Friday, October 27, 2017

In Memoriam: Star Trek author Eric Kotani (Dr. Yoji Kondo; 1933 -2017) has died

Dr. Yoji Kondo a.k.a. Eric Kotani (1933-2017)

Dr. Yoji Kondo has died of a stroke on October 9th 2017. Beside (co-) writing several original Science Fiction novels he is best known to Star Trek fans as the author of Star Trek Voyager novel Death of a Neutron Star.

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Eric Kotani has been added to this blog's In Memoriam page.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Short News: David A. Goodman to write Spock Autobiography

In an interview with Trekmovie.com about his recently released Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard David A. Goodmann has revealed that he will write a third Star Trek "auto"biography after his books for Kirk and Picard:

This time he will cover the life of Spock:

With the History of the Federation book this is your third in-universe Trek book, are there any more in your future?
Titan contracted me for two more after the Kirk book, so the first is the Picard book and the next one will be for Spock.
Is that official?
I don’t know that it is officially announced, but there is a contract and they are paying me so I think it is happening. And I am writing it. And with the Spock book, for anyone who has also read the Kirk and Picard books, I am going to reward them. There are scenes in both the Kirk book and the Picard book that are then seen from Spock’s point of view in the Spock book. The third book will sort of tie the three books together, but it will also be its own story. I am very excited to write about Spock’s childhood and his early years in Starfleet before he became Kirk’s first officer.
And now he has an extra sister.
Yeah, I got to figure that one out. [laughs] I am reading Desperate Hours, which has some stuff about it. And actually there is a very brief nod to Discovery in the Picard book. If you blink, you might miss it. I was given a little something. Someone who read the book said “You could do this,” and so I did. It’s a fun thing for fans of Discovery, and if you aren’t a fan it goes right by.
Ambassador Spock of course left the prime universe to travel to the new Kelvin universe. So, did he write the book before or after he left?
I haven’t decided what to do with that yet. But, I think somebody finding his unfinished manuscript would be pretty cool. Like he was working on it and then he disappeared.

Little note: Until at least something more substantial (official title, release date or something similar) has been announced I'll not include it on the schedule pages yet.

Friday, October 13, 2017

News: Blurb for Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward revealed

The catalogue entry for Dayton Ward's Discovery novel Drastic Measures (currently scheduled for February 6th 2018) has been updated once again. This time the back cover blurb has been added:

It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DSC: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward (February 6th 2018)

STAR TREK - DISCOVERY

Drastic Measures

Dayton Ward
February 6th 2018


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Blurb 

It is 2246, ten years prior to the Battle at the Binary Stars, and an aggressive contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV and the eight thousand people who call it home. Distress signals have been sent, but any meaningful assistance is weeks away. Lieutenant Commander Gabriel Lorca and a small team assigned to a Starfleet monitoring outpost are caught up in the escalating crisis, and bear witness as the colony’s governor, Adrian Kodos, employs an unimaginable solution in order to prevent mass starvation.

While awaiting transfer to her next assignment, Commander Philippa Georgiou is tasked with leading to Tarsus IV a small, hastily assembled group of first responders. It’s hoped this advance party can help stabilize the situation until more aid arrives, but Georgiou and her team discover that they‘re too late—Governor Kodos has already implemented his heinous strategy for extending the colony’s besieged food stores and safeguarding the community’s long-term survival.

In the midst of their rescue mission, Georgiou and Lorca must now hunt for the architect of this horrific tragedy and the man whom history will one day brand “Kodos the Executioner”….

About the Author

Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, and the Star Trek novels Legacies: Purgatory’s Key, Elusive Salvation, Armageddon’s Arrow, The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at DaytonWard.com.

Short News: Simon and Schuster catalog listing for Discovery #2 by Dayton Ward seems to confirm early February 2018 release

As the Trek Collective points out in their recent book bits post the second Discovery novel, written by Dayton Ward, now is also listed in Simon & Schuster's online catalog for retailers for an early February 2018 release. In contrast to the Amazon.co.uk listing (February 8th) it mentions a February 6th release, which would fit the usual release day being a Tuesday for Star Trek titles by Pocket Books and Gallery Books.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Short News: Voyager: Architects of Infinity delayed again

According to the current listing in Simon & Schuster's online catalog Kirsten Beyer's Voyager novel Architects of Infinity has been hit by another delay. After it was moved from the End of December 2017 to the End of February 2018 a couple of weeks ago, the book is now listed for March 27 2018.


