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Summaries and Prelim Covers For 4 Star Trek Movie Tie-in Novels – Coming This Summer January 10, 2010

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Simon & Schuster has released their Summer Gallery of Books catalog for retail book-buyers and it includes preliminary covers and summaries for their four Pocket Books Star Trek movie-tie in novels. See below for full details on all the new timeline fun in the sun planned for this Summer.

 

The Summer of Star Trek movie tie-in Books
Pocket Books is devoting their entire Summer season of Star Trek books to tie-ins to the 2009 Star Trek movie. All four books take place entirely in the new timeline, set after the events of the film. The novels are all stand-alone and not linked to each other, so you can pick up any one of them without missing part of the story.

All four books are are Mass Market Paperbacks, retailing for $7.99 ($9.99 Canada). All will also be available in eBook format. All are available for pre-order at Amazon (click covers below to order from Amazon).

Summaries and covers
NOTE: the covers below are just preliminary placeholders for the sales catalog. Final covers may look completely different. 

 

Star Trek: Refugees
by Alan Dean Foster
(On sale: May 25, 2010)

In this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Trek movie tie-in, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise must decide if a group of refugees are actually a menace—or just misunderstood.

When a strange distress call comes in and Kirk orders the Enterprise to answer it, they encounter a large colony ship of refugees under attack. Unable to convince the Dre’kalk to cease fire, Kirk engages them and drives off their ships. The refugees—the Perenores, a race of furry bisymmetrical people—are starving, battered, and many are injured. Their ship wandered off course and their fuel and food is running out, so Kirk and the crew find a place for these displaced refugees. But just two months later, the Barran are threatening the Federation with war for protecting the Perenore menace. But Kirk and Spock are puzzled, the Perenores are peaceful people, what could have happened?


[available for pre-order at Amazon]

Star Trek: Seek a Newer World
by Christopher L. Bennett|
(On sale: June 29, 2010)

When the Enterprise is outnumbered and under attack, the crew manages to escape and discovers an entire hidden civilization in this exciting new original Star Trek novel.

Stung by Nero’s escape, the Klingons are looking to salvage their pride by besting the ship that took him down: Enterprise. Command has assigned Kirk to observe and watch how the new captain performs his duties. A boring expedition becomes a fight for survival as the Klingons attack, outnumber, and outflank the young captain and his Enterprise crew. But just as the Enterprise escapes, the crew comes across an entire civilization of worlds within worlds hidden in a radiation belt of a large planet. A civilization so powerful that they can create all this? Kirk wonders just what are they hiding from and will do whatever it takes to find out.


[available for pre-order at Amazon]
 

Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death
by David Mack
(On sale: July 27, 2010)

An all-new adventure featuring the new Enterprise crew on a mission to broker a Federation trade agreement, from critically acclaimed Star Trek author David Mack.

Captain Kirk leads the crew of the Enterprise on a mission to Akiron, a world known for its rich dilithium deposits and isolationist government. Aboard is Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek, who is hoping to set up a trade agreement for the Federation with the planet. Pleased that the Federation has entrusted him with this mission, Kirk pledges everyone on Enterprise will grant the ambassador their full cooperation. Spock is happy to see his father and his Vulcan staff putting the destruction of their world behind them. But Sarek, however, has a secondary agenda while on board Enterprise….


[Available for pre-order at Amazon]

Star Trek: The Hazards of Concealing
by Greg Cox
(On sale: June 29, 2010)

An all-new adventure featuring the new Enterprise crew—from New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox.

The events of the recent movie have left one important loose end: the elder Spock from the 24th century. His knowledge of both technology and future events makes him one of the most important strategic assets in the galaxy. Starfleet Command wants Ambassador Spock to rejoin Starfleet and share that information with them, but Spock is reluctant to interfere with the unfolding of the new timeline. Will he be able to escape a sinister plan wrought by the enemies of the Federation, or will their quest to exploit Spock’s wisdom succeed, with disastrous consequences?


[Available for pre-order from Amazon]

 

2010 Prime Universe Books
Although the Summer is all about the new movie timeline, 2010 has plenty of Star Trek novels set in the original ‘prime’ universe, including a number of stand-alone TOS-era books and the 24th century “Typhon Pact” mini-series. For more details see our 2010 Star Trek Books Preview.

