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Preview of Star Trek Books For 2009 (and 2010) December 30, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Books,Interview , trackback

Fans of Star Trek novels have a lot of variety to look forward to in 2009. Pocket Books has scheduled books from all five TV series as well as some of the novel-only series. TrekMovie, with the help of Pocket’s Trek editor Margaret Clark, has put together an overview of the upcoming year with exclusive new details, new covers, and and even a sketch of the USS Aventine. We even have some hints of what to expect in 2010.

 

[ARTICLE CONTAINS BOOK SPOILERS]

 

2009 – A book variety pack
Being that 2009 has novels covering the entire span of Star Trek, this preview is organized by era, with subsections for each book series. Each era section also concludes with a 2010 preview as well.

Note: All dates are latest provided by Pocket, and all books are mass market paperbacks unless otherwise noted. All covers can be clicked to see larger versions. Links are provided for all books currently available for pre-order at Amazon.

 

Return of the Original Series era (including Vanguard)
Pocket books spent most of 2008 playing around in the 22nd and 24th centuries, leaving the 23rd to what was supposed to be JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. Even though that film got pushed to 2009, Pocket has decided it can’t stay away and so there are four books coming out from Trek’s 23rd century.  

TOS
2009 kicks off with the final book in Kevin Ryan’s Errand of Fury Series "Errand of Fury 3: Sacrifices of War" (which actually may be in some stores already). The last book in the series ("Demands of Honors") came out almost two years ago. Errand of Fury takes place between the episodes "Devil in the Dark" and "Errand of Mercy". Clark says she wanted to give fans a rest and "get back to some good old Roddenberry Star Trek" after spending the last few months in the 22nd and 24th centuries with the Destiny series. And in June TOS fans can pick up "Troublesome Minds," which Clark says is "a classic Trek book focusing on Spock, that is a bit of a return to old fashioned Star Trek novels." The cover for this book was recently released.


"Errand of Fury 3: Sacrifices of War" (available now)
and "Troublesome Minds" (June 2009 – available for pre-order)

Vanguard
The TOS-era novel-only series Vanguard set on board Starbase 47 (aka Vanguard) also took 2008 off, but in 2009 Pocket is making up for it with two Vanguard books. May brings "Vanguard: Open Secrets" by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore. And TrekMovie can now report the previously announced fifth book coming in December will be titled "Vanguard: Precipice," which is being written by David Mack (who wrote the first book of the series). 


"Vanguard: Open Secrets" (May 2009 – available for pre-order)
[NEW TITLE] "Vanguard: Precipice" (December 2009 – no cover or pre-order available)

2010 – a TOS Spring
TOS era book fans also have much more to look forward in 2010. Pocket will be focusing the entire Spring of 2010 with what Clark calls "classic Gene Roddenberry Star Trek" books. The fun stars in February 2010 with "Sorrows of Empire," a mirror universe book by Dave Mack which is an expansion of his novella from the 2007 "Glass Empires" compilation. "Sorrows of Empire" will focused on the mirror versions of Spock and Marlena Moreau set after the events of the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror" with Spock’s efforts to overthrow the Terran Empire. March will have another (as yet undetermined) TOS era novel followed by a TOS era reprint in April. "Unspoken Truth," by Margaret Wander Bonanno, which focusing on Saavik (set after Star Trek IV) was originally slotted for January 2010, but is now slated to come out in May 2010.
 

The 24th century starts to come together
In 2009 Pocket has nine novels set in the 24th century covering all three series (Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager) as well as ‘Titan’ and ‘New Frontier’ novel-series. All of the books carry on the recent trend of moving the stories forward beyond the series finales. Clark says they have listened to the fans, and the fans "want to know what happens next." In fact, not only do the stories continue in progression, but they are also coming into alignment. 2008 ended with David Mack’s excellent Destiny Trilogy which brought together TNG, Titan and an element of DS9 (the USS Aventine captained by Ezri Dax), all into the same timeframe. In 2009 Pocket will keep these series in sync and bring the Voyager book series into alignment as well. The DS9 books will remain a few years behind (for now), and Peter David’s ‘New Frontier’ will continue to do its own thing. Even though there is a new emphasis on continuity throughout the 24th century novels (within series and between series), Clark emphasized that the books are still ‘stand along’ and do not require you to have read the others, however if you do you have a whole new layer of enjoyment.

Post Destiny & TNG (and how other 24th century books tie together)
David Mack’s Destiny trilogy really shook things up in the 24th Century, and in this case there is no big reset button. Instead Pocket is carrying on the story, starting off in late January with "Singular Destiny," by Keith R.A. DeCandido. This book will be more of a political story akin to DeCandido’s "Articles of the Federation," with a focus on the aftermath of Destiny and Federation President Nanietta Bacco. In July with "TNG: Losing the Peace," by William Leisner, Captain Picard and his crew on the Enterprise E will pick up the post-Destiny thread, while he also tries to balance his new family life with Beverly and their expected child. Added on top of this will be a new ‘meta story,’ Clark explains how this this all ties together:

The repercussions of what has happened to the Federation after the Borg invasion [in Destiny], and right now the books in 2009 are just starting to deal with them. In "Singular Destiny" the President [of the UFP] sends out the Aventine to find out if the things she is hearing about regarding this new alien threat are true. In "TNG: Losing the Peace" we see Picard trying to deal with the vast array of civilian casualties and how the Federation deals the want and need…this is something we have never seen in the 24th Century…But the Federation is still committed to exploration which the President does action so Starfleet Command sends out both the Voyager and the Titan to explore, to continue boldly going.

TrekMovie has an exclusive first look at the cover for the upcoming TNG book.


"Singular Destiny" (January 2009 – available for preorder)
[NEW COVER] "TNG: Losing the Peace" (July 2009 – available for preorder)

Voyager
One of the biggest new book events in 2009 is the return of Voyager. The last novel set on board the USS Voyager ("String Theory: Evolution") came out almost three years ago, and the last book set after the ship’s return from the Delta Quadrant ("Spirit Walk: Enemy of My Enemy") came out four years ago. Pocket Books is making up for lost time by bringing out two Voyager novels in 2009, starting with "Voyager: Full Circle" by Kirsten Beyer in April. According to Clark this book literally "brings Voyager full circle" starting where they left off with the ‘Sprit Walk’ series and moving the story forward to the post-’Destiny’ timeframe, going through several different time periods and covering all of Voyager’s main characters. This will include characters who are no longer on Voyager, like showing what Tuvok was doing before going onto the Titan. Coming in November we will see the follow-up book, now titled "Voyager: Unworthy," also by Kirsten Beyer. This book will show the ship going out on its new mission, which is inspired by the events of the ‘Destiny’ trilogy. Voyager characters have been popping around the TNG and Titan novels, but by the time of "Unworthy" the ship’s crew will include Chakotay, Seven of Nine, Tom Paris, and Harry Kim (and Neelix appears in some kind of cameo as well). In another new twist, the USS Voyager will now be accompanied by a number of other "support ships" on its new mission. One thing that Clark would not say is who is the captain, but she did reveal that it was not Chakotay who is "dealing with having his soul ripped out" due to the "apparent death of Kathryn Janeway" [in Peter David's 2007 TNG book "Before Dishonor"].   


"Voyager: Full Circle" (April 2009 – available for preorder)
[NEW TITLE] "Voyager: Unworthy" (October 2009 – no cover or pre-order available)

DS9
The much lauded Deep Space Nine ‘releaunch’ series also gets two novels in 2009, back-to back starting in Augusts with "DS9: The Soul Key," by Olivia Woods, which picks up where the 2008 novel "Fearful Symmetry" left off, focusing on Kira and the mirror universe. Then in September comes "DS9: The Never-Ending Sacrifice," by Una McCormack, which looks at the Cardassians and the aftermath of the Dominion War. TrekMovie has the exclusive first look at the covers for both of these new DS9 Novels.


