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Updated 2010 Schedule of Star Trek Books January 28, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Books , trackback

Recently it was announced that Pocket Books had removed four Star Trek movie tie-in books from the 2010 schedule, which left a bit of a hole for the year. Pocket has now provided us with their updated schedule, which has filled that gap with some reprints. See below for the updated 2010 schedule, including some covers and details for the Star Trek books of the year. [UPDATE: added 2 more final cover images]

 

STAR TREK BOOKS FOR 2010
All books mass market paperbacks unless otherwise noted. Dates are estimated street arrival, which is usually a month before the official Pocket Books release date. Many of the covers below are not final, see notations below each one.

In addition to the four Star Trek movie tie-in books, Pocket has also removed the new Peter David New Frontier trade paperback, which was also announced last summer. In the end there will be a total of fourteen Star Trek books for the year (including omnibuses), five of which will be re-issues or mass market reprints of previously published works in other formats.

 

Star Trek Inception (January)
[TOS era]
by S.D. Perry & Britta Dennison

Blurb:

As man expands beyond explored space, the need to find way to make inhospitable planets hospitable grows greater. One young biologist, Carol Marcus, has a project that she is convince can reshape planets. She puts together a dream of young committed scientist who dare to dream as she does, of a Federation remade so there is never any hunger and every world can be 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 Leila Kalomi a botanist whose career was side-track for a while. Leila finds that Carol’s passion is contagious and the interest of the Enterprise’s science officer, Spock, convinces her to join Project: Inception.

At the start of their careers that will rewrite the history of how man explores four people try to find the balance between their careers and their personal lives.

[available now at Amazon]


Star Trek New Frontier: Treason
(February) [mass market reprint of 2009 TPB]
[New Frontier]
by Peter David

blurb:

It is a time of political upheaval and uncertainty in the New Thallonian Protectorate. Following the brutal assassination of her husband, Si Cwan, former Starfleet officer-turned-newly-appointed-Prime Minister Robin Lefler must now face the growing danger and intrigue surrounding her newborn son and heir to the noble line of Cwan. Following a harrowing assassination attempt, Robin has no choice but to flee New Thallon with her child…seeking refuge with Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur and creating a major diplomatic crisis in Sector 221-G.

The political fallout between the Federation and the New Thallonian Protectorate pales, however, in comparison to the threat of an enigmatic alien race determined to seize the infant Cwan for its own mysterious purposes. But nothing could possibly prepare Calhoun for the shocking betrayal from within — an act of treachery to aid and abet this alien race — forever altering the lives of the Excalibur crew….

[pre-order at Amazon]


Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins
(February) [TPB]
[various eras]
Editor: Margaret Clark

New Trade Paperback Novella Collection

Blurb:

These are the Seven Deadly sins of humanity . . . but humans are not the only creatures in the universe to surrender to their base instincts. Entire civilizations are driven by avarice or anger, insatiable hunger or the fundamental urges. Sins, perhaps, to the humans that have studied them, but this is who they are.

A collection of novellas that explores these races from the inside, delving into the qualities that shape their cultures and mold their worldviews, through characters as memorable and compelling as they are provocative: the Borg (gluttony), Klingons (wrath), Romulans (pride), the Mirror Universe (lust), Cardassians (envy), Ferengi (greed), and the Pakleds (sloth). Each one are given their due in tales both surprising and engaging.

[pre-order at Amazon]


Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many
(March)
[Star Trek Online era]
by Michael A. Martin

Tie-in novel to Star Trek Online game. According to Cryptic, book will be told as a series of personal narratives of tales leading up to the setting for the Star Trek Online game, all tied together by Jake Sisko.

[pre-order at Amazon]


Star Trek: Unspoken Truth
(March)
[TOS movie era]
by Margaret Wander Bonanno

early blurb:

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?

[pre-order at Amazon]


Star Trek The Children of Kings
(April)
[TOS "The Cage" era]
by  David Stern

blurb:

A distress call goes out from a Federation outpost near the Klingon border. The U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, responds. Starbase 18 lies in ruin. There are no survivors. And there is no clue as to who is responsible for the attack, until Captain Pike’s brilliant science officer discovers a means of retrieving parts of the station’s log.Lieutenant Spock has detected signs of a unique energy signature,one that he bel ieves is Klingon. There are unsubstantiated reports that the Klingon Empire has made a technological leap forward and created a cloaking device—code-named Black Snow Seven—that can shield their ships from even the most advanced sensors. The destruction of the base and the unique energy signaturethat remains prove that the Empire has succeeded.

