of, for example, Pocket Books. Interviewees, long outside the purview of official studio policies, often felt free to proffer a more critical view on the production of Star Trek and the studio policies surrounding them.

Check out the Edward Gross author page to view more author updates and a full list of books!

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Happy 2024 Birthday to David Mack!

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Happy birthday to David Mack!

David Mack has received story credits on two televised episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His work on Star Trek books includes the ‘minipedia’ guide to the New Frontier universe that accompanies Peter David’s New Frontier series.

Check out the David Mack author page to view more author updates and a full list of books!

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Level 247: Cris Velasco (Lords of the Fallen)

It’s always a joy catching up with composer Cris Velasco! This time around, we chat about his epic music for Lords of the Fallen, a souls-like action RPG with plenty of boss battles. He also clues me into another one of his recent scores, for a game called Fae Farm, He and I will talk more about that in a future episode, because it’s delightful. Also couldn’t be more different than his music for Lords.

Come chat with us on Discord about game music, and see the video of my conversation with Cris on the Level with Emily YouTube channel.

PLAYLIST by Cris Velasco for Lords of the Fallen unless noted otherwise

00:00 Aphotic Judgment 06:29 Warmaster 06:56 Orian Ascendance 08:22 Deathless Duty 11:01 Molten Heart 12:30 Archnemesis 16:39 Bloodletter 19:44 Call to War 20:05 Howl of Devastation 23:02 Archnemesis 26:05 Maw of Faith 27:23 Maw of Faith 33:02 Bloodletter 37:13 Fiery Malice 43:15 Welcome to Azoria 45:00 Warm Winds of Adventure 45:55 Maw of Faith 46:41 The Sun on Your Back 47:28 The Market Dance 53:53 Rotting Whispers 54:25 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 247: Cris Velasco (Lords of the Fallen) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on December 15, 2023.

Level 248: Jon Everist (The Lamplighters League)

Composer Jon Everist‘s music for The Lamplighters League is a great blend of noir and adventure. The soundtrack paints such a perfect picture of the vibe of the game (which is a turn-based tactics game).

So many wonderful solos and soloists, with an orchestra recorded live at Abbey Road Studios, and they all sound fantastic! Also, I swear I know what a trombone sounds like. Or I used to think I did.

PLAYLIST by Jon Everist for The Lamplighters League unless noted otherwise

00:00 The Lamplighters League (Main Theme) 02:38 Heist Prep 04:04 Nicastro Theme 07:51 The Lamplighters League (Main Theme) 12:38 Jungle Quiet 16:42 Nicastro Theme 20:43 Cloak and Dagger 21:35 The Lamplighters League (Main Theme) 23:00 Arctic Quiet 25:37 Arctic Quiet 28:18 Parisian Night 32:38 Spotted 35:58 The Undrawn Hand (Opening Cinematic) 38:09 Jungle Combat 41:06 The Tower 42:39 Marteau Theme 46:18 Light the Way (World Map Theme) 48:01 Heist Execution 48:42 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 248: Jon Everist (The Lamplighters League) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on January 5, 2024.

Level 249: Lifeformed, Janice Kwan (Tunic)

I loved talking with Terence and Janice so much about their wonderful music for such a fabulous game. The music for Tunic is a glorious blend of synths and acoustic piano, with waves of (often) consonant sound. Plus, you get to play as an adorable fox!