Speculation: Dayton Ward's Discovery novel slated for February 8th 2018?

TrekBBS.com user tenmei has spotted a listing for "Star Trek Discovery 2 TV Tie in" by Dayton Ward on amazon.co.uk slated for an February 8th release.

The measurements listed on the entry indicate that it will be a Trade Paperback novel like David Mack's Desperate Hours.

Since I couldn't find the book listed anywhere else yet (including other amazon sites) this piece of information should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Short News: Cover and blurb for DS9 e-novella I, the Constable by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann revealed

Amazon has added a cover and blurb for November's eBook exclusive Deep Space Nine novella I, the Constable, written by former head of Licensing for Star Trek (among other things) Paula M. Block and her partner Terry J. Erdmann:







With his Starfleet assignment temporarily on hold, Odo needs a distraction. He welcomes Chief O’Brien’s offer to loan him some of the action-packed books that both men relish: tales about hard-boiled private eyes, threatening thugs, and duplicitous dames. Then Quark suddenly goes missing during a hastily planned trip to Ferenginar. His concerned friends on Deep Space Nine feel that Odo, as the station’s former chief of security, is uniquely suited to track Quark down. But once on Ferenginar, Odo learns that Quark is trapped in the seamy underbelly of a criminal enterprise that could have been ripped from the pages of one of O’Brien’s novels. To find the bartender, Odo discovers that he must rely not only on his law enforcement background, but his knowledge of all things noir….

Saturday, September 23, 2017

News: The Trek Collective is back

As this blog was started to fill a small part of the void left behind by the Trek Collective, I feel I should point out to my readers that the original is back:

The Trek Collective is back in action!

As a certain song goes: "It's been a long time..."

Last year I decided to have a few days break from the Trek-sphere, and with the busy busy life I've been living lately, that accidentally became a whole year!

I've been clamouring to get back in the game ever since, but struggled to get back up to date with all the Trek goings on - Star Trek has also had a rather busy year!

But, now I have, and here I am. Normal service from 8of5 of The Trek Collective resumes today. As ever you did before you'll find here all the latest news on every aspect of Trek, with particular love for all the tie-in fiction, model ships, and other Star Trek things!

It's going to take me a little while to get all my schedule and resource pages back up to date, so please bare with me on those. But regular news posting starts now. I also intend to back fill all the news I miss, as much so I'm back in touch with it all as anything; so look out for all those back-dated posts too!

I switched off all my 8of5 communications channels when I took my break, but I see I've had a LOT of messages of concern and requests for updates. Sorry for leaving you all in limbo, and thank you for caring! I'll try and send replies to all those who contacted me individually in due course, but I am really grateful and moved that so many people cared!

Now, I've got some posts to write!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

News: Fixed cover for Titan: Fortune of War revealed and background info on need to fix

About two weeks after the initial cover reveal for Titan: Fortune of War in a StarTrek.com article and the subsequent pulling of the article only a day later., now the final cover for the book has been revealed by Star Trek.com by adding the new cover to the old article:

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In an entry on his blog David Mack explains why it was necessary to fix the cover:

Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.
And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.
We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.







The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.
Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both  have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.
The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.

Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.
Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.
We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.
Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.
How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.

Some posts by David Mack in the Facebook comments reveal that the added exploding planet in the background is both something he wanted to have on the cover and an actual scene from the book:


I'm quite happy with the revision — I finally got the exploding planet I've always wanted!



In that case I am happy to confirm that the scene on the cover=IS= a scene in the novel!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Short news: Second Prometheus book gets release date, Architects of Infinity delayed again, Titan cover pulled,ENT annotations

Here's a little rundown of short TrekLit news which came out since my last post:

Prometheus: The Root of all Rage to be released in May 2018

According to a recently added Amzon listing, The Root of all Rage (previously known as The Source of all Fury), the English translation of the second book in the Prometheus trilogy, has also gotten a release date: May 29th 2017


Voyager: Architects of Infinity delayed until late February

Architects of Infinity, the next installment in Kirsten Beyer's series of post final Voyager novels has been hit by another delay according to an updated  listing on Simon & Schuster's website. Instead of being released shortly before Christmas it is now scheduled for February 27th 2018, making it the March release instead of the January release.

