Keith R.A. DeCandido was gracious enough to set aside some time for an interview with after the Space Cowboys discussion panel at Lunacon 50. — ed. N.E. Lilly

Keith R.A. DeCandido is a long time writer of science-fiction and fantasy who has written many tie-in novels for TV shows such as Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Keith’s ties to the Space Western sub-genre include the novelization of Joss Whedon’s movie Serenity and media tie-in novels for Star Trek, and StarCraft: Ghost.

You can discover even more about Keith R.A. DeCandido and his work at

  1. (0:00) Introduction by N.E. Lilly
  2. (0:42) How did you get into writing?
  3. (1:36) Was Firefly/Serenity your first introduction to space westerns?
  4. (2:04) What are your three favorite episodes of Firefly?
  5. (3:33) After the cancellation, did you get involved with the various Browncoat movements?
  6. (4:42) How did you get the Serenity novelization?
  7. (5:36) What was it like writing a Space Western?
  8. (6:29) You’ve mentioned in other interviews that Jayne was the easiest and favorite of the major Serenity characters to write for… can you tell me why?
  9. (7:50) Any new developments with the two original Serenity books that were due to be put out by Pocket Books?
  10. (9:34) Can you let me in on any exclusive information, unknown insights, or trade secrets?
  11. (9:43) If you could ask Joss Whedon any three questions, what would they be?
  12. (11:14) What can we expect to see from you in the near future?

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