Terence and Janice live in Taiwan so I got to learn a bit about that tropical island too, and got to meet some cats which always brings a smile! You get to see them in the YouTube video…

PLAYLIST by Lifeformed and Janice Kwan for Tunic unless noted otherwise

00:00 Memories of Memories 07:19 Sunset Breakfast 14:32 Ghost Field 15:36 The Librarian – piano sketch 15:56 The Librarian 18:07 The Captain – piano sketch 18:24 The Captain 19:10 The Knight 20:52 Remember to Remember 22:21 Carbon Harvest 23:32 What They Kept From Us 25:02 Ghost Field 26:43 Ghost Field 28:19 Ocean Glaze 31:20 Ocean Glaze 32:01 To Far Shores 35:56 To Far Shores 45:51 Sageless 49:39 Flux is On 53:30 River, River (not for Tunic) 58:03 pull me in by Janice Kwan 1:01:16 The Cats Are Hungry 1:04:10 Hex Sequence 1:04:51 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 249: Lifeformed, Janice Kwan (Tunic) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on January 19, 2024.

Level 250: Dale North (Astral Ascent)

This is such gorgeous music by Dale North for Astral Ascent. Fully orchestral (a mix of real and samples), lush and full – and sometimes it ascends! Like the game!

Definitely check out the conversation Sam and I had about it on Next Level.

Come chat with us on Discord about game music, and see the video of my conversation with Dale North on the Level with Emily YouTube channel.

PLAYLIST by Dale North for Astral Ascent unless noted otherwise

00:00 Opening Cinematic
01:00 Main Menu
05:44 Fragmented Plains – Exploration
12:16 Crimson Highlands – Combat
18:54 Main Menu
23:24 Fragmented Plains – Combat
29:38 The Master – Phase 2 (feat. Emi Evans)
32:34 Andromeda’s Bar
35:19 Echoes Room
35:58 The Yalee Kingdom
38:37 The Garden
40:12 Short Intro
43:59 Choral Archipelago – Exploration

46:18 Red Barrens – Exploration
49:27 Event Horizon
50:22 The Void
51:40 Sun & Moon
52:54 The Master – Phase 1 (feat. Emi Evans)
53:24 Fight Theme
53:48 Other Sprouts – Sam Keenan

Level 250: Dale North (Astral Ascent) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on February 2, 2024.

Level 251: Erik Desiderio (Last Epoch In Concert)

A little more than two years ago, Erik Desiderio was on Level to talk about music he’d written for Last Epoch, which was in early access at the time.

Erik is back to talk about all of the music he’s written for the game since we spoke in 2022. Also, Last Epoch is about to get its official release, and the Game Music Ensemble of UCLA is going to play Erik’s music from the game live, with Erik conducting.

This gave us many reasons to chat! That concert, by the way, will apparently be streamed? Unsure, check here and here! The concert is on Saturday, February 24th at 7 PM PST (UTC-8).

PLAYLIST
by Erik Desiderio for Last Epoch unless noted otherwise

00:00 Last Epoch Theme
09:03 Keeper’s Camp
14:28 The End of Ruin
17:48 The Surface
19:22 Burning Forest
28:36 What She Left to Remember
31:54 Shadow’s Whisper
46:32 Eterra
48:30 The End of Ruin
50:32 Fires Before Dawn
57:40 The End of Time
59:58 The End of Time
1:06:04 Above the Black
1:08:20 Bastion of the Sun
1:09:17 In Preparation
1:09:54 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 251: Erik Desiderio (Last Epoch In Concert) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on February 16, 2024.

Level 252: Thomas Brunet (Chants of Sennaar)

Composer Thomas Brunet talks about his absolutely stunning music for Chants of Sennaar in this episode.

We love how spontaneous the music sounds, and the colorful, creative instrument palette.

In addition to the wonderful music, Thomas and I talk about a new graduate program he’s created for music and sound design in Bordeaux, France, as well as his love for and knowledge of French literature.

Composer Thomas Brunet talks about his absolutely stunning music for Chants of Sennaar in this episode.

We love how spontaneous the music sounds, and the colorful, creative instrument palette.

In addition to the wonderful music, Thomas and I talk about a new graduate program he’s created for music and sound design in Bordeaux, France, as well as his love for and knowledge of French literature.

PLAYLIST

by Thomas Brunet for Chants of Sennaar unless noted otherwise

00:00 Out Of The Cavern And Into The Light

06:11 The Cogs Of Science

14:06 Smell Of Rain

20:47 A Bit Of Fun

29:20 Envers
31:20 Envers

37:02 Envers

41:38 Out Of The Cavern And Into The Light

47:29 Forgotten Bonds

54:50 Temple Of Knowledge

59:23 The Call

1:01:00 Catch Me!

1:07:22 Gardens of Plenty

1:21:00 Bonds Reforged

1:21:32 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 252: Thomas Brunet (Chants of Sennaar) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on March 1, 2024.

Level 253: Chase Bethea (Stardander School for Witches)

Composer Chase Bethea talks about his music for Stardander: School for Witches, a Harry potter-esque narrative turn-based battle adventure game where you learn spells and solve mysteries.

The music is mysterious at times, with winding melodies and unexpected instrumentation. His mom sings too, which is great!

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PLAYLIST
by Chase Bethea for Stardander School for Witches unless noted otherwise

00:00 The Conjurations of Touchstone

3:46 Daily Activities
6:20 Daily Activities

9:28 Daily Activities Choice Reminder

11:26 Investigations

13:18 Stardander School Song Anthem

14:47 Trouble and Mystery

17:02 Fall Festival

23:16 Clearing the Forest

25:10 Clearing the Forest

27:56 Fae Reign Supreme

31:48 Protector of Renar City

36:16 The Inventor’s Imprudence

37:43 Cloaked in Rivalry

39:58 Cloaked in Rivalry

44:53 Twilight Patrol

45:48 Discovery Circle

46:18 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 253: Chase Bethea (Stardander School for Witches) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on March 22, 2024.

Level 254: Dom Palombi’s Game Night! Vol. 2

We loved having bandleader and drummer/percussionist Dom Palombi back to talk about his new album, Dom Palombi’s Game Night! Vol. 2. There are about twice as many musicians on this album than on Vol. 1, with what Dom describes as more personal track choices than before.

The musicianship is just beyond measure, and it’s a fun, adventurous, delightful, funky romp through some great tunes. The three originals are fantastic. ENJOY!

Join us on Discord for free. Find this conversation on YouTube.

PLAYLIST
from Dom Palombi’s Game Night, Vol 2

00:00 Wings That Cross Time (from Chrono Trigger), feat. Andrew Sumabat, Josh Vasquez

7:48 Bad Guys – Kerning City (from Maplestory), feat. Super Guitar Bros, Charlie Rosen, MegaRan

9:29 Bad Guys – Kerning City (from Maplestory), feat. Super Guitar Bros, Charlie Rosen, MegaRan

10:34 Wings That Cross Time (from Chrono Trigger), feat. Andrew Sumabat, Josh Vasquez

sans (from Undertale), feat. Skatune Network, Ryan Slatko

12:00 Monkey Target (from Super Monkey Ball 2), feat. Insaneintherainmusic, Patrick Bartley, Khrys Williams, The Consouls

12:38 Yugioh Anime Intro (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), feat. Dave Pollack, Jasper Dutz, Max Boiko, Ryan Slatko, Joe Etzine

16:47 Bad Guys – Kerning City (from Maplestory), feat. Super Guitar Bros, Charlie Rosen, MegaRan

17:46 Bad Guys – Kerning City (from Maplestory), feat. Super Guitar Bros, Charlie Rosen, MegaRan

21:03 Roll The Dice! feat. Zac Zinger, Adam Neely

24:02 Roll The Dice! feat. Zac Zinger, Adam Neely

25:34 Next Chapter, feat. Insaneintherainmusic, Videri String Quartet

27:12 Next Chapter, feat. Insaneintherainmusic, Videri String Quartet

21:18 Three Lives Left -Feat. Ryan Devlin, Tony Dickinson

31:04 Three Lives Left -Feat. Ryan Devlin, Tony Dickinson

32:52 Three Lives Left -Feat. Ryan Devlin, Tony Dickinson

sans (from Undertale), feat. Skatune Network, Ryan Slatko

39:08 Monkey Target (from Super Monkey Ball 2), feat. Insaneintherainmusic, Patrick Bartley, Khrys Williams, The Consouls