Titan: Fortune of War cover pulled  

As I reported on September 2nd StarTrek.com had posted an article featuring the supposed cover art for Titan: Fortune of War. Only a day later the articel was pulled from the site. The posted cover (see below) featured an Akira class star ship, when it apparently should have been the Titan.






Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference Annotations posted

Christopher L. Bennett has posted annotations for his recent Enterprise novel Patterns of Interference on his website. Please be advised that the annotations contain spoilers for the book.




Internal news: 2018 schedule page added

I have added a page for the 2018 release schedule

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Short News: Cover for Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack revealed

StarTrek.com has revealed the cover for David Mack's upcoming Star Trek: Titan novel Fortune of War today:

 
The book will be published on November 28th 2017.

News : David Mack talks about writing Discovery: Desperate Hours

In an interview with inverse.com David Mack has talked about the in and outs of writing Desperate Hours. Here a some quotes from the interview:

“I had to be faithful to the aesthetics of the new series, but I didn’t want to be dismissive of the original Star Trek series and all that it had established. My job was to balance and marry those two visions, favoring neither while respecting both.”

  The story itself will focus on Michael Burnham aboard the USS Shenzhou a year before the events of the first episode of the new series. But, according to Mack, the book will also make it clear that this book also takes place: “one year after the Starship Enterprise’s first mission to Talos IV in ‘The Cage’.”

 “For fans who adore the Pike era of Star Trek, and especially those who enjoyed last year’s 50th-anniversary Star Trek Legacies trilogy, there will be lots to love in the pages of Desperate Hours,” Mack says.

 “Because this job would have the additional challenge of channeling the voices of characters who I would encounter only through script pages, Kirsten knew that she needed someone who would be able to read between the lines and find the hidden layers of the characters and bring them to life in prose,”

 “I don’t want to oversell the “integrated with canon” aspect of this project. While it is true that I was given unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes concept materials, scripts, and set photography, and it’s also true that I was allowed to contribute notes and minor supplemental creative material via Kirsten, my book is no more canon than any other — which is to say, it’s not canon.

Please read the full article on inverse.com here:

 How to Write a 'Star Trek' Book About a Show Nobody Has Watched


In other Discovery novel news Dayton Ward shares where he is currently at with writing with Discovery novel #2 in his August writing wrap-up:

Star Trek: Discovery Tie-in Novel – Now it can be told! One of the sooper sekrit writing things I’ve had going for a while now is this bad boy, which was formally announced early last month at the ginormous Star Trek convention shin-dig thing in Vegas. What can I tell you about it? At this point, not much more than what’s already been revealed, which is precious little. What I can tell you is that it’s the second DSC novel, following David Mack’s Desperate Hours, which will be published on September 26th. For those of you with calendars, that’s just two days after the series premiere of Star Trek: Discovery itself. As for my book? It’s currently slated for “early 2018” publication, and as was revealed in Vegas, the story is set somewhere around ten years before the first episode of the series proper. I’m actually working on revisions to the manuscript offered by my editor and a few of the folks in the DSC writers room, and should have them back to Pocket Books late next week. More to come as I’m allowed to share!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Short News: Kelvin Timeline no longer off limits, licence renewal in progress, Desperate Hours creation

No new books were announced at the STLV books panel, but TrekCore reports some interesting little tidbits via their twitter nonetheless:

 Breaking: novels can now incorporate Kelvin Timeline content as needed - Hobus supernova, etc
This allows novel writers to 'play in another part of the sandbox'

No new 2018 novel announcements yet (save for DSC), license with CBS in process of being renewed. Novels will continue, says panel


About the creative process regarding Desperate Hours and David Mack's rapport with the writing staff:
turned in his novel draft a few months ago, ahead of the season being fully scripted

describes a few "false starts" in his writing time, having to change directions as show plans changed

  is getting scripts as they are released to the production team at the show.