For generations the Orions have been known as pirates,operating at the margins, outside of legal conventions. A proudand powerful race, the Orions were once a major force in the sector, and they have been using the tension between the KlingonEmpire and the Federation to rebuild their power. Captain Pike is charged with trying to foster cooperation between the Orions and the Federation. A distress call from an Orion vessel offers him the perfect opportunity. But the Orion ship lies in disputed space long claimed by the Klingon Empire, and crossing it could be the spark that sets off an interstellar war.

[pre-order at Amazon]
 

Star Trek SCE: Out of the Cocoon (June) [TPB]
[Starfleet Corps of Engineers]
Editor: Keith R. A. DeCandido

Trade Paperback Collection of previously published SCE e-Books. To include:


(original cover for Cocoon eBook)

[pre-order at Amazon]
 

Star Trek SCE: What’s Past (July) [TPB]
[Starfleet Corps of Engineers]
Editor: Keith R. A. DeCandido

Trade Paperback Collection of previously published SCE e-Books, collecting the 6-part ‘What’s Past’ series. To include:


(original cover for What’s Past Book #1 eBook)

[pre-order at Amazon]

Star Trek (August) [mass market reprint of 2009 HC & TPB]
[2009 Star Trek movie era]
by Alan Dean Foster

Mass market reprint of the novelization of the 2009 Star Trek movie.


(original cover for 2009 TPB edition)

[pre-order at Amazon]
 

Star Trek The Next Generation: Nightshade (September)  [reprint of 1992 paperback]
[TNG]
by  Laurell K. Hamilton

blurb:

After two hundred years of civil war the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is nearly unbreathable, and the people themselves are dying. Now, the two warring factions have finally sat down to talk peace, and Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to help them negotiate a settlement.

Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counselor Troi beam down to Oriana, just as the Starship Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Alone on the planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise team learns that there are people that would rather finish the devastating conflict than talk peace. Suddenly, Picard is accused of murder and the delicate negotiations have fallen into the hands of Lt. Worf.

Now, Worf and Troi must unravel the truth and prevent planet-wide disaster, before time runs out for the people of Oriana and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.


(original 1992 cover)

[not yet available for pre-order]

TYPHON PACT SERIES BEGINS
The Fall of 2010 has the big 24th century post-"Destiny" series about the "Typhon Pact" which is named for the Warsaw Pact-like coalition of bad guys (Romulans, Tholians, Gorn, Breen, Tzenkethi, & Kinshaya) formed after the war with the Borg during Destiny. Unlike the Destiny series the Typhon Pact books will each focus on just one captain, and each will also focus mainly one one member of the pact.

Star Trek: Typhon Pact #1: Seize the Fire (October)
[Titan]
by Michael A. Martin

blurb

When a sect of the Typhon Pact declares war on planet Hranrar, Riker and his crew must stop the evil hegemony from a mission of death and destruction.

[pre-order at Amazon]


Star Trek: Typhon Pact #2: Zero Sum Game
(October)
[Aventine]
by David Mack

Book 2 is expected to have Capt. Dax and the Aventine dealing with the Breen.

[not available for pre-order yet]


Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light
(November) [TPB]
[various eras]

New Trade Paperback collecting 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.

[not available for pre-order yet]
 

Star Trek: Typhon Pact #3: The Rough Beasts of Empire (December)
[Deep Space Nine]
by Michael A. Martin

Book three is expected to bring the Deep Space Nine series into line and up to 2382, and deal with the Romulans and Tzenkethi.

[not available for pre-order yet]

Star Trek: Typhon Pact #4: Paths of Disharmony (January 2011)
[TNG]
by Dayton Ward

Book four of the Typhon Pact is expected to to have Picard and the crew of the Enterprise E dealing with the Tholians.

[not available for pre-order yet]

 

 

Comments

1. Toonloon - January 29, 2010

Im left quite cold by most of these. Most of them appear and sound quite amateurish to me. Can anyone write a Star Trek novel now?

2. Tino - January 29, 2010

Sighing. So many reprints. Too bad the nuTrek-novels were pulled.

3. MvRojo - January 29, 2010

That’s a really random TNG book to reprint. They should reprint “Vendetta” or “Q Squared” or something more dynamic-looking.