[NEW COVER] "DS9: Soul Key" (August 2009 – available for preorder)
[NEW COVER] "DS9: The Never-Ending Sacrifice" (September 2009 – available for preorder)

Titan
2009 will also see a pair of novels in the very popular book-series ‘Titan’ about Captain Riker (and his wife Deanna) on board the USS Titan. The fifth Titan book, "Titan: Over a Torrent Sea," by Christopher L. Bennett comes out in February with the sixth "Titan: Synthesis," by James Swallow coming out in November. Both books will deal with Titan’s post-Destiny exploration mission, and like Picard, Riker will also have to balance family life and an expected child.


"Titan: Over a Torrent Sea" (February 2009 – available for preorder)
[NEW TITLE] "Titan: Synthesis" (November 2009 – no cover or pre-order available)

New Frontier
2009 will see another return to novels in the form of "New Frontier: Treason" Peter David’s first New Frontier novel since "Missing in Action" from 2006. The new novel picks up with Captain Calhoun and the USS Excalibur right where the last NF book left off. Even though it is set around the same timeframe as the other 24th century books, the New Frontier book does not tie into Destiny series. "Treason" will be a trade paperback. There is a new cover available for this book, but TrekMovie was told this may not be the final design.  


"New Frontier: Treason" (April 2009 – TPB – available for preorder, not final cover)

2010 – a new enemy for the 24th Century +  the USS Aventine makes a move
The new ‘alien threat’ that Clark referred to above is called ‘The Typhon Pact’ and it will become a major part of the books set in the 24th century. Clark explains that the pact is comprised of non Federation members who "watched the Federation insidiously ‘Root Beer‘ their way across the Galaxy and they realize the Federation is down and it is time to move." In 2010 this meta-story will be woven into TNG, Titan, and Voyager novels…and more.

The USS Aventine is a 24th Century ‘Vesta class’ ship, captained by Ezri Dax and was first featured in the Destiny Trilogy. In 2010 the Aventine will be caught up in this new meta story and will even get its own novel (or novels). This means that Pocket is going to need a design for the ship (to go on the covers), like it has for the Titan Series, and thanks to Mark Rademaker it is getting one. Rademaker is CGI artist for Battlestar Galactica, and contributor to past ‘Star Trek Ships of the Line’ calendars. He is also a big fan of David Mack’s Destiny series and asked Pocket if he could design the Aventine, which he is currently in the process of doing. Pocket has provided TrekMovie with a early look at Rademaker’s design concept (below). The final version of the Aventine will appear in the 2010 ‘Ships of the Line’ calendar and also on book covers in 2010 and beyond.


[FIRST LOOK] USS Aventine concept by Mark Rademaker (click to enlarge)
 

Enterprise Trade Paperback kicks off Romulan War
Originally planned as two book series, "Enterprise: The Romulan War," by Michael A. Martin will be now be released as a trade paperback in October 2009. Following immediately after the events of this year’s "Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru," this new book starts off (but does not complete) the famed Romulan War, told through the eyes of Captain Archer and the NX-01 crew. Clark reveals the following spoiler:

Because of things that unfolded in "Kobayashi Maru," the Vulcans have to come with a horrifying fact and they realize that there is something they have to do. Vulcan is going trough upheaval after the rediscovery of Surak’s teachings and the society is not as stable as what we see in the 23rd century. T’Pol realizes what their involvement in a war could wrought on Vulcan society and she does something that horrifies her partners in the coalition, but will eventually lead to the foundation of the United Federation of Planets and the Vulcan that we see in the Kirk era.

 
"Enterprise: The Romulan War" (October 2009 – TPB – no cover or pre-order available)

2010 – logic dictates an ENT link to TOS
Moving forward into the future, Clark says that she sees the Enterprise novel series as creating a clearer bridge towards the TOS era, with "Romulan War" being a key part of that. She wants the books to answer the question of "why does the Federation and Starfleet look the way it does [in TOS]?" She even wants to show "the logic and the reason" why Enterprise (NCC-1701) seems to use older technology in comparison to the Enterprise era ships like the NX-01. Clark tells TrekMovie "I am trying to Okuda-ise it — trying to create a logical through-line from the Enterprise we saw on broadcast to The Original Series shows."
 

Anthologies & compilations [all Trade paperbacks]
2009 starts off with the third in the Mirror Universe anthology series "Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows" in January. The last two in the series had three novella length stories, but this time there are twelve short stories set entirely in the mirror universe (ranging from the Robert April era all the way through to Titan). The stories are written by Christopher L Bennett, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michael Jan Friedman, Jim Johnson, Rudy Josephs, David Mack, Dave Stern, James Swallow, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, and Susan Wright. In March 2009 Pocket will release "Star Trek: Mere Anarchy," an omnibus of six previously published eBook novellas, spanning the 30-year history of Original Series characters with stories from Mike W. Barr, Christopher L. Bennett, Margaret Wander Bonanno, Dave Galanter, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, and Howard Weinstein.


"Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows" (January 2009  – TPB- available for preorder)
"Star Trek: Mere Anarchy" (March 2009 – TPB- available for preorder)

Delays and a Cancellation
One area where Clark admits the loss her fellow editor has hit is with compilations and anthologies, which tend to be time intensive. Three of the planned Trade Paperbacks for 2009 have moved to 2010. Pocket had originally planned the third ‘what if?’ or ‘Myriad Universe’ anthology for 2009, but it is now slated for August 2010. Now titled "Myriad Universe: Shattered Light," it will contain three novellas, including a TNG story by David R. George, and another story by Scott Pearson.  Another anthology planned for 2009 that has moved to 2010 (March) is "Seven Deadly Sins" which is a themed series of short stories spanning multiple Trek eras, with each story exploring seven foes of the Federation (structured around the ’7 deadly sins): The Romulans (Pride), The Cardassians (Envy), The Klingons (Anger), The Pakleds (Sloth), The Ferengi (Greed), The Borg (Gluttony), the Mirror Universe (Lust). And the planned 2009 "Corp of Engineers: Out of the Cocoon" anthology featuring stories by Kevin Killiany, Robert T. Jeschonek, William Leisner, Phaedra M. Weldon is now slated for December 2010. Lastly, the previously announced May 2009 hardcover compilation of David R. George’s "Crucible" trilogy has been cancelled.
 

Star Trek 2009 movie tie ins?
One thing conspicuously missing from Pocket’s 2009 schedule is any kind of tie in related to the May 2009 Star Trek movie (prequel, adaptation, making-of, etc). When asked if she had any comment about this or any plans for tie-ins, Clark demurred saying "not at the present time." With the film less than five months away, ‘time’ appears to be running out for an announcement.

Old favorites returning?
TrekMovie also asked Star Trek editor Margaret Clark if some other past Trek products from Pocket will ever come back, here is a quick summary of Clark’s replies

Pocket and Clark keeping up the Trek pace in 2010 and beyond
Each of the above ‘era’ sections contains some hints as to where Clark sees the Pocket Trek line going forward after 2009. Even though she is now the sole Trek editor at Simon & Schuster, Clark says they are committed to keeping up the pace with twelve mass markets and three trade paperbacks in 2010. The veteran editor says that she is willing to deal with the work because she is, and always has been, a fan of Star Trek:

I so much love Star Trek since hosting my own Star Trek watching parties when I didn’t have two quarters to rub together…I am a fan…god I am such a geek. Yeah it is a lot of work, but my mother used to say to me when I was a kid ‘You know how you eat an elephant?…one bite at a time’ Don’t look at all of it, look at what is in front of you and think about how much fun you are going to have.


Up next – it is IDW’s turn + more book review

Now that we have the lowdown on Trek books, TrekMovie will take a look at what is up with Trek comics in 2009. In early January we will have a breakdown of IDW’s plans, including comments from IDW’s Trek editor and hopefully more exclusives.

And for our book coverage, expect reviews of the January titles in the coming weeks. TrekMovie for over a year now TrekMovie has reviewed every single new Star Trek book and we plan to continue that trend.