 Getting scripts as they are completed lets offer notes to Kirsten Beyer to share with writing team

describes "two-way communication" between novel writing team and episode writers

says DESPERATE HOURS is a 90k-100k-word novel.

created a character reference bible for writing, with some information that made it to on-screen content

  drafted character profiles before actors cast, showrunners then asked him to update to align with actors

's revised character profiles shared with actors to help them craft their backstories

A 'preview' of 's DESPERATE HOURS. Good Luck folks.







Some character names/details on originate in 's character profiles








News: Desperate Hours cover and blurb revealed and second novel announced at STLV

During a panel about the tie-in comics and novels to Star Trek Discovery at  the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention the cover and blurb for David Mack's Discovery novel Desperate Hours has finally been revealed:







Blurb 

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.
She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea.

As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life—until now. 



The novel is set one year prior to the shows first episode and one year after the events of TOS original pilot The Cage.

A second novel, penned by Dayton Ward was also announced during the panel, set to appear in early 2018. No title has been announced for this novel yet, but Dayton Ward revealed that it was set 10 years prior to the show.

Sources: StarTrek.com, Trekcore.com



Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman (September 5th 2017)

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

David A. Goodman
September 5th 2017
Titan Books






Blurb 

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard is an in-world memoir chronicling the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court martials, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.

David A. Goodman, who also wrote The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, has spent the last 26 years writing for television. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”), and Family Guy, where he was head writer for six years.



About the Author

In addition to his books, David A. Goodman has been writing for television since 1988. His credits include The Golden Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise, Futurama (where he wrote the Nebula Award nominated Star Trek homage "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"), and Family Guy where he was head writer for six years. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his family.



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Short News: David Mack's Discovery: Desperate Hours release date will be September 26th 2017

Simon and Schuster now lists the first Dicovery novel Desperate Hours, written by David Mack, for September 26th 2017.

At the time of this post DS9: Original Sin is still listed for the same release date, so while the late October slot is still empty, we will get a Star Trek "double-header" in late September.

Interesting tidbit: The German publisher Cross Cult had September as the release date for the German version all the way back since the original announcement that the book would be delayed. Funny coincidence or them having early knowledge about the series release?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

News: Cover and Synopsis revealed for Deep Space Nine: Gamma - Original Sin by David R. George III

Seems like my speculation way back in February that Original Sin would be a Robinson novel turned out to be true:

Today StarTrek.com revealed the cover and synopsis for Original Sin. And while the article doesn't mention this to be the first part of series, the subtitle Gamma on the Doug Drexler created cover at least makes this likely.

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At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a years-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet’s charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations.

But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship’s crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted—including Sisko’s daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko’s daughter and the rest of the missing

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek - The Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward (author), Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski (artists) (July 11th 2017)


Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek - The Klingon Empire

Dayton Ward (author), Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski (artists)
July 11th  2017
Insight Editions

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Blurb 

Explore the homeworld and vast dominion of Star Trek’s most formidable race, the Klingons, in this thrilling travel guide.

nuqneH! Bored of standard vacations to places like Risa or Wrigley’s Pleasure Planet? Want to discover a unique and ancient culture not bound by standard niceties and social mores? Then Qo’noS and the vast Klingon Empire are for you! This one-of-a-kind travel guide will give you all the information you need to plan, enjoy, and survive your trip to the very heart of Klingon territory, from an overview of Klingon history to tips on what to wear (fur and leather are very popular) to a glossary of important phrases like “mamI' DaneH'a'? nItebHa' mamI' DaneH'a'?” (Would you like to dance with me?). Every major location in the Klingon Empire is covered in-depth, with tips on where to eat (you’ve not lived until you’ve eaten Klingon skull stew), how best to get to and from your chosen destination, and what to do if you find yourself challenged to a bat’leth battle to the death. Locations include the homeworld Qo’noS and its famous locales such as the First City, the Caves of No’mat the Hamar Mountains, and the city of Krennla, plus neighboring moons Corvix and Praxis, and many, many more must-see areas. The book also features exclusive maps and illustrations that bring to life the Klingon Empire and form the perfect reference guide for any visitor. So what are you waiting for? Qapla’!



