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EXCLUSIVE: Pocket Books Announces 2010 Star Trek Books – Includes 4 ‘JJ-verse’ Novels July 10, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Books,DS9,Star Trek (2009 film),TNG,TOS , trackback

Last week we previewed covers and details for Pocket Books Star Trek novels for the rest of 2009. Today we can announce the schedule for Star Trek books for 2010, which includes more Original Series era books, a big TNG-era 24th century mini-series and four books set in the universe of JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie. 


TrekMovie was briefed this week by Pocket Books Star Trek editor Margaret Clark, who previewed her Friday night Star Trek presentation from the Shore Leave convention (being held this weekend in Baltimore). Clark has planned out the year in three phases, each with a theme.

[Note that the dates below are all the official Pocket Books release months, but often the ‘street dates’ for the books put them into the previous month. All books are mass market paperbacks, unless otherwise noted.]

Pocket books starts off 2010 with four ‘classic’ Trek books at various points in the Original series era from Pike’s time up through to the last feature film. Each book is a ‘stand alone’ which Pocket Book Star Trek editor Margaret Clark describes as "old fashioned classic Trek books." Although the books are not tied together, Clark says there is a theme of "young Starfleet officers starting their careers." There a also new Peter David New Frontier novel, as well as a reprint.

"Sorrows of Empire" by David Mack
Mirror Universe story set during the TOS era and an expansion of Mack’s short story from the "Glass Empires" anthology [see previous story for more details and the cover].

"Inception" by S.D. Perry
Set before The Original Series, the book is story of four people at the start of their careers. Commander Kirk and the woman he loves Dr. Carol Marcus, Commander Spock and his chance encounter with an botanist, Leila Kalomi.

"Treason" by Peter David (mass market reprint)
Reprint of April 2009 New Frontier trade paperback.

"The Children of Kings" by Dave Stern
Set on Christopher Pike’s Enterprise (including Spock and Number One), the book focuses on the Orion Syndicate, a dying girl and the kidnapping of a Starfleet officer. This is Dave Stern’s first TOS novel (if you don’t count his 1994 Captain Sulu audio adventure “Transformations”). Stern has written four Enterprise novels, and is a big classic Trek fan and former Star Trek editor for Pocket Books.

"Unspoken Truth"
by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Set after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the book focuses on Saavik wondering where does she belong, dealing with her half Vulcan/half Romulan nature. Can Vulcan and Starfleet be the wrong answer?

June (possibly July)
Untitled New Frontier by Peter David [trade paperback]
Book to continue the "New Frontier" series, set after "Treason," but will likely still be set before the events of the "Destiny" trilogy from David Mack (which shook up the 24th century and Starfleet). 

"You can’t see a new Star Trek movie this summer, but you can read the books," is Clark’s tagline for Pocket’s plans for Summer 2010. Last week we reported that Alan Dean Foster was going to be writing a sequel novel to JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie, but that is just the beginning. That novel will be followed by three more, also set after the events of the Star Trek movie. According to Clark, each of the novels will stand alone, so you don’t need to read them all, or in any specific order. The authors are allowed to "play with anything they want, as long as when they are done they put everything back in the box the way they found it," says Clark. The focus for each book will be moving the story on with a new mission, and not going back to the movie and trying to fill in blanks or ‘fix’ anything. The novels are being done independently from the script (from Orci, Kurtzman & Lindelof) for Star Trek sequel film, currently in development.

"Refugees" by Alan Dean Foster
No details, except that the ‘refugees’ are not the Vulcans.

"Seek a Newer World" by Christopher Bennett
Enterprise on a "world-building" mission, but again not the Vulcans.

"More Beautiful than Death" by David Mack
Finally, this one will deal with the Vulcans remaining after the destruction of their home planet.

Untitled 4th New Star Trek Movie era book
The fourth book is not yet under contract, so no details are available, but it will possibly be a Scotty story.

In the Fall…the bill comes due. In the "Destiny" series (and books that followed), the Federation president struck a Faustian bargain to assemble a fleet to take on the Borg invasion, and that give rise to The Typhon Pact, which is a ‘Warsaw Pact’ coalition of bad guys (Romulans, Tholians, Gorn, Breen, Tzenkethi, & Kinshaya). In the Fall Pocket Books will do four books, all set in 2382, with four captains (including bringing Deep Space Nine in line with the rest of the 24th century books), all telling the story of how Starfleet deals with rise and threat of the Typhon Pact. Each book will focus on one captain and one or two aliens in the Pact. According to Clark, the books in this series are tied together and follow each other, however they are not as interwoven as the "Destiny" trilogy and so readers could read just one or two and still feel like they aren’t missing something.

"Seize the Fire"
(TITAN) by Michael Martin
Captain Riker and the USS Titan face the Gorn who are looking to step up and secure their position with in the Typhon Pact.