 

Comments

1. G-Boss - December 31, 2008

I’m waiting for Shatner’s next Trek Book to be released.

2. Brian - December 31, 2008

Man, that NDA surrounding the new film must be pretty strict if she won’t even admit to a novel of some sort. Considering all the other licensing going on, I’d be surprised if there aren’t several books coming.

3. SteveTheAmbo - December 31, 2008

WOW. The USS Aventine looks unreal!

First time poster. Long time lurker.

4. Enterprise - December 31, 2008

It’s a shame Pocket Books didn’t promote Shatner’s latest book very well. Oh well, the last Trek book I bought was Federation a LONG time ago.

5. Thomas - December 31, 2008

The USS Aventine looks cool, but *Ezri Dax* as Captain? Come on Guys … I liked her very much in DS9, but could’nt imagine her as the captain of a Starship … Well, I think I’ll take an Earl Grey and will see …

I’m looking forward to the new Vanguard-novels very much, I liked the setting and the characters.

6. DS9_Fan - December 31, 2008

Can’t wait for the Aventine Stories in 2010! It was my favourite part of the Destiny Trilogy!

7. Sxottlan - December 31, 2008

Proofread!

The Aventine looks great.

8. paul - December 31, 2008

any good trek books that really explore the other parts of starfleet life wheter it be tos, tng and so forth

and what about ground combat troops and starfighers i’ve always wondered if they exist in star trek what so ever

basically really good realistic miltary tek novels though i guess the mirror universe novels would have that

9. That Nutty Fanboy - December 31, 2008

#8, Starfleet used fighter type vessels in the Dominion War. At least during that war the usage of those attack fighters was common, even though, in my opinion, they were quite useless, them basically being flying deathtraps with the accuracy of phaser weapons on larger vessels..

10. ety3 - December 31, 2008

Anyone else notice the Enterprise-E’s nacelles stuck and weathered in the ground in the cover for “Losing the Peace?”

It’s a shame the editors didn’t notice that the ship’s name and registry on those nacelles are backwards.

11. Paul B. - December 31, 2008

Anyone else think the Aventine looks like a humpback whale with nacelles? Or is it just me?

12. Joseph Coatar - December 31, 2008

wow, that (article) was complicated, how about a star trek franchise for dummies book, pocket?

13. Edgar Governo - December 31, 2008

All of the newly announced titles sound very cool and promising… :)

I’m sad to hear about the anthology delays, though it’s completely understandable given the increased workload Margaret Clark now has to deal with.

I’m also sad (and slightly befuddled) at the Crucible cancellation, though I suspect the answer may lie in the as-yet-unannounced Master Plan regarding tie-ins to the new movie…

14. De Baisch - December 31, 2008

#5 – “… but *Ezri Dax* as Captain? Come on Guys … I liked her very much in DS9, but could’nt imagine her as the captain of a Starship …”

Ezri shifts from counselor to the command track in one of the earlier post-finale novels (I can’t remember which at the moment). It’s actually not a bad fit and feels like natural growth for the character. The Destiny novels take place several years after the switch.

However, I’m not sure 5 years (Destiny takes place in 2380; Ezri made the switch in 2375) is enough time to go from Lieutenant to Captain, but I’m sure there’s some story explanation for this.

15. Mischaar - December 31, 2008

I’m looking forward for the Vanguard, Mirror and NF Books. The Rest, i will always decide in the Book Store. But i think i like the Way the Story is going.

16. D - December 31, 2008

Going to show how NX-01 Tech turned into TOS tech…

That’s one explanation I can’t wait to hear.

17. justcorbly - December 31, 2008

#5: Dax’s transformation to a captaincy is outlined very believably in the novels. It’s a combination of unexpected success when she’s thrust into the captain’s chair during combat and her own decision to break off with Bashir and draw more readily on the experiences of her Daxian predecessors. I.e. she takes charge of her life.

The Aventiine is an interesting ship with technology available to few other, if any, Federation ships.

18. Tox Uthat - December 31, 2008

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Ezri dumps the psych thing bec she feels the pull of previous hosts and taps into a number of them, becoming more of a leader like Curzon and Jadzia. She still has a smart-aleck attitude but a stronger presence. I was surprised at the reworking of Ezri.

19. Star TRackie - December 31, 2008

Old school TOS one offs. I’m all over that!

20. Tony Whitehead - December 31, 2008

I don’t know about you, but I miss the old Birdsong coverart. Some of these new covers just don’t do it for me, but it’s good to see the old TOS crew getting new stories.

21. Holger - December 31, 2008

I’m sure I’ll get Troublesome Minds and The Romulan War, and maybe the next Vanguard – at least the cover looks great.

22. Dennis Bailey - December 31, 2008

The Aventine is cool-looking.

23. Adam Shepherdson - December 31, 2008

Forget the backwards nacells in loosing the peace, anybody notice the fact that Picards wearing pants with pockets and a zipper? GASP! looks almost 20th century like.

seriously… I know that sounded sarcastic, but yea it dosn’t look right…

gotta get back to work.. this site does bad things to my attention…

24. justcorbly - December 31, 2008

Re: covers — Many of these covers are placeholders and won’t appear when the books are published.

25. Andy Patterson - December 31, 2008

“Errand of Fury” looks very interesting – utilizing one of my favorite episodes. Ayelborne, Claymare and Trefane need to be revisited again. I paid homage to them in a composition I did this past summer. Nice to see others paying doing so too.

26. Mike Ten - December 31, 2008

#10, Those engine nacelles must go to a shuttle craft, they are too small for the Enterprise-E with the people standing behind them and looking thru the open spaces in the engines/pods.

27. Gary - December 31, 2008

Star Trek : Crucible was to have a never-before-published short story. What will happen to that? Also will they ever publish a paper version of the eBook series “Slings and Arrows”?

28. Andros - December 31, 2008

Anyone else notice that Picard and Worf seem to be missing their comm badges? Sounds like a rogue mission now, heh.

Also, the Aventine looks kind of like a Sovereign if it had separated from its saucer section.

29. Anthony Thompson - December 31, 2008

The ONLY book I would be interested in is a “making-of” for the new movie. Period.

30. France Is The Best - December 31, 2008

Happy New Year from all the boys and girls at Moonbase Alpha; if we don’t return to Earth’s orbit this year, then surely the year after……

31. USS TRINOMA - NCC 0278 - December 31, 2008

With the theory of Quantum Mechanics in the new Star Trek movie, I say that all these books are definitly canon!

I say, “Quantum Mechanics, the final frontiers….”

32. Me - December 31, 2008

I’ve lots interest in old Trek and old Trek books.

Anything that doesn’t follow the new continuity….yawn.

33. Oz - December 31, 2008

I’m enjoying David Mack’s Destiny Trilogy right now, and look forward to at least some of the coming books.

However the reason I’m leaving my long-time lurking mode here and actually posting is to let it be known to Margaret Clark and anyone else who will listen is that I too, like poster 29, would buy a “making-of” book for the new movie. In fact, I guarantee I would buy it. How about everybody else? Anthony, maybe you should create a poll on that.

34. Vorus - December 31, 2008

The Romulan War books sound fascinating. A definite read from me. And I like how the author (I’ve already forgotten her name) cares enough to try to merge ENT and TOS into one coherent line.

35. Simon - December 31, 2008

#23 – “Forget the backwards nacells in loosing the peace”

Loosing the peace? It’s on the cover and people still write “loose” instead of “lose”? (pet peeve)

36. Ripper - December 31, 2008

Is it just me or does Picard look wrong somehow on the cover for “Losing the Peace” its like his head doesn’t match with that body.

:S

37. T'Cal - December 31, 2008

10. ety3 – December 31, 2008
Anyone else notice the Enterprise-E’s nacelles stuck and weathered in the ground in the cover for “Losing the Peace?”

It’s a shame the editors didn’t notice that the ship’s name and registry on those nacelles are backwards.

