There are a couple updates in the world of Star Trek books. First we have the cover and description of the "Star Trek 365" coffee table book coming out in the Fall. Also, two new Star Trek fiction books have been announced for 2011, including a return to Vanguard.
Star Trek 365
In September Abrams Books will release a brand new Star Trek coffee table book "Star Trek: The Original Series 365". The 744-page hardcover (6 ¼" x 9 ¼" – landscape) is being written by Paula Block, along with her husband Terry Erdmann and will contain a forward by veteran Star Trek writer Dorothy ‘DC’ Fontana. This book will be similar to Abrams’ 2005 book "Creating the Worlds of Star Wars: 365 Days".
Here is the product description from Abrams Books:
Star Trek 365 is the definitive, comprehensive and authorised guide to Star Trek: The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry’s landmark, groundbreaking television programme that first aired from 1966-69 and went on to become an international phenomenon. A cornerstone of popular and sci-fi culture for more than four decades, the show first catapulted William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy to fame and has, through a long series of feature-film and television spinoffs, led to the creation of a uniquely rich and detailed fictional universe. A visual celebration of the original voyages of the starship Enterprise, Star Trek 365 covers each episode and season in unprecedented detail, combining in-depth synopses, behind-the-scenes histories, and interviews with writers, cast, crew and fans with critical commentary on how the show’s themes resonated when they first aired and how they continue to be relevant today. The book also looks at the original days of Star Trek fandom and the show’s enduring cultural legacy, from the launching of NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1978 to the Smithsonian’s exhibition of rare Star Trek material in 1992 to the present day. In addition to its wealth of never-before-seen images and newly commissioned photography of models, props, costumes, collectibles and ephemera, Star Trek 365 uses unprecedented access to the CBS archives to reproduce a treasure trove of still images – newly retouched and remastered – taken directly from the series’ original 16mm film slides. Written by longtime CBS insider Paula M. Block, Star Trek 365 boldly goes where no other Star Trek book has gone before, combining rare and iconic imagery with a complete reference guide to the original show’s seventy-nine episodes – a perfect gift for Star Trek fans of all ages.
Here is the cover (click to higher res image)
New Vanguard & 24th century books announced for 2011
Two Star Trek authors have made announcements about new Star Trek books coming next year.
First up is author David A. McIntee (who has written two Trek short stories), who has just revealed (on his Live Journal) he is writing a Trek novel for the Spring of 2011. McIntee says the title is "Star Trek" Indistinguishable from Magic" and he offers up this description:
So, 24th Century, current to the prime lit timeline. What generation? Well, a bit of a mixture, actually- On points it’d be mostly TNG, but as it headlines Geordi, Scotty, Nog and Guinan, with some other familiar faces and guest stars, it’s going under a more general "Star Trek" header.
And yesterday Trek author Dayton Ward also blogged about a new Trek book, the sixth entry in the Star Trek Vanguard series (created in 2005 by author David Mack and former Pocket Books editor Marco Palmieri). Ward revealed he is working on a novella collection with Palmieri, Mack and Kevin Dilmore, to arrive late 2011. The working title is "Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassified", here is his description:
Each novella will feature one or more of the series’ rather large cast, with tales spanning the length of Operation Vanguard from inception right up to and perhaps even past the events of the fifth book, Precipice. Further, these aren’t intended to be throwaway tales, but will be considered integral parts of the storyline and may also even set up situations for the series’ next novel-length installments.
2011 Pocket Books schedule filling up
These two books bring the total number of expected 2011 Star Trek books up to seven. Assuming that Pocket Books keeps up with the same frequency as they have in recent years, that is probably half of the total books for the year. Here is what we know about so far (note that schedules often change):
- "Star Trek: New Frontier: Blind Man’s Bluff", by Peter David (TPB – January)
- "Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Paths of Disharmony", by Dayton Ward (MM – January)
- "Star Trek: Indistinguishable From Magic" (working title), by David A. McIntee (Spring 2011)
- "Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassified" (working title), novella collection from Dayton Ward, David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and Marco Palmieri (late 2011)
- "Star Trek: DTI" (working title), by Christopher L. Bennett
- Untitled Romulan War Novel, by Michael A. Martin
- Untitled Voyager Novel, Kirsten Beyer (unverified)