About the Author

Dayton Ward, Author: Dayton Ward is the New York Times best-selling author or coauthor of numerous novels and short stories, including a whole bunch of stuff set in the Star Trek universe, often writing with friend and co-author Kevin Dilmore. He lives with his wife and daughters in Kansas City.

Livio Ramondelli, Illustrator: Livio Ramondelli has illustrated several major Transformers comics projects for IDW Publishing. Other credits include Battlestar Galactica for Dynamite, Star Wars for Dark Horse Comics, and Pacific Rim for Legendary Comics. He previously worked as a concept artist on DC Universe Online for Sony/DC Comics. More of his work can be seen at LivioRamondelli.com as well as on Instagram at LivioRamondelli.

Peter Markowski, Illustrator: Peter Markowski is a Los Angeles–based illustrator who currently works in Visual Development at DreamWorks TV. He has worked for Warner Bros. Animation and LEGO, as well as on various commercials, animated shorts, and several pitches, including one for an animated Star Trek series.







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  • Some earlier preview pages and cover were also available since late 2016 (see below). As the book was still in early stages at that point they  don't reflect the final product and are posted here as information only















News: Dayton Ward's Elusive Salvation nominated for Scribe Award

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) has released the nominations list for this years Scribe Award. If you are unaware of the Scribe Award, the IAMTW describes it as follows:

Acknowledging excellence in this very competitive field, the IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and that cross all genres. Tie-in works run the gamut from westerns to mysteries to procedurals, from science fiction to fantasy to horror, from action and adventure to superheroes. HALO, Elementary, 24, Star Trek, Mike Hammer, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Doctor Who: these represent just a few.

 This year only one novel from the Star Trek line has managed to get on the list of nominees:

TOS: Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward



While he is nominated in the Speculative Original category for Elusive Salvation, he also managed to be nominated in another Category, General Original, for his 24 novel Trial by Fire.

Other Trek Alumni on the nominations list are Christie Golden and Glenn Greenberg.
The full list of nominations:

Adapted – General and Speculative
Assassin’s Creed by Christie Golden
Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins
Suicide Squad by Marv Wolfman
 
Audio
Dark Shadows: Blood & Fire by Roy Gill
Torchwood: Broken by Joseph Lidster
Torchwood: Uncanny Valley by David Llewellyn
Doctor Who: Mouthless Dead by John Pritchard
 
General Original
24: Trial by Fire by Dayton Ward
Don Pendleton’s The Executioner: Missile Intercept by Michael Black
Murder Never Knocks by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn by Ace Atkins
Tom Clancy’s True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney
Short Fiction
“A Dangerous Cat” by Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins
X-Files “Drive Time” by Jon McGoran
X-Files “An Eye for an Eye” by George Ivanoff
X-Files “Love Lost” by Yvonne Navarro
X-Files “XXX” by Glenn Greenberg
 
Speculative Original
Assasin’s Creed: Heresy by Christie Golden
Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade by David Annandale
Star Trek: Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward
Supernatural: Mythmaker by Tim Waggoner


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

In Memoriam: Star Trek author V.E. MItchell (1954-2017) has died

Victoria "Vicki" Estelle Mitchell Gustafson (1954-2017)

V.E. Mitchell, the author of four Star Trek novels (TOS: Enemy Unseen, TOS: Windows on a lost World, TNG: Imbalance and the young adult novel TNG: Atlantis Station) has died on April 13th 2017.

Beside her work as a science fiction author Mitchell gained several college degrees, including a Master's in Geology and an MBA. She worked as an Geologist and mine historian for the Idaho Geological Survey.

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Thank you to TrekBBS user Daddy Todd for sending me the link to the Obituary.

V.E. Mitchell has been added to this blog's In Memoriam page.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Short News: New eBook exclusive DS9 novella by Block & Erdmann added for November 13th 2017

Simon and Schuster has added a new eBook exclusive DS9 novella called I, The Constable to their line-up for November 13th 2017.