What’s odd is that along with the ship stuff, the location of their collar pips are mirrored but Worf’s sash is not. Hmm.

38. Jerry - December 31, 2008

To bad about the Crucible hardback. I was really looking forward to that one. As for the non-fiction line: maybe if S&S didn’t waste their time on ideas like “Kirk’s Guide to Women”, the non-fiction line would do better.

39. BK613 - December 31, 2008

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lol not to mention that the lettering on the nacelles are a mirror image

40. CarlG - December 31, 2008

Shatner’s Trek books alway had at least one or two interesting ideas (and The Return made the Borg downright terrifying — assimilated Dobermans? brrr), but Mary Sue Kirk was always a bit difficult to swallow.

Looking forward to the Romulan War and NF books. Peter David is always readable, even when he’s nuts (*cough* Before Dishonour *cough*)

The Aventine concept is really cool. I googled Mark Rademaker, and there’s quite a few neat designs of his out there.

As foe the new movie, I’m really hoping for a big coffee-table book, crammed with sumptuous concept art. :)

By the way, are all those covers final? Cause the quality seems to go all over the place. Troublesome Minds, Vanguard, and The Neverending Sacrifice look amazing, but Losing the Peace and The Soul Key look like they took 30 mins in Photoshop.

What happened to Keith Birdsong? He used to paint amazing covers for Trek novels.

Oh, yeah, Happy New Year, everyone! *raises glass of Tranya*

41. Catie - December 31, 2008

I’m particularly excited about all of the TOS books! I know it’s a long wait but the Saavik book sounds fun.
:-)

42. SiskoFreak - December 31, 2008

That “Losing the Peace” cover can’t be final. The model for Picard is clearly wearing jeans (you can see the pockets and the stitching over the zipper). The uniform top appears too big also and, as Andros pointed out above, neither of them are wearing their comm badges. And CarlG is right–the photoshop job is pretty poor in general.

43. AdamTrek - December 31, 2008

#39 The whole image is flipped. It’s really very poorly done. Picard adn Worf look really funky backwards.

44. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

Books=NOT CANNON=Fan masturbation.

45. Ripper - December 31, 2008

The funny thing is its all a mirror image.

Just look at Worf and Picard’s pips theyre on the wrong side.

Definately not the final image.

46. Izbot - December 31, 2008

“Non fiction: “Based on the sales on [non fiction] in 2008, there is a reason why they are not in 2009″ ”

What, based on the *one* non-fiction Trek book in 2008? And that was essentially “Trek for Dummies” and of no interest to hardcore fans?? This is very disappointing to me. I want a ‘Making of’ book for the new movie. I have very little interest in any of the fiction books (except ENT and I like Vanguard a little – I don’t care for any of the other titles).

It seems my wish for updated versions of the Encyclopedia and Chronology won’t be happening anytime soon. Hopefully the new movie will generate interest in Trek and someday this will happen (but Pocket probably still won’t do it).

47. Bronto Dan - December 31, 2008

I love the Aventine!!!

I’d love to see it i a couple angles. Maybe one of those super genius 3D artist could make a model? ;)

48. Spock's Brain - December 31, 2008

Still no in-depth review of the remastered The Cage?

49. Capt. Fred - December 31, 2008

#10
The Enterprise gets destroyed? Is that just to make the cover dramatic or what?

50. Iowagirl - December 31, 2008

“…get back to some good old Roddenberry Star Trek.”

That’s music to my ears…:)

Happy Trekkin’ into the New Year!

51. RD - December 31, 2008

Well, we’ve had previews and reviews of everything but the one thing this site is supposed to give us: TOS Remastered reviews, in particular: The Cage, the final episode of the TOS Remastered series which has been available since November 17. Looks like it will be 2009 before we finally see the review.

52. Odkin - December 31, 2008

The Aventine looks like crap. It’ has no profile and wouldn’t “read” on a TV screen at all. There is absolutely no need to “streamline” something moving trough space!

All the post-TOS covers convey a lot of mysticism and fantasy imagery. Terms like “spirit walk” and “soul key” belong in idiotic romance novels, not Star Trek.

Also, this whole idea of tying the 24th century books together is completely misguided. This is what killed comic books – the self-important idea that anyone but a tiny group of fanatics are going to invest time immersing themselves in an interwoven swarm of books. Star Trek books get read on toilets and in airports. They need to be fast-paced, fun, exciting, and self-contained.

53. Jordan - December 31, 2008

Nice Ship! Looks like a luxury liner. Star Trek Online people could take notes.

54. Sci - December 31, 2008

#14: Re: “However, I’m not sure 5 years (Destiny takes place in 2380; Ezri made the switch in 2375) is enough time to go from Lieutenant to Captain, but I’m sure there’s some story explanation for this.”

There is an explanation. Dax was a Lieutenant Commander aboard the Aventine when every higher-ranking officer was killed during the war with the Borg. She assumed command of the ship in battle, saved her crew, and was rewarded with permanent command. As of 2381, she’s 26 — just one year younger than Picard was when he assumed command of the Stargazer under similar circumstances.

#44: Re: “Books=NOT CANNON=Fan masturbation.”

It’s ALL fan masturbation. It’s all equally fictional. Hell, works in the canon get contradicted by later canon as often as anything else. (And, hell, the new movie may well establish an entire new continuity separate from everything else in the canon — contradicting everything that came before it.) The only difference between the episodes/films and the books/comics is that when an episode/film is contradicted, fans still pretend to themselves that it’s part of one overall internally consistent continuity, but when a book/comic is contradicted by an episode/film, they don’t. It’s a meaningless distinction unless you’re dead-set on pretending it all fits together; if you don’t care if it all fits together and just enjoy the story for the story, then, really, what does it matter?

#46: You seem to be implying that Pocket Books is just dragging their feet and poo-pooing on the parade of fans of non-fiction, but I don’t think that’s a reasonable conclusion. Pocket has consistently said that they had to stop doing non-fiction because there just wasn’t enough demand to justify the costs — they couldn’t make money off ‘em. Every few years, Pocket tries to produce a really good, high-quality non-fiction book, and every time, it doesn’t sell. Unfortunately, a few fans having interest online just isn’t enough for Pocket to break even.

55. Orb of the Emissary - December 31, 2008

Bring on New Frontier!

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S! 2-0-0-9!

56. Orb of the Emissary - December 31, 2008

You know what Pockets should do, even though it most likely won’t happen anytime soon: A non-fiction book of sorts based on the New Frontier series, i.e. tech manual of the Excalibur or an updated crew roster or profiles on the various NF planets. I’d buy it! :-)

57. JYHASH - December 31, 2008

I have been pestering KRAD for a few years for a follow up to “Articles of the Federation” and I don’t think it could have come at a better time. The “Destiny” Trilogy kicked the Alpha Quadrants ASS! I’d love to see how President Bacco is gonna pick up the pieces. I think it’s about time continuity wise for her to run for re-election, so it should be interesting if she’s willing and if she is a viable incumbent.

As for the future Trek Novels, I agree that the Photoshopping on the cover of “Losing the Peace” is off. I think that those pics of Picard and Worf were from “Nemesis” media distribution, and were only Headshots from the shoulders up, and they tried to splice them onto newly photographed models bodies. The problem with Picard is that when the picture was taken the headshot was him turned to the right and the Model Body is turned to the left. So whereas the photoshopping blends, the entire figure looks off. Plus the body on Worf seems a bit too small for the headshot, making him look larger on top than on the bottom. Also awkward. It’s unfortunate because the covers sometimes is what sells a book, and if this poor photoshopping is getting past muster, sales may be impacted.

Also for all you Captain Ezri Haters out there: READ THE DESTINY BOOKS. She is a brilliant captain, and constantly at odds in the book against people who also think she can’t do the job. If anything, I’d like to read the story that causes Ezri to get her captaincy. As described in the book, she attains it through the attrition of her senior officers, but I don’t recall and actual story written.

