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Missing a regular dose of Trek in your life? Thankfully the Star Trek novel line continues to keep the Star Trek universe alive, with new adventures every month set after, and amongst, the events of the TV and film series. On top of that, the recently revived and expanded ebook line gives us an episode-feel novella every other month. So today TrekMovie takes a look at what is coming up in Star Trek fiction over the next year.
2014/2015 STAR TREK NOVELS PREVIEW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic (July 2014)
by Jeffrey Lang
Returning to the story begun in the novel Immortal Coil and continuing in the bestselling Cold Equations trilogy, this is the next fascinating chapter in the artificial life of one of Star Trek’s most enduring characters.
He was perhaps the ultimate human achievement: a sentient artificial life-form—self-aware, self-determining, possessing a mind and body far surpassing that of his makers, and imbued with the potential to evolve beyond the scope of his programming. And then Data was destroyed. Four years later, Data’s creator, Noonien Soong, sacrificed his life and resurrected his android son, who in turn revived the positronic brain of his own artificial daughter, Lal. Having resigned his commission, the former Starfleet officer now works to make his way on an alien world, while also coming to grips with the very human notion of wanting versus having a child. But complicating Data’s new life is an unexpected nemesis from years ago on the U.S.S. Enterprise—the holographic master criminal Professor James Moriarty. Long believed to be imprisoned in a memory solid, Moriarty has created a siphon into the "real" world as a being of light and thought. Moriarity wants the solid form that he was once told he
could never have, and seeks to manipulate Data into finding another android body for him to permanently inhabit…even if it means evicting the current owner, and even if that is Data himself.
Star Trek: Seekers 1: Second Nature (August 2014)
by David Mack.
An all-new Star Trek series begins!
A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.
A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.
An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.
Star Trek: Seekers 2: Point of Divergence (September 2014)
by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
The second novel set in The Original Series/Vanguard universe…
The Taurus Reach. Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization. The Federation has sent in two of its finest starships on a quest to uncover the secrets it may yet hold…
The Tomol are a primitive civilization occupying a lone island on a remote world. Their culture is an enigma, centered on every member’s commitment to a painful, fiery self-sacrifice upon reaching maturity. But one of their clan has shunned this obligation, triggering a transformation into a new, powerful life form. Answering the distress call of the U.S.S. Sagittarius—which has crashed on the planet following a fierce battle with the Klingons—Captain Atish Khatami and the crew of the Starship Endeavour must now attempt a rescue mission…even as they are locked in battle with the evolving, increasingly malevolent Tomol who, if allowed to escape their home world, pose an imminent threat to the entire galaxy!
Star Trek: Voyager: Acts of Contrition (October 2014)
by Kirsten Beyer
An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Voyager—and the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Protectors!
Admiral Kathryn Janeway has now taken command of the Full Circle Fleet. Her first mission: return to the Delta Quadrant and open diplomatic relations with the Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, a civilization whose power rivals that of the Federation. Captain Chakotay knows that his choices could derail the potential alliance. While grateful to the Confederacy Interstellar Fleet for rescuing the Federation starships from an alien armada, Voyager’s captain cannot forget the horrors upon which the Confederacy was founded.
More troubling, it appears that several of Voyager’s old adversaries have formed a separate and unlikely pact that is determined to bring down the Confederacy at all costs. Sins of the past haunt the crew members of the Full Circle Fleet as they attempt to chart a course for the future. Will they learn much too late that some sins can never be forgiven…or forgotten?
Star Trek: Section 31: Disavowed (November 2014)
by David Mack
The pulse-pounding new Star Trek thriller from David Mack—a direct sequel to the New York Times bestselling series The Fall!
Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Doctor Julian Bashir sacrificed his career for a chance to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. Now it’s asking him to help it stop the Breen from stealing a dangerous new technology from the Mirror Universe—one that could give the Breen control over the galaxy. It’s a mission Bashir can’t refuse—but is it really the shot he’s been waiting for? Or is it a trap from which even his genetically enhanced intellect can’t escape?
NOTE: No covers available for books beyond October 2014
Star Trek: The Original Series: Foul Deeds Will Rise (December 2014)
by Greg Cox
An all-new Star Trek novel, set in the popular and blockbuster Original Series movie era!
2288. The U.S.S Enterprise-A is on a vital peacekeeping mission in a remote solar system beyond the boundaries of the Federation, where two warring planets—Pavak and Oyolo—are attempting to end years of bitter conflict. Crucial peace talks are being conducted aboard the Enterprise, even as Starfleet weapons inspectors oversee the disarmament process. Losses and atrocities on both sides have left plenty of hard feelings behind, so Captain James T. Kirk has his work cut out for him, even as he unexpectedly runs into a disturbing figure from his past: Lenore Karidian.
Twenty years ago, the deadly daughter of Kodos the Executioner tried to kill Kirk, but she has since been declared sane and rehabilitated. Kirk wants to give her the benefit of the doubt and a second chance at life, but when a mysterious assassination threatens the already fragile peace process, all clues point toward Lenore–and the future of two worlds hangs in the balance.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing (January 2015)
by Una McCormack
An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—a direct sequel to the New York Times bestselling story arc, The Fall!
Deep Space 9 is once again becoming an important way station in the Alpha Quadrant for many different people with many different agendas. Uniquely crewed by representatives of different species from both the Khitomer Powers and the Typhon Pact, the Federation science and exploration vessel Athene Donald stops at the station as its final port of call before heading into uncharted territories. The whole project is the brainchild of Dr. Katherine Pulaski, who hopes that science will do what diplomacy alone cannot, and help various powers put aside the tensions of recent years, returning to scientific research and the exploration of space. On DS9, base commander Ro Laren has her hands full with the sudden arrival of a ragtag flotilla of small ships crewed by a group calling themselves the People of the Open Sky. Ro is not keen on handling this first-contact duty, but becomes increasingly intrigued by the People, who are made up of several hitherto unknown species. Describing themselves as
explorers, they are interested in everything about the station. Ro begins to enjoy her assignment, particularly as she takes counsel from the logs of Jean-Luc Picard. Blackmer, however, is more suspicious about these apparently friendly arrivals and monitors their movements around DS9…
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Takedown (February 2015)
by John Jackson Miller
No blurb yet. This novel will feature both the USS Enterprise-E and USS Aventine, with the latter being used as the flagship of Admiral Riker. The author has described a conflict between Riker and Picard as the core of the story, which he written in the style of a naval adventure.
Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade (March 2015)
by Tony Daniel.
The U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk is en route to the extreme edge of the Alpha Quadrant, and to a region known as the Vara Nebula. Its mission: to investigate why science outpost Zeta Gibraltar is not answering all Federation hailing messages. When the Enterprise arrives, a scan shows no life forms in the science station. Kirk leads a landing party and quickly discovers the reason for the strange silence—signs of a violent firefight are everywhere. Zeta Gibraltar has been completely raided. Yet there are no bodies and the entire roster of station personnel is missing…
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic (April 2015)
by Christopher L. Bennett
Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T’Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan’s great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T’Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour investigate with help from their Vulcan allies, but none of them suspect the identity of the real mastermind behind the conspiracy to reconquer Vulcan—or the price they will have to pay to discover the truth.
Meanwhile, when a long-forgotten technological threat re-emerges beyond the Federation’s borders, Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer attempts to track down its origins with help from his old friend “Trip” Tucker. But they discover that other civilizations are eager to exploit this dangerous power for their own benefit, even if the Federation must pay the price!
Star Trek: The Original Series: Crisis of Consciousness (May 2015)
by Dave Galanter
The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is completing a diplomatic mission with the Maabas, an alien race with whom they’d been sent to sign a treaty. The Maabas are a peaceful people who are not native to the star system they now inhabit, but were refugees from a great war long ago. Several hundred thousand took shelter on their new planet, and have been there for thousands of years. While they have warp capability, they do not travel the stars, but seek to explore within. The Federation’s interest is in the Maabas’s great intellectual resources. Their science, while behind Federation standards in some areas, excels in others. They are highly intelligent, with unique approaches, and their philosophy is in line with that of the Federation. But just as the pact is signed, the Enterprise is attacked by an unknown ship. They manage to show enough force to keep the alien vessel at bay…but a new danger arises, as their mysterious foes are the Kenisians—a race that used to inhabit this planet
thousands of years ago, and now want it back.
Star Trek: The Original Series: Armageddon’s Arrow (June 2015)
by Dayton Ward
No blurb yet. This will be the continuation of TNG after the fall, with the Enterprise-E on its new mission of exploration. The author has described it as "a TNG story that’s sort of TOS in flavor".
Even more novels for 2015 and beyond…
In addition to the above, several other novels have been confirmed, but no scheduling information has been released yet. These are:
- Voyager: Atonement, by Kirsten Beyer (likely to be the July or September book in 2015).
- Titan: Sight Unseen, by James Swallow.
- Enterprise: Rise of the Federation #4, by Christopher L. Bennett.
- Seekers #3, by David Mack.
- Seekers #4, by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.
- Untitled 24th century book, by David R, George III.
Several authors have also talked about books in development further ahead. These have not been announced as contracted yet:
- Untitled Voyager book (8th in the Full Circle series), by Kirsten Beyer.
- Untitled 24th century book (follow up to the book listed above), by David R. George III.
- Untitled TOS book, by James Swallow.
- Untitled TOS book, by Greg Cox.
- Untitled Section 31 book (follow up to this year’s Disavowed), by David Mack.
- Untitled New Frontier book, by Peter David
STAR TREK E-BOOK NOVELLAS
As well as the novels, Simon and Schuster have recently started a more regular ebook series, with a new novella out approximately every other month.
DS9: Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found), by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. (September 2014)
No blurb yet. This will be a Quark story on the new Deep Space 9, in which he will be attempting to obtain the latest version of the holosuite program Vulcan Love Slave, to give him a commercial advantage.
TNG: Q Are Cordially Uninvited…, by Rudy Josephs. (October 2014)
No blurb yet. This story will show us the wedding of Captain Picard and Doctor Crusher, with a certain unwelcome guest.
DTI: The Collectors, by Christopher L. Bennett. (December 2014)
No blurb yet. This Department of Temporal Investigations story will explore some of the elements previously established in previous DTI novels, The Eridian Vault, where the DTI stores temporal artifacts, and the 31st century temporal agent, Jena Noi.
TOS: Shadow of the Machine, by Scott Harrison. (October 2015)
No blurb yet. This story is set shortly after the events of The Motion Picture, focusing on the personal effects on Kirk, Spock, and Sulu, after the encounter with V’Ger.
In addition to the above, Paula Block and Terry Erdmann are already at work on another novella featuring Ferengi.
PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON
All of the above books are available to pre-order at Amazon as Mass Market Paperbacks or Kindle/ebooks.
MORE BOOKS INFO – NON FICTION SUMMARY COMING SOON
Check back later this week as TrekMovie will preview upcoming non-fiction Star Trek titles (both licensed and non-licensed).
For further information on Star Trek books, you can check out the comprehensive schedules of releases on my site, The Trek Collective (2014, 2015) which also has a handy reading order flow chart to help chart the web of continuity in many recent Star Trek novels.
James Edward, otherwise known as 8of5, maintains The Trek Collective, a site dedicated to Star Trek merchandise, with release schedules, guides, and news of novels, comics, toys, games, collectables, apparel, and more.