G & T Show Book Reports: February 2013
Welcome to Book Report, a new monthly feature here at the G & T Show. For those who don’t know me beyond being mentioned on the show under my online persona, DefCon. I think I should introduce myself first and talk a bit about my history with Trek novels:
My name is Jens Deffner, I am 33 years old and come from Germany.
I have started to read the Trek novels in earnest sometime in the late nineties. At first I read the German translations, but when the German releases became fewer and fewer I started to transition to reading the novels in English sometime during the early ’00s and haven’t looked back since. As a result of some very extensive (and sometimes expensive) trips to flea markets and book shops I own and have read most of the novels and anthologies released by Pocket Books in one language or the other. Over the last decade or so I have published reviews of the books online, first on my LiveJournal and on message boards and since March 2008 on the UK based media tie-in centered website Unreality SF. For Unreality SF I have also interviewed a bunch of the authors about their novels both media tie-in and original, and plan to do more in the future. At the moment there is little new stuff by me due to lack of time, but if you’re into Big Finish’s audío plays there are regular reviews by Star Trek novelist Steve Mollmann there as well.
But that’s enough about me, let’s talk about what this feature is about: In the Book Report I will talk about the new release(s) of the current month and try to give you all the information you need to know to decide if it’s something you’re interested in. For page counts and release dates I will use the info given on Simon & Schuster’s website. One note regarding release dates: They are usually only true for the eBook versions, the dead-tree versions usually start to appear a week or two before that date, so by the time I feature a book here it should be out in all formats.
Beyond talking about the current release(s) I will collect all news about Trek-Lit I have encountered over the course of the preceding month to give you a destination to learn about all thing Trek-Lit without you having to spend a lot of time to search the different sources for news. But without any more delays here’s this month’s Book Report.
New book this month:
Allegiance in Exile
written by David R. George III
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Release date: January 29th 2013
Back cover blurb:
A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate…a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race…and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.
The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport…a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.
With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?
- The first line of the book according to a Facebook posting by David R. George III is: „The ground rumbled a moment before the missile lanced through the air toward the clearing at the edge of the vacant city.“
- The book is set at the start of the final year of the 5 year mission.
- An excerpt can be found here.
- You can discuss the book on the G & T forums in this thread.
Note: Usually I will post news here that have come up since the last Book Report, but since this is the first I have collected the news of the last 4-6 weeks here.
The Fall miniseries:
In late December the full line up for the The Fall miniseries was revealed, including the current working titles and all authors. Over the course of the month the authors have added some tidbits either on their blogs or in interviews, so that we have a pretty good picture about the series beyond the rather generic info on Simon & Schusters website ( “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. An original Star Trek novel, this is part of a five-book story arc that takes place over a sixty-day period, but it is not necessary to read each novel in order to follow the storyline, which involves all aspects of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine universes. ” ) by now. Starting in September we will get:
- Revelations and Dust by David R. George III, a DS9 centered novel.
- The Crimson Shadow by Una McCormack, a novel featuring Garak and the crew of Star Trek TNG on Cardassia.
- A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack. David has posted some tidbits about this on his blog : “It will feature characters from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series, including Doctor Julian Bashir on the new-and-improved DS9 station, and Captain Ezri Dax and her crew aboard the U.S.S. Aventine. It will be a combination political-medical-military thriller that will have serious and lasting consequences for some of our continuing principal characters. And, although this is subject to change, at the moment its opening sentence is, “There was so much blood.” “
- The Poisoned Chalice by James Swallow, a novel featuring the crerw of the U.S.S. Titan.
- Peaceable Kingdoms by Dayton Ward will be a TNG centric novel.
Beyond information about their own novels some of the authors also provided some more general stuff: Dayton Ward revealed that “It’s also worth noting that unlike the previous Star Trek: Typhon Pact mini-series which utilized this basic notion of multiple authors and casts, the books this time around won’t be so locked in to a single crew. Expect more in the way of team-ups/collaborative action from across the various groups of characters.” and James Swallow blogged that “One thing we’re looking to do with The Fall is showcase cross-series storylines, so you can also expect to see characters from different fiction streams teaming up and working together; in addition, some of the novels will be taking place simultaneously in different parts of the galaxy, and we’ve been working to make sure that the events in each story connect seamlessly to form one coherent narrative. “
Finally a revelation about the source of the series name came from David Mack in an audio interview with Literary Treks, transcribed by 8of5 on his trekcollective.com. “The miniseries was named “the fall miniseries”, because it was scheduled for the season of fall, and it was only as we began batting around ideas, and someone said, “this is all turning pretty grim maybe we should call it The Fall, that’s kind of ominous”. We all thought it was a good laugh and a good joke. Then the editor said, “actually that’s not bad, we’ll go with that”, and we’re like, “what have we done?”
Interviews with authors
Please don’t tell Nick, Teri and Michael that I told you this, but there are other podcasts out there talking with the Star Trek authors. One especially active right now is the Literary Treks podcast by trek.fm I mentioned above. Over the course of the last two months they have talked to Dayton Ward (yes, he cheated on G&T), Kirsten Beyer, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Una McCormack, James Swallow and David Mack.
Some of the most interesting tidbits from the Mack and Swallow interviews were transcribed on thetrekcollective.com.
David Mack spoke in depth about his career, including how he got into writing and of course his most recent work, the Cold Equations trilogy, and upcoming stuff.
Beside talking about his Star Trek backlog, James Swallow revealed a lot about the upcoming eBook novella The Stuff of Dreams and dropped some hints about a continuation of the Andorian story arc in future releases.
The Weight of Worlds cover
Earlier this month startrek.com revealed the cover for Greg Cox’s upcoming TOS novel The Weight of Worlds, which has a nice retro feel to it:
8of5 posted some additional information about the chracter pics used on the cover on his blog here.
As most of you most likely have already heard on the G&T show Star Trek novelist Peter David suffered a stroke in late December while being on vacation in Florida. He has come a long way since then, chronicled by his wife Kathleen both on her own and Peter’s blog, but he also still has a long way to go, with medical expenses piling up every day. So if you enjoyed Peter David’s works and want to support him and his family you can do so in various ways posted about here.
A look ahead
Coming out over the course of the next three months:
The Original Series: Devil’s Bargain by Tony Daniel
The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams by James Swallow
The Original Series: The Weight of Worlds * Greg Cox
The Original Series: The Folded World * Jeff Mariotte
So there you have it, the debut edition of the Book Report. Feel free to tell me what you think about it on the G & T forums and give suggestions on how to approve this feature. You will hear from me again at the start of the next month, but until then: Keep on reading!