The Aventine, whereas cool, almost seems like too much of a Deus Ex Machina (and I don’t meant the GREAT BOOK by Christopher L. Bennett). It’s got this Quantum Slipstream drive that whereas “non-operational” for most of the story, it seems like it’s a it too powerful for it’s own good. I think it’d be a good idea for it to go the way of the Excelsior’s famed Transwarp Drive, but maybe it’s time for some significant Tech advancement in 24th Century Starfleet.

I am liking the design though, for the ship. It flows and follows the rules of Starfleet Ships. But also looks decidedly like my submission for the Titan design contest…Hmmm, I guess great minds DO think alike! ;-)

I’m also excited for the 3rd Myriad Universe book, but it sucks that it’s been delayed out so far. The first 2 books are some of the most brilliant “What If…?” stories in Trek fiction. The “Wrath of Khan” what if was one of the best, high paced stories I’ve read in a long time and portrayed characters that I’ve always wondered about.

It’s a shame though that Marco got canned. I think that’s one of the worst atrocities to happen to Trek Fiction in a long time. He was so dedicated, so good at his job, and so good with the fans and cannon. He will be missed, and whereas I do have faith in Margaret Clark, I will miss Marco the most. His work and the books he greenlit are some of the best books I’ve ever read, period. And without him, I don’t think some of the better Trek authors would have gotten the break they deserved.

My best hopes are that Trek fiction begin to flourish after the release of the new movie. There are times when I like the books more than the shows themselves, and for all of you who don’t like the books, you seriously are missing out on some great fun.

~JYH

58. wilson5000 - December 31, 2008

don’t forget the missing combadges and Worf with 4 pips as well

59. Mazz - December 31, 2008

I love the Enterprise books.

60. Quarksbartender - December 31, 2008

Does anybody think they should release some of there books on the App store for the Iphone I would love to read them on the phone just like reading it on a PADD

61. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

Do they have the book where Picards sleeps with Worf yet? Or when he turns into a furry hominid? Cant wait for those!!!!!

62. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

U.S.S. Aventine actually looks pretty good

63. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

Nothing looks out of whack as much as the new E. No matter how much we try to like it, something just doesn’t SIT right, its the proportions man..I know your trying to make it different but the weight is all in the wrong place..dont give us any designer bullshit, when its wrong it just IS.

64. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

it shouldn’t have to ‘grow on you’ the design should be like “F** YEA” on the 1st viewing, if not, something is terribly wrong. Btw why cant we edit posts it’d be much easier than doing this..

65. JYHASH - December 31, 2008

I just wish there was a way to read my eBook in the inclement weather on my iPhone. Can’t turn pages with goves, I’ve been reduced to flippin’ pages with my NOSE of all things (the screen works on conducting a very mild electrical charge through skin to receive multitouch feedback).

I just wish that fictionwise had more Trek eBooks in thier store. As it was I had to go through hel and highwater to get books 3, 5, & 6 of “Slings and Arrows” on my iphone. Stanza kept screwing up the formatting, and I needed to SSH into my phone and hack the filesystem to be able to read it through eReader.

Ridiculous DRM causes these problems, all I wanna do is read my Trek fiction!

But I do think that’s a god Idea, Quark. It’d be great if there was a PADD ebook reader that read exclusively the simonsays.com DRM versions of Trek ebooks and had a direct uplink.

I need to get crackin’ on my iPhone App programming!

66. USS Banana Republic - December 31, 2008

The Aventine looks like a humpback whale in space. I’m not impressed. I can’t stand streamlined ships in space. Give me a ‘bulky’ but still ‘hot’ Constitution class or Ambassador class any day of the week.

67. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - December 31, 2008

Aventine looks like half a ship ie just an engineering section, no saucer section.

68. John from Cincinnati - December 31, 2008

Why read the books if they aren’t canon? Don’t give me they are canon just because Bob and Alex used them as inspiration for the new movie. If ALL the books contents are used in the movies/television then I’ll concede, but since they don’t, 99% are not. So why waste one’s time? I like knowing what time and energy I take to read means something, albeit in a fictional universe.

69. Capt. Fred - December 31, 2008

Sorry, but USS Aventine = UGLY.

70. Spock with a Crowbar - December 31, 2008

The Aventine looks pretty cool, very Vincent DiFate.

I will be sorely disappointed if there is no “making of/art of” book for the new film.

71. James Heaney - Wowbagger - December 31, 2008

Old-style Gene Roddenberry Star Trek books. Hooray and bravo! I’m likely to buy Trek books again this year!

Sadly, still no Strange New Worlds. Not that I expected them, and I know why they’re gone, but it still hurts.

72. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

Aventine follows along the styling of Voyager which was the inevitable merging of the saucer section with the Engineering. Why risk such an important part of the ship by a thin ‘neck’ its much more sensible to have it unified, along with advances in warp technology it should no longer be necessary to hide the saucer away from the rest of the ship. The sooner you dweebs realize this the better. Things move on…

73. MikeJones - December 31, 2008

66: You don’t like streamlined ships in space? Then wtf are you doing here thats only what the ENTIRE line of star fleet vessels is? WTF?! I think you mistook this place for the Babylon5 forum or something.

Bugh byee..

74. NoRez - December 31, 2008

Is there a comprehensive site/page that has a fluid chronology of ALL (or most) of the books and/or book series that have been released? I’m a former bookseller and the day each month’s Trek mass markets came in was always a joyous occasion; lately I’ve been trying to play catch up with everything out there, but I’d like to do them in order before I take on some more.

I’ve been searching a lot on Google but can’t seem to find a place where the books are all laid out timeline-wise. Any help would be appreciated, either via posting or email (my name is clickable.)

There’s nothing better for a public-transportation commuter than a nice ride into work while far away, a few centuries from now…

75. CarlG - December 31, 2008

@44,61: What godawful fanfics have you been subjected to??

Seriously though, if someone like Ray Bradbury or Neil Gaiman wrote a Trek novel, would that be mere fan masturbation, too?

Being so dismissive = depriving yourself of some potentially amazing reading.

76. Lil' black dog - December 31, 2008

# 74

Here is a site I discovered with a list of most of the books, as well as reviews.

http://www.trekkieguy.com./reviews_list_rating.shtml

Enjoy!

77. Doug in Kabul, Afghanistan - December 31, 2008

(gee, I appear to be the first poster in 2009–of course, it helps being 9.5 ahead of you all here in Afghanistan)

#35: yeah me too!

There are all too often too many loose spelling skills (like the commonly mis-spelled canon, which thankfully hasn’t appeared in this thread) displayed here… makes me wonder what folks were doing during their spelling classes in school (Maybe a spell check function could be added– nah, too complicated).

#68: why not read TREK books? They are all too often better than some of the episodes! and it’s a great past-time that also happens to sharpen the mind… and Gene Roddenberry was really the only person who insisted the novels aren’t canon.

Happy New Year to Anthony (for this great article… and site) his staff and of course, to we Trekkers… may 2009 be rich with TREK adventures!

Seriously, Anthony you deserve kudos for all the hard work you put into this (inter)stellar site! Makes me wonder what your day job is… or is this it?

78. Jeffrey S. Nelson - December 31, 2008

IS THERE A SERVICE TO ORDER THESE BOOKS AUTOMATICALLY? I HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME KEEPING UP WITH WHAT’S COMING OUT.

79. Oktoberfest - December 31, 2008

@5 It seems strange I know, but David Mack makes it work. Mack has single-handedly gotten me back to buying Trek books. I say single-handedly, although he has modestly thanked many people and sites (such as Memory Alpha/Beta) to help him create some of the best Trek stories since Spock Must Die.

Besides, I like the idea of Dax in command; I think of Ezri as the whole TOS troika in one life form: the swashbuckling Curzon (Kirk), the logical scientist Jadzia (Spock), and the caring counselor Ezri (McCoy) all in one. Ezri, I think, is a very interesting character who was brought to life and shown great potential when Mack gave her a voice in command of the Aventine. Not to mention the deep, likeable characters around her on board.