41:57 Monkey Target (from Super Monkey Ball 2), feat. Insaneintherainmusic, Patrick Bartley, Khrys Williams, The Consouls

44:50 To Zanarkand (from Final Fantasy X), feat. Casey Lee Williams, Tournament Arc, Dave Pollack

47:07 Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Funky Beat (from Lethal League Blaze), feat. Patrick Bartley, Juna Serita

49:29 Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Funky Beat (from Lethal League Blaze) -Feat. Patrick Bartley, Juna Serita

52:45 Yugioh Anime Intro (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), feat. Dave Pollack, Jasper Dutz, Max Boiko, Ryan Slatko, Joe Etzine

53:39 Yugioh Anime Intro (from Yu-Gi-Oh!), feat. Dave Pollack, Jasper Dutz, Max Boiko, Ryan Slatko, Joe Etzine

1:06:08 Bad Guys – Kerning City (from Maplestory), feat. Super Guitar Bros, Charlie Rosen, MegaRan

1:06:40 Other Sprouts, by Sam Keenan

Level 254: Dom Palombi’s Game Night! Vol. 2 originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on March 29, 2024.

Level 255: Zac Tiessen(Vanitas + Viriditas)

We’re so happy to have Zac Tiessen back on Level to talk about a new project he worked on with his fine artist brother, Josh Tiessen!

Zac wrote music for a series of paintings called Vanitas + Viriditas. You can hear the music here (and elsewhere). It’s really gorgeous music, with outstanding live performers like singer Julie Elven, the Budapest Scoring Orchestra and more.

Come chat with us on Discord about game music, and see the video of my conversation with Zac on the Level with Emily YouTube channel. Find Level with Emily on Patreon.

PLAYLIST
by Zac Tiessen from Vanitas + Viriditas unless noted otherwise

00:00 Sophia

04:53 Harbinger from Streams in the Wasteland

06:26 Memento Mori

09:54 Sophia

10:48 Qohelet

12:58 Sophia

18:49 The Kairos Stones

19:58 All Creatures Praise

22:02 Auguries of Innocence

25:41 Vanitas + Viriditas

30:48 Vanitas + Viriditas

38:21 Qohelet

39:39 In This Birch Grove

41:29 In This Birch Grove

42:18 In This Birch Grove

46:11 The Kairos Stones

48:05 Memento Mori

51:53 Auguries of Innocence

54:30 Vanitas + Viriditas

55:08 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 255: Zac Tiessen(Vanitas + Viriditas) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on April 12, 2024.

Level 256: Lennie Moore (Outcast – A New Beginning)

Composer Lennie Moore wrote such gorgeous music for Outcast – A New Beginning that it made me mad, no exaggeration. It’s so pleasing harmonically with fantastic melodies and transitions, and outstanding musicianship from the soloists and performers.

Live choir, live soloists, live orchestra – and you can tell. The music has breath and life.

Come chat with us on Discord about game music, and see the video of my conversation with Lennie Moore on the Level with Emily YouTube channel.

PLAYLIST

by Lennie Moore for Outcast: A New Beginning unless noted otherwise

00:00 Outcast Main Titles

03:54 Tower of Humanity

06:08 Galenta

16:53 Bidaa

18:27 Outcast Main Titles

20:05 Okksanar

22:24 Daokas

29:25 Galenta

34:05 Okksanar

38:53 Outcast Theme (featuring Manu Delago)

40:20 Outcast Theme (featuring Manu Delago)

41:48 WFA Fortress

42:52 Pillars of Saar

44:51 Almayel’s Prophecy

54:12 Desan

1:13:47 Plains of Sanon

1:15:26 Kizaar

1:21:03 Prokriana

1:25:08 Heights of Adoron

1:28:08 Sappa

1:37:56 Danger Ahead!

