G & T Show Book Reports May / June 2013

G & T Show Book Reports May / June 2013

By Jens Deffner

First of all I want to apologize for missing out on writing a book report last month due to personal reasons, but I hope to stay on schedule from now on.

New books in May & June:

The Original Series: The Folded World

writtenby Jeff Mariotte

Release date: April 30th 2013

Mass Market Paperback,304pages

Get it on Amazon!

 

Back cover blurb:

En route to a diplomatic mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a distress call from the U.S.S. McRaven. As the Enterprise approaches the area where the McRaven appears to be, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew encounter an anomaly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Space itself seems inconsistent here . . . warping, changing appearance. But during the brief periods of calm, the McRaven is located along with other ships of various origins—all dead in space and devoid of any life forms, all tightly surrounding and being held in place by an enormous unidentified vessel that appears to have been drifting for a millennium. As incredible and impossible as it seems, this anomaly is something that can only be described as a dimensional fold, a place where the various dimensions that science has identified—and the ones it cannot yet name—have folded in on one another, and the normal rules of time and space no longer apply…

Additional information:

  • An excerpt of the book can be found here.
  • A SCOOP interview with Jeff Mariotte about the book can be found here.
  • You can discuss the book on the G&T forums in this thread.

Star Trek Into Darkness

written by Alan Dean Foster

Trade Paperback,320pages

Release date: May 21st 2013

Get it on Amazon!

Back cover blurb:

Months after the dramatic events seen in the 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise—including Captain James T. Kirk, First Officer Spock, Doctor Leonard McCoy, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Ensign Pavel Chekov—is called back home. But an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has declared all-out war on Starfleet and everything it stands for, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. Now with a personal score to settle as a result, Kirk must lead a covert manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As these valiant heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Captain Kirk has left: his crew.

Additional information:

  • An excerpt of the book can be found via the look inside feature on Amazon (see link above)
  • A two part startrek.com interview with Alan Dean Foster about the book can be found here and here.
  • The book is also available as an audio book, read by Alice Eve (Dr. Carol Marcus). You can find a three minute excerpt on startrek.com
  • You can discuss the book on the G&T forums in this thread.

The Original Series: The Shocks of Adversity

writtenby Alan Dean Foster

Mass Market Paperback,336pages

Release date: May 28th 2013

Get it on Amazon!

 

Back cover blurb:

Located far beyond the boundaries of explored space, the Goeg Domain is a political union of dozens of planets and races. When the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives in its territory to investigate an interstellar phenomenon, Commander Laspas of the Domain Defense Corps is at first guarded, then fascinated to discover the existence of an alliance of worlds much like his own, and finds a kindred spirit in Captain James T. Kirk. And when the Enterprise is attacked by the Domain’s enemies, crippling the starship’s warp capability and leaving its crew facing the prospect of a slow, months-long journey home, the Goeg leader volunteers the help of his own ship, offering to combine the resources of both vessels to bring the Enterprise to a nearby Domain facility to make the necessary repairs.

But what at first seems to be an act of peace and friendship soon turns out to be a devil’s bargain, as Kirk and the Enterprise crew learn that there are perhaps more differences than similarities between the Federation and the Domain. When the Goeg’s adversaries strike again, the Enterprise is drawn deeper and inexorably into the conflict, and Kirk begins to realize that they may have allied themselves with the wrong side….

Additional information:

  • An excerpt of the book can be found via the look inside feature on Amazon (see link above)
  • You can discuss the book on the G&T forums in this thread.

Book News

Star Trek: The Fall

David R. George revealed the (almost) final cover for his entry Revelations and Dust on his Facebook page, followed by a three part Startrek.com feature about the book, its cover and the creation of the new DS9 featuring interviews with David R. George III, Doug Drexler, Andy Probert and Douglas E. Graves and a lot of designs and pictures of the new station (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). On his blog Dayton Ward indicated that startrek.com features on the other novels in the series are planned for the coming months.