Source: Simon & Schuster

Comments

1. WGW - January 10, 2010

Great! I’ll buy them all!

2. VOODOO - January 10, 2010

The Prime Spock book (The Hazards of Concealing) brings up an interesting idea that they could use in a future film.

If it is known the Prime Spock has knowledge of technology future events he could be a liability. It seems logical that they might want to send him to his proper timeline.

Isn’t there a precedent in ST that characters must be returned to their original timeline/universe?

3. Sybok's Secret Brother - January 10, 2010

Looks like we are in for some fun reading this summer. “The Hazards of Concealing” looks very interesting and I enjoyed Cox’s Khan Trilogy.

4. Hat Rick - January 10, 2010

Yes, well, the Hazards of Concealing does contain a trope that we’ve talked about right here at TrekMovie.com.

Separately, I noticed a possible typo in the synopsis for Seek a Newer World — shouldn’t it be Pike who is keeping an eye on the new captain?

I like some of the exploratory and galactipolitical themes I see in these novels.

5. "Check the Circuit!" - January 10, 2010

“Hazards” sounds like an outstanding (and dare I say) logical idea. Perhaps a lot of what Spock Prime knows of the past is moot since the timeline has changed. Still, he’s a valuable commodity be friends and enemies alike. Certainly from a technological standpoint. (Transwarp beaming for example.) And some events from the original timeline probably would remain unchanged by Nero’s incursion into the past. The Doomsday Machine is out the somewhere. The giant amoeba. The infestation of Deneva. Wouldn’t Spock Prime feel compelled to intervene? Quite the moral and ethical dilemma. Sounds riveting!

Has the Supreme Court asked Pocket to stay away from certain topics/episodes/events? Like, say…the Botany Bay perhaps?

6. CmdrR - January 10, 2010

Looks like these novels prove that Trek can include stories with PLOTS and CHARACTERS, sted: “Bad guy shows up. Trek-Cliche. CGI-Boom. Trek-Cliche. CGI-Boom. Bad guy dies.”

I hope Bob et al are really challenging themselves to write us a GREAT STORY for the sequel.

7. Gary - January 10, 2010

I’d like more lens flare on the covers.

8. Frank - January 10, 2010

Amazing site. I am a fan of Star Trek since my childhood… Meanwhile I collect all information I can find on the net. I will return to your blog to read more of your posts.

Frank

9. Kurt - January 10, 2010

I am curious how these novels will play out. There are only so many things to explore: the Vulcan refugee problem, Spock Prime and corrupting the timeline, Spock/Uhura, the young crew, etc. Once these ideas are exhausted (and these novels are already starting to address these ideas), then what?

It seems to me there will only be new stories, or stories that take existing stories and put a twist on them due to the timeline corruption. The first option is unnecessary – these can be done as novels in the prime timeline. The second option will quickly grow gimmicky.

I know it is tempting to write this series, but I wonder if it is better to leave it to the movies, and perhaps have an occational novel that bridges the new movies. The real problem here is that the new movies are fun because of the new cast, but that is a visual thing and I am not sure that translates well to novels. We’ll see.

10. Hat Rick - January 10, 2010

One thing: The Perenores better not look like the Ewoks.

11. HotStove - January 10, 2010

I’m in on the Cox/Bennett/Mack novels. I’ll take a pass on the Foster tome – I was extremely (think of that word in bold typeface) by the novelization of Trek 09. It was the weakest by far of any ST movie novelization. It might not be entirely Foster’s fault (I have no idea the restrictions he was under), but it was what it was.

12. Sarah Stroud - January 10, 2010

I want to read “The Hazards of Concealing”. That sounds like it’ll be a good book worth reading.

13. captain_neill - January 10, 2010

And these are rrunning parallel parallel with novels set int the prime universe?

14. DavidJ - January 10, 2010

I gotta say, that Seek a Newer World synopsis sounds like it would be a PERFECT story for the sequel.

It’s got Klingons, Kirk being tested, and a mystery on an alien world.

15. captain_neill - January 10, 2010

they sound cool.

16. DavidJ - January 10, 2010

And I know the authors are limited in what they can do, but I REALLY hope they can have a little fun with the new versions of these characters, and not focus solely on the plot like usual.