It will be written by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Ermann, who have written two other DS9 novellas in the last few years with Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found) and Rules of Accusation.  

No information  are available about the topic of this novella, but the title seems to suggest that after the last two novellas being focused on Quark and the Ferengi this one seems to take a closer look at Quark's old nemesis Odo.

EDIT:

Paula has confirmed that it will indeed feature Odo on Twitter:


The "Constable" in the title is indeed Odo. And Quark is in the story, too.

DS9: I, The Constable by Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann (November 13th 2017)

STAR TREK - Deep Space Nine

I, The Constable

Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann
Pocket Books
November 13th 2017
eBook exclusive novella






Blurb 

With his Starfleet assignment temporarily on hold, Odo needs a distraction. He welcomes Chief O’Brien’s offer to loan him some of the action-packed books that both men relish: tales about hard-boiled private eyes, threatening thugs, and duplicitous dames. Then Quark suddenly goes missing during a hastily planned trip to Ferenginar. His concerned friends on Deep Space Nine feel that Odo, as the station’s former chief of security, is uniquely suited to track Quark down. But once on Ferenginar, Odo learns that Quark is trapped in the seamy underbelly of a criminal enterprise that could have been ripped from the pages of one of O’Brien’s novels. To find the bartender, Odo discovers that he must rely not only on his law enforcement background, but his knowledge of all things noir….

About the Author

Paula M. Block (with Terry J. Erdmann) is a co-author of the ebook novella Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). She has also written the non-fiction books: Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek Pop-Ups; Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series; Star Trek The Next Generation 365; Star Trek The Original Series 365; Star Trek 101; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion; The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection; The Magic of Tribbles; and Star Trek: Action! Her additional titles include Monk: The Official Episode Guide and The 4400 Companion. As a licensing director for Paramount Pictures, Paula was co-editor of Pocket Books’ short story series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Terry J. Erdmann (with Paula M. Block) is a co-author of the ebook novella Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). He has also written the non-fiction books: Star Trek Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek Pop-Ups; Star Trek The Original Topps Trading Card Series; Star Trek The Next Generation 365; Star Trek The Original Series 365; Star Trek 101; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion; The Secrets of Star Trek: Insurrection; The Magic of Tribbles; and Star Trek: Action! His additional titles include Monk: The Official Episode Guide and The 4400 Companion. During his career in film publicity, Terry authored The Last Samurai Official Companion. They live in Southern Oregon with their two collies, Shadow and Mandy.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Short News: Cover for english translation of the first Prometheus book revealed

A cover has been added to the listing of Prometheus: Fire with Fire by Christian Humberg and Bernd Perplies at the various Amazon sites:



Comparing it to the original cover makes one wonder why they couldn't just use the German cover with English text as the differences are minimal:


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Short News: Cover for DS9: Enigma Tales by Una McCormack revealed

StarTrek.com has posted the cover for Una McCormack's upcoming Deep Space Nine novel Enigma Tales:


Internal News: Fictional non-fiction now part of Defcon's Treklit's coverage

First of all: Thank you to those who took part in my "fitional" non-fiction poll.

Since the results at the moment are pretty overwhelmingly in favor of adding those books, I've added them to the upcoming schedule and created posts for both Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Star Trek - The Klingon Empire and The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

Since I was working on the table anyway I've also added two new columns to the upcoming schedule:

release month:  Since at least for Pocket Books for the novels released at the end of a month the official release month is the following month TrekBBS user ryan123450 suggested to add this information and I concur.

publisher: originally I thought that column wouldn't be necessary, but since Titan Books picked up Prometheus, and I've now added the "fictional" non fiction titles as well there are three players now instead of one.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Short news: Original Sin confirmed for September 26th 2017

What was already pretty apparent has now been officially confirmed by David R. George III: Original Sin has been moved to the October 2017 slot in the Trek Schedule:

I just confirmed with my editor that my next #StarTrek novel has been moved up on the schedule. It had been planned as a January 2018 released, but will now be an October 2017 book. That means it will be in bookstores on 26 September—three months earlier than expected!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Should Defcon's Treklit cover "fictional" non-fiction?

At the moment two title's are upcoming for which I'm unsure if I should include them in my coverage or not.

