Last week we previewed covers and details for Pocket Books Star Trek novels for the rest of 2009. Today we can announce the schedule for Star Trek books for 2010, which includes more Original Series era books, a big TNG-era 24th century mini-series and four books set in the universe of JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie.
STAR TREK 2010 BOOKS PREVIEW
TrekMovie was briefed this week by Pocket Books Star Trek editor Margaret Clark, who previewed her Friday night Star Trek presentation from the Shore Leave convention (being held this weekend in Baltimore). Clark has planned out the year in three phases, each with a theme.
[Note that the dates below are all the official Pocket Books release months, but often the ‘street dates’ for the books put them into the previous month. All books are mass market paperbacks, unless otherwise noted.]
SPRING BACK TO CLASSIC TREK (& NEW FRONTIER)
Pocket books starts off 2010 with four ‘classic’ Trek books at various points in the Original series era from Pike’s time up through to the last feature film. Each book is a ‘stand alone’ which Pocket Book Star Trek editor Margaret Clark describes as "old fashioned classic Trek books." Although the books are not tied together, Clark says there is a theme of "young Starfleet officers starting their careers." There a also new Peter David New Frontier novel, as well as a reprint.
"Sorrows of Empire" by David Mack
Mirror Universe story set during the TOS era and an expansion of Mack’s short story from the "Glass Empires" anthology [see previous story for more details and the cover].
"Inception" by S.D. Perry
Set before The Original Series, the book is story of four people at the start of their careers. Commander Kirk and the woman he loves Dr. Carol Marcus, Commander Spock and his chance encounter with an botanist, Leila Kalomi.
"Treason" by Peter David (mass market reprint)
Reprint of April 2009 New Frontier trade paperback.
"The Children of Kings" by Dave Stern
Set on Christopher Pike’s Enterprise (including Spock and Number One), the book focuses on the Orion Syndicate, a dying girl and the kidnapping of a Starfleet officer. This is Dave Stern’s first TOS novel (if you don’t count his 1994 Captain Sulu audio adventure “Transformations”). Stern has written four Enterprise novels, and is a big classic Trek fan and former Star Trek editor for Pocket Books.
"Unspoken Truth" by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Set after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the book focuses on Saavik wondering where does she belong, dealing with her half Vulcan/half Romulan nature. Can Vulcan and Starfleet be the wrong answer?
June (possibly July)
Untitled New Frontier by Peter David [trade paperback]
Book to continue the "New Frontier" series, set after "Treason," but will likely still be set before the events of the "Destiny" trilogy from David Mack (which shook up the 24th century and Starfleet).
THE SUMMER OF JJ TREK
"You can’t see a new Star Trek movie this summer, but you can read the books," is Clark’s tagline for Pocket’s plans for Summer 2010. Last week we reported that Alan Dean Foster was going to be writing a sequel novel to JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie, but that is just the beginning. That novel will be followed by three more, also set after the events of the Star Trek movie. According to Clark, each of the novels will stand alone, so you don’t need to read them all, or in any specific order. The authors are allowed to "play with anything they want, as long as when they are done they put everything back in the box the way they found it," says Clark. The focus for each book will be moving the story on with a new mission, and not going back to the movie and trying to fill in blanks or ‘fix’ anything. The novels are being done independently from the script (from Orci, Kurtzman & Lindelof) for Star Trek sequel film, currently in development.
"Refugees" by Alan Dean Foster
No details, except that the ‘refugees’ are not the Vulcans.
"Seek a Newer World" by Christopher Bennett
Enterprise on a "world-building" mission, but again not the Vulcans.
"More Beautiful than Death" by David Mack
Finally, this one will deal with the Vulcans remaining after the destruction of their home planet.
Untitled 4th New Star Trek Movie era book
The fourth book is not yet under contract, so no details are available, but it will possibly be a Scotty story.