That’s always been my biggest beef with these Trek novels– they’re so freakin plot-heavy, with very little character or humor or sense of fun.

17. Commander Crooner - January 10, 2010

#4
I read the line as “Command has assigned Kirk to observe [,] and watch how the new captain performs his duties”

18. Luke Sutton ("The Tenth Doctor") - January 10, 2010

Has to be said: Star Trek: The Hazards of Concealing is the only one I’m a little interested by.

19. SPOCKBOY - January 10, 2010

14)
I agree,
Kirk and crew trapped and outnumbered by Klingons, an all powerful race of beings involved!

Oh wait, just watch Errand of Mercy ;)

20. Anthony Pascale - January 10, 2010

RE: prime universe
I have added a note on that. Yes Pocket also has a bunch of books for 2010 all about the prime universe with TOS, TNG, DS9, Titan (TNG spinoff), Aventine (DS9 spinoff) stories. IDW are also doing at least one ST09 tie-in in 2010 (an adaptation of the movie) as well as prime timeline stories from TOS, TNG and DS9.

Of course the upcoming Star Trek Online game is set in the 25th century of the prime timeline (long after Nero and Spock bolted for the new timeline)

So the prime timeline lives on and in parallel with the new timeline, in the extended universe of Star Trek

21. Jorg Sacul - January 10, 2010

“Spock is happy to see his father and his Vulcan staff putting the destruction of their world behind them.”

Really? was “happy” the best word choice here?

They all look like fun reads this summer, especially delving into Spock Prime’s knowledge of the future- One thing for sure, he’d better be conjuring up some whales for when the Probe appears. I doubt if Kirk & Co. will find themselves in a convenient stolen Bird of Prey to go back to the Eighties and snatch George & Gracie.

And stop the Doomsday Machine
And the giant space amoeba
And the flying parasites
And Lazarus
… it goes on and on.

22. Christopher L. Bennett - January 10, 2010

4: “Separately, I noticed a possible typo in the synopsis for Seek a Newer World — shouldn’t it be Pike who is keeping an eye on the new captain?”

17: “I read the line as “Command has assigned Kirk to observe [,] and watch how the new captain performs his duties””

Unfortunately, whoever wrote that text for the catalog was trying to rephrase the first-draft blurb, and that particular sentence ended up missing a key word or two. Let’s just say someone’s observing Kirk, and it’s not Pike.

In general, take these preliminary blurbs with many grains of salt. The catalog is meant for booksellers rather than the general public, and its contents are often quite rough and inaccurate. For one thing, Greg’s book is The Hazard of Concealing, not Hazards.

23. NX-2000 - January 10, 2010

#21 – And don’t forget: Garth of Izar, Elaan of Troyus, dealing with the Orion Syndicate, and the Kelvans! =P

24. Oregon Trek Geek - January 10, 2010

Can novels based on the new universe be written in JJ Abrams’ style? Meaning can they have a lot more action and be “less talky”? Can that even be done in a novel?

Or, are these just new ST stories with pictures of the new cast on the cover?

#21, I assume that many of the events of the prime universe will unfold in the new universe, only with slight differences. This is the same as many of the multi-verse theories I’ve heard about. I accept that most of the original series and movie stories unfold in the new universe, with some differences. Maybe it would be interesting to write a ST novel based on an original story/episode/movie and show how these differences occur….

25. Kevin From Akron - January 10, 2010

They look to be very fresh and interesting readings. Am waiting with anticipation!!

26. Matt - January 10, 2010

i think for seeker for a new world they mean Pike. Cause how can Kirk keep on an eye on Kirk?

27. Hat Rick - January 10, 2010

17, I dunno. Maybe.

25, my point exactly.

28. TonyD - January 10, 2010

Some of the stories sound interesting, and Greg Cox in particular can be usually counted on to spin an interesting yarn that smartly ties in some Trek lore. But man do those covers ever suck. I guess the days of hand drawn, imaginative art for mass market paperbacks like these must slowly be coming to a close.

29. jas_montreal - January 10, 2010

@ 20.

I really wonder if publishing ‘prime timeline’ and ‘alternate timeline’ products will confuse the casual fans down the road…..

