The Mass Effect franchise is like many other scifi franchises, from Star Wars to Halo to Star Trek, in that there are ancillary spin-off stories created in fiction, plus toys, puzzles, jewelry, even clothing and coffee mugs. I went into Game Stop today and talked to someone about my idea to have a competition to narrate gaming and movie trailers, like The Voice but for books. He suggested a theater as a possible venue, since the library and mall are both policy averse to such a new idea. (Bought a puzzle and created a video out of it using humor, incorporating several other video elements previously created. See what you think, below.) Are you aware that there are many current and upcoming audiobooks related to gaming and Star Trek/Star Wars franchises? These are performed by pros, who regularly appear at conventions and ComicCons. I have met and/or interviewed some. Even Quaritch from Avatar (Stephen Lang) is a narrator of audiobooks (for the Sandra Brown novels.) The novels are in hardcover, of course, but listening to some of the same narrators that voice games adds an extra dimension to it, don’t you agree? For example, Wil Wheaton from Star Trek narrates Ready Player One, soon to be a Spielberg movie. Greg Bear is best known for Blood Music, which won a Hugo and Nebula award, but also penned three Halo novels, and was a founding creator of ComicCon San Diego, the largest. A new novel I heard was Take Back the Sky, hard military scifi. Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation by Hugo winner NK Jemisin is due in November, and my own novel Fame Island, of course, was narrated by HK47 (Kris Tabori) of Star Wars Old Republic games. In any war, the ideal thing is to win “Hearts and Minds” rather than simply to blast everyone on the opposing team to oblivion (and they you.) And there’s a new Star Trek novel named just that: Hearts and Minds. I know that narrator, too. Robert Petkoff. And a fourth novel in the Mass Effect Andromeda series is coming in December: The Lost Ark. For a look inside the industry, try Blood Sweat and Pixels.