4. Aceman67 - January 29, 2010

I actually am looking forward to the Typhon pact books, especially David Mack’s novel, as I liked the dynamic of Ezri’s crew (But not Ezri herself, never liked her much).

5. JayDevlin - January 29, 2010

Nice. I already pre-ordered both SCE novels, STO tie-in and Typhon Pact series. Those post-nemesis stories are really great.

6. Weerd1 - January 29, 2010

Uh… where’s my next Romulan War book?

7. DarkHorizon - January 29, 2010

What an incredibly random reprint.

Dayton’s “Paths of Disharmony” has always been a January 2011 release, so that hasn’t changed.

8. S. - January 29, 2010

@#6: Very good question! I’m so curious how the story will be continued.

If they have to reprient ancient TNG books why not “Dark Mirror” or one of the other great books like “Imzadi”? (Two books I consider great, of course. Can’t speak for anybody else.) “Nightshade” is one of those books I remember as nice, quick read not a really outstanding story…

9. Steve Roby - January 29, 2010

Nightshade isn’t a random reprint. It’s a reprint of a Trek novel by someone who’s a bestselling novelist now (of the Anita Blake series, which has been adapted into comics by Marvel, and other stuff). It’s also, imho, rather a bad book, but Pocket may be hoping that all the Laurell Hamilton fans who didnt exist back in 1992 will grab the book this time around.

Toonloon, no, these are not mostly amateurish. Most of them are by people who’ve written a fair amount of Trek. If you’re not familiar with them, that’s because of you, not them. And if you haven’t been paying attention, the books have been hit by a series of events outside the control of the people who actually edit and write them — editors being laid off in cost-cutting measures (twice), books being cancelled as the result of decisions that almost certainly weren’t made by anyone at Pocket.

This is not the schedule Pocket intended to follow. But it’s how they have to deal with a bad situation not of their making.

10. Kevin Dilmore - January 29, 2010

Just a quick pimp for those not in the know.

Our S.C.E. story “Distant Early Warning,” which is included in the “What’s Past” collection scheduled for release in July, is a Star Trek: Vanguard story as well. It takes place during the construction of Starbase 47 and serves as a prequel to “Harbinger” by David Mack. This is the first time the story has been in print.

Enjoy!

11. rwright329 - January 29, 2010

I liked the SCE series. I’ve read all the ebook releases. I thought that the SCE concept would make a great TV series.

12. KingDaniel - January 29, 2010

The TNG reprint, author aside, seems a little strange.
I’d like to see reprints of stuff like Final Frontier (not ST5) or Best Destiny with the new George Kirk on the cover.

Oh wait – someone at Bad Robot would probably just get it cancelled for no reason. Again.

And I actually think this bunch of covers are an imporvement over most of last year’s horrible Photoshop blunders (I think the Romulan War was the worst)

13. KingDaniel - January 29, 2010

Also I like how the “Children of Kings” cover has the STXI warp effect! Very cool.

I hope they’re all fun to read, but I’d *much* rather be reading the post-STXI books!

14. Damian - January 29, 2010

#6–I’m hoping to hear when the next Romulan War book comes out myself. I hope with all the changes at Pocketbooks that it somehow does not end up on the chopping block. That last book left me hanging and I’m anxious to see what happens next. I realize the decision to hold off on new JJ Verse books is probably a Paramount, not Pocketbook decision (I imagine Paramount may want to see what direction the next movie is going in, after all). However the Romulan War books should have at least come out all in the same year. As it is it will be at least another year before we will see it. That is too long for a cliffhanger.

I too am looking forward to the Typhon Pact novels. I love all the relaunches and am curious to see how Deep Space Nine handles the 4 to 5 year gap between the new book and the last. I always look at the books as a way to have my cake and eat it too. I have the new movies with JJ Abrams and the potential that brings, but I also have the continuing stories from the other series with the novels.

15. Cerri - January 29, 2010

And thats all the TNG fans gets?? A reprint??? Nice… thats why i am going to stop fallow the books post nemesis “time line” to fallow the STO ones… well dane guys, no more books for me.
You cant belive it, one of the most popular serie of the entire star trek, only gets a reprint….

16. Damian - January 29, 2010

#10–Just started reading the Vanguard novels (I’m trying to catch up). I enjoyed Harbinger a great deal and now reading Summon the Thunder novel that you wrote with Dayton Ward. It’s a shame more casual Star Trek fans don’t pick up the books all you guys write. It takes the whole Trek universe to a new level and allows for a lot more back story. #1 above obviously has not read much from the current crop of authors. I have yet to read any novels from all you guys that I did not like.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I’m enjoying your book.

17. Weerd1 - January 29, 2010

So, Trek books I have been happy with in the past have included the ENT Season 5 books- the season 8 DS9 books, the Peter David stuff, and pretty much anything by SD Perry or Michael Jan Friedman. Based on that, would I get a kick out of the Vanguard books?

18. Luke Sutton ("The Tenth Doctor") - January 29, 2010

Love the Star Trek: Online book idea. A must have. :D

19. nissa_amas_katoj - January 29, 2010

Perhaps they need to offer a bit more money for quality writers to get decent-quality ST novels……. They really do seem to have gone downhill!

20. SerenityActual - January 29, 2010

Wow, the schedule really got tore up this year. I usually buy whatever comes out that month, but it looks like maybe six books this year, maybe less. Hopefully they can rebound in ’11.

21. BiggestTOSfanever - January 29, 2010

I wish the Abrams-verse Star Trek books were coming out too.
Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!

22. Daoud - January 29, 2010

Inception pleasantly surprises me to see Jill Ireland’s image as Leila Kalomi on the cover, and a young Bibi Besch’s image as Carol Marcus.

I wish there were a small pink ribbon on the lower right corner of the cover, because with both of them having died of breast cancer is just another example of how this tragic form of cancer has killed so many women in the prime of their lives and careers.

The book is a natural though, to have post-WNMHGB pre-5YM Kirk and Spock involved in such a Carol Marcus-led project. Kalomi makes perfect sense there as a botanist: did they get Sulu in as a physicist-botanist-helmsman too? I’d always wanted to see Dr. Janet (later Wallace) in the same project: since Kirk’s relationship with Janet might have tied into his involvement with Marcus around the same timeframe. (And since TWOK’s early scripts featured Janet, rather than the newly minted character of Carol!).

23. Mikey1091 - January 29, 2010

It;s like I;ve said about the Trek XI books: Pocket Books is always trying to find a way to screw its Trek fan base over, and with the lineup this year, they’re pretty much a hair away from doing just that. If they had kept at LEAST one of the Trek XI books in the lineup for this year, then that’d be different, but no. Whats next, Pocket Books? A reprint of the first Trek book ever which every fan has probably read a thousand times and has no need for?

As for the few books that aren’t really screwing the fan base over (The STO one and the Typhon pact ones), I am very much looking forward to those.

24. Damian - January 29, 2010

Don’t forget, Paramount owns the rights to Star Trek Films (CBS owning the television rights). Ultimately, it is up to Paramount what gets released regarding the new movie. If Paramount says, no new books on the movie, then there are no new books on the movie. JJ Abrams, Bob Orci, Pocketbooks nor anyone else makes the final decision regarding Star Trek. Paramount owns the Star Trek films, and what they say goes. I think sometimes people forget that.

Besides I get the feeling that Simon & Schuster may be as upset about this as the fans. After all, they are in the business to make money, and these books did generate a lot of interest.

25. zenjamin - January 29, 2010

Damn! I was really looking forward to the ST09 books!!
So does the Online book tie into the Typhon Pact? Do we have more than one universe now?

26. Anthony Pascale - January 29, 2010

I have updated the article with a nicer version of the STO book cover

and no it does not tie into Typhon Pact. The STO backstory sticks with the books as canon up until Destiny, which it ignores. Bear in mind that work on STO was going on before Destiny was even written, and they wanted the Borg in the game and to set up Klingon v Federation so they had to ignore Destiny

However, it will treat Countdown as canon

27. BuckeyeTrek - January 29, 2010

What stinks about this year’s books is there is nothing new until the fall. We have no new series to follow and no new movie until 2012. Talk about losing momentum. For a series that just had a relaunch, it appears things are going into sleep mode for a while.

Please continue the Romulan War arc. At least that was interesting. I guess we have to wait until October for any kind of continuation of the Trek Universe. Everything else appears to be a standalone or reprint. Pretty disappointing. I even loved the whole the whole destiny series, but nothing seems to be interesting, at least to me, until the Typhon Pact picks up.