Down the road, maybe 20-30 years from now….. when there have been more movies / tv shows been done about the alternate timeline and prime timeline…. its going to get extremely convoluted and fans might get confused distinguishing between the histories, etc…

wtv… it was just a thought…

30. Red Skirt - January 10, 2010

#1, WGW, we may have to! If the sequel follows the same pattern as the first film, I wonder if the novels won’t be required reading in order to fully understand the plot of the sequel. ;-)

31. jas_montreal - January 10, 2010

btw.. can’t wait for the Alan Dean Foster novel !

32. doug_skywalker - January 10, 2010

am i the only one who thinks that Elder Spock’s ear going into the flare/sun kind resembles the IDIC?

@14: “It’s got Klingons, Kirk being tested, and a mystery on an alien world.”

um…do i dare bring up the plot for ST:V?

33. Rhett Coates - January 10, 2010

ABOUT: “Star Trek: The Hazards of Concealing,” by Greg Cox, and the comment by #2, above, by “VOODOO” —

“The Prime Spock book (“The Hazards of Concealing”) brings up an interesting idea that they could use in a future film…..If it is known the Prime Spock has knowledge of technology future events he could be a liability. It seems logical that they might want to send him to his proper timeline…..Isn’t there a precedent in ST that characters must be returned to their original timeline/universe?”
______________________________

The 2009 Star Trek film didn’t simply alter Trek’s timeline, but rather it created a PARALLEL timeline (according to the story authors). I wonder at the ramifications of this notion: as Capt. Janeway once put it to her crew, thinking about Temporal Physics and how they could go either way in any given situation gives her a headache. I would tend to agree. While Spock [Prime] finds himself taken from Picard’s era through the singularity created by his own Red Matter implosion, future Temporal Agents (31st century’s MR. DANIELS from ST:ENT, and/or 29th century Capt. Braxton in ST:VOY “Future’s End–Part 2″)– IF they are even aware of this parallel time line at all — might just let him “help” this “parallel” Federation avoid those coming hazards: V’Ger, the whale probe, Nomad, the Kelvans, Khan, and all the rest — as Spock sees fit. Heck, they (and Spock) might even find completely logical reasons to do so in this parallel reality.

Then, when the time comes (and if Spock Prime is still alive), he might be returned to his own reality. That’s a mighty big if, and the opportunities for errors and changes in this parallel reality might be so drastic that Spock might elect to remain where he has found himself. The logic of helping restore the Vulcan race in the alternative timeline might prove his best reason for remaining where he is until he passes on.

Wow, so much to consider: an entire UNIVERSE of possibilities. And what about the future of this parallel timeline? Harriman? Garrett? Picard? Riker? The USS Enterprise’s B, C, D, E, and so on? The USS Titan? The Klingon peace treaty Kirk & Co. help bring about with Chancellor Gorkon?

I suppose Greg Cox and the rest of the ST authors (Alex and Roberto included) will have their work cut out for them regarding this HEADACHE of a parallel future! Bayer aspirin, anyone? LOL!

34. jas_montreal - January 10, 2010

@ 33.

lol ! Yea, i agree, they do have their work cut out for them.

It probably felt like a great/easy way for robert and alex to escape cannon ….. but were only going to see the consequences of these actions down the road…. possibly 5-10 years from now……

Not only will it be a headache to deal with…. but it will confuse a lot of casual fans alike. Just as i posted earlier.

35. captain_neill - January 10, 2010

will the books further deal with the fact that this timeline is parallel to the Trek universe we know and love.

I am happy for both universes to co exist side by side, I was asking out of curiosity if you think the writers would address the parallel universe.

36. SerenityActual - January 10, 2010

I’m looking forward to the new Alt Universe novels. I enjoyed the movie and cannot wait to see further adventures in the timeline.

37. Weerd1 - January 10, 2010

Interesting- yeah, I’m on board.

38. Bryan - January 10, 2010

Can’t wait for all the books but those are some ugly covers if I may be so bold!

39. Christopher L. Bennett - January 10, 2010

29: “I really wonder if publishing ‘prime timeline’ and ‘alternate timeline’ products will confuse the casual fans down the road…..”

Pocket already publishes fiction set in various different timelines — the main book continuity, the Shatner novels, the Crucible trilogy, the Mirror and Myriad Universes series. (Plus, for a long time, the novels didn’t have any real continuity and contradicted each other all the time.) I see this as just adding one more timeline to the roster. Well, two, actually, since there’s a Star Trek Online novel coming out this year.

30: “If the sequel follows the same pattern as the first film, I wonder if the novels won’t be required reading in order to fully understand the plot of the sequel. ;-)”

The filmmakers are paying no attention to the novels. It’s their franchise; we’re just borrowing their toys and putting them back where we found them.

35: “will the books further deal with the fact that this timeline is parallel to the Trek universe we know and love.”

I’m sure that will come up in The Hazard of Concealing, which focuses on Spock Prime, but mostly these are meant to be standalone adventure tales that are accessible to fans of the new movie, including those who have little prior familiarity with ST. Also, since they’re a new series of books, we want them to establish their own independent identity. So they won’t be getting bogged down in continuity references or comparisons with the Prime timeline.

40. Roger - January 10, 2010

@28: I couldn’t agree more. I remember the days of old when Pocket Books had those lovely painted covers–some of the artists paid as much attention to the Enterprise as the characters themselves and rendered frame-worthy pieces of art. Now? Photoshop and some tired “effects” (lens flare! cowbell!) and voila–an uninspired and uninviting cover to a book. Yay.

41. Roger - January 10, 2010

Correction to my above rant: I just saw that note about the covers not being final. Belay my previous rant. ;-)

42. Capt. of the USS Anduril - January 10, 2010

#11 Just an FYI, Foster’s novelization was done with an earlier draft of the script, he only had a small amount of time to write it, and he really didn’t want to do it in the first place. Unfortunately, that all shows up in the novelization.

43. BiggestTOSfanever - January 10, 2010

MUST. READ. THEM. ALL.

44. Sarah - January 10, 2010

#21: I see your point. This is why I hope Nimoy will participate in the next movie. There’s soooo much that can be done with that character at this point, especially in conjunction with younger Spock.

45. captain_neill - January 10, 2010

39

wil Kirk’s sudden rise from Cadet to Captain in this universe be addressed? It was a plot point in the new movie that did not ring true to me.

Just curious if it is going to be addressed.

46. Phobos - January 10, 2010

@45 Ring true?! Kirk saved Earth and the Federation against all odds. I think a captain title is the least he deserved. lol

Spock wanted to join up with the fleet, and Kirk had the instinct to face Nero despite a near certain defeat.

47. Phobos - January 10, 2010

oh.. I think I just thought of a contradiction in the movie.

Near Earth, how come Kirk/Spock beamed over to the Narada? Shields are inactivated because of the drill? If so, how come the shields were up near Vulcan? hmm maybe the drill was not deployed/active yet. I would have to check.

48. Dom - January 10, 2010

44. Sarah

I’d rather they make a straight-to-Blu-ray movie with Leonard Nimoy and release it to tie in with the sequel, much as there was a straight-to-DVD spin-off from the Get Smart film released within weeks of the main film!

49. Penhall - January 10, 2010

I’ll get them all, but the Spock Prime one sounds AWESOME.

50. Mel - January 10, 2010

They sound all great!

51. Phobos - January 10, 2010

Does Paramount get money when we buy these books? Or CBS gets it all? Who shares what?

52. Phobos - January 10, 2010

@52
Your comments are irrelevant. You will be assimilated.

As for the “getting a life” comment, I am a big fan of ST and the reason is mainly because it values science (natural and social). It is a franchise of Sci Fi entertainment that can enrich people in many ways. Every other day I will sit down and watch TNG TOS DVDs and I will learn interesting things about philosophy and life.

So I really don’t understand the self- proclaimed “cool people” bashing Trek fans. Ironically, seems to me that ST is a symbol of striding for a better life. You can be sexy and rich in life, which are nice to have, but if you don’t have a good soul and mind, then nothing, really, is important.

And quite frankly, I get the feeling that ST fans are, overall, simply nicer people. I saw it the crowds I saw at the IMAX this summer.

53. The Original Spock's Brain - January 10, 2010

@6. CmdrR – “Looks like these novels prove that Trek can include stories with PLOTS and CHARACTERS, sted: “Bad guy shows up. Trek-Cliche. CGI-Boom. Trek-Cliche. CGI-Boom. Bad guy dies.” “I hope Bob et al are really challenging themselves to write us a GREAT STORY for the sequel.”

CmdrR, so you’ve read all four of these novels that haven’t been published yet to make such a claim??? None of those blurbs sound particularly original or compelling, IMHO.

54. S. John Ross - January 10, 2010

#24: “Can novels based on the new universe be written in JJ Abrams’ style? Meaning can they have a lot more action and be “less talky”? Can that even be done in a novel?”

It can be, and it should be incumbent on the novelists to attempt it, I think … to keep the stories knuckle-dragging stupid yet pointlessly convoluted with nonsense, to celebrate the killing of stuff, the blowing up of stuff, and the sublime perfection of yuppies and the other yuppies who love them (to the extent that yuppies can experience or understand feelings). To fill the rest of the pages with broad slapstick … to boldly go where better stories have gone, again and again, and more cleverly, before. Yes … It could be done. All we’d be missing is the lens flares, and with inexpensive LED technology they might even be able to simulate that :)

Seriously though, “More Beautiful Than Death” sounds potentially good; may give it a shot if it gets some decent reviews.

55. Ensign RedShirt - January 10, 2010

I’m all about the Spock-Prime one. The rest sound fairly generic to me, although in all fairness to the authors it’s probably hard to get their bearings on this stuff early on.

56. greg cox - January 10, 2010

FYI, the actual title of my book is “The HAZARD of Concealing” (singular),not “The HAZARDS of Concealing” (plural.)

Don’t worry about the typo, though. It will definitely be fixed on the actual printed book.

Meanwhile, I tried very hard to capture the feel and pace and characters of the new movie. The idea was not to write an old-fashioned TOS novel with the actors on the cover, but to write something that would appeal to everyone who enjoyed the new movie.

57. greg cox - January 10, 2010

“with the NEW actors on the cover,” I meant.

58. Anthony Pascale - January 10, 2010

Greg and Christopher, it is always a pleasure for the Trek writers to drop by. Maybe David and Alan will as well, as they have in the past.

The above was based on the copy directly from the S&S catalog. I will add an update with your notes as well. As you can imagine, it has been harder for us to report on the Star Trek books since the layoffs of the two key Star Trek editors, but we still try to report on the books as best as possible.

I imagine you guys have let Pocket know about the problems, as I will as well.

59. Christine - January 10, 2010

Hazards and Refugees both look amazing. I’ll have to tell my library to purchase them, so that lots of people can get them. :D

Whoa, holy cow, GREG COX is on Trekmovie. I think I just went to heaven. I loved “Devil in the Sky” and his contribution to “Tales of the Dominion War”, and of course the Khan series. All very good.

The other authors, of course, I am WELL familiar with. I’m confident they’ll all bring excellent writing to the table. I have yet to be disappointed by any Star Trek novel I’ve read (with the exception of maybe.. one, but I could never get into it), which strongly contrasts with what I’ve seen on the small screen.

I’m going to need to devote yet another shelf of my bookcase for Star Trek! I just got like five DS9 novels.. All very amazing, all very worth it.

60. AJ - January 10, 2010

Wouldn’t the Klingons have the exact opposite reaction to Kirk, who destroyed a major threat to the Klingon Empire?

“Seek a Newer World” implies that his destruction of the Narada in no way is considered an act of honor (“Yesterday’s Enterprise,” etc.) by the Empire, but as a potential threat.

Also, portraying the JJ-verse Klingons before we get to truly see his take on them is a bit risky.

61. Mr. "There are always possibilities" - January 10, 2010

In my heart of hearts, part of me hopes that Messers Abrams, Orci et al will resolve the time line issue toward the end of the series.

To what am I refering, you may ask? Well, the fact is that all good things must come to an end. There were six original cast ST movies, and four ST:TNG movies. There were three original Star Wars movies. Franchises, series, etc. just run out of steam after awhile. It could be that after four, five or ten more blockbuster ST “something something” movies, the writing will be on the wall that its time to put it to bed. In typical Star Trek fashion, the alternative timeline issue could be resolved through interesting storytelling.

