Legendary sci-fi Author Alan Dean Foster is going to follow up his best selling Star Trek movie adaptation with a sequel novel set in the new movie universe. Foster made the revelation for the book, tentatively titled "Star Trek: Refugees", on his website, and also spoke about it in a new interview — details below.
Foster back in the new movie universe
The author broke the news yesterday on his website, with just a brief mention at the end of his latest update:
Oh, right. I hope to finish the rough draft of the second book in THE TIPPING POINT trilogy, SICK, INC., sometime next month. Then I’ll do the sequel book to the STAR TREK movie…still waiting for final okay on the outline from Pocket Books.
And today in an interview with WIRED, Foster was asked about the book and gave a little more detail:
I signed the contract, so that’s a go. At least the first step is a go. The second step is for Pocket Books and Paramount to approve the outline. They wanted an outline. Sometimes when I’m asked to do a book, I just get a book contract for two books or three books or whatever. Sometimes they’ll ask for a very brief synopsis of what the general idea is. Not even so much for the editor. The editors are generally satisfied at this point that I’m going to do what I say I’m going to do. But they have to present something to marketing so that marketing has something to promote from the get go. So marketing will want a description. It’s obviously different with a novelization where you have a film studio involved, sometimes somebody else, like in this case, Hasbro. They want to know what you’re going to do with their franchise. There is a lot more riding on it than just a book by me that’s going to be published. So I did a fairly extensive outline for the book which has the tentative title of “Star Trek: Refugees” which I can’t explain without giving anything away. I mean, I just signed the contract. But hopefully the outline will be approved since the book is due in October
TrekMovie has confirmed that Foster’s Star Trek sequel novel will be one of the books announced next week at Pocket Books Shore Leave 2010 Star Trek preview. Such a book would be the first novel set in the new alternative universe created by the events of the Star Trek film, and the first story in the new universe set after the feature film (in August IDW is releasing a Nero comic book set during the film, filling in Nero’s 25 year gap see TrekMovie story). Foster’s tentative title of "Refugees" suggests the novel will deal with the Vulcans who survived the destruction of their planet.
Being that Foster has to hand the book in by October, it doesn’t seem likely it will be tied into the Star Trek film sequel. Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have not started yet on that script, and it isn’t due to be handed in to Paramount until Christmas.
In addition to writing many movie adaptations, like for Alien, Star Wars, Transformers and the latest Star Trek movie, Foster has also written in-universe movie tie-ins. The most famous would be the 1978 novel "Splinter in of a Minds Eye", a sequel to the original Star Wars. And in 2002, Foster also wrote a direct prequel to Star Wars Episode II titled "The Approaching Storm."
Look for our report on Pocket Books 2010 plans next weekend for more about this and other future Star Trek novels.
For more from Foster about his recent Star Trek adaptation, read the rest of the WIRED interview.
Star Trek movie Adaptation available now
You can get Fosters Star Trek movie adaptation in multiple formats: