Star Trek author Christopher L. Bennett ("Ex Machina", "Over a Torrent Sea") has announced that he is writing about book about the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations, introduced in the Deep Space Nine "Trials and Tribble-ations". The novel is expected to be released by Pocket Books in 2011. Details on that along with some more Trek book updates below.
Star Trek: DTI – the novel
Christopher L. Bennett made the book announcement on his blog, saying the working title of his next Trek project is "Star Trek: DTI" (with a more specific title to come later). After being introduced in "Trials and Tribble-ations" the Department of Temporal Investigations has shown up in some short stories and been referenced in some other novels, but this will be the first novel to focus on the time travel investigators. According to Bennett the book will be "like an FBI procedural". Bennett writes on his blog:
…don’t expect the conventional, done-to-death kind of time travel story where the heroes go back into the past and try to prevent or reverse a change in history. ST:DTI will have its own distinctive approach to time travel, its mechanics, and its consequences, and will explore numerous facets of the Department’s responsibilities.
It’s an exciting challenge to do this book. With Lucsly and Dulmur being the only established DTI members, and with them being virtual blank slates, this is closer to a fully original creation than any commissioned novel I’ve ever done (though you can expect to see a few more familiar faces showing up here and there). And it’s my chance to take the byzantine logic of Trek-universe time travel and offer a unifying theory with some degree of scientific credibility to it — while still having fun with it. On the other hand, with so few established characters or situations to draw on and a lot of ideas to cover, I’ve got my work cut out for me.
[more at Bennett’s blog]
Hopefully we will learn more about the rest of Pocket’s Star Trek plans for 2011 soon. Traditionally Pocket Books announces the schedule for their upcoming Star Trek books in July, timed for the annual Shore Leave convention. However, TrekMovie has not been able confirm if Pocket will continue that tradition this year.
Other Book News: Covers & Clarifications
Simon & Schuster has revealed a covers for a couple of its upcoming Star Trek reprints. First up is a preliminary cover for "Star Trek: SCE: What’s Past" compilation of eBooks, due to be released in August. This This volume includes Progress by Terri Osborne, The Future Begins by Steve Mollman & Michael Schuster, Echoes of Coventry by Richard C. White, Distant Early Warning by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, 10 is Better Than 01 by
Heather Jarman, and Many Splendors by Keith R.A. DeCandido.
Pocket is also planning a second SCE compilation "Star Trek: SCE: Out of the Cocoon" for July, but there is no preliminary or final cover available yet. That volume includes Out of the Cocoon by William Leisner, Honor by Kevin Killiany, Blackout by Phaedra M. Weldon, and The Cleanup by Robert T. Jeschonek.
S&S also posted the new cover for the reprint of "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Nightshade", which now touts how writer Laurell K. Hamilton is a "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author". "Nightshade" was written by Hamilton in 1992, before she went on to bestseller status with her series of "Anita Black: Vampire Hunter" novels.
Comparison of original and reprint cover
In other news, we recently reported that the next Peter David New Frontier novel (due next January) was going to be titled "Star Trek: New Frontier: Resolutions" but according to Pocket Books that was actually just a working title and the book is actually titled "Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man’s Bluff".
We also previously reported that Simon & Schuster were planning two young adult Star Trek movie "Starfleet Academy" tie-ins to be released in November. We have now confirmed "Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Untitled Paperback #1" is being written by Rudy Josephs and "Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Untitled Paperback #2" is being written by Rick Barba. These will be the first Star Trek novels for both, although Josephs wrote a Trek story for the "Shards and Shadows" compilation from 2009. Right now both Amazon and the Simon & Schuster site are listing both books as coming in both trade
paperback and hardcover. That is a bit unusual and TrekMovie has not been able to confirm this. Look for more info in our next books update.