In a parallel universe where I am one of the writers, I see the last “ST:Something something” ending with a take on the opening scene of ST, but like the closing scene of the Next Gen episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise” where the crew of the Kelvin briefly pick up something on their instruments, but then its gone. Fade in to the ending scene, where Pine, Quinot, Urban, Zaldana and the rest of the cast is on the ST:TOS bridge. The TOS enterprise is pulling out of space dock, while Chris Pine’s voice over begins “Space, the final frontier…”

Oh, well. If I ran the world.

62. John in Canada, eh? - January 10, 2010

I can’t imagine that Sarek would be working on a negotiation for the Federation, after the destruction of Vulcan. With only 10,000 Vulcans left, it seems his efforts would be better spent on rebuilding his civilization.

But hey, I’ll keep an open mind.

63. Christopher L. Bennett - January 10, 2010

45: “wil Kirk’s sudden rise from Cadet to Captain in this universe be addressed? It was a plot point in the new movie that did not ring true to me.”

Mmmm, could be… ;)

60: “Wouldn’t the Klingons have the exact opposite reaction to Kirk, who destroyed a major threat to the Klingon Empire?

“Seek a Newer World” implies that his destruction of the Narada in no way is considered an act of honor (”Yesterday’s Enterprise,” etc.) by the Empire, but as a potential threat.”

As I said above, that version of the SaNW blurb is very inaccurate. It’s definitely not the blurb that will actually appear on the book cover.

“Also, portraying the JJ-verse Klingons before we get to truly see his take on them is a bit risky.”

True, but the risk of contradiction is an occupational hazard for any tie-in writer, or indeed for any science fiction writer (since the calendar inevitably catches up with us sooner or later). And the premise here is that this is the same Trek universe, just with the past 25 years of its history altered. So by that logic, the Klingons shouldn’t be too different.

64. Trekluver - January 10, 2010

Cox’s Khan Trilogy was great. And the best part of it was that Paramount seams to consider it cannon. I like how it made sense with current events. The Spock book sounds awesome but don’t really make sence since only Kirk, Spock, and Scotty and Deep Roy know about him. (Sorry but I can’t remember his character’s name)

65. Christine - January 10, 2010

#62 :: Good for you for keeping an open mind.

And I urge everyone to do the same. I’ve read countless Trek novels, and enjoyed them all… Even the ones that “violated canon” (besides the fact that they’re not, nor ever will be, “canon”) in terms of “gee, ‘CharacterA’ would never do that! that’s totally out of character!” ..As was my experience with some of the really early DS9 novels. But I still loved them anyways.

Try to take a little step out of what makes sense in the Star Trek universe. 3 years from now, half of the interpretations and things said in these novels, and more that come for JJ-verse, will probably not line up at all, but that’s okay. Enjoy the story as it is — a scifi story.

66. ryanhuyton - January 10, 2010

#64 Keenser

67. Mitch - January 11, 2010

If this is truly a different universe, despite how it was depicted in the movie, then Spock Prime can’t corrupt the timeline. He’s a part of it. Any future knowledge he has is already different because this is allegedly a different universe.

As a citizen of the Federation, even a different Federation, there is no reason he can’t share any knowledge with Starfleet. Plus, logically, the Vulcan people’s inability to contribute to the timeline could be offset somewhat by Spock’s knowledge.

68. Pamela - January 11, 2010

Hello everyone, I have some questions to ask you and I would appreciate any help that you can provide. I am extremely curious as to why is it that most of the Star Trek novels are not offered as audio books? Is is due to the possible high cost? For example, in terms of marketing, paying the voice actors, etc.? Certain Star Trek novels might not sell well in the audio book format? What are some other reasons as to why some of the Star Trek novels are not offered as audio books? Again, I just want to state that I do not know how the book publishing industry works. And, it would be very interesting to learn about it.

I would love that these four upcoming Summer 2010 Star Trek novels be made available as audio books. Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying the Star Trek: Vanguard book series and it would be nice if they were available as audio books. I love audio books because you can listen to them anytime at work, home, etc. Again, I thank you for your kind help.

69. thebiggfrogg - January 11, 2010

@28 and @40 Those cover suck by a factor of 1000. Pay some artists. I haven’t read a Trek novel for eons, but as a boy the beautiful images of the old school Bantam covers drew me in and got me reading. Hard to imagine a cheesy photoshopped still from the movie doing much for anyone (or maybe they’d just think, “oh the movie novelization” don’t need to read that I saw the movie). Yuck!

