Monday, January 27, 2014

A TON of new Star Trek book news!

Wow! Talk about a wealth of new information about upcoming Star Trek titles! Let's get right to it!

One of my "must listen" podcasts is Literary Treks, from the good people over at Trek.fm! Every week, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones discuss the latest developments in Star Trek novels and comics. Often, they feature interviews with the authors or other people in the Trek publishing industry. Well, this past week, they had Margaret Clark on, the editor who works on the Trek book line. And wow did she have a lot of information to dish!

First up, there are a few announcements of new books coming in 2014. In October, we have the next installment of Kirsten Beyer's Voyager series, much sooner than expected! Look for Acts of Contrition to hit the shelves on or around September 30th.

Clark also spoke briefly about the upcoming TNG novel, The Light Fantastic, the follow-up to David Mack's excellent Cold Equations trilogy. The Light Fantastic should be available towards the end of June.

Two more announcements: December's release is an as-yet-untitled novel from the TOS movie era by Greg Cox. And, in another exciting piece of news, John Jackson Miller will be returning to the Trek book arena following his release of Titan: Absent Enemies next month. In 2015, look for a full-size novel by Miller, featuring Captain Ezri Dax and the USS Aventine! I'm very excited about this one.

John Jackson Miller returns with a novel about Captain Dax and the Aventine

On Christopher L. Bennett's blog, he has announced the next two novels in the Rise of the Federation series! In 2015, we will get book three, tentatively titled Uncertain Logic. After that comes the fourth book in the series, as yet unnamed.

The return of Department of Temporal Investigations! Yay!

On the e-book front, we have several new announcements that are all very interesting! First of all, possibly coming later in 2014, we have a new entry in Department of Temporal Investigations! Also announced on CLB's blog, this will be the third entry in this quirky series. While not a full novel, Bennett describes it as a "hefty" e-book novella at 35,000 words. Long-time readers will know how much I enjoyed the first two entries in the series. I am very excited by this news!

Other e-book novellas coming in the next two years include a Deep Space Nine e-book titled Lust, Latinum, Lost and Found by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. This sounds like a fun title, in which Quark realizes he is not the only game in town in the spacious new DS9. In the story, he attempts to get his hands on a copy of the new Vulcan Love Slave. No, this is not a joke, and yes, it sounds like a heck of a lot of fun!

Also revealed by Margaret Clark on the latest Literary Treks is an e-book novella called Q Are Cordially Uninvited, a story about Q and the wedding of Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard. The author has not yet been revealed. More on this as it develops!


With these announcements, the 2014 schedule is now complete:

January:
The Fall: The Poisoned Chalice by Dayton Ward

February:
Voyager: Protectors by Kirsten Beyer
Titan: Absent Enemies by John Jackson Miller (e-book)

March:
The Original Series: No Time Like the Past by Greg Cox

April:
Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L. Bennett
The Original Series: Seasons of Light and Darkness by Michael A. Martin (e-book)

May:
The Original Series: Serpents in the Garden by Jeff Mariotte

June:
The Lost Era: One Constant Star by David R. George III

July:
The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic by Jeffrey Lang
The Original Series: The More Things Change by Scott Pearson (e-book)

August:
Seekers #1: Second Nature by David Mack

September:
Seekers #2: Point of Divergence by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

October:
Voyager: Acts of Contrition by Kirsten Beyer
The Original Series: Shadow of the Machine by Scott Harrison (e-book)

November:
Section 31: Disavowed by David Mack

December:
The Original Series: Untitled by Greg Cox

January 2015:
The Next Generation: Home Again by Una McCormack

As-Yet Unscheduled:
Deep Space Nine: Lust, Latinum, Lost and Found by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (e-book)
Department of Temporal Investigations: The Collectors by Christopher L. Bennett (e-book)
The Next Generation: Q Are Cordially Uninvited by unknown (e-book)


As I said, lots of new news! If you haven't checked out Literary Treks yet, you most definitely should. It's a really great podcast, and Matthew and Christopher do an excellent job each week providing news, interviews, and reviews of works from all over the Star Trek literary landscape! In particular, make sure you listen to the latest episode with Margaret Clark, entitled "Tell Me a Good Story." Not only is there a lot of new news there, it was very enlightening about the process of publishing Star Trek novels. Behind-the-scenes information is always fun!

As always, use my 2014 Releases page to keep track of the new releases in Trek fiction. Also, I've just started my 2015 Releases page! There's not much on there yet, but it will be updated as more information is known.

Until next time, live long and prosper!