"Zero Sum Game" (AVENTINE) by David Mack
Aventine under the command of Captain Dax is assigned to aid with the insertion and extraction of Starfleet operatives behind Breen lines

"The Rough Beasts of Empire" (DS9) by David R. George III
The Deep Space Nine series jumps forward to 2382. The book is a tale of intrigue and machinations with DS9 characters dealing with the Romulans, who are a divided people looking to cement their rightful position as the leader of the Typhon Pact, by any means necessary. The book will also deal with the Tzenkethi.

January 2011
"Path of Disharmony" (TNG) by Dayton Ward
Picard’s Enterprise is assigned to the least glamorous mission, babysitting a conference on Andor, but it is here that the Typhon Pact will show their strength by daring to reach into the heart of the Federation to raise their standard as the pre-eminent power. This book will also focus on the Tholians.

In addition to all the above novels, Pocket has planned two additional trade paperback anthologies. A previously announced omnibus of  "Corps of Engineer" series of e-books has been delayed (again).

Spring 2010
"Seven Deadly Sins"
Series of short stories using one of Star Trek aliens (or universe) to represent each of the ‘seven deadly sins':

Fall 2010 (date not finalized)
"Myriad Universes: Shattered Light"
Three ‘what if?’ stories, from David R. George, Steve  Mollmann &  Michael Schuster, and Scott  Pearson. Similar to the two "Myriad Universes" anthologies put out in 2008.

"Out of the Cocoon"
Collection of four ‘COE’ e-books (57, 58, 59, & 60) by Robert T. Jeschonek, Kevin Killiany, William Leisner, and Phaedra M. Weldon.

There is a lot planned through 2010, but there are also a few things that are not on the list. According to Clark, future books from the Vanguard, Voyager and Enterprise series are all on the potential list for 2011 (including the follow-up to this October’s “Romulan War” novel). Clark says that they tried to fit Voyager into the Typhon Pact mini-series, but it didn’t mesh with where Voyager series is headed (which will next be seen in the October VOY novel "Unworthy"). As for the the future of the ‘Shatnerverse,’ Clark had no answer on if there will ever be a follow-up to William Shatner’s 2007 novel "Collision Course."

For the world of non-fiction, there are currently no books planned for 2010. Clark says Pocket is "always looking at stuff like that" and they are "interested" in doing non-fiction Trek books, but those types of books (especially reference books) require more time and resources than novels. Clark says Pocket will do future Star Trek non-fiction "if it is the right fit" but they have nothing to announce right now. Clark did not have any details on the "Haynes Manual to the Enterprise" which was announced earlier this year, but that book is not being developed directly by Pocket.

Finally, with regards to future Star Trek audio books, apparently the audio version of the recent Star Trek movie adaptation did well and there is interest from Simon & Schuster Audio for more Star Trek audio, but as of now nothing has been planned.






1. Mr. Atoz - July 10, 2009

These should be great

2. Sean - July 10, 2009

Have to say, I’m REALLY not happy about the amount of space being spent on both the Original Series AND the Reboot.

3. Doomsponge - July 10, 2009


Ooh, CLB doing the second Movieverse novel? So that’s where the cerebral went. Typhon pact looks interesting (Aventine gets its own series? Cool. Good way to flesh out the minor characters from the DS9 relaunch like Bowers and such), and a Christopher Pike novel. Cool. Shame about the lack of ENT, oddly. The novels often act as a way to get in some painfully needed characterisation to characters lacking it from the serieses.

4. Doghouse Reilly - July 10, 2009

I am not at all happy to see Treason getting reprinted as a mass-market paperback after spending the extra money for a trade paperback that doesn’t fit on my shelves. I should have expected this from Pocket Books, I suppose.

5. J.R.Q - July 10, 2009

Where are the making and art of you know what?

6. Stringfellow Hawke - July 10, 2009

Awww…. no Vanguard for next year? I guess with David Mack tied up for the next while, it’d be unfair to burden him with more.

Good to see KRAD back in the swing of Klingon things again. Looking forward to next year! Thanks, Margaret and talent!

7. SebiMeyer - July 10, 2009

Does Pocket Book still have the “nonfiction” Trek licence that would cover areas such as making offs? If so, it looks like they still don”t see any money in it.

8. Trek Nerd Central - July 10, 2009

A Carol Marcus book! Cool!

9. Sci - July 10, 2009

#2: They didn’t spent ANY time on TOS for 2008 and most of 2009, and now they’re balancing that out.

10. jastrek_montreal - July 10, 2009


11. Ian McLean - July 10, 2009

Doghouse Reilly: the last few “New Frontier” titles before “Treason” were hardcovers, and since Pocket aren’t doing any hardcovers at the moment, “Treason” came out in a size that matched those books. So did you make yourself wait twelve months for MMPBs of “Stone and Anvil”, “After the Fall” and “Missing in Action”?

I’m thrilled with the announcements so far.

12. Doghouse Reilly - July 10, 2009

Ian McLean: Yes I did. And I would have gladly done the same with “Treason” had I known the trade paperback was the forerunner to the regular MMPB version.

13. Steve Roby - July 10, 2009

“This is Dave Stern’s first Star Trek novel”

Aside from his four Enterprise novels, you mean?

14. Anthony Pascale - July 10, 2009

sorry that was my bad, it is his first ‘Star Trek’ TOS book

15. JohnnY - July 10, 2009

Love the term “JJ-verse” .,, don’t knoiw who coined it, but I’m totally going use it in coversation from here on in …

16. pumpkinshirt - July 10, 2009

Who edits these posts? The “most least glamorous” assignment? Also the misuse of “it’s” when you mean “its.” Thanks for the info, but sloppy…

17. Psiqueue - July 10, 2009

THANK YOU!!! I can NOW update my list of things to buy for the next few months. (And what things I need to conserve- A LONG Time to go between Vanguard, Voyager, and Enterprise novels…)

18. Dave P - July 10, 2009

I’ve been looking forward to “Seven Deadly Sins”, it was meant to come out in a few months but it was delayed.

The one I’m waiting impatiently for is “The Romulan War”. That’s going to be fantastic.

19. Sunfell - July 10, 2009

Seems like it’s time to get back into reading the novels again. Been a long, long time…

Makes me wonder if they’re looking for new writers, too.

20. MC1 Doug - July 10, 2009

Since it is entirely unlikely that Paramount is ever going to revisit DS9, it sure would be nice to have a story with the return of Capt. Sisko…

Same goes for Enterprise, I would like to see a permanent return of Cmdr. Tucker to the Enterprise crew.

Both TV endings for these two characters were ill-conceived (well done in DS9’s case, but still a bad move), says me.

Like Dave P, and I am sure countless others, I am really looking forward to “The Romulan War,” which is what the ill-fated TV series should have been permitted to tackle.

21. Ktrek - July 10, 2009

I was really hoping Pocket would leave the JJVerse alone until there were a few movies behind them. Now instead of moving forward we have to go back to the “reset” button novels once again! With the TOS and JJVerse books we have 8 books dedicated to the classic crew in one year. Way too much! I don’t believe it is good business to set aside proven book series for over a year. I long for the days of Marco Palmieri as editor and have begun to hate the reign of empress Margaret! May her reign be brief!!


22. Ron - July 10, 2009

This is disappointing news. I was looking forward to getting back into reading Trek novels again with the inevitable expansion into the “JJ-verse,” and I’d hoped Pocket would assign them to someone other than the insular group (Mack, Bennett, DeCandido) who have mass-produced something like three quarters of the Trek novels written in the past few years. It tells me Pocket doesn’t intend to invest these novels with the same level of quality as the movie had, and that’s a shame.

23. Hat Rick - July 10, 2009

It’ll be interesting to see how the destruction of Vulcan is handled.

24. Trey - July 10, 2009

they shouldve do one about the alternate reality Uhura. i will definitely buy that.

25. Robert Saint John - July 10, 2009

There is a rumor that Pocket is actually planning or considering an “Art of Star Trek” book (JJ-verse).

26. Spockish - July 10, 2009

Hurray, many new Trek Ventures, and with many plots to them. Now are any of them worthy of becoming a film or Series or even have a sequel book. Guess we’ll have to wait for Time to develop and the books to be given birth.

27. Ves - July 10, 2009

#20 – Since it is entirely unlikely that Paramount is ever going to revisit DS9, it sure would be nice to have a story with the return of Capt. Sisko…

There is, it came out six years ago.

28. MC1 Doug - July 10, 2009

#27: oops, forgot about that one…. thanks for the reminder.

29. Aaron - July 10, 2009

This slate of books looks great, but I am definitely disappointed in the lack of Voyager books next year. I am also a little nervous about bringing DS9 forward 3 years. There are many characters there that I hope do not get lost in the shuffle!

30. AJ - July 10, 2009

Rather than come up with an “Art of” or “Making of” book for Trek09, it would be nice if this came out as content on a constantly evolving “official” website a la Star Wars.

We’ve all had unique exposure to the the film’s development thanks to this site, but I’d like the details: official blueprints, how things work, rationalizations for new designs, who auditioned, and how the boys fleshed out the screenplay, etc etc.

31. VorlonMS - July 10, 2009

“I long for the days of Marco Palmieri as editor and have begun to hate the reign of empress Margaret! May her reign be brief!!”

What…is Marco no longer with Pocket???

32. The Riddler - July 10, 2009

Disappointing that there is no Enterprise books.

33. Ian McLean - July 10, 2009

VorlonMS: Marco was “let go” in the process of Simon & Schuster across-the-board cost-cutting last year, nothing to do with how well the Star Trek tie-ins were going. Marco was a highly-paid Senior Editor and S&S could no longer afford him.

34. akbrit - July 10, 2009

I want more Vanguard books! I like it as its fairly fresh, and not in the over used 24th century. I am not really interested in more TNG or VOY stories that take place years after the shows with half the crews somewhere else. To me having the TNG crew on different ships ain’t TNG. AND Having to wait a year between parts of a story is horrible! Publish more books a month, or give us some e-books. I would like to see a short story Vanguard anthology. I do like the idea of JJ abrams TOS universe in books. I would also like to see more enterprise books and an Enterprise comic. I hope Pocket is reading this! OK Rant over.

35. VorlonMS - July 10, 2009

Thanks for the update Ian. I’ve been offline for a while and had no idea this had gone down. Editorially, Marco was a strong driving and creative force behind much of the line (DS9 relaunch, developing the Titan and Vanguard lines, to name a few). He’ll be missed. Does anyone know if he’s found new work yet?

36. Ben - July 11, 2009

the JJ Verse should be left alone until at least after the Star Trek something something sequel.

I’m looking forward to the ENT Romulan War Book, which is out this Fall, but I’m very disappointed there is nothing for 2010 and only maybe there is a follow up on a potential list for 2011.

Hope the 2009 book won’t leave any major open endings story and character wise (like ending in the middle of a space battle or a potential disaster being seconds away etc)

37. Anthony Thompson - July 11, 2009

Pocket Books apparently likes to do things cheap and easy (hence no “Making of” or “Art of” books. They require “more time and resources”. Well, at least Clark admits that she’s lazy! Give her a point for honesty!

38. Ian McLean - July 11, 2009

Ben: New readers to the world of JJ’S “Star Trek” can’t be kept waiting until two more sequels are screened before they get their own novels. We got some cool novels and comics during the run of TOS movies in the 80s and I’m glad they didn’t put the whole thing on hold until ST VI was screened.

39. Ian McLean - July 11, 2009

Anthony Thompson: JJ’s team kept the movie under wraps. I think you’ll see some “making of…” and “art of…” materials that look at the whole movie trilogy. JJ’s team mentioned in interviews they were interested in being involved in some. Recent “making of…” and “art of…” books for “Shrek”, “Indiana Jones”, “X-Men” and “Spider-man” movies, by other publishers, seem to treat the whole film franchise, not just one movie at a time.

But meanwhile, Pocket Books was badly burned by many recent attempts to do some ST non-fiction. “Star Trek Star Charts” and the “ST DS9 Companion” were both highly acclaimed, but they sat unwanted on bookshelves.

40. captain_neill - July 11, 2009

thank god we are still getting the stuff from the prime universe and that JJ ‘s Trek is existing as a parallel.

In the early days I was worried that Abrams would over ride TOS, this would have sickened me but at least they are aparallel to each other and thank god

41. Titian1701 - July 11, 2009

I’m upset to see no VOY or ENT books out for 2010, yet 4 JJ books! Not good!

42. CarlG - July 11, 2009

This Typhon Pact idea sounds interesting. I see the potential for a lot of scheme-y, twisty, double-dealing type stories out of it.

And it osounds like the perfect antidote to “yet-another-Borg-story” syndrome.

43. Holger - July 11, 2009

I might very well buy ‘Inception’ and ‘The Children of Kings’.

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45. Frederick - July 11, 2009

“Inception” by S.D. Perry
Set before The Original Series, the book is story of four people at the start of their careers. Commander Kirk and the woman he loves Dr. Carol Marcus, Commander Spock and his chance encounter with an botanist, Leila Kalomi.

…sounds ilke the story that should have been made into the movie, or something that should happen next time.

46. Shadowcat - July 11, 2009

I am looking forward to the novelisations featuring the new crew and set in the new timeline. The one dealing with the fate of the Vulcans looks promising. The last novel possibly featuring Scotty is the one I am most looking forward to. I do hope they explore the characters origins and backrounds in these series of novelisations.

47. Cerritouru - July 11, 2009

No TNG untill 2011?? Woww.. looks like Poocket its not going to resive any $$$ for on 2010.
Too mach TOS, and way too mach JJTrek.

48. SerenityActual - July 11, 2009

Looking forward to the future Trek novels. As much as I love the New Frontier series, I am glad I never bought anything in trade format. Glad that will be out in mass market size. Wish Star Wars would do their Clone Wars novels in the smaller size as well.

After getting virtually no TOS novels for a year or so, I’m looking forward to getting back there for awhile. It will be a nice breath of frest air before the Typhon Pact.

