Keith R. A. DeCandido has been a fan of Spider-Man since seeing his live-action adventures on “The Electric Company” as a kid. His first short story sale and first novel sale were both collaborative Spider-Man tales (“An Evening in the Bronx with Venom” with John Gregory Betancourt in 1994’s The Ultimate Spider-Man and Venom’s Wrath with José R. Nieto in 1998), and solo he’s also written a Spidey short story (“Arms and the Man” in 1997’s Untold Tales of Spider-Man) and a Spidey novel (Down These Mean Streets in 2005). He’s become a regular Smart Pop contributor, having also written essays in Finding Serenity, The Man from Krypton, Star Wars on Trial, The Unauthorized X-Men and King Kong Is Back!, with more to come. Find out less at his official Web site at DeCandido.net.
“The Train Job” Didn’t Do the Job
from Finding Serenity
This is one essay from the anthology Finding Serenity
Firefly’s early demise left fans with a deep sense of loss and plenty of unanswered questions. From what was wrong with the pilot to what was right with the Reavers, from the use of Chinese to how correspondence between Joss and network executives might have gone, from a philosopher’s perspective on “Objects in Space” to a sex therapist’s analysis of Inara, Finding Serenity is filled with writing as exciting, funny and enthralling as the show itself.
Finding Serenity includes:
- Mercedes Lackey on the nature of freedom in “Firefly”
- Roxanne Longstreet Conrad on how the crew of Serenity could kick the Enterprise crew’s butts any day
- Leigh Adams Wright on the fate of the ’verse’s Chinese people
- Tanya Huff on Zoe as the ultimate warrior woman
- Michelle Sagara West on television finally getting marriage right
- Kevin M. Sullivan’s unofficial glossary of “Firefly” Chinese
- And Jewel Staite (“Kaylee”) offers a behind-the-scenes insider look and talks about her favorite episodes
Other contributors include:
- Ginjer Buchanan
- Joy Davidson
- Don Debrandt
- Keith R.A. DeCandido
- Larry Dixon
- David Gerrold
- Jennifer Goltz
- Nancy Holder
- Robert B. Taylor
- John C. Wright
- Lyle Zynda
About the Authors
Jane Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa, where she was introduced to the writings of Jane Austen at an early age by her English lit–major mother. She eventually found herself with a long career as a television writer/producer, but she never gave up the essential love of Austen. She wrote for a number of half-hour comedies, including “Ellen,” then moved on to drama writing, including stints on “The O.C.,” “Gilmore Girls” and a five-year run on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” While working at “Buffy,” she was able to write a vampire-themed comic book story in the style of Austen, rekindling her love for that kind of storytelling. She continues in television, working under a development deal with 20th Century Fox television, creating shows of her own and rereading Austen in her spare time. She’s delighted to be included in this collection.
Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas.