2013 Star Trek Book Preview: ‘Into Darkness’ Novel (& Audio) + 6 TOS books + 24th Cent. Mini-series & more

With the current year rounding out, TrekMovie begins looking ahead to the Trek fiction schedule coming from Simon and Schuster. 2013 in Star Trek books will include the novelization of Star Trek Into Darkness along with a heavy emphasis of books set in the TOS era, but Enterprise is also featured and there is a big mini-series set for the fall. Get all the details (and some covers) below



2013 is, predictably, Original Series heavy, with fully nearly half of the anticipated releases set in the prime TOS timeline. Each of the TOS stories are standalones, so, while they may from time to time reference other novel events, readers have no need to be current on the recent Original Series releases to enjoy the stories

The big event of the year, aside from Foster’s novelization of Star Trek Into Darkness will be the mini-series event running under the banner of “The Fall”. It kicks off in September with a Deep Space Nine centered story, and progresses through the January release. While the Titan series will get some face time this year, there will be no new Voyager novel until next year; that according to current Voyager relaunch author Kirsten Beyer.

Please note that the following listing is for narrative fiction to be published by one of Simon and Schuster’s imprints, and does not include any technical manuals, resource guides, or similar publications. All titles are available as massmarket paperback and e-book except when otherwise noted.

(Street Date: December 26, 2012)

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Cold Equations "The Body Electric"
by David Mack

Wesley Crusher, a full fledged Traveler, enlists the aid of Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew to stop a planet-sized machine of unimaginable power. It’s goal, destroy all life in the galaxy. But Picard cannot stop the beserker alone, and with time running out, there is only one person to whom he can turn.

(Street Date: January 28, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series – "Allegiance in Exile"
by David R. George III

A rich, fertile, temperate planet with no life signs, but with the evidence of past life attracts the attention of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise, but evidence of sabotage leaves the Enterprise crew seeking answers, and exploring the possibility of a new alien threat.

(Street Date: February 26, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series – "Devil’s Bargain"
by Tony Daniel

When a Federation colony faces an extinction-level event, an irrational desire to remain behind prompts Spock to suggest an unorthodox alliance to resolve the crisis. The Horta appear to figure in this story, if the author’s online comments are to be taken at face value.

(Street Date: March 25, 2013)

Star Trek: The Next Generation – "The Stuff of Dreams"
by James Swallow

When Captain Picard is summoned back to the Nexus, he and his crew become embroiled in a desperate plot to rewrite history, no matter what the cost. According to the author, the story picks up a dangling narrative thread left over from Generations. It is Picard centric, and follows on from the conclusion of the Cold Equations trilogy.


(Street Date: March 26, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series – "The Weight of Worlds"
by Greg Cox

An extra-galactic threat brings Kirk, Spock, and Sulu to a remote colony; but the entire Federation may be at risk from the ways of a people who are seeking starships and opening dimensional gateways to get what they want. The current publicity blurb mentions the name of the threat as the Coven, but author Greg Cox states that the name was from an early draft, and that the name, as such, does not appear in the final book.


(Street Date: April 30, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series -"The Folded World"
by Jeff Mariotte

The Enterprise responds to a Starfleet vessel’s distress call, only to find it trapped (along with many others) in an odd spatial distortion which appears, from the outside at least, to have a single enormous vessel at its center.

(Street Date: No later than May 21, 2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness  (Hardcover & Audiobook)
by Alan Dean Foster (based on script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof)

Hardcover from Gallery Books, novelization of feature film "Star Trek Into Darkness," novel will also be released as an audiobook. Narrator has not yet been announced.


(Street Date: May 28, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series – "The Shocks of Adversity"
by William Leisner

The Enterprise is attacked while making contact with the Goeg Domain, a political union that, on the surface, seems similar to the Federation. The Goeg offers to help by assisting the Enterprise in her repairs so that she can make the voyage back to Federation space. However, the crew soon learns that there are some pretty big differences between the Federation and the Goeg Domain, but it may be too late, because the Domain’s enemies are coming again, and Kirk may have parked his ship on the wrong side of the lines.


(Street Date: June 25, 2013)

Star Trek: Enterprise – Rise of the Federation – "A Choice of Futures"
by Christopher L. Bennett

In what is possibly the first in a series, the formational years of the Federation will be explored. The action will pick up approximately a year after the end of the Romulan War, and will explore the evolution of the Federation and Starfleet from its nascent state in Enterprise to its more fully realized form in the Original Series. This book won’t cover nearly that length of time, however. Keep your eyes peeled to TrekMovie.com for our forthcoming interview with the author.


(Street Date: July 30, 2013)

Star Trek: The Original Series – "From History’s Shadow"
by Dayton Ward

Set after the events of the episode “Assignment: Earth”, the August novel involves a pair of space/time travelers who have been busy with some nefarious business back in 1968. In spite of the fact that Gary Seven won’t appear, author Dayton Ward stated that Teri Garr, circa 1968, was envisioned to play a role in the story – leading to the conclusion that Roberta Lincoln will be present.


(Street Date: August 27, 2013)

Star Trek – Starfleet Academy – Title TBA
Author TBA

Six months after Kirk (of the new continuity) joins Starfleet Academy, he is still doing things his way, but the Academy is showing him how to transform his headstrong manner into leadership skills. Given the fact that this particular installment of the Academy story seems to be backpedling in time (the previous book was set two years into his Academy stay), and taking into account the lack of a title or author, this particular story description should be taken with a grain of salt.



Simon and Schuster’s current digital catalog entry for The Fall states: “The Federation is rocked to its core as the Typhon Pact is suspected of being behind a barbarous act that shatters the fragile peace of the Alpha Quadrant.” The five book mini-series takes place over a sixty day period, but, according to the catalog entry, it is not necessary to read each novel to follow the storyline, which involves all aspects of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine universes.

The remainder of the announced fiction schedule is filled with the installments of this series. While specific setting information is currently avaliable on only two of the books, Pocket has shared with us the authors and tentative titles of the entire series. Note that the street dates provided by Pocket appear to be placeholder dates, as the month’s new release is usually formally ‘streeted’ on the last Tuesday of the preceding month.

(Street Date: August 27, 2013)

Star Trek – The Fall – “Revelations and Dust”
by David R. George III

Deep Space Nine centered opener to the five part mini-series.

(Street Date: October 1, 2013)

Star Trek – The Fall – “The Crimson Shadow”
by Una McCormack

(Street Date: November 1, 2013)

Star Trek – The Fall – “A Ceremony of Losses”
by David Mack

(Street Date: December 1, 2013)

Star Trek – The Fall – "The Poisoned Chalice”
by James Swallow

Titan centered second novel of the five part mini-series

(Street Date: January 1, 2014)

Star Trek – The Fall – “Peaceable Kingdoms”
by Dayton Ward



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