Wyrm Food

Was it Shakespeare who quipped that every tale benefits from the admixture of zombies and dragons? Perhaps, but judging from the quantity of such offerings crowding shelves and theater kiosks, it was more likely someone from marketing. Whatever its source, the axiom is bound to hold true for the French and Indian War, a conflict mostly forgotten despite its far-reaching consequences. Murky issues and desultory conflicts? Meet manky dreadfuls and Jacobean necromancy.

Such is the stuff of legend and of the Michael Stackpole talk and book signing, where the author will discuss At the Queen's Command, first in his series of fantasy-based, alternate-history novels retelling the events that helped prime America for revolution. Stackpole, best known for his New York Times bestsellers set in the Star Wars universe, including Rogue Squadron and I, Jedi, has delved increasingly into epic fantasy and historical fantasy over the past decade.

Thu., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., 2010