LL&P

28. Anthony Pascale - January 29, 2010

RE: Why reprint Nightshade?
Well mostly because the author has since become one of those hot bestselling fantasy writers I imagine
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

29. jackmurphy1969 - January 29, 2010

Pulling a scheduled New Frontier book is annoying, but two S.C.E. omnibuses is nice. I don’t read E-books. The reprints is the only way I can follow the series. Does the second volume close out the series, or is there a possibility of more reprints down the road?

30. Imrahil - January 29, 2010

Man, the typos in the blurbs I hope come from this site and not from the publishers. If the former, it’s understandable (an amateur blog); if the latter, unforgivable.

31. Anthony Pascale - January 29, 2010

The blurbs come from them, we made no changes

32. MWB - January 29, 2010

Don’t mean to nitpick, but it’s Unspoken Truth (no “The”) – thanks!

33. Author of "The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers" - January 29, 2010

Really wish we had more insight on the book that were pulled. I realize Pocket gave a “company line” reason about not telling new stories, but I personally find that a hollow and disingenuous reason.

34. Syn4Ever - January 29, 2010

I still keep hoping for the sequel to Shatner’s book Collision Course. It was an intriguing read.

35. Desstruxion - January 29, 2010

A new Captain Bateson novel would be nice. Would like to have some more USS Bozeman adventures.

I’ve read half of the first Romulan War book. Hope it picks up speed a bit because I’m about to put it down.

36. Jeff - January 29, 2010

I think I might pick up two of these books. Even though these books may not be the cream of the crop it’ll be nice to see more of these on the shelves as opposed to a few surrounded by a multitude of Star Wars books.

37. Imrahil - January 29, 2010

31 – Yikes.

“One of Carol’s more enthusiastic team members is Leila Kalomi a botanist whose career was side-track for a while”

Guys? You need a comma after Kalomi, and it’s “side-tracked.”

Looks like you shouldn’t have fired all your editors.

38. Edgar Governo - January 29, 2010

Steve Roby and Anthony Pascale beat me to the punch in explaining why that particular TNG novel would be reprinted…

I’ve told a lot of Hamilton fans I know about this early entry in her writing career, but copies can be hard to come by now, so I’m sure they’ll be interested in the reprint.

Having said that, I have to echo the earlier sentiments that I found it kind of a “meh” novel compared to others coming out at the time.

39. Bobby - January 29, 2010

31 – I guess that’s what happens when you lay off all your editors, sigh.

I am glad that, even without the JJverse novels, this will still be a TOS-heavy year. Looking forward to the Saavik book. The Pandora Principle was one of my favorites back in the day, this one sounds like a good followup.

The ST:Online book sounds intriguing! Of all of these books, that is the one that I hadn’t heard about before.

40. Weerd1 - January 29, 2010

I may pick up the STO book just for Martin’s stories. Been a fan of both his, and the work he does with Andy Mangels.

41. ster julie - January 29, 2010

I think I’ll save my money and stick with fan-written works (except for maybe “Inception”…)

42. Imrahil - January 29, 2010

For TOS fans who haven’t checked it out, I still highly recommend the Vanguard series.

43. MC1 Doug - January 29, 2010

While not exactly on topic, but can anyone tell me if the paperback release of David Mack’s ‘The Sorrows of Empire’ is unchanged from its original form when it was published in the anthology ‘Star Trek Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows?’

It strikes me a bit of double-dipping if it was published unchanged.

44. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 29, 2010

42, I agree. I have recently begun reading the Vanguard series, I’m on the second book, and they are excellent.

I’m really looking forward to the Typhon Pack series of books. I wasn’t too impressed with the Borg arc but Destiny was well done. With that said the Typhon Pack idea is a great idea and I look forward to reading about it.

The STO tie-in sounds interesting despite my dislike for the whole Romulus explosion plot-line.

The TOS books also look interesting.

As for the TNG reprint, I agree that it is regrettable that the only TNG-centered book is a reprint but that’s an old TNG book that I don’t think I’ve read so I’ll check it out.

37, well this is a tough time for publishers. One of the negative effects of all of our technology is that no one seems to read anymore. As a result book sales are suffering, plus the bad economy hasn’t helped. Hopefully things like Kindel and iPad will help publishers out, even if the only books people read are in electronic form.

45. MC1 Doug - January 29, 2010

#23: “It’s like I’ve said about the Trek XI books: Pocket Books is always trying to find a way to screw its Trek fan base over…”

How exactly is Pocket Books ‘screwing over its fanbase,’ as you put it?

