Earlier this month Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books laid out plans for Star Trek fiction through the rest of the first half of the year, including the next Star Trek: Discovery novel. Now they have filled out their slate for Star Trek books through the end of the year, which includes the third Star Trek: Picard tie-in, a grand finale trilogy for the post-Nemesis litverse, and a DS9 tie-in.
August: Rogue Elements, all about Rios’ time after Starfleet
The next Picard novel is written by John Jackson Miller, who has written a number of Star Trek novels including two Discovery tie-ins, the latest of which was last year’s Die Trying (see review).
Here is the official synopsis:
Starfleet was everything for Cristóbal Rios—until one horrible, inexplicable day when it all went wrong. Aimless and adrift, he grasps at a chance for a future as an independent freighter captain in an area betrayed by the Federation, the border region with the former Romulan Empire. His greatest desire: to be left alone.
But solitude isn’t in the cards for the captain of La Sirena, who falls into debt to a roving gang of hoodlums from a planet whose society is based on Prohibition-era Earth. Teamed against his will with Ledger, his conniving overseer, Rios begins an odyssey that brings him into conflict with outlaws and fortune seekers, with power brokers and relic hunters across the stars.
Exotic loves and locales await—as well as dangers galore—and Rios learns the hard way that good crewmembers are hard to find, even when you can create your own. And while his meeting with Jean-Luc Picard is years away, Rios finds himself drawing on the Starfleet legend’s experiences when he discovers a mystery that began on one of the galaxy’s most important days…
September: November – Coda trilogy, wrapping up post-Nemesis litverse
In the last two decades, there have been numerous novels set in the Star Trek universe in the decade after the events of the film Star Trek: Nemesis, with stories featuring characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With no other films or TV series set in the 24th century, these books had free rein to define the post-Nemesis era. However, now that CBS is making shows set after Nemesis, most notably Star Trek: Picard, this “litverse” is no longer in line with the newly defined Prime Universe canon.
The last book in this series was released in late 2019, a few months ahead of the premiere of Picard. Now Pocket Books is planning on a return to this Trek novel’s continuity, to wrap it all up with the Star Trek: Coda trilogy, written by three of their most prolific authors: Dayton Ward, James Swallow, and David Mack. After Simon & Schuster revealed the titles and release dates, all three authors posted more details about the series online. Dayton Ward summarized the genesis and plan for the series on Facebook:
Back in July 2019 and in response to what we knew about the then-forthcoming Picard TV series, David Mack and I sat down at the Shore Leave convention for the first of what would be many conversations that quickly expanded to include James Swallow, and we got to work on a project that we’ve been calling “The Plan.”
The result of all that scheming is a new #StarTrek trilogy, CODA, which will push forward the ongoing 24th century Trek novel continuity… [W]e spent a good portion of early-mid 2020 developing the story together… We each weighed in on the other outlines as we got those whipped into shape, and presented the entire package to our editors as well as the licensing folks at CBS. While each book is credited to its author, the plan is for all three books to carry a joint story credit the same way Dave, Kevin Dilmore, and I did for certain books within the Vanguard and Seekers series.
Here is the release schedule and pre-order links from Amazon
- September 28: Star Trek: Coda: Book 1: Moments Asunder, by Dayton Ward – Paperback $16.00.
- October 12: Star Trek: Coda: Book 2: The Ashes of Tomorrow, by James Swallow – Paperback $16.00.
- November 30: Star Trek: Coda: Book 3: Oblivion’s Gate, by David Mack – Paperback $16.00.
December: Revenant, a DS9 story about Jadzia and Kira
2021 will wrap up with a tie-in to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine titled Revenant, which will be the debut Star Trek novel by Alex White, author of a number of sci-fi novels including the Salvagers trilogy and Alien tie-ins. There is no synopsis for the book yet, but it is set during the Deep Space Nine series timeframe and will focus on Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys.
Revenant will be released on December 21, 2021. You can sign up to be notified when it will be available for pre-order at Amazon.