1:40:52 They’re Everywhere!

1:41:20 Other Sprouts by Sam Keenan

Level 256: Lennie Moore (Outcast – A New Beginning) originally appeared on Level With Emily Reese on April 26, 2024.

“Star Trek: 84 Assignment: Eternity” Review by Themindreels.com

Themindreels.com has added a new review for Greg Cox‘s “Star Trek: 84 Assignment: Eternity”:

Greg Cox delivers a fun and exciting novel that really ties itself into the continuity not only of The Original Series but its films, while also acknowledging the events that would later occur in The Next Generation. It also brings back Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln from the episode Assignment: Earth.

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“Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2” Review by Trekcentral.net

Trekcentral.net has added a new review for Morgan Hampton‘s “Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2”:

Jake, Nog, and Alexander have been dragged into an alternate universe in IDW’s Sons of Star Trek #2. In trying to find their place in the world, they were taken into a whole new one. This alternate reality is a wartorn alternate timeline, where the Federation is at war with the Breen. However, there’s a catch. This whole thing is a test from QJ, Q Junior, who’s got everyone in a time loop, insisting he’s teaching them a lesson. All the titular ‘sons’ want however, is to return home, but how far will they go to get back?

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“Star Trek Explorer Presents: “The Mission” and Other Stories” Review by Positivelytrek.com

Positivelytrek.com has added a new review for Chris Dows and Gary Russell and Greg Cox and James Swallow and John Peel and Keith R.A. DeCandido and Michael Caroll and Una McCormack‘s “Star Trek Explorer Presents: “The Mission” and Other Stories”:

In this week’s episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are talking about 7 Star Trek short stories, all of which appeared in issues of the Star Trek Explorer magazine. Join us as we journey to Deep Space Nine for 6 of the stories before we take a quick side trip to the Delta Quadrant for story number 7. Featured authors include James Swallow, Una McCormack, Michael Carroll, John Peel, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Michael Collins.

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Morgan Hampton on Warpfactortrek.com discussing “SONS OF STAR TREK”

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Morgan Hampton was recently featured on Warpfactortrek.com to discuss SONS OF STAR TREK:

How great it must be to artistically breath life into a new series of Star Trek comics. One writer who knows this feeling first-hand is writer Morgan Hampton, who has written the stories for the IDW Publishing comics mini-series Sons of Star Trek. I recently had the good fortune of being able to interview Hampton about this currently ongoing comic.

Check out the Morgan Hampton author page to view other sightings and a full list of books!

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Happy 2024 Birthday to Ty Templeton!

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Happy birthday to Ty Templeton!

Ty Templeton is a comic book writer from Canada. His career began in the mid-1980s when he wrote and drew Stig’s Inferno for Vortex Comics. That led to further work with DC Comics on titles such as Justice League of America, Superman, and Batman. He then authored the How to Draw Batman and How to Draw Superman guidebooks. He is also known as the person who created the artwork for “Suicide Squid”.

Check out the Ty Templeton author page to view more author updates and a full list of books!

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Out Today: “The Tao of Spock: How Vulcan Philosophy Intersects with Taoism In the Star Trek Universe”

Out today: “The Tao of Spock: How Vulcan Philosophy Intersects with Taoism In the Star Trek Universe“, by Joseph Di Lella.

The beloved character of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise has earned respect not only for his heroism and principled way of life, but also for the philosophical path of existence of his people he from Vulcan. Spock, a half-human, half-Vulcan, tries to live his life through the teaching of Surak – a non-violent branch of both Stoicism and Humanism. Through this approach with others, the Trek character shows his logical side, and yet there is another philosophical stance that often intersects with Spock’s behavior – Taoism.