I try not to be negative here, but it still stings that Pocket recently jettisoned writers, editors, and staff that I believe were instrumental in raising the bar of Trek fiction to new heights.

PS: That Aventine pic rocks!

80. Jeyl - December 31, 2008

#68

I agree. I’ve heard so much about stuff being non-canon yet to have these books keep coming out is like telling me that what I like about Star Trek is a lie. I mean, what’s the point?

Some have good stories to tell, they broaden the scope of the Trek universe, they expand on the characters and (SHOCKING) they’re as fictitious as the material they’re based off of. And since so many other posts have made it clear that even the real shows and movies contradict each other as much as the books do, what the freaking heck is the point in telling people that this stuff never happens?

Oh ya. Sure. Paramount, the producers, the writers and even the new staff will say that stuff never happens, but they aren’t afraid to make money off of it. What about the games? A lot of work goes into producing, writing, programming and advertising a game for Star Trek, but in the end, everyone must accept the fact that none of it ever happens. Even if it has the same actors, same crew, same writers, same anything. This is so dumb.

81. Keith R.A. DeCandido - December 31, 2008

#74: It only covers the books published up to the end of 2006, but there’s a comprehensive books timeline in the back of Jeff Ayers’s “Voyages of Imagination,” which is a comprehensive guide to Trek fiction.

82. Sci - December 31, 2008

#68: “Why read the books if they aren’t canon?” Because they’re good, well-written, entertaining stories. Presumably the same reason you watch the canon. Does it bother you that Marion Zimmer Bradley’s take on the Arthurian legend is completely different than TH White’s? There’s no Athurian canon — does that make a King Arthur story unworthy of being read?

#52: Re: Inter-novel continuity. Whilst there is a lot of inter-book continuity, each individual Trek novel IS designed to be readable on its own. The editors and authors always keep in mind that every book could be someone’s first.

Re: The Aventine. You may think it looks like crap; that’s fine. But the idea that it’s a bad design because it wouldn’t read on TV is spurious — it’s not being designed for TV! You might as well complain about the presence of an inner monologue in a novel just because you couldn’t use it in a script.

Re: Mysticism. 1. I daresay that you should perhaps read those books before judging whether or not they’re consistent with Star Trek. 2. Mysticism and spirituality were parts of the canon — they were major parts of DS9, and they were supporting thematic elements in VOY, both with Chakotay and with Neelix. You may not like them, but this does not make them invalid parts of the canon — and therefore does not make them invalid subjects for the novels to explore.

83. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 1, 2009

#75 CarlG: There’s Janeway/Neelix slash out there. I only say this because you asked.

#77 Doug: *I* insist that the novels aren’t canon. And, hey, there are a whole lot of novels out there I think are way better than a whole lot of canon, so I’m not a novel-basher. I won’t go into the reasons–which are all the commonly cited ones–because I don’t want to start this debate up *again,* but I just wanted to point out that, hey, there *are* sane, non-hating people who don’t think the novels should be canon.

The Aventine model, by the way, is *beautiful.* TBH, I kinda wish it was what the Titan model looked like.

#82 Sci: Re: Inter-novel continuity: I know how much work they’ve been putting into making sure that every novel is accessible to people at all levels. Heck, I’ve been through the exposition dumps often enough. I respect that they’re trying. However, I don’t think that it’s *working.* I know quite a number of fellow fans ranging from casual to hardcore who have either decided not to finish their first Trek books or who quit reading Trek books after many long years of enjoying them, all of them at least partly because the relaunch continuity was just too much *stuff*. (Personally, I had no trouble grasping it; I just found it dull, and no offense to KRAD, whom I note is in this thread). I disagree with what most of what #52 said, and I heartily object to his rude tone, but, on this point, I respectfully believe that he’s spot-on.

However, I don’t have access to Pocket sales numbers. For all I know, they’re rolling in post-Destiny profits that were undreamed of during the days I dream of, when they numbered the books and there were no trilogies or series. And, even if I’m not personally enjoying them, it would be great to hear that the novels are succeeding, because I love the franchise and wish them all the best.

84. Sci - January 1, 2009

#83: I don’t have access to Pocket sales numbers, either, but the novels have been tying into one-another continuity-wise for a long time now — since 2001, or, if you include “New Frontier,” since 1997. Since they’ve been going 8 years now with a more or less consistent continuity shared by many (but not all — eg, the Crucible trilogy) of the novels, it’s obviously not been hurting their sales enough for them to decide to change things. So it’s either not affected the novels’ popularity, not significantly negatively affected the novels’ popularity, or had a positive effect on the novels’ popularity.

85. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 1, 2009

#84: Sound reasoning. I think we can be reasonably sure that the novels have been in a sales decline since at least 1997–right along with the television shows’ ratings–but if that decline was not any sharper than the decline in Trek at large or if it has not recently increased, then your point holds true. Which makes my friends outliers.

Which, given the people I have as friends, would not be at all surprising.

86. The Angry Klingon - January 1, 2009

I LIKE the Aventine…much better executed then that Sovereign rehash

87. David - January 1, 2009

I’m new to Star Trek novels, but I was an avid Star Trek fan on the television shows. I’m looking to start reading the novels, but the plethora is overwhelming! I was wondering if anyone knew of a website or such that would list every single Star Trek-related novel and it’s subsequent time stamp in the trek universe… I’d much rather read things from the beginning and move forward in time rather than jump around in star trek time. Can anyone help me?

88. Sci - January 1, 2009

#87 David: I’m afraid that your goal of starting from the beginning is unreasonable. When the book line first started in the early 1980s, they jumped around in time from novel to novel and they contradicted each other all the time. By the mid-to-late 1980s, there was some continuity between novels (primarily influenced by John Ford’s The Final Reflection and Diane Duane’s then-incomplete Rihannsu series), but Roddenberry and his assistant Richard Arnold ended that practice. From the late 1980s to 1997, the novel line expanded to include TNG and then DS9 and VOY, but they still jumped around in time from book to book. One novel might be set during TNG Season 3, the next during TNG Season 1, etc. Plus, novels from that era were usually quite bad (with a few exceptions).

In 1997, Pocket began publishing its first novel-original series, New Frontier, and that one’s still going strong. In 2001, Pocket began publishing DS9 novels set after “What You Leave Behind,” and novels not directly based on any one series became more common. They also began tying in most of the novels they published into one continuity. 1997 to 2001 is considered the start of the “modern age” of Trek novels.

Anyway, here’s your problem: If you want to read them in chronological order, you’re talking about wanting to read somewhere in the area of three hundred to four hundred novels, the vast majority of which have been out of print for decades.

If I may, David, I would like to suggest what I think is a good jumping-on point for new readers. This jumping-on point would give you a sense of the novels out there, and touch upon most of the other novels out there, so it should be relatively easy for you to go backwards and pick up, say, the DS9 Relaunch if you’re interested.

I would like to suggest that you jump on board with the following three novels:

1. Star Trek: A Time to Kill by David Mack
2. Star Trek: A Time to Heal by David Mack
3. Star Trek: A Time for War, A Time for Peace by Keith R.A. DeCandido

These novels were the last three in a larger miniseries called Star Trek: A Time to… (ATT). The ATT novels were about the year leading up to Star Trek: Nemesis and all the changes that NEM established to have taken place prior to its start. You do not have to read the earlier novels in ATT, and in fact I would recommend skipping them. (If you’re a completist, go back and read them after you’ve gotten into Trek Lit.)

Once you finish A Time for War, A Time for Peace, I would recommend that you read:

4. Titan: Taking Wing by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels.

Taking Wing is the first novel of the Star Trek: Titan (TTN) series, which details the adventures of Captain William T. Riker and the starship Titan as they explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no man has gone before. :) Only, because NEM established that his first mission was to Romulus, Taking Wing is specifically about the post-NEM Romulan situation, whilst simultaneously introducing the characters. It ends with a cliffhanger that is resolved in TTN book 2, The Red King, but I do not recommend The Red King and in fact you don’t need to read it.