No one is twisting anyone’s arm to buy the reprints. And for some fans, this would be their first exposure to the books.

46. MC1 Doug - January 29, 2010

#44: “Hopefully things like Kindel and iPad will help publishers out, even if the only books people read are in electronic form.”

You neglected to mention Barnes & Noble’s new NOOK, which in the most recent issue of Money magazine, got the ‘Top Pick’ rating over the Kindel and other similar e-book devices.

I’m just saying…. :-D

47. LoyalStarTrekFan - January 29, 2010

46, OK add NOOK to the list of products that will hopefully help publishers.

48. That One Guy - January 29, 2010

There’s really only 3 reprints, if you don’t count the SCE books. I’ve never read any of the eBooks, so I love the paperbacks.

No, I’m not swooning over the ST09 reprint, but I would love to get the NF novel in TPB and Nightshade. I’ve never heard of that one, so it’ll be good exposure for me. Honestly, I’d love to see some of the older book series like the Genesis Wave or the Dominion Wars into omnibus forms. It would be a great way to share older, hard-to-find books with a growing fan base.

And yes, Trek is growing. I have friends who never used to care about it even in the slightest reading the books now, and buying them on a regular basis. I have a hard time finding Trek on the bookshelves anymore since they’re almost always sold out, and I know for a fact that the Barnes and Nobles that I go to always keeps them in stock. They just can’t order them fast enough. I find that encouraging.

49. jmralls2001 - January 29, 2010

I’ve been reading Imzadi lately. I haven’t read a Star Trek book for years before that. I tend to not buy novels that I can check out at the library. But I read all of the TNG books they had. I never got around to reading the original series books all the way through. I would like to read some newer TNG books to see where the Next Generation crew goes from Nemesis in literature. On the Star Trek Online book, I notice they show the Sovereign class upgraded ship. It looks good, but I like it before the upgrade better. It looked sleeker.

50. jmralls2001 - January 29, 2010

P.S., the official Star Trek site, StarTrek.com, needs to be updated badly. You guys that run this site should be in charge of that one too. You’re great at keeping up on the Star Trek news.

51. David Mack - January 30, 2010

@ #43 – The Sorrows of Empire is not merely a reprint of the original work. As I have stated on numerous blogs and in several interviews:

The new release of Star Trek: The Sorrows of Empire is an expanded edition of the original short novel. (Technically, at a length of 45,000+ words, the original version of The Sorrows of Empire is a novel, albeit a short one.) The new novel is more than twice the length of the original, clocking in at around 92,000 words.

In the course of adding new material, mostly in the form of new chapters, I have also taken the opportunity to streamline much of the original work. In some cases this was done to mesh old and new material; in other cases I was addressing stylistic issues, tweaking my word choices, or otherwise applying the lessons I have learned in the last few years since I wrote the original.

So you see, this new edition is not merely a “reprint.” It is a vastly expanded and changed work.

I hope you give it a chance and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it (both times).

52. MC1 Doug - January 30, 2010

#51: Thanks David. I did not mean to imply your work was merely a reprint. A customer at our store (Barnes & Noble) returned your novel saying it was a reprint and didn’t want to be double-dipped.

I told him I didn’t think that was likely but since I hadn’t yet read either I had no real response.

Thanks for setting the record straight… and I will do the same the next time I see him.

53. Toonloon - January 30, 2010

@9 Yawn. Don’t you just love having to explain your posts?! I meant amteurish because most of those storylines sound like something you could dream up over an egg mcmuffin, the artwork is awful and the press releases are badly written and contain mistakes. But please feel free to enlighten me on the plight of those poor editors…

54. MorbidGorn - January 30, 2010

#51 Thanks David! I bought my copy about 2 weeks ago!

#25- “Do we have more than one universe now?”

That’s the way I see it personally. The number of Trek Universes is legion.

You have the Prime Universe, the JJverse, the mirror universe, myriad universes, plus the infinite numbers we got a peek at in the TNG episode “Parallels”.

I will definitely get the STO book. Sounds interesting and anything written by Michael Martin is great stuff!

So the way I see it, we have yet another Trek universe: one where the events of Destiny took place and another where they did not (the STO universe). Regardless, the different universes all make very interesting reads!

