This is the last in the Lost Chronicles series, which fills in gaps in the story of Dragonlance Chronicles, which we wrote twenty-five years ago. This third book deals with the most popular character of that series, the wizard, Raistlin Majere. Raistlin has just taken the “black robes,” meaning he has decided to dedicate himself to Takhisis, Queen of Darkness. He travels to her capital city, only to find his dreams and ambitions come crashing down on top of him.
What inspires you?
People, historical events, books.
What is your writing process with Tracy Hickman?
Tracy says he writes the adjectives, I write the nouns and we vote on adverbs. Actually we work now as we worked twenty-five years ago. We write the synopsis together, then he does the leg work—walking the world—and I do the writing.
What books do you enjoy reading?
I have my favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Renault, Alexander Dumas, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Chain Potok . . . so many!
Can you tell us a bit about how DRAGONLANCE came about?
Tracy and his wife, Laura, came up with the idea for a world where good and evil dragons fought and knights rode on the back of dragons. They developed this idea as they were driving across the U.S. from Utah to Wisconsin for Tracy to take a job at TSR, Inc. He presented the idea to the game design team and they developed the world that eventually became DRAGONLANCE.
About Dragons of the Hourglass Mage: The Companions are back and the balance of Krynn is at stake, in the magnificent conclusion to the Lost Chronicles. The world celebrates Spring Dawning. The War of the Lance is nearing its end—for good or ill. Krynn’s future has been written. People think they know how the story ends. But one night and one fateful decision by Raistlin Majere may change it all. Dragons of the Hourglass Mage has already spent two weeks on the New York Times best-seller list since its August 4th release.
Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, I have a giveaway copy of Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman for five lucky winners!
Contest is open to U.S. residents. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 23. I’ll draw names on October 24, and notify winners via email.
Sarah Connor (Lena Heady) will do anything to protect her son John (Thomas Dekker), the future savior of the human race. The machines know about John, and have been sent back to terminate him before Judgment Day. There is also Cameron (Summer Glau), a machine sent back to the past to protect him. But Cameron seems to have another agenda as well. And joining the team on a regular basis this season is John’s uncle Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green).
The latest issue (21) of The Official Star Trek magazine is on sale now. Keep reading for 3 extracts from the magazine featuring David Gerrold, sound designer Ben Burtt, and Armin Shimerman!
David Gerrold discusses the origins of “The Trouble With Tribbles”
My original intention for “The Trouble With Tribbles” was to demonstrate that not every problem a starship captain might have to deal with would be a big problem, threatening the safety of the galaxy. Once in a while, the little problems could be just as annoying. At the beginning, I had no idea that “The Trouble With Tribbles” was a laugh-out-loud comedy. I thought we were doing quiet whimsy, but moment by moment the comedic opportunities started piling up.
Prior to this episode, we’d seen only hints that William Shatner could be a great comic actor. The giveaway moment was the storage compartment scene. I had written in the outline and the script that the tribbles fall on Kirk’s head. I had always assumed that at some point, Shatner would say, “This makes my character look too silly,” and I was prepared to have him step aside just before the tribbles fell. But William Shatner has always been the consummate professional and I believe he was eager to show off his comic abilities as well. The moment when he is up to his neck in tribbles, when he gives Dr. McCoy a very annoyed look – that’s equal to any expression that Oliver Hardy ever gave to Stan Laurel at his most exasperated.
Following the shocking death of Stephen, who gave his life to save Nick, the team is down in spirits and numbers. Captain Becker joins the team as security when they investigate an anomaly sighting at a London museum. From that adventure, Egyptologist Sarah Page also joins the team. Throughout season the team goes through several major changes, including an administration shake-up and the addition of policeman Danny Quinn who worms his way onto the team as well.