Captain Pike Saddles Up In First ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Novel ‘The High Country’

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on May 5th and its first tie-in novel was announced during Star Trek: Mission Chicago.

The High Country

The first Strange New Worlds novel tie-in is titled The High Country, by author John Jackson Miller. It arrives on November 8, 2022 from Gallery Books.

Here is the official synopsis:

When an experimental shuttlecraft fails, Captain Christopher Pike suspects a mechanical malfunction—only to discover the very principles on which Starfleet bases its technology have simply stopped functioning. He and his crewmates are forced to abandon ship in a dangerous maneuver that scatters their party across the strangest new world they’ve ever encountered.

First Officer Una finds herself fighting to survive an untamed wilderness where dangers lurk at every turn. Young cadet Nyota Uhura struggles in a volcanic wasteland where things are not as they seem. Science Officer Spock is missing altogether. And Pike gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream: to live the life of a cowboy in a world where the tools of the 23rd century are of no use.

Yet even in the saddle, Pike is still very much a starship captain, with all the responsibilities that entails. Setting out to find his crewmates, he encounters a surprising face from his past—and discovers that one people’s utopia might be someone else’s purgatory. He must lead an exodus—or risk a calamity of galactic proportions that even Starship Enterprise is powerless to stop…

And the cover was revealed as well…

John Jackson Miller is the author of many Trek tie-ins, including last year’s Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements, which garnered TrekMovie’s Best of 2021. Jackson announced the book at the Star Trek: Mission Chicago event and in a blog post, calling it “a doozy of an adventure.” Jackson is familiar with Captain Pike, Spock, and Number One/Una as the author of the 2019 tie-in Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War which tells their story before appearing in the second season of Discovery.

John Jackson Miller (center) at Star Trek: Mission Chicago

The High Country arrives on November 8th in hardcover, ebook and audiobook. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.

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In regards to the trailer scene where he is riding a horse (like in this novel), one minor issue I had with that scene was that why would they still need wind farms in the 23rd century, given advanced portable power is ubiquitous, and given we know that wind farms are bird hazards and thus would obviously be phased out by an advanced earth society?

Same with the solar panels on the Golden Gate Bridge. I just assumed they preserved the ancient relics of a bygone era the same way we preserve lighthouses and wooden sailing ships.

Ah, OK, let’s go with that! :-)

Also, let’s assume they have advanced tech that keeps birds away.

Can’t wait to get this one.

That cover is appalling. Sounds like it might be worth a read even so, though.

I do miss the illustrated covers.

It’s a five minute photoshop. But maybe they had limited access to promotional materials when they created it. In general, ST and SW covers these days are rather unimaginative.

Yes, and that lack of imagination (and artistry) is what I am appalled by. This is not a novel, it’s a product.

Nope, the artists who do the SW covers in recent years are putting out fantastic work.

Excited because I started reading Rogue Elements recently and I really enjoyed what I saw!
Afraid because I don’t see any quotes about what kind of horse and riding research he did and I can’t even say the number of stories (in any genre or fandom) that I’ve quit out of or returned to the library etc. because the author put something that at a stretch *might* make sense to a layperson, but anyone who’s ridden more than once was completely ludicrous. (I still don’t know how some books get professionally published with the level of mistakes I find in them…)

I’m fearful about riding horses. I’m curious FNK2, what would be a good novel or book about riding?

Looking forward to any books on Strange New Worlds and the Original Star Trek.