My original plan was and still is to stick to the prose and leave non-fiction works out of this site's coverage. But over the next few months two titles will be published that are on the line between what I could or could not include and represent what I call "fictional" non-fiction:

 Hidden Universes Trave Guide: Star Trek: The Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A. Goodman

 Since my opinion is flip-flopping on a constant basis I figured I should ask the readers of this blog what I should include and what not, so please take a few seconds and share your opinion.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Short News: VOY: Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer and DS9: Original Sin by David R. George III change slots in schedule

According to eMails send to people who have preordered Voyager: Architects of Infinity by Kirsten Beyer by Amazon the book has been delayed to December 26th 2017, taking the January 2018 slot from David R.George III's DS9 novel Original Sin, which in turn takes Architects of Infinity's October 2017 slot, which now is listed on Amazon for September 26th 2017.

No reason for the second delay for her Voyager novel has been made public yet, but my guess is that it is related to the delay of the Discovery TV show, for which Kirsten Beyer is on the writing staff.

If you want to see how the upcoming schedule looks now, I refer you to my upcoming novels schedule.

DS9: Gamma: Original Sin by David R.George III (September 26th 2017)

STAR TREK - DEEP SPACE NINE

Gamma: Original Sin

David R. George III
September 26th 2017


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Blurb 

At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a years-long assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet’s charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations.

But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship’s crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted—including Sisko’s daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko’s daughter and the rest of the missing

About the Author

David R. George III has written more than a dozen Star Trek novels, including Ascendance, The Lost Era: One Constant Star, The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, the Typhon Pact novels Raise the Dawn, Plagues of Night, and Rough Beasts of Empire, as well as the New York Times bestseller The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins. He also cowrote the television story for the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Prime Factors.” Additionally, David has written nearly twenty articles for Star Trek magazine. His work has appeared on both the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists, and his television episode was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe magazine award. You can chat with David about his writing at Facebook.com/DRGIII.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Short News: DS9: Original Sin confirmed as the January 2018 novel

Ever so slowly the fog around the formerly mysterious DRG novel Original Sin continues to clear.

After initially one could only speculate that it would be a Star Trek novel , a little digging suggested that it would be a DS9 novel dealing with the Robinson.

After a blog post by David R. George III on his website confirmed that he has a Star Trek Novel slated for late December without naming a title or series, another blog post now revealed some further information:

In an interesting blog post about the editing process of a Star Trek novel (you should really take the time to read the whole piece, as I don't think we had the process broken down in such detail yet), he confirms that his late December novel is indeed the "mysterious" Original Sin, and through posting a picture of the in-book title page he also (unintentionally?) confirms that it will be DS9.

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from Ed Schlesinger, my administrative editor at Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint. He informed me that CBS Consumer Products had sent along their notes on my latest manuscript, a Star Trek novel called Original Sin.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

News: Indications that Titan Books secured English Language rights for Star Trek: Prometheus trilogy

A listing on amazon.ca and other amazon outlets for Star Trek Prometheus - Fighting Fire with Fire by Christina Humberg and Bernd Perplies indicates that Titan Books has secured the English Language rights for the Star Trek Prometheus trilogy originally published in German last year by Cross Cult. The title is listed for November 28th 2017.


There are no listings for this book on any of the either online retailers as far as I'm aware and listings for the other two books are nowhere to be found, but I would be surprised if the other two wouldn't be released rather soon after the first book.

If you are unaware of the Prometheus trilogy: Cross Cult, the publisher of the German translation of Pocket'sStar Trek novels published an original German language Star Trek trilogy set after the "The Fall" novel with an original crew onboard the U.S.S. Prometheus. You can find the covers and translated blurb from the German version by clicking on the Prometheus label on the right or just here.




News: David R. George III confirms Star Trek novel for late December

In a recent blog post about how he ended up writing for Star Trek on his new website DRGIII.com David R. George III confirmed that he recently finished writing a Star Trek novel slated for the January 2018 slot (meaning it will be out late December):

Not that long ago, I completed my eighteenth Trek novel, currently scheduled as a January 2018 release, meaning that it will be out at the end of December this year.

