A round of layoffs this week at Simon and Schuster resulted in the departure of Star Trek books editor Margaret Clark. The move was a part of a workforce reduction by the publisher, driven by lagging profits in the publishing industry. Even though this is the second layoff of a Star Trek editor in the last year, Simon & Schuster says they are committed to Star Trek going forward. More details below, plus a preview of Spring 2010 Trek books.
Margaret Clark’s departure is the the second major impact on Star Trek publishing in the past year. Last December, an even more substantial downsizing at S&S cost editor Marco Palmieri his position. Clark joined Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in 1996 after editing Star Trek comics at DC. Most recently she has helmed the Enterprise re-launch, as well as the post-Nemesis books in the Next Generation series. With Palmieri’s departure, Clark took over virtually all aspects of the Star Trek operation for Pocket, save for the New Frontier series.
However, even though Clark was overseeing Star Trek, Pocket Books remains committed to the line, including all of the recently announced titles for 2010. Jean Anne Rose, Pocket’s director of publicity, told TrekMovie:
Pocket will be going forward as planned with its current schedule and the editorial responsibilities will be announced shortly.
Star Trek was handled by Pocket’s New Media Group, which also handles licenses for several tie-in’s, including World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, as well as some Marvel tiles and CBS Television’s CSI. Clark was one of four editors from that group and the only one to be laid off, so potentially one or a combination of the other editors will be taking over the Trek responsibilities.
STAR TREK BOOKS SPRING PREVIEW
Pocket has made their Spring 2010 catalog available on their website, which contains more details and preliminary covers for five Trek releases in early 2010. This catalog is mainly used for the sales force and so the descriptions and covers are subject to change, but here they are.
Star Trek: Inception (Mass Market)
by S. D. Perry
Blending the best of both the Star Trek television show and the movie, the story of a younger less experienced Kirk and Spock—and the two great loves of their lives, Carol Marcus and Leila Kalomi.
As man expands beyond explored space, the need to find a way to make inhospitable planets habitable grows greater. One young biologist, Carol Marcus, has a project that she believes can reshape planets. A young committed scientist, she dares to dream of a Federation where there is never any hunger and every world is a paradise. Her dream is shared by James Kirk, a young Starfleet officer and her
lover. One of Carol’s more enthusiastic team members is botanist Leila Kalomi. Leila finds Carol’s passion contagious, and sparks the interest of the Enterprise’s science officer, Spock, who convinces her to join Project: Inception.
Star Trek: New Frontier: Treason
(Mass Market reprint of 2009 Trade)
by Peter David
Now available in mass market, the exciting New Frontier novel from New York Times bestselling and popular Star Trek author Peter David!
Jumping ahead three years from the events depicted in Stone and Anvil, tensions within the New Thallonian Protectorate are at a fever pitch following the murder of Prime Minister Si Cwan. The sudden power vacuum will have farreaching ramifications for Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, the crew of the USS Excalibur, and all of Sector 221-G itself….
Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins (Trade Anthology)
by Margaret Clark (editor)
An all-new collection of engaging novellas showcasing the seven archetypal adversaries of the Star Trek
Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride. These are the seven deadly sins of humanity…but humans are not the only creatures in the universe to surrender to their baser instincts. In the world of Star Trek, entire civilizations are driven by avarice, or anger, or insatiable hunger, or one of the other fundamental urges that have come to define these fascinating species. Now, this edgy collection of original novellas explores these empires from the inside, delving into the qualities that shape their cultures and their worldviews, through characters as compelling as they are provocative. These surprising and engaging tales feature all of Star Trek’s most prominent adversaries, including the Borg (gluttony), the Klingons (wrath), the Romulans (pride), the Cardassians (envy), the Ferengi (greed), the Pakleds (sloth), and the Mirror Universe (lust), and their adventures on the dark side of the Star Trek universe.
Star Trek: To Thine Own Self (Mass Market)
[formerly titled "The Children of Kings"]
by David Stern
When the Orion syndicate holds the Enterprise’s doctor for ransom, Captain Pike must discover why the Orions no longer fear Starfleet in this new novel set in the classic Star Trek era.
A thorn in the side of civilized space travel for more than a hundred years, the Orion syndicate has gotten bolder. They are harassing more ships and daring to even tangle with smaller Starfleet vessels. When one of the leading members begs Captain Christopher Pike to let his doctor treat one of their own, Pike agrees. But it’s a trap, and the Orions take the doctor hostage. Captain Pike is left to wonder why, since the Orions know that Starfleet does not negotiate. Spock thinks perhaps they no longer fear the consequences, and if so, they must discover what has changed the Orions’ instinctual nature
Star Trek: Unspoken Truth (Mass Market)
by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Lieutenant Saavik—the compelling female Starfleet officer who is half-Vulcan, half- Romulan—struggles to discover where her loyalties lie.
A wild child, Saavik was left to die in a world so horrifying that it was dubbed Hellguard by those who dared to cling to life there. She was rescued by Spock who took the half-Vulcan half-Romulan child home to his parents, knowing only they could care for the troubled child. As an adult, Saavik followed Spock into Starfleet, but recent events have shaken her. When she comes home to Vulcan to find that other Hellguard survivors are being killed, she wonders if she can dare to call Vulcan home. And when forced to choose, can she embrace the pacifism of Vulcan or is the violence of Romulus her true nature?