55. CGren123 - January 30, 2010

Is the Needs of the Many Book basically just the Path to 2409 in Book form? If so, I’m buying it!

56. just_me - January 30, 2010

I’m really disappointed. I was hoping for the next Enterprise (NX-01)/Romulan War book to follow the excellent trilogy. What happened?

57. Ralph F - January 31, 2010

Sorry the JJverse novels got canned for the time being, but I have to admit I’ve really enjoyed the TOS Pike-era novels I’ve read in the past. Wealth of untold stories during that era.

Still bitterly disappointed with the entire TNG relaunch group. Thought we had finally seen enough of the Borg, and was dismayed that, out of a half a dozen novels, only one did not have a Borg storyline. Thanks anyway; I’ll just fill in my own post-NEMESIS blanks, guys. (Though I liked how that comic tied in the TNG crew with Nero and the Jellyfish; nicely done.)

58. Craiger - January 31, 2010

Any news on if they will do another Enterprise: Romulan War book?

59. Damian - February 1, 2010

57–I don’t think you have to worry about the Borg anymore.

58–I’m hoping for an update on the Romulan War too. I was left hanging at the end of the last one and am crossing my fingers that the series does not suddenly go “poof”. Even if they just gave us a hint (i.e. it’s currently being written, planned, anything).

60. Rush Limborg - February 1, 2010

REALLY looking forward to Zero Sum Game.

Ezri’s one of my all-time favorite characters. And the Aventine is a very worthy ship–and it has a worthy crew.

61. DJT - February 1, 2010

I hope someone has the good sense to make all the Star Trek books and comics available for the IPAD. I mean, that would give me one more reason to buy one.

One day, school textbooks could be available on there, too. No more hauling around 100 pounds of books in a backpack. Just an IPAD.

One day, I guess.

62. MC1 Doug - February 1, 2010

They’re already available on NOOK, and it costs a hell of a lot less than a iPad.

Schools have already expressed interest in NOOK. Can you imagine not having to lug around a ton of textbooks to and from school?

The future is here.

63. jeff v - February 3, 2010

david macks’ sorrow of empires was great–totally enjoyed it and wished it was longer!–but no DS9, enterprise–romulan war continuation and next gen book kinda sucks–also could this site make the navigation easier to find book news?

Too bad about the cancelled books–hope they will be released someday?

In a perfect “universe” I wish we would get a regular schedule of 2-3 books in each series–ds9, voyager etc every year but, I know budgets are what they are

64. Monica - February 17, 2010

There will be some other Enterprise era books? I’m starving for them.

65. JYHASH - February 17, 2010

Typhon Pact novels are going to Kick Ass. They’re gonna shake things up even more in the Trek Universe now because of it, I’m just curious if it’s gonna be reflected at all in STO, not that it matters much, as I don’t have much faith in STO going anywhere, whereas the book series are very well established. Either way, looking forward to status quo being seriously UPHEAVED this fall.

66. Bill Hunt - February 23, 2010

I also wish for news of the next Enterprise: Romulan War book. Though it appears from this schedule that Michael A. Martin is a little busy.

67. Harry "Doc" Dawkins - March 5, 2010

Sheesh, so many of you people are awfully picky! While I may like some better than others, I’m happy with any Trek book that comes out. And I don’t buy e-books, so having them out in paper is not a reissue with me, bur rather a delayed treat.
IMHO David Mack is the best Trek author out there today.

68. Harry "Doc" Dawkins - March 15, 2010

Okay, just so you guys don’t think I’m COMPLETELY wishy-washy, I do object to continuing story lines being a year or more apart. It was better the way they did the DAY OF HONOR, LOST ERA, and NEW EARTH books, in consecutive months. I feel this way because [a] I read a lot of other stuff in between and [b] my memory retention is not what it once was.

69. MicioGatta - April 18, 2010

How about some “Star Trek: Enterprise” books? I want to read more of the best ST series :-) Maybe the Rhett Coats’ work >^.^< Pleaseeeeee!

70. Sampooh32 - July 27, 2010

Am I the only one waiting for the return on Admiral Janeway???? They killed off a really major player, and I would like to see her come back.

71. Jim - March 29, 2011

Ezri, the little counsel with space sickness was made a Captain? Bashir, the frontier doctor a spy? Sisko has abandoned his wife and daughter? The latest Trek books are an insult to the characters. This is why so many fans are turned off by the books. Even fan fiction is better than that

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