G & T Show Book Reports: March 2013 – Novel Edition
New books this month:
The Original Series: Devil’s Bargain
written by Tony Daniel
Mass MarketPaperback,320 pages
Release date: February 26th 2013
Back cover blurb:
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Omega sector frontier colony Vesbius—a pioneer settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event threatening not only all of the colonists, but biological products that are vital to Starfleet. However, rescue efforts are being thwarted by the colonists themselves, who refuse to abandon Vesbius, claiming that their lives depend upon staying, while giving no reason why. It is after these irrational decisions that First Officer Spock makes a radical suggestion: Perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission.
- The Tony Daniel writing this novel is a Hugo award nominated science-fiction writer and not to be confused with the comic book writer and artist of the same name.
- Devil’s Bargain marks Tony Daniel’s debut as a Star Trek writer
- Some of Tony Daniel’s past works were edited by Star Trek novelist Greg Cox, to whom this novel is dedicated
- An excerpt can be find here on Simon & Schuster’s website
- You can discuss the book on the G & T forums in this thread.
The Next Generation: The Stuff of Dreams
written by James Swallow
eBook eclusive novella, 100 pages
Release date: March 25th 2013
Back cover blurb:
When Captain Picard is summoned back to the mysterious space-time phenomenon known as the nexus, he and his crew become embroiled in a desperate plot to rewrite history, no matter what the cost.
- Follows on from David Mack’s recent Cold Equations ST:TNG trilogy and revisits plot threads from the Generations movie
- This story is one of Simon & Schuster’s infrequent releases of eBook exclusive novellas
- There is no excerpt available at this moment
- You can discuss the book on the G & T forums in this thread.
David R. George III:
Surrounding the release of his TOS novel Allegiance in Exile last month David R. George III was active talking to Star Trek related websites.
In late January he talked to startrek.com, the only news bit coming out of it was that he was talking with Pocket Books about future books. Later in February he followed up on this on his Facebook by confirming that another Star Trek novel by him will be out in 2014.
In late February DRG III participated in Starbase 118‘s Writing Improvement Month 2013 in form of a video Q&A. Other events in this endeavor involved fellow Star Trek alumni Margaret Wander Bonanno and Melinda Snodgrass.
Finally he did a lengthy interview with trek.fm’s podcast Literary Treks, talking about his DS9 novels, for example explaining his motivations and reasons for portraying Sisko the way he did in his Typhon Pact novels. He also urges the readers to support any DS9 related novels, as they are always on the brink of being cut according to him.
In more self serving David R. George III news: My review of David R. George III’s recent TOS novel Allegiance in Exile went live on Unreality SF in February.
Christopher L. Bennett talks Rise of the Federation:
In an interview with trekmovie.com Christopher L. Bennett talked about his upcoming Enterprise era novel Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures and revealed that the “focus is largely on two main starship crews, which include a mix of familiar and new characters and move some of the familiar cast into new roles and responsibilities.“ Additionally he tells the interviewer that “
there are also characters representing various branches of the Federation government, which at this stage wasn’t structured quite the same way as its 24th-century incarnation as portrayed in the book Articles of the Federation. If you’ve ever wondered what a Federation commissioner was (a title used a couple of times in the original series), you’ll find out here. “
You can read much more about the development of the novel and about Christopher L. Bennett’S original novel Only Superhuman here.
Peter David returns home, in more ways than one …:
One week earlier than originally planned Peter David returned home from the post-stroke rehab facility in early February.
But if that wouldn’t be enough, less than two months after his stroke he also returned to the convention circus at the Farpoint convention in Baltimore, even participating in Crazy8Press’ panel about future plans, the publishing operation he and several of his colleagues started a year ago.
While there will always be bumps along the road it is truly remarkable to see Peter David’s progress in the last 10 weeks, and I think that we can all agree that he is one tough guy.
After already talking about his From History’s Shadow in one installment of the Your next Big Thing internet meme in late 2012, Dayton was tagged again, and this time he answered some questions about his The Fall novel Peaceable Kingdoms. Among the tidbits he offered is his “one sentence synopsis” (only for the numerically challenged) of the novel : “Picard and his crew are dispatched to uncover the truth behind a “prominent figure within the Federation” who’s emerged onto the interstellar stage. It’s discovered that said individual may well be perpetrating a hoax as to their true identity, and has been doing so for years. This kind of sucks, since this person is now in a position to wield enormous power within the Federation.”
His answer to the who would play your characters question also indicates that there will be a Titan connection, as were his comments on the TNG show that he had long talks with James Swallow about there respective entries into the miniseries.
Beyond the Spine:
Beyond the Spine will be an irregular part of my updates looking at news about former ST authors and TrekLit related news tidbits that don’t exactly concern the mainstream US novel market :
- In February Keith R.A DeCandido revealed that after his current TNG rewatch for tor.com is finished, he will dive into a DS9 rewatch after a short break.
- In Germany it was revealed that audible.de would finish up their series of Star Trek Vanguard audio books with the releases of the final three books in the month bewteen March and May.
- Also from Germany came two picture drafts for New Frontier characters M’Ress and Janos. Those portraits are meant to be used for the spines of future New Frontier releases by Cross Cult, the German publisher.
- People interested in news about foreign editions of the novels are always served best at thetrekcollective.com.
A look ahead
Coming out over the course of the next three months:
The Original Series: The Weight of Worlds * Greg Cox
The Original Series: The Folded World * Jeff Mariotte
The Original Series: The Shocks of Adversity * William Leisner
Final Words a.k.a Shameless plugging
Last, but hopefully not least February also saw the posting of four of my reviews on Unreality SF:
Beyond the one about Allegiance in Exile mentioned above, there are reviews for all three books in David Mack’s Cold Equations trilogy – The Persistence of Memory, Silent Weapons and The Body Electric.
On March 9th Unreality SF will celebrate its 5th Birthday, so look forward to some neat features on and around that date on the site.
Keep on reading!
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