Once you’ve read Taking Wing, I would like to recommend that you read:

5. Star Trek: Articles of the Federation by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

This is the gem of modern Trek Lit, in my opinion. It’s a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful novel about the first year in office of newly-elected Federation President Nanietta Bacco. (Think Star Trek: The West Wing.)

Those are the five novels that I would recommend as your jumping-on point for Trek Lit. I want to emphasize that if you want to, you can skip any one or more of them and then jump on to another without losing anything (other than a good reading experience!). But all five of those novels are VERY well-written, tie into one-another, and provide a good overview of the TrekLitVerse.

If you want, after Articles, there are some other novels you could read that will tell ya what’s been going on between Titan: Taking Wing and Star Trek: Destiny, but these are less essential.

- Titan: Orion’s Hounds: A very well written novel by Christopher L. Bennett about the Titan‘s first deep space mission, and the third in the TTN series. If Taking Wing was the intro to the characters, Orion’s Hounds is the intro to the mission.

- The Next Generation: Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCandido. A very fun post-NEM TNG novel about everyone’s favorite Q. :) This is actually the third novel in the post-NEM TNG series (aka the “TNG Relaunch”), but you needn’t read Death in Winter or Resistance to know what’s going on. I didn’t read either one.

- TNG: Before Dishonor by Peter David. The fourth book in the TNG Relaunch. WARNING: Many people disliked this book. Myself, I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t think it was great, either. It was a fun book, I thought, but not up to TrekLit’s usual standards.

- TNG: Greater Than the Sum by Christopher L. Bennett: Fifth TNG Relaunch book, and an absolutely wonderful little tale about communities coming together for common cause. Warning: Some people disliked it because they assumed it would be an action story about the Enterprise crew fighting bad guys; it’s not, and the bad guys are only there to prompt the story about how a community comes together. As long as you don’t approach it thinking it’s going to be about something totally different than what it’s actually about, you’ll enjoy it.

Greater Than the Sum leads directly into Destiny. Destiny is as much a TTN trilogy as it is a TNG one; there was a fourth TTN book before Destiny called Sword of Damocles, but I didn’t read it so I have no opinion of it.

And I would heartily recommend the Destiny trilogy by David Mack. :)

Anyway, those are my recommendations, specifically the numbered ones. The dashed ones would be worth your time, too, but I don’t consider them as essential. Good reading!

89. Alex Rosenzweig - January 1, 2009

Lots and lots of great stuff!

About the only thing I really want to see that isn’t listed here is some more of Excelsior under Sulu’s command. :)

I am likin’ the Aventine, too. It’s very much what I was envisioning when I read the books, and I have to admit to being influenced by the Spirit design from the Ships of the Line calendar.

Speaking of the calendar, I think it’d be really cool to have Vanguard/Endeavour/Sagittarius and Titan represented in it, as well.

#12 – “wow, that (article) was complicated, how about a star trek franchise for dummies book, pocket?”

Star Trek 101 :) Apparently it didn’t do very well, but I can see why, considering that it was originally timed to link to the movie, and then not rescheduled when the movie was.

#14 – “However, I’m not sure 5 years (Destiny takes place in 2380; Ezri made the switch in 2375) is enough time to go from Lieutenant to Captain, but I’m sure there’s some story explanation for this.”

There was some backstory on that in Destiny, IIRC. But, also, given that we’ve seen some very fast-tracked career-paths in the 24th Century StarFleet, this doesn’t seem completely beyond the pale.

#16 – “Going to show how NX-01 Tech turned into TOS tech…

That’s one explanation I can’t wait to hear.”

I guess I could really do without that. It always seemed obvious to me that TOS tech was far beyond ENT tech, and the differences in look really didn’t require some fancy explanation. {shrug}

#32 – “I’ve lots interest in old Trek and old Trek books.

Anything that doesn’t follow the new continuity….yawn.”

Ahh… Summing up everything that’s wrong with breaking continuity… ;)

I, OTOH, have no plans to purchase anything that is set in the new continuity, while I will continue to actively support the prime Trekverse, unless the end result of the film is a continuity very similar, story-wise, to the original.

#54 – “Every few years, Pocket tries to produce a really good, high-quality non-fiction book, and every time, it doesn’t sell.”

Out of curiosity, what books in the non-fiction lie within the past, say, 5-10 years would you classify as “really good, high-quality”? That might help me react better to what you’re saying. (Also, I worked on one in that timeframe. ;) )

#68 – “Why read the books if they aren’t canon?”

Because “canon” is an artificial constraint. Indeed, it has been applied more by fans than by the folks who created the shows and movies, who have a record of cherry-picking stuff out of the books when it suits them. Just enjoy Star Trek as a huge fictional world and a multi-media phenomenon, without worrying about arbitrary definitions of what media count and what media don’t, and it becomes a hugely more enjoyable and rewarding experience. :)

IMHO, non-filmed Trek has been vastly superior, on average, to filmed Trek for a very long time, and there’s no real sense that that’s going to change anytime soon.

“So why waste one’s time? I like knowing what time and energy I take to read means something, albeit in a fictional universe.”

I don’t think it’s a waste of time at all. There’s some excellent storytelling in those books. Oh, not every book is flawless, but most are really solid stuff.

#85 – “I think we can be reasonably sure that the novels have been in a sales decline since at least 1997–right along with the television shows’ ratings–but if that decline was not any sharper than the decline in Trek at large or if it has not recently increased, then your point holds true. Which makes my friends outliers.”

More directly, the decline in sales has, if I understand it correctly, been consistent with the decline in sales of books overall. Trek doesn’t seem to have posted fall-offs in sales more steep than what the industry in general has experienced. The only real exception has been the “non-fiction” stuff, and the reasons for that are the subject of a whole other line of debate, m’thinks.

90. Keith R.A. DeCandido - January 1, 2009

#89: Quoth Alex: “Star Trek 101 :) Apparently it didn’t do very well, but I can see why, considering that it was originally timed to link to the movie, and then not rescheduled when the movie was.”

The decision to reschedule the movie was made far too late in the game to change the publication date for “Star Trek 101.” Book publishing works on a much longer and slower schedule than feature films, and you can’t just turn on a dime like that with very rare high-profile exceptions.

91. NoRez - January 1, 2009

Thanks for the tip about Voyages of Imagination, Keith – duly ordered and will soon be on its way to me.

These were easier to keep track of back when it was just ‘Spock Must Die!’ and the James Blish anthologies, lol.

92. Alex Rosenzweig - January 1, 2009

90 – That’s pretty much what I’d figured, as well. A number of Pocket’s Trek marketing strategies for 2008 were set up to work with a December ’08 movie release, and way too much, as I understood it, was essentially locked-in to re-figure once the release was changed.

Still, I suspect that it likely hurt the potential sales of the book. Ahh, well…

Keith, do you think there might be any potential for an extra publicity push for that book closer to the film’s release, to try to capture the originally-hoped-for market anyway?

93. CarlG - January 1, 2009

@83: Oh, thank you ever so much. As someone once said, “that makes me want to poke out my mind’s eye”. :P

94. Keith R.A. DeCandido - January 1, 2009

#68: “Why read the books if they aren’t canon?”

I’m curious, John From Cincinnati, did you go see “The Dark Knight”? Or “Iron Man”? Or any of the Harry Potter movies? ‘Cause you know what?

They aren’t canon! At all!

Neither “Dark Knight” nor “Iron Man” are remotely in line with the Batman and Iron Man comic books, nor do they even try to be. And the canon of the life and times of Harry Potter consists solely of what’s written between the covers of the half-dozen-plus books written by J.K. Rowling.

But nobody archly announced on an internet bulletin board that they weren’t going to see the most popular movies on the planet because they weren’t canon.