Lao Tzu, a composite character of Chinese origin, also taught his followers how to approach life. Tzu’s Tao Te Ching deals with the areas of nature, political power, social interactions, family, and peace, among the most important areas of life humans must find their way.

Spock, a character from Gene Roddenberry, displays both the collective knowledge of Surak the Vulcan and Tzu the Chinese philosopher, as he helps Captain James T. Kirk and his fellow crew mates about the USS Enterprise as they explore the galaxy.

This book attempts to show you, the devoted Star Trek fan, how one Vulcan helped changed his universe through the teachings of Surak and Tzu in his search for peaceful co-existence even with the most vile and aggressive aliens, and humans, in the Alpha Quadrant.. If not for his efforts, the Roddenberry Universe would be a much more violent, war-like place.

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Out Today: “The Tao of Spock: How Vulcan Philosophy Intersects with Taoism In the Star Trek Universe”

Out today: “The Tao of Spock: How Vulcan Philosophy Intersects with Taoism In the Star Trek Universe“, by .

The beloved character of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise has earned respect not only for his heroism and principled way of life, but also for the philosophical path of existence of his people he from Vulcan. Spock, a half-human, half-Vulcan, tries to live his life through the teaching of Surak – a non-violent branch of both Stoicism and Humanism. Through this approach with others, the Trek character shows his logical side, and yet there is another philosophical stance that often intersects with Spock’s behavior – Taoism.

Lao Tzu, a composite character of Chinese origin, also taught his followers how to approach life. Tzu’s Tao Te Ching deals with the areas of nature, political power, social interactions, family, and peace, among the most important areas of life humans must find their way.

Spock, a character from Gene Roddenberry, displays both the collective knowledge of Surak the Vulcan and Tzu the Chinese philosopher, as he helps Captain James T. Kirk and his fellow crew mates about the USS Enterprise as they explore the galaxy.

This book attempts to show you, the devoted Star Trek fan, how one Vulcan helped changed his universe through the teachings of Surak and Tzu in his search for peaceful co-existence even with the most vile and aggressive aliens, and humans, in the Alpha Quadrant.. If not for his efforts, the Roddenberry Universe would be a much more violent, war-like place.

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office press conference


Coward sheriff couldn’t even defend his own guy in the press conference and ran out of the room with his tail between his legs.

Happy 2024 Birthday to Ty Templeton!


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Happy birthday to Ty Templeton!

Ty Templeton is a comic book writer from Canada. His career began in the mid-1980s when he wrote and drew Stig’s Inferno for Vortex Comics. That led to further work with DC Comics on titles such as Justice League of America, Superman, and Batman. He then authored the How to Draw Batman and How to Draw Superman guidebooks. He is also known as the person who created the artwork for “Suicide Squid”.

Check out the Ty Templeton author page to view more author updates and a full list of books!

Find Ty Templeton’s work on Amazon.com

Morgan Hampton on Warpfactortrek.com discussing “SONS OF STAR TREK”


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Morgan Hampton was recently featured on Warpfactortrek.com to discuss SONS OF STAR TREK:

How great it must be to artistically breath life into a new series of Star Trek comics. One writer who knows this feeling first-hand is writer Morgan Hampton, who has written the stories for the IDW Publishing comics mini-series Sons of Star Trek. I recently had the good fortune of being able to interview Hampton about this currently ongoing comic.

Check out the Morgan Hampton author page to view other sightings and a full list of books!

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“Star Trek Explorer Presents: “The Mission” and Other Stories” Review by Positivelytrek.com

Positivelytrek.com has added a new review for and and and and and and and ‘s “Star Trek Explorer Presents: “The Mission” and Other Stories”:

In this week’s episode of the Positively Trek Book Club, hosts Dan Gunther and Bruce Gibson are talking about 7 Star Trek short stories, all of which appeared in issues of the Star Trek Explorer magazine. Join us as we journey to Deep Space Nine for 6 of the stories before we take a quick side trip to the Delta Quadrant for story number 7. Featured authors include James Swallow, Una McCormack, Michael Carroll, John Peel, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Michael Collins.