FALL INTO THE 24TH CENTURY AND THE TYPHON PACT
In the Fall…the bill comes due. In the "Destiny" series (and books that followed), the Federation president struck a Faustian bargain to assemble a fleet to take on the Borg invasion, and that give rise to The Typhon Pact, which is a ‘Warsaw Pact’ coalition of bad guys (Romulans, Tholians, Gorn, Breen, Tzenkethi, & Kinshaya). In the Fall Pocket Books will do four books, all set in 2382, with four captains (including bringing Deep Space Nine in line with the rest of the 24th century books), all telling the story of how Starfleet deals with rise and threat of the Typhon Pact. Each book will focus on one captain and one or two aliens in the Pact. According to Clark, the books in this series are tied together and follow each other, however they are not as interwoven as the "Destiny" trilogy and so readers could read just one or two and still feel like they aren’t missing something.
"Seize the Fire" (TITAN) by Michael Martin
Captain Riker and the USS Titan face the Gorn who are looking to step up and secure their position with in the Typhon Pact.
"Zero Sum Game" (AVENTINE) by David Mack
Aventine under the command of Captain Dax is assigned to aid with the insertion and extraction of Starfleet operatives behind Breen lines
"The Rough Beasts of Empire" (DS9) by David R. George III
The Deep Space Nine series jumps forward to 2382. The book is a tale of intrigue and machinations with DS9 characters dealing with the Romulans, who are a divided people looking to cement their rightful position as the leader of the Typhon Pact, by any means necessary. The book will also deal with the Tzenkethi.
"Path of Disharmony" (TNG) by Dayton Ward
Picard’s Enterprise is assigned to the least glamorous mission, babysitting a conference on Andor, but it is here that the Typhon Pact will show their strength by daring to reach into the heart of the Federation to raise their standard as the pre-eminent power. This book will also focus on the Tholians.
In addition to all the above novels, Pocket has planned two additional trade paperback anthologies. A previously announced omnibus of "Corps of Engineer" series of e-books has been delayed (again).
"Seven Deadly Sins"
Series of short stories using one of Star Trek aliens (or universe) to represent each of the ‘seven deadly sins’:
- The Romulans (Pride) by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
- The Cardassians (Envy) by James Swallow
- The Klingons (Anger) by Keith R.A. Decandido
- The Pakleds (Sloth) by Greg Cox
- The Ferengi (Greed) by David Mcintee
- The Borg (Gluttony) by Marc Giller
- Mirror Universe (Lust) by Britta Dennison
Fall 2010 (date not finalized)
"Myriad Universes: Shattered Light"
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.
"Out of the Cocoon"
Collection of four ‘COE’ e-books (57, 58, 59, & 60) by Robert T. Jeschonek, Kevin Killiany, William Leisner, and Phaedra M. Weldon.
WHAT ISN’T ON THE LIST
There is a lot planned through 2010, but there are also a few things that are not on the list. According to Clark, future books from the Vanguard, Voyager and Enterprise series are all on the potential list for 2011 (including the follow-up to this October’s “Romulan War” novel). Clark says that they tried to fit Voyager into the Typhon Pact mini-series, but it didn’t mesh with where Voyager series is headed (which will next be seen in the October VOY novel "Unworthy"). As for the the future of the ‘Shatnerverse,’ Clark had no answer on if there will ever be a follow-up to William Shatner’s 2007 novel "Collision Course."
For the world of non-fiction, there are currently no books planned for 2010. Clark says Pocket is "always looking at stuff like that" and they are "interested" in doing non-fiction Trek books, but those types of books (especially reference books) require more time and resources than novels. Clark says Pocket will do future Star Trek non-fiction "if it is the right fit" but they have nothing to announce right now. Clark did not have any details on the "Haynes Manual to the Enterprise" which was announced earlier this year, but that book is not being developed directly by Pocket.
Finally, with regards to future Star Trek audio books, apparently the audio version of the recent Star Trek movie adaptation did well and there is interest from Simon & Schuster Audio for more Star Trek audio, but as of now nothing has been planned.