DRG III made no further info available as of this posting, but as I speculated earlier there is a chance that this will be a novel called Original Sin, dealing with the U.S.S. Robinson in the Gamma Quadrant.

Curiously the listing for Original Sin has vanished from Simon and Schuster's website just when David confirms he has written a Star Trek novel for the date listed for Original Sin. If that has any further meaning or is just due to updating the listing with further information soon is not clear at the moment.



Monday, March 6, 2017

News: Cover blurb for Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack

Shortly after David Mack revealed the release date for his upcoming Titan novel Fortune of War Amazon now lists the novel as well and also has a back cover blurb for the novel:

From New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes an original, thrilling novel set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets, waiting to be awakened and unleashed…

Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.

Now a discovery by a Federation cultural research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock's lethal technology.

All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.



Saturday, March 4, 2017

Short News: First Discovery Novel will be called Desperate Hours

On his website David Mack now list the first Discovery novel as Desperate Hours and gives a January 2018 release date.

Update: David Mack has clarified that the January release date is just a place holder

Titan: Fortune of War to be released on November 28th 2017

David Mack now has listed November 28th 2017 as the release date for his Titan novel Fortune of War on his website.

This makes Fortune of War the December release for the Star Trek novel line, so that only the August and November slots are still unknown at this point beyond the May slot which most likely will remain vacant because of the delays of both Kirsten Beyer's next Voyager novel To Lose the Earth and David Mack's first Discovery novel.


Edit: Originally I stated that only the November slot was empty but it was pointed out to me by @ryan1234560 on Twitter that  the August slot is vacant as well.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Speculation: December DRG III novel could be a USS Robinson novel

About two weeks ago I reported about a David R. George III novel called Original Sin slated for late December.

Back then I speculated that it most probably will be a Star Trek novel. Digging a little bit further it seems that it not only will be a Star Trek novel, but very well could be a U.S.S. Robinson story set in the Gamma Quadrant. What leads me to this speculation is this:






I googled the ISBN number given in the Original Sin entry at Simon & Schuster's site and the link title says Gamma: Robinson First Mission. When you click on the link you end up at the same entry I linked to in my earlier post, so please take this speculation as exactly that: a speculation.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Speculation: New David R. George III Star Trek novel slated for December 26th 2017?

In Simon & Schuster's online catalog a novel called Original Sin by David R. George III has popped up slated for a December 26th 2017 release.

There are no further info about the book and Star Trek isn't mentioned in the title, but two things make it likely that this is another Star Trek novel by David R. George III:

  • The relase date fits the pattern for Star Trek novels to have the last tuesday of a month as the release date
  • So far David R. George III hasn't worked for Simon & Schuster  on anything else than Star Trek


Saturday, January 21, 2017

News: Discovery novel to be delayed

As David Mack confirmed on the TrekBBS his tie-in novel to the upcoming new Star Trek Discovery TV series will be delayed to coincide with the airing of the series. Since the new release date for the show hasn't been publicized yet, there is no indication when the book will be out either.

David Mack sees the positive in this in his forum post:

The novel's release is being postponed to coincide with the premiere, at least as closely as is possible. Which is good for S&S and for me, since it means we're no longer on such a super-crash schedule.

The postponement of the novel will have no influence for his work on other upcoming Star Trek novels, but one of them could be selected to fill the hole in the schedule if the editors see the need:

Section 31: Control is already finished with production and is on track to go to the printers. Star Trek: Titan – Fortune of War is written, approved, and on its way to copyediting. Because I finished it way ahead of schedule, it can be published early if the publisher needs to adjust its schedule.

As soon as I finish the manuscript for my Discovery novel, I will return to work on Dark Arts, my original series for Tor. Book one, The Midnight Front, is in production now, for a February 2018 release. I plan to finish book two, The Iron Codex, by the fall, and book three, Shadow Commission, by this time next year, if all goes well. 

Fellow Star Trek author Dayton Ward doesn't see any other changes in the schedule coming after the Discovery delay. When the question arose he stated:

It shouldn't have any effect. The Discovery novel is a trade paperback, and trades operate on a different schedule/production cycle than the mass-market paperbacks.