49. CaptainDonovin - July 11, 2009

One of the reason there hasn’t been an Art of Star Trek XI or other “nonfiction” trek books is from what I have read they don’t sell well. That said I would love an Art of Star Trek XI or a tech manual on the new ‘E’, something like a Mr. Scott’s guide to the New Enterprise which shows Keenser’s climbing places.

50. Ketrilla - July 11, 2009

What? They delayed the next COE book again?? I’m really disappointed.

What happened to the Captain April book that was announced?

51. Nervous Nelly - July 11, 2009

Pocket got burned on past non-fiction Trek books because they were pieces of krap. The topics were not what fans wanted, so they didn’t sell! They need some fresh blood at Pocket to do things right and understand what the fans want.

52. Kirk, James T. - July 11, 2009

Its such a shame that when you look at other franchises like Batman, James Bond, Harry Potter, Transformers, hell even Terminator that one of the best films of 2009 hasn’t got a “making of” book – such a poor show from Pocket Books.

I would really like to see another “Art of Star Trek” book also including features on all of Star Trek including the new movie.

I’ve got to say that for the older collector and fan there’s been really nothing of any quality for Star Trek – it’s all kids toys and crappy gimmicks.

53. DavidJ - July 11, 2009


Completely agreed. I can’t believe they have Making Of books out there for freakin Angels and Demons (that nobody saw) and T4 (that nobody liked), but nothing for the new Trek movie.

54. Smitty™ - July 11, 2009

@47 Oh yeah with the new movie opening this year! The Hell are they thinking?!


I’m being sarcastic!


55. Closettrekker - July 11, 2009

#41—“I’m upset to see no VOY or ENT books out for 2010, yet 4 JJ books! Not good!”


#47—“Too (much) TOS, and way too (much) JJTrek.”

It was the departure from stories which feature the iconic original characters which caused me to lose interest in Trek books in the first place. Those are the only characters in Star Trek in which I have ever felt invested—and the only books in which I have any interest in purchasing are those which feature those characters.

So what is apparently disappointing to you is actually quite pleasing to me…sorry.

56. Tara O'Shea - July 11, 2009

Coming from someone who has re-read _Vulcan’s Glory_ (DC Fontana, edited by Dave Stern) about 10 times, I am simply OVER THE MOON that Stern’s writing a Pike & Number One novel. I don’t think Number One has actually had a significant role in any TOS novel since PAD’s _The Rift_ and that was only the first 1/3rd…

Wow. Okay, I’m actually giddy. I haven’t read TOS novels in a decade, and now I’m *giddy*.

57. Nathan Pike - July 11, 2009

So I have been lurking on this site for months now, and since this is a books thread, I thought it would be appropriate for me to break my silence:

“But meanwhile, Pocket Books was badly burned by many recent attempts to do some ST non-fiction. “Star Trek Star Charts” and the “ST DS9 Companion” were both highly acclaimed, but they sat unwanted on bookshelves.”

As a Barnes & Noble merchandise manager, I made sure that my store had several copies of anything Star Trek nonfiction related, in particular the “Star Trek Star Charts.” I sold every last copy of those things. I realize this is probably the exception rather than the rule, but if bookstores and merchandise buyers are proactive, I think they’ll find that there is more interest in Star Trek nonfiction than meets the eye.

58. Trekkie - July 11, 2009

Pocket is probably trying to balance out the Star Trek universe, after the Destiny trilogy, which involved Next Generation, DS9, Voyager and Titan, they want to attend to the Original series since they were most likely overshadowed by Destiny.

They’re also bringing out the JJ universe probably for new fans who just got into Star Trek from the movie and also for those who want to follow the alternate universe along with the prime universe

Though, I’m still waiting for a return of Admiral Janeway Voyager novel.

59. spanishviolet - July 11, 2009

I was loving the books coming out when Marco Palmieri was still in charge. Vanguard, DS9, the new Titan series all had fresh possibilites & exciting new storylines. But since he left, it’s all unexciting stories, poorly written, taking the characters in directions I find unconvincing and annoying.
I can’t even stick to the series I was enjoying, since everything is all tied together in one plotline now. The only series that was safe, Vanguard, apparently won’t have another book until 2011! And now even DS9 must be ruined. I’m disappointed, fed up, and done.

60. Christine - July 11, 2009

Yay!! I love Peter David’s books! He’s so completely fantastic. ♥ He’s like my ‘Trek writer idol… aha… I probably own ten of his books. It’s nuts.

I hope there will be more ENT books past “The Romulan War”. I miss that series dearly…

And Shatner needs to GET WRITING! I actually enjoyed “Collision Course”, if only because it deals with people ACTUALLY close to my age (hahaha) and I’m itching, itching for a sequel. I want “Trial Run”. NOW.

And why can’t anyone write DS9 books that take place before “WYLB”? I hate to see none with Sisko, or Odo, or Jadzia Dax (though she died at the end of season 6)… It’s all so very depressing.

61. Promethea - July 12, 2009

Oh no, that is such a long time to wait for the Typhon Pact stories! I guess I’ve been spoiled by the year of Destiny and beyond, but it is annoying as I’d personally have they’d spaced out the series rather than this idea of publishing in ‘blocks’. However I suppose it makes sense as they can give each a coherent marketing push, so I will try not to whine. And hopefully there will be another Voyager story in the meantime.

I couldn’t care less about non-fiction stuff. Each to their own.

62. Dom - July 12, 2009

47. Cerritouru: ‘No TNG untill 2011?? Woww.. looks like Poocket its not going to resive any $$$ for on 2010. Too mach TOS, and way too mach JJTrek.’

Kirk, Spock and McCoy are the the main characters in the current version of the movie series. It’s common business sense to focus the books on these characters in the next year in the aftermath a a hugely successful movie and in the lead-up to a much anticipated sequel.

Believe it or not, Trek books aren’t released as a favour to hardcore fanboys: they’re released to make money. And the mainstream money is with both iterations of TOS right now!

63. Abrams basher - July 12, 2009

There are far too few Enterprise Novels around and I’m longing for more after the (delayed – a shame) Romulan War. Instead we have four (!!! what was that about quality, how is it possible even for different writers to write four novels in such a short period of time?) JJ-Trek-Novels. Not every Star Trek Fan is convinced about these. Why don’t handle it as single series out of Star Trek context and publish interesting titles and series? After the – in my opinion undeserved – success of the movie there had to be some more titles and there is no lack of quality in republishing even existing titles like SCE! Just simple complete the missing titles!

64. captain_neill - July 12, 2009

As long as the JJ verse does NOT take over the Prime Universe book numbers. I am glad that there is still stuff coming out for the prime universe

65. Sci - July 12, 2009

#20: Captain Sisko returned in the DS9 novel Unity, which was published in 2003.

Tucker was revealed not to have actually died in the ENT novel Last Full Measure, published in 2006, and the story of what really happened in Riker’s holoprogram was first told in The Good That Men Do (2007).

66. Promethea - July 12, 2009

I forgot to say that it will be nice to have a new novel from Margaret Wander Bonanno again, who did some nice ones back in the day. With the ‘revival’ of classic Trek, it would be great if other classic authors like Diane Duane got to come back too.

67. P Technobabble - July 12, 2009

Frankly, I keep wondering how many more Trek books the market can sustain. If you’ve never seen an ant, then seeing the first couple of dozen might be interesting, but when you start seeing them by the thousands they become rather uninteresting. And with so many Trek books (obviously seeking some new, interesting ways to tell a story), what is the big deal if JJ-Verse books move into the picture… just more Star Trek books, as far as I can see. Don’t get me wrong. I could understand one or two Trek books per year, but monthly?
I’m curious how many copies a routine Trek book sells these days. From what I see, Trek books aren’t producing best-sellers (in general), or classic sci-fi novels. So, can someone give me an idea of who is reading all of these books, and how many copies an average title sells… And I see as many, if not more, Star Wars titles…. is it the same deal with them?

68. CarlG - July 12, 2009

@25: How do we, um, enthusiastically encourage” them to get moving on that?!!

I’ve got some hot coals, if someone else can scrounge up some thumbscrews, we’re in business. ;D

69. Dom - July 13, 2009

67. P Technobabble

There are too many Trek novels out there for me even to contemplate buying and most of the time the shelves of book stores seem to have random shards of multi-book series (say a book three and a book six) lying around.

I picked up Burning Dreams yonks ago, because I spotted the author’s name and remembered her as the writer of the wonderful Strangers from the Sky. Ah now, those were the great days of Trek novels. Life seemed simpler when the books were based on one live action show, a cartoon and three or four films! I still have Final Frontier and SftS buried away as firm favourites. The next ‘giant novel’ equivalent I bought years later was Federation, which I also loved!

Sadly, the state of Trek books on the shelves of book stores sum up the mess the franchise got into: spin-off on top of spin-off all clamouring for attention and no one sure where to jump on.

To be brutal about it, they’d be better off writing one book per series per year at the most and making them an event. I mean, one book per series per month would mean one each of TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, Aventine, Corps of Engineers, New Frontier, IKS Gorkon then maybe top it out with three or four JJ-Verse books as they represent the current incarnation. I mean out of that lot, I can’t believe many people would buy more than two or three even if they were hugely dedicated fans!

Then again . . . ;)

70. Not Daniel - July 13, 2009

Count me in for wondering what happened to the previously-announced Captain April novel, THE MILLENNIUM BLOOM, from Mike W. Barr. In addition to the welcome return of Robert April, I was looking forward to reading more TREK from the pen of Mr. Barr, who wrote many of my favorite STAR TREK comic books back in the Eighties.

