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New Stargate Anthology Coming from Sequart

At last I can reveal the next book I’ll be co-editing for Sequart, arriving in 2022, just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stargate SG-1. The title will be Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise, and I’ll be co-editing it with my friend and frequent collaborator Joseph Dilworth.

The book will discuss the Stargate theatrical film, as well as TV shows SG-1, Atlantis, Universe, Origins, and even Infinity, along with the spinoff novels, comics, and audios. It will feature essays by me, Joe, Ren Cummins, Keith DeCandido, Edward Dodds, Jo Duffy, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Mark L. Haynes, Brandon Jerwa, Robert Jeschonek, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Frank Schildiner, and Darren Sumner, with a cover from Leah Battle.

Joe and I are thrilled to be working on this book (the eleventh title from this publisher with me either editing or contributing as a writer), and we’ll post more information in the months to come. In the meantime, bookmark the publisher’s landing page for future updates. (Note: the image to the left is not the cover, which hasn’t been created yet.) Here’s the anthology’s official description from Sequart’s website:

In 1928, an archeological dig in Giza, Egypt, unearthed a giant ring and cover stone that had been buried for nearly 10,000 years. Decades later, disgraced Egyptologist Daniel Jackson discovers that this ring is a gateway to another planet, Abydos. However, the “stargate” is also a doorway to danger, as it was originally buried to stop a powerful alien being from enslaving ancient Egyptians in the guise of the god Ra.

This first step into the cosmos reveals a vast network of stargates throughout the galaxy and beyond, as well as Ra’s species, the parasitical Goa’uld, who seek to subjugate all inhabited worlds. Earth establishes a program with the mandate to explore the vast array of planets on the other side of the stargate, while seeking allies and technical assistance in fighting the Goa’uld and freeing those already enslaved.

What began as an exciting adventure film in 1994 has endured as a multimedia franchise spanning multiple television shows and an expanded universe of licensed literature. The Stargate mythos has explored not only alien civilizations and customs, but also the human condition, politics, and morality. This anthology gathers essays examining those themes through an insightful and scholarly lens. Chevron seven is locked, and the wormhole is open and ready for you to step through…

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