70. rogue_alice - January 11, 2010

“i think for seeker for a new world they mean Pike. Cause how can Kirk keep on an eye on Kirk?”

Maybe Kirk Prime is included in this one. Grin.

71. rogue_alice - January 11, 2010

“The refugees—the Perenores, a race of furry bisymmetrical people”

Why does this make me uncomfortable?????????

72. greg cox - January 11, 2010

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Hope you like the new book. I had a ball writing it . . ..

73. Terence T - January 11, 2010

Say…do these various Star Trek timeline books differentiate themselves at all by the design of their book spines?

It could become difficult distinguishing them all after the books become mixed up on a bookshelf if you know what I mean. :)

74. Christine - January 11, 2010

#69 :: Really? I actually am not too fond of the typical Trek book covers. I pick them up because they’re awesome and because I know the writing’s good, but if I were to judge them solely by cover, half of my books probably won’t be on my shelf. Some of the art I’ve seen of some characters has just been unflattering and flat-out weird (I’m thinking the covers of “Spock’s World” and “Sarek”… Awesome books, but the covers make me cringe). I love the latest book covers, though (think “Warpath”, “The Soul Key”, “Unity”, “Star Trek Academy: Collision Course”, etc..).
Oh, and another thing: Photoshop is fabulous for making book covers. Don’t be bashin’ my baby, hehehe.

I think the above book covers could use.. some colour, at the least, or maybe something a little more exciting. But those might just be tentative.

75. Sarah - January 11, 2010

#48: I’d rather see him in the sequel, but your idea is a good one. If there was a blue-ray release, I’d definitely be in line to buy it.

76. Admiral Crane - January 12, 2010

Re the conundrum of Spock prime’s presence in the timeline. I hope the book doesn’t fail to address the fact that, for all we know, the only people in the universe who know who Spock prime is are (1) Spock prime (2) Spock (3) Kirk (4) Scott, (5) Keenser and (6) –maybe– Sarek.

Wouldn’t the logical thing be for Spock prime to take on an assumed name and stay out of history’s way?

“Hazards” will have to address how the word got out.

77. Brian Kirsch - January 12, 2010

Though Spock Prime’s presence, and widespread knowledge of it, was never explained in the movie, it is certainly strongly implied. I left the theater after my first viewing with that feeling.

His presence in the Starfleet Academy Chamber as well as his presence in a Starfleet shuttlebay point to that. These are not places that strangers off the street have access to, I would think. He was brought there by Starfleet.

I also assumed that Spock Prime’s influence, as well as Pike’s, resulted in the unorthodox promotion of Kirk to Captain of the Enterprise. Which would answer some questions for other fans concerned about that.

Maybe I’m reading way too much into the film, but that’s the impression I’m left with after multiple viewings…….

78. Brian Kirsch - January 12, 2010

Also, in the scene in the shuttle hangar between the two Spocks is telling. I got the feeling that Spock was aware of Prime’s existence and presence, but maybe this was their first meeting. Or maybe their first one-on-one, intimate meeting.

I think what we saw was scriptwriter shorthand. To explore and explain the Starfleet/Spock Prime/Spock/Sarek substory would have added another hour to the movie. I, for one would have loved every minute of it. But I, and we, are in the minority. The general moviegoer ($$) and potential new Trek fan ($$) would have been bored wating for the next action scene.

79. Brian Kirsch - January 12, 2010

One last thought, since this is way off topic, which is the books. (BTW, I plan to purchase all of them to satisfy my Trek jones for the next 2.5 years)

#76 – “Wouldn’t the logical thing be for Spock prime to take on an assumed name and stay out of history’s way?”

He had already rejected this “logic” when he made it possible, and in fact deemed it neccessary, for Kirk to return to the Enterprise. After that point there was no going back. He knew that.

One of the beauties of Trek is the evolution of Spock Prime. By the time of TNG he had rejected the Vulcan “all or nothing” philosophy, embraced his human side, and found a balance between the two. That is due to Nimoy, and his insistence that Spock not be a chariacature, but a real person. Half Vulcan, but also half Human. That is Nimoy’s gift to Trek, and to Quinto.

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