71. Anthony Pascale - July 13, 2009

Anthony Thompson RE: Clark
that kind of personal attack is uncalled for here. There is a lot more involved and Clark is now doing the work of two editors at Pocket, since Marco was laid off last year. Any of the Trek writers can assure you that she is certainly anything but ‘lazy’

72. Kevin Dilmore - July 13, 2009

59. Don’t give up on us yet! With the past Vanguard books, there’s been at least a year between books. Open Secrets (Book 4) by Dayton Ward came out in April, and Precipice (Book 5) by David Mack comes out before the end of the year. That’s a lot of Vanguard-y goodness for 2009!*

Yes, there’s no Vanguard scheduled for 2010, but the series is far from over. I think you’ll like what we (yes, we, as they can’t get rid of me that easily) have planned for the future. I think it will be worth the wait.

*Unless you just want to buy Precipice when it comes out and bury it under a tree until June or July 2010. Then, when you read it, the wait time will feel just like normal! :)

73. Alex Rosenzweig - July 13, 2009

#50, 70 – My understanding is that The Millennium Bloom has been canceled. I haven’t been able yet to verify if it was a result of the new movie, or if other issues were in play, and perhaps those more “in the know” could clarify. If it is, indeed, movie-related, count me as very disappointed.

In a similar vein, it looks like mid-summer next year may be the longest sustained time that I won’t buy new Trek in many years. (Getting me even remotely interested in the Abramsverse will be a big uphill battle, whereas my support for the entire Trek Prime Universe continues unabated.)

OTOH, all the rest of it looks pretty cool, though of course I’d love to see more “Enterprise” and “Vanguard”, too. However, just before I left Shore Leave, I was told that conceptual plotting work has begun for “Vanguard” books 6 and 7, so with luck, we’ll get some cool continuation of that story in 2011. (It’s cool to run into Dayton and Kevin in the hotel lobby just before leaving! ;) )

74. Iowagirl - July 13, 2009

“…old fashioned classic Trek books.”

Excellent. Can’t wait.

75. Okie Trekker - July 14, 2009

The “J.J. Verse”?

Catchy name…

76. Fabio - July 15, 2009

I want these books solicited in PREVIEWS. I fall in love again with Star Trek thanks to the wonderful “Singular Destiny”. While I don’t hope all the new books will be so good like that one, I am craving for exploring some more.

Keith R.A. DeCandido, you have a new fan in Buenos Aires

77. Trekkie - July 20, 2009

I was going through some of the reference books I have and I’ve come across the ones that have planetary listing. I’ve also checked out StarTrek.com and looked under places. There should be a reference book detailing every colony and or planet and their inhabitants with a picture of said planet/landmass and what the humaniod would look like. It would be very thorough just as thorough as Star Trek enclyopedia. I believe there is a market for it.

78. Dave UK - July 28, 2009

Looks good, Im really interested in the TNG ERA stuff post destiny, I really enjoyed the new FILm it was great I cry’d. Im a little daunted by running the TOS ERA and this stuff together, I can get over it intelectualy. It just feels strange.

79. Renee - August 7, 2009

Hundreds of star trek books 4sale call 619-212-2615

80. Pat Prevenas - September 6, 2009

Am I the only person saddened by the lack of aesthetic continuity with these books anymore? I kind of hate that Pocket stopped numbering them (and just before TOS hit #100, too!), cheapened all the cover art dramatically, and no longer follow a sort of recognizable design pattern from novel to novel. I think the decision to stop numbering the novels has been especially disastrous for those of us who fell out of their Trek book collecting for a few years; suddenly now there are large, ongoing stories for TNG and DS9, and it takes an unnecessary amount of work to determine which novels come before or after the other novels so that we can read them in order and not miss any beats. On top of that, Pocket does NOT seem to be reprinting previous books like they used to; it’s been a monstrous chore for me to go back and build the collection I’ve been missing these last several years; I’ve mostly had to do it online because all the local bookstores (and I live in L.A. … there are a LOT of local bookstores!) seem to have drastically thinned their Star Trek sections down from what they used to be. :( Oh, and the current $7.99 cover price on these paperbacks is outrageous. Okay, I can stop complaining now. Pocket, get with it! Let’s get more of these books on the shelves, and a LOT more of the older series that are now undeservedly out of print (tihs I request from a selfish standpoint; I lost probably 40 of my old TNG books and a few Voyagers to a termite invasion last year, and rebuilding THAT collection on top of all the ones I’ve simply missed these last few years has been a near-impossible task!).

81. Pat Prevenas - September 8, 2009

Also… can I just protest these planned JJ-verse novels? Please? Totally unnecessary. The new movie was great fun, but it’s been set off in an alternate timeline for “reboot” purposes. I am not interested in following TWO takes on The Original Series. The Abrams reboot will deliver a few really fun movies, but there won’t be any longevity to it because that crew’s story has already existed for 40+ years. I’d rather that the JJ-verse was ignored in a literary context. Really.