If you don’t like to read tie-in books, say you don’t like to read tie-in books. But unless you stand on the same principle with movies and TV shows based on print media that you do for print media based on movies and TV shows, your argument doesn’t really hold up.

95. Javi Trujillo - January 2, 2009

I’m interested in reading more of Archer’s crew, but I would DEFINITELY buy another Shatner Hardcover!

96. Third Remata'Klan - January 2, 2009

Aw, I was really looking forward to that ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ anthology….

97. Keith R.A. DeCandido - January 2, 2009

#96: 7DS hasn’t been cancelled, just delayed. I can tell you that at least two of the stories (my own Klingon/wrath story “The Unhappy Ones” and David A. McIntee’s Ferengi/greed story “Reservoir Fererngi”) are completed, and probably more of them. Those extra seven months (ooh, how appropriate) will allow Margaret to give the book the care it deserves. :)

98. fabio - January 2, 2009

“Star Trek books get read on toilets and in airports. They need to be fast-paced, fun, exciting, and self-contained.”

Yes!!! Pick up any of these books is like see a series begining in the mid of Season 3. C’mon, I can enjoy reading once and again a novel like “Vulcan Glory” by D.C. Fontana. All this Crisis of Infinite Treks is annoying.

99. David - January 3, 2009

#88 – thanks for the suggestions. I will take them very seriously in researching the trek novels. I’m going to take #81′s advise first and buy the voyages compilation.

But I’d like to converse with you more on this since you seem to know a lot about the trek novels and the history of it all. Please email me at cubmelodic@yahoo.com. Thanks!

100. Norm - January 3, 2009

I’m looking foward to the Voyager books. Anything to continue the story. I thought the way the show ended left a TON of unanswered questions…

101. Trippy - January 3, 2009

Looking forward to the M/U books and The Romular War…love the ENT crew

102. Mark Lopa - January 3, 2009

All I want is my damned Enterprise Companion.

103. David F - January 4, 2009

I also want my damned Enterprise Companion.

And my Voyager Technical Manual.
And my Enterprise Technical Manual

And my DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise Blueprints

And my updated Encyclopedia and Chronology, whose last editions were published damn too close to the previous ones.

And of course, a Making of, Technical Manual and Blueprints fot the new movie.

These are the type of things I’m interested in buying, and have always bought since Franz Joseph. A tidal wave of novels that contradict each other, what is on screen, in the comic books, etc, not really.

I guess Pocket Books doesn’t want my money.

104. dyaleleon - January 4, 2009

I’m looking forward to all of these, and and will likely buy 95% of them. Non fiction, I have no desire to buy at all.

105. David - January 4, 2009

#103 – apparently they don’t make enough money off of you to warrant making those books.

106. Brandon Clutton - January 5, 2009

At the end of Shatner’s latest book, Academy: Collision Course, it says that “Midshipman Kirk will return in ‘Trial Run.’ ” So…..where the heck is it??? I don’t bother reading all the other books. Peter David, awesome. Shatner’s books, for the most part, awesome. The Garfields (that probably pretty much write Shatner’s books but I’m too afraid, as a fan of Shatner, to really want to know the truth)…awesome…

Tried reading other books through out the years and sorry, but most of them don’t get why someone would read a book over watching the show. I don’t want to know more about the plot of the ongoing Trek universe, I want to get more involved with the characters.

I know many people love Trek for different reasons but that’s mine. But in the end, you know what? God bless all Trek fans because it’s your spirit and love of the characters and the franchise that keeps it going.

Am a working writer out of LA and have recently began bugging Pocket about my own TOS novel. Wish me luck, as the first few hard core fans to have glimpsed at it have given me some good feed back. Cross your fingers for me!

107. Rastaman - January 5, 2009

Got to say, I’m with the Aventine detractors. If Jabba-the-Hutt was a starship, it would look like the Aventine.

I much prefer the sharper edges and greater dimensions of the more Classic Trek ships. Although, it kind of makes sense knowing he’s a designer for Battlestar Galactica. Looks like a Galactica ship with nacelles.

It will take a lot of time and $$$ to keep up with this new “Typhon Pact” plot thread. Probably a good time to return to Classic Trek novels, so I’ll probably just pick up Troublesome Minds and call it a year. Still, it’s nice to see the world of Trek novels so vivacious.

Nothing from Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens? :-(

108. El Rushborg - January 11, 2009

Hey, Y’all–am I the only one to notice:

“…due to the “APPARENT death of Kathryn Janeway” [in Peter David’s 2007 TNG book "Before Dishonor"].”

I KNEW IT!!!

KATHY’S–NOT–DEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” plays….)

109. Josh H. - January 12, 2009

Yeah, the Voyages of Imagination guide was a lifesaver. Destiny book 1 is still sitting there unread, but we’ll get to it. Troublesome Minds, hmm.

110. nefst - January 14, 2009

loved the previews, thanks anthony.
to me, there are few things more pleasant than reading a good star trek novel, it fills my life with inspiration and hope.
here’s hoping for the best.
and good to see so many posts and intelligent people.

111. DAve UK - January 15, 2009

It looks like a good year ahead for pocket books (SPOILERS DON’T READ)

I couldn’t put down the Destiny Series, I woke up with it several time cant wait to re-read it in a few months Lol

Columbia has always bugged me since the ships of the line book came-out. Destiny does a good job of explaining what happened.

Although I thought Greater than the Sum was a bit flat in context of Death before dishonour and Destiny its OK, I didn’t think Picard was very Picard like though, but with a child on the way you could believe the pressure the character felt.

Its so good to see a tapestry of really well thought out sory lines involving established and new characters Daxs chief engineer hitting on Laforge was really good and Tuvoks son dieing was heart wrenching & beatiful. You really got a sense of galactic proportions, having the Tholian s talk about The Reach was a really good hint at the Vanguard stories, Talking about the disgraced Enterprise counsellor dieing in the forge on Vulcan was really sweet touch too

Im looking forward to here more about.

Id like more on President banco westwing meets startrek, theres an implied section31 issue there too,

Although myself a new convert to SCE (I know why??, I don’t know either, why it took me so long to read them look on the Brightside ive got a good stock of stories about SCE the NX01 being towed into mars orbit by Da’vinci was a real watershed moment. There was a bugger moment for me though they mention Cpt Gomez 

I’d agree Dax’s ship’s and earlier designs don’t look so good dosnt look like a slipstream equipt ship unless there a voyager esq, geometry “swing-wing thing happening???

I’d Like to see more Elias Vaughn he’s such an interesting character from his Spec Opps work with Harman Jr to DS9 there’s a real feel to him.

I most looking forward to the titan books they’ve been realy good

However point of order ladies and gents? Janeway isn’t dead she’s just gone for coffee with HOT lady Q???

I am really happy that the UK has the same show date for the STARTREK FILM AS US its normally a couple of months, I was serisly thinking of booking a flight

The Romulan war promises to be a good read but I think they should do a mini series on it not likely but a tv movie would be good dream on a.

112. Colin Kochevar - April 28, 2009

I want to get Troublesome minds. I’m a vulcan fan. I’m reading the Vulcan’s Soul books.

113. steven st.clair - July 17, 2009

i know i didnt knowice the nacelle thats backwards and in the ground in losing the piece but has anybody else knoticed the rank pips are on the wrong side of picard and worf. also worf has 4 pips in the pic could this mean he gets promoted to captain? he should have 3 because he is a commander.

114. Mark - January 31, 2011

Captain Ezri Dax is the worst idea ever!!! She was a councelor in the series for Gods sake and the weakest character of DS9.

115. Tiberius - April 2, 2012

Ezri sucks. Time to bring back some really great characters in the novels

116. Captain George Kirk - April 29, 2012

The Aventine looks ugly and “Captain” Ezri Dax is ridiculous. I prefer re-reading some old novels than anything post destiny, this isn’t star trek, it’s a cheap copy of star wars novels.

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