As a little service here are the blurbs for the first three novels in the series:

Revelation and Dust:

“After the destruction of the original space station by a rogue faction of the Typhon Pact, Miles O’Brien and Nog have led the Starfleet Corps of Engineers in designing and constructing a larger, more advanced starbase in the Bajoran system. Now, as familiar faces such as Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates, Ezri Dax, Odo, and Quark arrive at the new station, Captain Ro Laren will host various heads of state to an impressive dedication ceremony. The dignitaries include not only the leaders of allies—such as Klingon Chancellor Martok, Ferengi Grand Nagus Rom, the Cardassian castellan, and the Bajoran first minister—but also those of rival powers, such as the Romulan praetor and the Gorn imperator. But as Ro’s crew prepares to open DS9 to the entire Bajor Sector and beyond, disaster looms. A faction has already set in action a shocking plan that, if successful, will shake the Alpha and Beta Quadrants to the core.

And what of Kira Nerys, lost aboard a runabout when the Bajoran wormhole collapsed? In the two years that have passed during construction of the new Deep Space 9, there have been no indications that the Celestial Temple, the Prophets, or Kira have survived. But since Ben Sisko once learned that the wormhole aliens exist nonlinearly in time, what does that mean with respect to their fate, or that of the wormhole…or of Kira herself?”

The Crimson Shadow:

“The U.S.S. Enterprise has been sent to Cardassia Prime, where Captain Jean-Luc Picard is involved in discussions over the removal of the small number of remaining Starfleet forces left over from the end of the Dominion War. Also present is the Cardassian Ambassador to the Federation, Elim Garak. All parties involved are keen to see Starfleet leave Cardassian soil, not only because the Cardassians are now allies of the Federation, but because Starfleet has been badly overstretched in recent years and the resources are needed elsewhere. With so much goodwill at the highest levels, this meeting should be a formality. However, within a few days of the arrival of the Enterprise, a Bajoran Federation officer is found murdered. The crime may be racially motivated: an ultra-nationalist organization called “Cardassia First” has been stirring up anti-Federation feeling across Cardassia over the past year, and a Bajoran is an obvious target… “

A Ceremony of Losses:

“Despite heroic efforts, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return. With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain—at any price. Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost… “

Enterprise reborn

April was quite a good month for fans of Captain Archer and his crew: Not only was the cover for  A Choice of Futures, the first book in Christopher L. Bennett’s Enterprise: Rise of the Federation series, posted by Simon & Schuster, Bennett also announced that a second book named Tower of Babel was already green-lit for the series.

From History’s Shadow cover

During my hiatus the cover for Dayton Ward’s upcoming TOS novel From History’s Shadow was also revealed as part of an upcoming books feature on startrek.com.

A look ahead

Coming out over the course of the next three months:

July 2013:

Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures * Christopher L. Bennett

August 2013:

TOS: From History’s Shadow * Dayton Ward

September 2013:

Star Trek: The Fall – Book 1: Revelation and Dust * David R. George III

Note: Michael A. Martin has said in various interviews that a TOS e-Book novella called Seasons of Light and Darkness would be published in the June/July time-frame, but as there is no official listing or information available I haven’t included it here for the moment.

You can find a more extensive list of things to come on the G&T forums.

Final Words a.k.a Shameless plugging

As teased in previous Book Reports April saw the celebration of Unreality SF’s fifth birthday. To celebrate it Unreality SF posted a series of articles celebrating tie-ins.

In the end ten articles were posted, and one of particular note for fans of the G&T show should be Michael “Soriedem” Medeiros’ contribution “Discovering Star Trek novels – A personal journey through the pages of Star Trek fiction.

Another piece was my own “The best types of tie-in”.

But you should check out all the articles dealing with tie-in to Star Trek, Doctor Who and more.

Keep on reading!

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Michael Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper.

But, wait. There’s more.

He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.

During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.

Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.
Follow Me

Michael Medeiros

Mike Medeiros is a great storyteller in his own mind. He’s been known to put words to page and sometimes, he even turns them into audio stories for himself, his friends and the occasional stranger that stumbles upon his stuff by accident. He has written, writes, and will write for Gates of Sto’vo’kor, Blood of the Neirrh, Star Trek: Starfinder, The Klingons of Long Island, Reality’s Edge, and Zygerus. Some of his stories and other writings have materialized on websites and forums for the G & T Show, Priority One, ScienceFiction.com, Star Trek Online, and even Star Trek.com. He’s written a few playable missions for Star Trek Online and has even had a couple of them spotlighted. He keeps saying he’s working on a novel, but is he really? A comic book is more likely. If only he could make money flinging ink at the screen, he’d be a happy camper. But, wait. There’s more. He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing. During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic. Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.

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