Shore Leave 42 Guest: Keith RA DeCandido

Keith RA DeCandido

The first time Keith R.A. DeCandido attended Shore Leave, it was 1992. He came as a member of the press as part of the public-access TV shows The Chronic Rift and Word Balloons: Interviews with Comics Folk, in which capacity he conducted interviews with authors Michael Jan Friedman, Howard Weinstein, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, and L.A. Graf, as well as actors Mark Lenard and Majel Barrett. He came back to Shore Leave in 2000 as a newly minted Star Trek author, having written the comic Perchance to Dream the year before and the Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBook novella Fatal Error that year, with his first Trek novel, Diplomatic Implausibility, due out the following year. He's been to every Shore Leave since, having written more than fifty novels, about a hundred short stories, about seventy-five or so comic books, and more nonfiction than he can possibly count.


Recent and upcoming work includes Phoenix Precinct, the latest in his fantasy/police procedural series, due out later this year; A Furnace Sealed, the first in his new urban fantasy series about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters (its sequel is due out this year as well); four novellas in the Super City Cops series; serialized fiction in the world of the game Summoners War; and short stories in the anthologies Pangaea III, Bad Ass Moms, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Across the Universe, Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals & Gizmos, and Footprints in the Stars. In 2009, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. His rewatches of various classic Trek TV shows and reviews of current Trek TV shows appear on, along with other pop-culture prognostications about a variety of topics, particularly screen adaptations of superhero comics.


His other nonfiction on pop culture can be found on his Patreon (, as well as anthologies like the Outside In series, Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who, ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman '66—Season One, and more. He's also a professional musician (currently the percussionist for Shore Leave regulars the Boogie Knights), an editor of more than 25 years' standing (working for clients both corporate and private), a third-degree black belt in karate (which he teaches to both children and adults), and probably some other stuff that he can't remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at

Books by Keith RA DeCandido:

Title ISBN Date Publisher
The Fans Are Buried Tales Crazy 8 Press
978-173204-061-8 Crazy 8 Press
978-107226-316-6 Brave New Girls
978-194969-103-0 Espec Books
978-194299-019-2 Paper Phoenix Press
Zlonk! Zok! Zowie! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman '66 (Season 1)
978-168383-328-4 Insights
978-194299-092-5 Espec Books
978-161475-946-1 WordFire Press LLC
978-151542-384-3 Fantastic Books
Outside In Takes a Stab: 139 New Perspectives on 139 Buffy Episodes by 139 Writers 978-098822-107-9 ATB Publishing
978-194892-949-3 Mystique Press
978-098368-778-8 Crazy 8 Press
Outside In: Make It So 978-098822-104-8 ATB Publishing
978-190558-679-0 Fandemonium Books
978-193988-837-2 Crazy 8 Press
978-190558-675-2 Fandemonium
1-63140-272-2 IDW Publishing
1-93705-176-5 Dark Quest
1-63140-278-1 IDW Publishing
Mermaid Precinct Dark Quest
978-194058-905-3 Sequart Publishing
1-47675-739-9 Pocket
1-90558-667-1 Fandemonium Books
1-93705-167-6 Dark Quest
0-98600-856-7 Plus One Press
978-194892-947-9 Mystique Press
978-160886-637-3 Boom Studios
978-160886-636-6 Boom Studios
978-098261-979-7 Dark Quest, LLC
1-43919-486-6 Pocket
1-45371-610-6 Int. Assoc. Media Tie-In Writers
1-60886-514-2 BOOM! Studios
1-60010-612-9 Pocket
1-43910-944-3 Pocket
Seven Deadly Sins (hc) 1-43958-112-6 Gallery Books
978-184856-600-2 Titan Books
1-60886-513-4 Boom Studios
1-42781-612-3 TokyoPop
978-037364-373-8 Gold Eagle
1-93450-698-2 BOOM! Studios
1-93450-699-0 Boom! Studios
978-193485-753-3 Catalyst Game Labs
1-93450-675-3 BOOM! Studios
0-98413-920-6 White Rocket Books
1-93377-163-1 Smart Pop
1-41655-850-0 Pocket
1-41659-495-7 Pocket
1-41658-909-0 Pocket
978-006143-503-4 HarperEntertainment
1-41657-181-7 Pocket
1-60010-179-8 Pocket
978-184435-269-2 Pocket
1-84435-269-2 Big Finish
1-41651-343-4 Pocket
1-41655-647-8 Pocket
0-74349-255-2 Pocket
1-41652-741-9 Pocket
0-75640-437-1 DAW
1-41654-498-4 Pocket
0-06137-090-8 HarperEntertainment
1-41654-489-5 Pocket
1-41653-415-6 Pocket
1-41693-630-0 Pocket
1-41652-471-1 Pocket
1-41652-576-9 Pocket
0-75640-381-2 DAW
1-41691-917-1 Pocket
978-193210-089-1 BenBella
1-93210-074-1 BenBella
0-74347-134-2 Pocket
0-74347-136-9 Pocket
0-74349-253-6 Pocket
1-93210-064-4 BenBella
1-41650-968-2 Pocket
1-41650-755-8 Pocket
1-41650-520-2 Pocket
1-41650-015-4 Pocket
1-41650-326-9 Pocket
1-93210-043-1 BenBella Books
1-41650-014-6 Pocket
0-74348-353-7 Pocket
0-74349-179-3 Pocket
0-44667-962-3 Warner Aspect
0-74349-349-4 Pocket
0-74349-171-8 Pocket
0-74346-770-1 Pocket
0-74349-291-9 Pocket
0-74345-716-1 Pocket
0-74345-714-5 Pocket
0-74347-707-3 Pocket
0-74346-405-2 Pocket
0-74347-073-7 Pocket
0-74346-665-9 Pocket
0-74346-443-5 Pocket
0-74346-442-7 Pocket
978-076530-483-4 Tor
0-74349-661-2 Pocket
War Stories Book 2 Pocket
0-74341-922-7 Pocket
0-74341-923-5 Pocket
0-74346-632-2 Pocket
War Stories Book 1 Pocket
0-74345-683-1 Pocket
0-74344-412-4 Pocket
0-74350-945-5 Pocket
0-74350-944-7 Pocket
Here There Be Monsters [Gateways Epilogue] Pocket
978-074343-112-5 Pocket
0-44100-852-6 Ace
Invincible #2 Pocket
0-74341-852-2 Pocket
Invincible #1 Pocket
Cold Fusion Pocket
0-81256-162-7 Pocket
0-67178-554-0 Pocket
0-74343-996-1 Pocket
Fatal Error Pocket
0-42516-574-4 Berkeley