82. Sue W - October 10, 2009

very disapointed that tere are no enterprise or voyager novels for 2010!

83. kasie - November 24, 2009

same here. Just finished Unworthy and there is definetly a lot that needs to be finished. I just thought they might have some plans sooner than “maybe” 2011.

84. Rattweiler - December 25, 2009

#83 I agree that the Voyager series has a new storyline that needs to have a new novel out sooner than “maybe 2011″. If I would have known that no new book was planned, I wouldn’t have bothered getting Unworthy until 2011.

#55 You like the Iconic original characters. Well the new Voyager book brings back most of those characters: Chakotay, Seven of Nine, Tom Paris, B’Elanna, The Doctor, Harry Kim, Reg Barclay (TNG & VOY), as well as Neelix. Seems like only a couple missing (Tuvok and a dead Janeway).

85. craig - December 29, 2009

Wow i have to spend months now trying to find something good to read until the fall. why are they spending so much time on the first star trek?

86. Joey - December 30, 2009

The Enterprise “Romulan War” books should have a follow up soon, I’d hope!
Vanguard was awesome, I’d hope to read more soon!

At first I didn’t think I’d like Destiny, I only tried it because it was a 3 way mix of ENTERPRISE, NEXT GENERATION, and DEEP SPACE NINE (DS9 thainks to Ezri Dax) it turned out to be pretty good… I’m hoping for more follow ups soon,. and am now quite interested in the Typhon Pact.

Pumping out titles based on the original series will appeal to soft-core fans whom know of the series and don’t really follow it, but it dilutes the over all quality…
Look at Star Wars, the guy next to Star Trek in the book store, I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I can see they are expanding their universe, with common continuity and more than “just an other story about some guys in a movie”

I thought the new movie titled only “Star Trek” was a horribly dumb story, like disgustingly ridiculous, …that said, I like the idea of two time-lines existing side by side, and think the new universe (no matter how idiotic the original story may be) has potential for a lot of interesting stories to be told …so I am interested books based on STAR TREK THE NEW MOVIE SERIES, but shouldn’t they be called something other than Star Trek the Original Series, because it’s not the Original Series just because it has Kirk and Spock, the Original Series would be stories in time-line 1… Has a name ever been chosen for the new movie series?

87. steve solomon - December 31, 2009

Where can I find a full chronological list of all star trek books by series inclusie of the forthcoming 2010 releases. NO COMIC PLEASE

88. Shannon - February 13, 2010

Hmmm…. I’m interested in some of the quests and missions that the Enterprise has post-Countdown. Of course, since everyone’s split up to do their own thing, I think most of the crew would be OCs… unless everyone is required to pull together for some major quest or something… *sigh*

I have a post-countdown story in the making (in my mind, LOL) but it won’t meet the requirements that Pocket Books has for publishing. Oh well! Time for shameless fanfic….

And finally, for anyone who’s curious and looking for a list of star trek novels:


I believe it lists the novels in order of publication year, so they SHOULD be in some sort of consistent understandable order. I’ve just started to pick up the novels myself, so I’ve found this resource really helpful.

89. Melissa - February 20, 2010

“JJ verse” all the years of Star Trek we know wiped away becuase they couldn’t come up with a plot. Let’s just throw in some time travel by “Romulans” and we can do whatever we want! The characters don’t even have to be in character because everything changed! Actually, let’s even make the history of the characters different while we’re at it. JJ, stick to the great TV you make.

I’m glad GR is not here to see what was done to ST. Now books to follow up with that stinko movie? – uggg! If you want different time lines/universes read AU fanfiction. That’s about the level of the movie and I would expect the novels to be just as stupid. Call me a traditionalist, whatever…I’ve been a fan since TOS was first aired. Please put AU Star Trek at the top of each book in big letters.


Was hoping the follow up to Enterprise’s Romulan War would be this year. Maybe they will add another Enterprise novel for this year.

90. craig sicard - April 10, 2010

I need a new trek book to read. I am going nuts trying to find something good to read. They are losing fans of the books by taking so long to put new books out and the only ones they are putting out are for the old trek. Maybe i should start to read stargate and not go back to trek?

91. Dick - July 11, 2010

Right now im reading from the depths (star trek the original series #66)
and its great you guys should read it

92. Amptron25 - February 7, 2012

Who thinks that they need to stop puttin tie ins to other books? I was reading Titan: Orion Dogs(3rd book in the series) or somethin. and I wanted to read the next one, but another storyline came in from another series( 3 book series Destiny) and now I have to read them 3 in order to read then next Titan book. I just don’t have time to read multiple books from another series. Just thougt I’d put that out there.

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