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Trump Diapers

Crazy Yogi

“Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2” Review by Trekcentral.net

Trekcentral.net has added a new review for ‘s “Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2”:

Jake, Nog, and Alexander have been dragged into an alternate universe in IDW’s Sons of Star Trek #2. In trying to find their place in the world, they were taken into a whole new one. This alternate reality is a wartorn alternate timeline, where the Federation is at war with the Breen. However, there’s a catch. This whole thing is a test from QJ, Q Junior, who’s got everyone in a time loop, insisting he’s teaching them a lesson. All the titular ‘sons’ want however, is to return home, but how far will they go to get back?

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“Star Trek: 84 Assignment: Eternity” Review by Themindreels.com

Themindreels.com has added a new review for ‘s “Star Trek: 84 Assignment: Eternity”:

Greg Cox delivers a fun and exciting novel that really ties itself into the continuity not only of The Original Series but its films, while also acknowledging the events that would later occur in The Next Generation. It also brings back Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln from the episode Assignment: Earth.

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Happy 2024 Birthday to John J. Ordover!


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Happy birthday to John J. Ordover!

John J. Ordover is a former editor at Pocket Books, and for many years he was responsible for overseeing the company’s line of Star Trek books. He is partially responsible for the “rebirth” of Star Trek fiction in the 1990s, being the driving force behind series-bending concepts such as the Invasion! miniseries, the Eugenics Wars novels, and Star Trek: New Frontier, Trek’s first novel-only series. He also edited the first seven volumes of the Strange New Worlds anthologies.

In August of 2003, Ordover left Pocket books to start up a book packager (though he did continue to work on a few projects he had left at Pocket), but ended up a part-owner of Phobos Books where he holds the title of editor-in-chief. There, he was responsible for the development of the new Phobos Impact Science Fiction and Fantasy lines, presenting the forthcoming novels All Eve’s Hallows by Dean Wesley Smith (September, 2005) Dragon America by Mike Resnick (also September, 2005), Sword of Orion by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (October, 2005), Blood and Roses by Ann Tonsor Zeddies (November, 2005), The Genesis Project by Dayton Ward (January, 2006) Luna City Special Investigations: Dead Man on the Moon by Stephen Harper (February, 2006) and Phobos Rising by L.A. Graf (March, 2006).

In 2000, Ordover won the Psi Phi Award for Lifetime Achievement. It was subsequently nicknamed “the Ordie” in his honor.

He runs the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art in Manhattan.

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Out Today: “Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2”

Out today: “Star Trek: Sons of Star Trek #2“, by .

Jake, Nog, and Alexander find themselves stuck in a never-ending loop of being blown to smithereens aboard the U.S.S. Avery and then revived by Q Jr.-who insists he’s helping them learn some lesson unbeknownst to them. Amid the attack from the Breen, the Avery crew and their strong-willed, bureaucratic captain, Skrain Dukat, refuse to listen to the trio’s musings about an alternate universe. Left with no other choice, they are forced to begrudgingly work together and attempt to step into their Starfleet roles in hopes of helping the Federation ship survive the attack and return home…or be stuck in this alternate reality forever!

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Happy 2024 Birthday to Larry Niven!


(Author Larry Niven at Utopiales 2010 (France), photo by Ceridwen.)

Happy birthday to Larry Niven!

Laurence van Cott Niven is an American science fiction writer who wrote the Animated Series episode “The Slaver Weapon” and co-authored the Star Trek comic strip story arc “The Wristwatch Plantation”. Niven is best known as the creator of the Known Space universe, for which he has written many novels and short stories. Ringworld is the most famous of these novels, winning the 1970 Hugo and Nebula Awards awards.

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